Everything Fresh, a Small Supermarket With a Big Heart, Opens in the Gayborhood

Everything Fresh

Oh boy: this is going to be a game changer.

I just got in from the opening day of a super cute new supermarket located right at 1222 Walnut Street, Everything Fresh. Imagine taking Whole Foods, reducing the size, and cutting the price. That’s what you’ve got at this quaint new grocery that is going to save a lot of Center City residents from heading over to Wegmans or SuperFresh. Read more »

STUDY: Lesbians Earn More Than Straight Employees, Gay Men Lag Behind

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Some rather surprising stats were revealed in a study this week out of Ruskin University in Cambridge. Numbers show that, worldwide, lesbians are paid 12 percent more than straight co-workers, while gay men earn 9 percent less than heterosexual males. In the United States, specifically, lesbians get 20 percent more than straight women (go lesbians!) and gay men make 16 percent less than heterosexuals (ouch!).

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OUT in Theaters: Annie Should Be Left in the Orphanage

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Let me preface all of this with stating that I was not even remotely looking forward to seeing Sony’s updated reversioning of Annie to begin with … it may have something to do with flashbacks to my sophomore musical production of it in high school (yes, I was in a high school musical and turned out gay!) Primarily though, it’s because I have never really cared for the tale of the permanently positive ginger with the heart of gold who warms the heart of billionaire Daddy Warbucks. I never found it remotely charming, and don’t think any version has ever been worthwhile, apart from the original film showcasing two of the greatest gingers that ever lived: Carol Burnette and Bernadette Peters (even though the latter was a blonde in the original Annie, but I digress).

In the opening moments of the new Annie, a smiling redheaded girl who didn’t take her Ritalin finishes a speech for class and then breaks into a brief tap dance … everyone in the class groans. Then we meet the other Annie in the class (titular star Quvenzhané Wallis who made me cry my eyes out in Beasts of the Southern Wild). This Annie sasses her teacher before turning her speech into a STOMP-esque lesson on FDR’s The New Deal. I guess this is supposed to show us that this is not our momma’s Annie.

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Weekend Roundup: Jingle Belles, Holiday Sales, Sexy Santas, Too


The peppy Jingle Belles sing Friday and Saturday night at Tabu.

The peppy Jingle Belles sing Friday and Saturday night at Tabu.

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Penn Employee Asks University to Reconsider Hosting Anti-Gay Red Cross Blood Drive

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University of Pennsylvania Administrative Coordinator Joseph Hallman was taken back when he received an email from the Penn Professional Staff Assembly (PPSA) announcing that Red Cross would be holding a blood drive on campus. The reason? The Red Cross excludes gay men from donating blood, a touchy topic as the FDA recently endorsed a lifetime gay blood ban. In response to the University’s announcement, Hallman composed an email to the chair of PPSA, expressing his concerns regarding the discriminatory practices of the Red Cross: Read more »

Philanthropy Friday: Nurit Shein On the Mazzoni Center

Every Friday we spotlight a local LGBT nonprofit in Philadelphia. This week, Nurit Shein on the Mazzoni Center, the hard-working local organization that aims to “provide quality comprehensive health and wellness services in an LGBT-focused environment.”

Nurit Shein, CEO of Mazzoni Center.

Nurit Shein, CEO of Mazzoni Center.

Who are you? I’m Mazzoni Center CEO Nurit Shein, and I’ve been with the organization since 1995. We are Philadelphia’s home for LGBT health, legal, and wellness services. After nearly 20 years I am still excited to get up and go to work every day, because there’s always something new and interesting to dive into. I’m proud of my dynamic and talented staff, who provide caring, quality services and programs to our clients and patients, and have an impact on 35,000 people each year.

When was Mazzoni founded? 1979

What’s Mazzoni’s shining moment, to date? There are so many individual moments that stand out over my tenure here, many of them simple but powerful interactions between staff and clients. But in terms of major milestones, something I am especially proud of was the opportunity we had in February 2012 to partner with The White House Office of Public Engagement (OPE) and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) in presenting the first White House LGBT Conference on Health. The daylong symposium featured remarks by Secretary of Health & Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, Director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management John Berry, and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, among others. It was the inaugural event in a series of conferences around the country specifically focused on LGBT Americans. It was truly a watershed moment, in terms of recognizing the importance of LGBT health. More than 300 health care professionals, community organizers, medical students, and community members from at least 22 states traveled to Philadelphia to attend the conference.

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NJ Transgender Teen Wins Battle to Use Boys Bathroom at His School

New Jersey transgender teen Rubin Smyers is celebrating a battle he won to use the boys bathroom at his school. More from the Asbury Park Press:

smyersRubin Smyers, a junior at Ocean County Vocational Technical School’s Performing Arts Academy, said he was granted access to the boys bathroom this month after school officials previously forced him to use a unisex facility.

Smyers protested the school’s decision by creating a petition that spread through social media and gained the support of nearly 2,000 people.

Smyers [came out as transgender in] 2013 and began using the boys bathroom at school that same year.

It wasn’t until this past May that school officials raised an issue with the bathroom Smyers used. He said the staff was torn over whether he should use the girls or boys dressing room during the school’s Spring Vocal Showcase at Ocean County Community College. …

Smyers said he complied, but decided in October to start the petition and urge the school’s administration to grant him access to the boys bathroom.

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Kemar Jewel Wins First-Ever Mr. Everything Competition

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The 10-week Mr. Everything pageant came to a close last night at Tabu, and the Attic Youth Center‘s Kemar Jewel was crowned winner.

The competition, helmed by Josh Schonewolf, sought to find Philly’s best male-identified performer. Fifteen contestants competed, performing everything from pole-dancing to comedy to testosterone-forward drag in the hopes of becoming the winner. In the end, though, it was Jewel who woo’d judges with his energetic performances and gravity-defying ballroom-dancing skills.

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PHOTOS: IBA’s Annual Holiday Fete

Local LGBT-owned business-championing organization Independence Business Alliance (IBA)  and its Board of Directors hosted its annual holiday celebration at the Hilton Garden Inn Philadelphia last night. Many in our community and our allies of business owners, professionals, corporate and community partners were on hand to toast Greater Philadelphia’s vibrant and successful LGBT business community and chat about what the future holds for them.

The festively dressed guests enjoyed an abundant—and delicious—selection of hors d’oeuvres and light bites at food stations and the cash bar on the 10th floor of the hotel, where guests got a killer view of Philly’s twinkling lights.

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