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Superintendent Stands Up for New Jersey Trans Teen Who Was Told She Had to Enroll in School as a Boy

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Yesterday I told you about Rachel Pepe, the 13-year-old transitioning transgender student who was told she would not be able to enroll at Thorne Middle School as female. In a shameful turn of events, the school told her that she would have to dress as and answer to her birth name, Brian.

Thankfully the school district’s superintendent, William O. George, is stepping in to make the transition easier for Pepe. Yesterday evening he announced that he would work with staff to ensure she could attend school as Rachel, and do what he could to create a safe environment for her. This includes having the staff undergo LGBT sensitivity training.

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Smithsonian Adding LGBT Exhibit That Includes Pieces From Will and Grace

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I’m so excited to have another reason besides “The First Ladies” exhibit to visit Washington’s Smithsonian Institution: a brand new LGBT exhibition.

The museum is curating a collection of historical gay and lesbian artifacts in an effort to document and better understand LGBT history in our country. More from Huff Post Gay:

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Kate Plus 8 Returning to TLC in December

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People can’t get enough of Kate Gosselin and her brood. TLC just announced it has ordered more episodes of Kate Plus 8 that will air in December.

According to People, the premise of the new season will revolve around Gosselin and her kids traveling to the East Coast, exploring Boston, New England, and—just guessing here—Philadelphia?

Evidently filming is already in progress. People reports that the special will also include snippets of Gosselin getting the clan—now in eighth and fourth grades—ready for school at the end of summer.

Philly’s Cory Wade Hindorff Returns to America’s Next Top Model Cycle 21

Last year Philly actor/model/singer/G Philly cover boy Cory Wade Hindorff debuted in the first season of America’s Next Top Model to feature male and female models. He didn’t win (though he came in a commendable third place) but apparently he made enough of impression to be asked back.

Producers just announced that he’ll be returning this season—Cycle 21 (!)—as a special guest, serving as a mentor to the new contestants. So get ready for an arsenal of his signature one-liners, and sassy hand gestures galore.

In the video above he chats about what he’s been up to since the last season, and drops some hints about the hot-hot-hot male models that will be competing this season.

The new season of America’s Next Top Model airs tonight, Monday, August 18th, on the CW at 8 p.m. 

99-Year-Old Ida Keeling Breaks 100-Meter Record at Gay Games

She’s 99 years old, 4 feet 6 inches, 83 pounds, and Ida Keeling has endurance that defies the ages. The great-great grandmother from the Bronx competed in the Gay Games last week, finishing the 100-meter race in 59.8 seconds—a time that her coach and daughter Shelly says is the fastest that’s ever been recorded in a internationally certified race by someone her age.

Huffington Post reports that this is Keeling’s first Gay Games, and she took up running after two of her sons were killed 30 years ago in drug-related instances.

Her secret to staying in shape?

“Do what you need to do, not what you want to do and don’t leave out your daily exercise. Love yourself.”

See her in action in the video above.

Man Crush Monday: R. Eric Thomas

Every week, Philly gay gents share their local picks for Man Crush Monday. This week, comedic storyteller, Philly Mag contributor, and star of the upcoming Always the Bridesmaid at L’Etage, R. Eric Thomas.



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QFest Organizers Launch LGBT New Media Festival qFLIX Philadelphia

Screen Shot 2014-08-18 at 11.13.38 AMIn April word got around that QFest—Philly’s only LGBT film festival—would be cancelled this year, but organizers hinted that something new may be coming our way in the fall. Today I’m getting word on just what that something new will be.

In a video released today, QFest head Thom Cardwell announced that he is launching qFLIX Philadelphia, a weeklong festival that will focus not on traditional film, but on new media. More from the group’s mission statement:

Our vision is to preserve the tradition of the exhibition of American and international lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual and queer independent film in the Philadelphia region. qFLIX Philadelphia presents this film festival for, by, and about our community. We produce this festival for the education, entertainment, and enjoyment of past, present and future generations. …

Film as an international language allows qFLIX Philadelphia to foster, support, and give access to independent filmmakers and to encourage and nurture younger ones in the art of filmmaking. Queer film inspires the imagination and encourages the journey of discovery and acceptance by both the ever-growing region’s LGBTQ and the mainstream communities.

Cardwell is getting help from Michael Busza, writer and producer of the Emmy-winning local gay web series One of the Guys. In the video, Busza explains the kinds of things you can expect to see at the festival. “New media is a new form of entertainment that is web-based. We’re talking about webisodes, web cam series. things posted directly to YouTube, things that are posted on Facebook. Anything that isn’t traditional television or traditional film.”

The complete schedule hasn’t launched yet, but Busza says they will be premiering new episodes of One of the Guys (finally!), and a brand new show called Tainted Dreams—“things that haven’t been accessible online yet.” True to QFest form, there will also be panels with new media filmmakers.

The festival is scheduled to take place at the Kimmel Center September 18-22. To get folks interested, organizers have released the below video starring drag queen Brittany Lynn, who will also serve as qFLIX’s events coordinator. It features the leggy queen strolling around the Gayborhood, dancing with locals in bars and on the streets. (She even runs into G Philly at U Bar!) The video also serves as a means to crowdsource extra funding for the festival. To donate, you can go here. And for more information on the festival: here.

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