Philly Rep. Mark Cohen to Introduce PA’s First Transgender Rights Bill

Cohen at a recent Capitol news conference.

Cohen at a recent Capitol news conference.

Local trans activist-with-the-mostest Jordan Gwendolyn Davis reached out to let me know about a new transgender rights bill Philly Representative Mark Cohen will introduce in the House. The proposal is a four-bill package that will “address specific concerns faced by members of Pennsylvania’s transgender community involving institutional discrimination.”

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Lambertville Author James McBride to Produce The Good Lord Bird

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In January we interviewed Lambertville author James McBride, who had just won the National Book Award for his novel The Good Lord Bird. When we asked if the book would be made into a movie like his previous work Miracle at St. Anna, he responded that, ”No one’s called … But look, if you write a book because you want someone to turn it into a film, you’re making a mistake.”

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16 #GayPhilly Instagrams You Need to See This Week: The Living Tiffany Lamp Edition

Every Friday I round up the best shots from some of #GayPhilly’s most clickable Instagram hams. This week, the Living Tiffany Lamp edition. Keep scrolling, you’ll see what I mean.



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GIVEAWAY: Win Tickets to the Wine + Food Festival [UPDATED]

UPDATE [4/18/2014, 11:41 a.m.]: Wow, y’all must like wine as much as I do. Those tickets went fast. Congrats to reader Veronica. Sorry to the rest of you, but, remember, you can still get tickets at a discounted rate with the promo code “TICKET15.”

Does that look good right about now or what?!

Does that look good right about now or what?!

Philadelphia magazine’s Wine + Food Festival kicks off at the swanky Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum on May 10th with an afternoon of Philly-centric nibbles, and samplings of over 600 vinos from around the globe, and Ticket‘s been given a pair of, er, tickets to give away to our lush-y readers.

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Philly Gay News Reporter Wins Award for Trans Homicide Coverage

Big ups to Philadelphia Gay News (PGN) reporter Timothy Cwiek, who won the Society of Professional Journalists’ 2013 Sigma Delta Chi Investigative Reporting award for his coverage of the homicide of transgender woman Nizah Morris. Cwiek had been covering the story, which yet to be solved, for 11 years. More from PGN:

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Nizah Morris

Morris sustained a head injury Dec. 22, 2002, shortly after receiving a police courtesy ride in Center City Philadelphia. She died days later. For more than 11 years, Cwiek has pressed law-enforcement and city officials for transparency with case records, filing several Right to Know Law requests. His dedication to the case is largely credited with securing a reopened investigation by the city’s civilian-oversight committee, which last year issued a report calling the investigation “appalling” and urging state and federal probes.

Cwiek has been a PGN staffer since the late 1970s. He said the passion of Morris’ family and friends has kept him committed to the case. “It’s a great honor to be recognized by this distinguished organization,” Cwiek said. “If my coverage of the Morris case plays any role in securing a proper investigation, I’ll be very gratified.”

Read more of PGN’s profile on Cwiek — and the Norris case — here.

 

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