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).
Barbara Proud (right) and Jan Felshin, who's been with her partner, Edrie Ferdum, for 55 years.
Home Nguyen, Dan Martin, Leng Lim and Michael Biello. Nguyen and Lim, Manhattan residents, are subjects in the book and have been together 19 years.
CJ Harker and Sean Dyroff
George Beschen, director of donor relations at Fox Chase Cancer Center, and Jordan Rockford, senior lecturer/academic advisor at UArts.
Richard Moore, Jeannette Moore, Maggie Bays, and Stuart Hovell are related to Proud. They tell me that she and her partner, Allison, have the longest relationship in the family, and many of the family members go to them when they need advice.
Marc Silver and James Rose, both artists, tell me the secret to their longevity is allowing each other the space to exercise their creativity in isolation, and not get personal about it.
The forward to the book was written by Edie Windsor, whose challenge and eventual beating of DOMA seemed to set in motion the equality marriage act that is sweeping the nation.
Laura and Jennifer Zaylea have been together for six years, having met in grad school. They recently became parents to twin girls and reside in Delaware. They tell me they're not getting a lot of sleep, but are loving the experience.
Edrie and Jan together 55 years. Edrie was the head of the dance program at Temple University for 30 years.
Harvey Hurdle and Kevin Yoder are the proud dads of 2-year-old Evan Hurdle-Yoder. The dads have limited contact with the mother but share photos of Evan with her via Facebook. The couple was wed on their 25th anniversary in Washington DC in 2013, as Pennsylvania hadn’t allowed same-sex marriages at the time.
Santiago Ortiz and Pablo Garcia have been together 23 years. Pablo (right) is a native of Venezuela, and has been living undocumented for over 20 years. Despite being legally married in Connecticut in 2011, the couple had lived in fear that Garcia would be deported, but now that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled DOMA unconstitutional, Garcia is allowed to apply for a green card as Santiago’s spouse. Their story was documented in a Time magazine article and on Buzzfeed last year.
Rasheda Hampton, Marisa Marchegiano and Michele Marchesiano were glad to be on hand to support several of their friends who are featured in the project.
Students from University of the Arts entertain guests.
Juan and Imelda Sanchez with their son Juan ‘Toby’ Sanchez and his partner Michael Marriott. Mr. and Mrs. Sanchez flew in from Houston, Texas to be there Friday night. Juan and Michael met in D.C. and still reside there. They are on the cover of the book. Mom and dad are very proud and supportive of their son.
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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 exhibit “First 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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It has been more than two weeks since two gay men were attacked at 16th and Chancellor streets, and new details are still emerging. Read more »
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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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.
"There are some in Harrisburg who object to restoring sexual orientation and gender identity protections to the hate-crime law. But they haven't been calling for repeal of the law's remaining protections, for victims targeted because of their race, color, religion or national origin -- they know they would take a political hit for that. "
"Unfortunately, they think there's no political penalty or constituent outrage to face for leaving out women, LGBT people, or people targeted because of their ancestry or mental or physical disability. Pennsylvanians who don't like this injustice need to let their state representative and senator know now."
Caryn Kunkle, friend and spokesperson for the two victims: "I am thankful that many legislators are working to restore Pennsylvania’s inclusive hate crime law. This is important to me not only because of my gay friends who were brutally attacked, but also because I have struggled my entire life to protect my autistic younger brother. It is never OK to hurt someone because of who they are."
Brian Sims stands next to Caryn Kunkle.
Councilman Jim Kenney: "True equality will never be achieved through government action alone. Transphobia and homophobia have always been deeply embedded in American culture. As we were brutally reminded two weeks ago, our children are growing up in a country where LGBTQ people are still seen as an 'other' and somehow different from themselves – victories will remain hollow until this changes."
First Deputy Commissioner Richard Ross Jr.
Rudy Flesher, Beth Wilson Rudd, and Matt Kurilla
Representative from GALAEI, who's Executive Director Elicia Gonzales told the crowd that, ""The outpouring of both outrage and support surrounding this heinous act has been nothing short of heart-warming. The fact that this issue moved hate crimes legislation into the foreground must not be taken lightly. We must also bring to light the other hate crimes that have gone unpunished, and sometimes, unnoticed. Let us use this momentum to continue to seek justice for Nizah Morris, Kyra Cordova, and Diamond Williams."
Sharron Cooks, community organizer and consultant at Making Our Lives Easier LLC, stand next to William Way Executive Director Chris Bartlett,
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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Today at 2 p.m., State Representative Brian Sims will host an event in Love Park for the two victims of the September 11th gay-bashing in Center City, and to call for hate crime laws that would protect LGBT people in Pennsylvania.
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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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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.
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.
My name is Kaylynn. I think artistic, passionate, and strong women are the sexiest. With that in mind, here are my local picks for Woman Crush Wednesday.
Ify is my sexy microbiologist crush! She is a proud nerd and a sucker for dry, witty humor (think British comedy). Like myself, she is a hopeless romantic, despite attempts pretending otherwise.
Kimberly is a 25-year-old queer Latina woman who is passionate about art and expression. She is a visual artist and has been doing art since she was in the third grade. She loves to empower young people with body positivity through her art work.
Tracye is just as hot as the coffee she serves up. This barista and Wichita native is a lover of music, who recently reintroduced me to soul. Her smile is just as sweet as she is.
Natasa is an entrepreneur, world traveler, and one of the hottest moms I know. She makes sure her West Philly coffee customers are more than happy. When she does take time for herself you won't find her around town. Rest assured she'll off in some distant land exploring and showing her little one the world.
Jennifer served her country, but also serves a load of fun. If you ever see me out dancing, she's the reason why. Did I mention she makes a great mojito?
Share your Woman Crush Wednesday!
Here are the rules: (1) Name five to 10 ladies you’re crushing on (2) You and all women involved must be from Philadelphia (3) Email your crushes to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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