PHOTOS: Barbara Proud’s First Comes Love Book Launch at UArts

A book launch and reception was held Friday night at University of the Arts for photographer and Associate Professor Barbara Proud’s new page-turner First Comes Love: Portraits of Enduring LGBTQ Relationships (Soleil Press).

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Weekend Roundup: “First Comes Love,” “The Gran Varones” Debuts, Bruce Yelk Gets Back in the Nightlife Game, and More


Anna and Eli in Barbara Proud's new book featuring longterm LGBT couples, First Comes Love.

Anna and Eli in Barbara Proud’s new book featuring longterm LGBT couples, “First Comes Love.”

Wilmington photographer Barbara Proud brings back an expanded version of her Kickstarted photo exhibitFirst Comes Love,” a collection of touching black-and-whites that feature longterm LGBTQ couples in our area. This time, however, she’s launching the “First Comes Love” book, all the images in bound form that will look fabulous on your coffee table. Check out some of the images in the slideshow above. 6 p.m., exhibit runs through October 30th, Hamilton and Aaronson Galleries, University of the Arts, 320 South Broad Street. 

Opera Philadelphia presents The Barber of Seville, starring out baritone Jonathan Beyer as Figaro. He told us in an interview this afternoon that he’s playing the character as “mildly gay.” Catch a free screening of the performance at Opera on the Mall Saturday at 7 p.m. September 26th to October 5th, Academy of Music, 240 South Broad Street. 

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Out Baritone Jonathan Beyer Talks About His Gay Take on the Academy of Music’s The Barber of Seville

Jonathan Beyer

Jonathan Beyer

Jonathan Beyer met his boyfriend of eight years, Brandon Cedel, when they were both students at Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute of Music. They lived in Center City for a good number of years, where, as Beyer gleefully points out, they were once voted the “cutest couple” in their apartment building.

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PHOTOS: 300 Show Up to Attend Brian Sims’ Rally for Gay-Bashing Victims

LOVE Park was a veritable sea of supporters this afternoon, when more than 300 (!) local lawmakers, LGBT leaders and community members showed up in the rain to attend a rally for the two gay men attacked on September 11th in Center City.

The event was hosted by State Representative Brian Sims, who used the opportunity to draw attention HB 177 and SB 42, two pieces of legislation that would add sexual orientation to Pennsylvania’s current hate crime laws.

Photographer HughE Dillon was there to capture some snapshots, which you can seen below. Check some of the captions for remarks made by those who took part.


GIRL TALK: Fortune Feimster On Working With Tina Fey, Joan Rivers, and How Being a Lesbian Drives Her Comedy

One of my favorite Chelsea Lately roundtable regulars, Fortune Feimster, is performing this Thursday through Saturday at Philly’s Helium Comedy Club. The out lesbian took some time to chat with me on the phone before flying in this week. We gabbed about what it’s like being a lesbian in the comedy game, working with Tina Fey on the recently (and unfortunately) canned Cabot College, and she even weighs in on the recent attacks that happened in Center City, sharing what she does to stay positive when life gets a little too heavy.

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Council Members Push for LGBT-Specific Hate-Crime Legislation in Philadelphia

kenney reynolds brown

In today’s City Council session council members Blondell Reynolds Brown and Jim Kenney will introduce a bill that seeks to “close a hate-crime loophole that currently exists in the Philadelphia code.”

The bill would add a new chapter to the City Code that will provide “additional penalties for criminal conduct motivated by hatred regarding sexual orientation, gender identity and disabilities as defined in the City’s Fair Practices Ordinance and all of which are not covered by existing state hate crime laws.”

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Gay-Bashing Suspects Released on Bail


The three Bucks County residents charged in the September 11th beating of two gay men in Center City have posted bail and been released from custody after being arraigned overnight. They had turned themselves in to authorities Wednesday morning.

According to court dockets, bail for suspect Kathryn Knott (center, 24) was set at $50,000, while bail for Kevin Harrigan (left, 26) and Philip Williams (right, 24) was set at $75,000 each. Each was required to post 10 percent.

The suspects were each charged with aggravated assault, criminal conspiracy, simple assault, and recklessly endangering another person.

A status hearing in the case has been set for Tuesday.

Court summary for Philip Williams.
Court summary for Kathryn Knott.
Court summary for Kevin Harrigan.

Previously: Mugshots of Gay-Bashing Suspects
Previously: Gay-Bashing Suspect Tweeted Thanks to Police Chief Dad for Special Treatment
Previously: Gay-Bashing Suspect Kathryn Knott’s Homophobic Twitter Rants Revealed
Previously: Gay-Bashing Suspects Turn Themselves In to Police

For more of our coverage go here.

Woman Crush Wednesday: Kaylynn McLean

Every hump day a Philly person shares their local picks for Woman Crush Wednesday. Today, Kaylynn McLean, former G Philly model and nanny in West Philly. 

Our Last Five Woman Crush Wednesdays:

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