#SayHerName Trending on Social Media After Murder of Kiesha Jenkins

Philadelphia is once again on the national stage, this time for a rather unfortunate reason: The hashtag #SayHerName is trending on Facebook and other social media as reports circulate over the murder of 22 year-old trans woman Kiesha Jenkins.

As we reported earlier, Jenkins was gunned down early this morning in North Philly by 5 or 6 men. A quick browse of Twitter and one can find a wide assortment of messages from folks, mourning the loss of Jenkins:

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22-Year-Old Trans Woman Shot, Killed in North Philadelphia



A 22-year-old Philadelphia trans woman was shot and killed early this morning in North Philadelphia, according to police.

Kiesha Jenkins was attacked by five or six unidentified men at the corner of 13th and Wingohocking Streets according to Sergeant Eric Gripp. The men shot Jenkins in the back. Police were notified of the attack at 2:33 am and Jenkins was pronounced dead at Einstein Hospital at 2:53 am. Read more »

Brian Sims: “I’m Running For Congress!”

From Sims' Facebook page.

From Sims’ Facebook page.

Brian Sims put the speculation to rest this morning when he announced via Facebook that he is, indeed, running for Congress, challenging indicted incumbent Chaka Fattah for his seat in the 2nd Congressional District.

“I’m excited to announce it first right here on Facebook: I’m running for Congress! Will you add your name to join my grassroots team?” he posted to his official page. Read more »

Let Me Entertain You: Will Lady Gaga Play the Title Role in Gypsy Remake with Barbra Streisand?

From Lady Gaga's Instagram account.

From Lady Gaga’s Instagram account.

Wherever we go, whatever we do, we’re gonna go through it together.

That’s the word on the street when it comes to Lady Gaga possibly playing the famous burlesque star Louise, better known as Gypsy Rose Lee, in the upcoming Barbra Streisand remake of the popular musical Gypsy. And we’re loving the idea. Read more »

4 Things To Do If Your Workplace Needs LGBT Sensitivity Training

Via Shutterstock.

Via Shutterstock.

How’s this for a scenario: How many of you have been the “token” LGBT person “on staff” and have been the designated go-to person to answer questions on anything LGBT related?

I’ve been there way too many times to list, and I’d be willing to wager that a number of you can relate. Throw in the media circus surrounding Caitlyn Jenner and I am sure there’s been some rather interesting, if not completely inappropriate, water cooler conversation going on in your office. Read more »

Janet Jackson is Officially Back

From Janet Jackson's official Facebook page.

From Janet Jackson’s official Facebook page.

Janet Jackson is officially back.

We could’ve easily said this a few months ago when the living legend announced her return to music as well as with the launch of her now critically acclaimed Unbreakable World Tour (it will dance its way into town on Feb 24th), but now she’s officially back in the music chart game with her eleventh studio set, Unbreakable, a smooth, sensual music love affair that once again re-teams her with long time collaborators Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis.

Hard to believe that it has been nearly 30 years since Ms. Jackson let us know that she was in full Control, following up with ’89’s Rhythm Nation 1814 and ’93’s janet., further telling the world that Michael Jackson’s kid sister was not only establishing herself with her own creative identity, but letting us know that it was her world and we were the ones living in it, and now with Unbreakable, we still most certainly are. Read more »

22 Ways to Celebrate LGBT History Month in Philadelphia

From last month's Our Night Out.

From last month’s Our Night Out.

October is LGBT history month, and Philadelphia offers a plethora of ways to celebrate the occasion: From workshops and exhibits to parties and parades, the City of Brotherly Love truly offers something for just about anyone who is interested in learning about and celebrating LGBT folks. We selected over twenty Philly events that felt like a good cross representation of a wide variety of groups that make up the LGBT rainbow. Read more »

Philly City Council Committee Approves Gender Neutral Bathroom Bill

Via Shutterstock.

Via Shutterstock.

Mandatory gender neutral single-stall public restrooms in Philadelphia are one step closer to becoming reality after a City Council committee approved the measure.

“We can all agree that using public bathrooms rarely brings about enjoyable or fond memories for anyone,” said Director of LGBT Affairs for the City of Philadelphia, Nellie Fitzpatrick, during Tuesday’s committee meeting. “However, for transgender people and many others, using a public bathroom can be a highly stressful and even dangerous experience. This bill is an excellent way to help provide more safely accessible restrooms and eliminate the stress of some in doing what each of us do every day, simply use a bathroom.” Read more »

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