Q&A: Out Singer-Songwriter Jo Stones

Jo Stones

Jo Stones

When you hear out singer-songwriter Jo Stones make some sweet love to a keyboard, you know the guy has got talent: The Philly Gayborhood favorite recently released his first single, “The Letter,” on iTunes, and will be spooking out listeners this Halloween at a free noontime concert at LOVE Park. We threw Jo some rapid-fire questions about his music, his performances, and his guilty pleasures. Read more »

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Philly’s Passional Boutique Teams With Suddenly Fem to Sell Fashions for Transgender Women

Sud-fem-products-2Philadelphia’s Passional Boutique and Sexploratorium is teaming with Suddenly Fem, the national retailer that specializes in clothing for the M2F woman, to sell a collection of clothing for crossdressers and transitioning transgender women.

Suddenly Fem, which, before now, was primarily a online-based clothing company, will offer dresses, teddies, gaff panties, skirts and pants at Passional, where personnel has undergone collaborative training meetings with Suddenly Fem to be better prepared to guide the transitioning customer.

Passional‘s Kali Morgan says she gets a lot of requests from trans customers. “We have sold items for the transgender community since the start of our business, but this partnership will allow us to offer a wider variety of merchandise and educational resources for this underserved market.”

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Tie-the-Knot Tuesday: Lianne and Carmina

Lianne and Carimina swimming in the Philippines.

Lianne and Carmina swimming in the Philippines.

Every Tuesday, we are featuring a recently wed Philadelphia-area LGBT couple. Today: Lianne and Carmina from Collingdale, Pennsylvania. The couple were married in Washington, and they have quite a story about a party crasher at their wedding ceremony.

Names: Lianne and Carmina

How long have you been together as a couple before you got married?: 4 years

When did you get married?: July 2010

Lianne and Carmina.

Lianne and Carmina.

Describe the experience of your wedding. Where did you get married? Who was there? What was the most memorable part?: We got married in Washington, DC. Our closest friends and family members attended our courthouse ceremony and reception at the Beacon Hotel. We had about 20 people total. The most memorable part was saying our vows in front of the people in our lives that matter most. And the random guy who walked in …

While at the courthouse, there was a private room where the ceremony was performed. All of our friends and family gathered in the room as we waited for the official to start. Suddenly, a stranger wondered in and sat down in the room with us. Everyone started to look at each other, wondering who this man was. Eventually, he realized he didn’t know anyone else and excused himself. It is something we all remember to this day.

Want to be featured in a future Tie-the-Knot Tuesday? If you’re a gay or lesbian couple married in Pennsylvania, we want to hear from you. Take our brief survey!

Man Arrested for Murder of Norristown Man He Met On Craigslist for Sex

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Chad Marshall Wilcox

Twenty-eight-year-old Chad Marshall Wilcox has been arrested and charged with robbery and first-degree murder of a Norristown man he met on Craigslist for sex.

Instinct reports that “Wilcox allegedly killed his victim, Manuel Hakimian, 36, on September 21 at Hakimian’s home in Norristown, Pennsylvania, a Philadelphia suburb. Authorities believe Wilcox slit the victim’s throat. … After allegedly killing Hakimian, Wilcox used Hakimian’s bank and credit cards in at least five states. Wilcox also stole his car, which was spotted on September 24 by police in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Wilcox crashed the car and escaped on foot; police found a folding knife with blood on it along with receipts matching some of the purchases made with the stolen cards. Wilcox was ultimately arrested in Johnston County, North Carolina a few days later.”

The Associated Press has more:

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Man Crush Monday: Trevor Powell

Every week, Philly gay gents share their local picks for Man Crush Monday. This week: the boy next door to beat all boys next door, Trevor Powell. When Trevor isn’t studying at Temple, you can catch him slinging cocktails at Knock, or carrying a “Vote for Tom Wolf” sign around town as the local field director for Liberty PA



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PLAYDAR: On 1989, Taylor Swift Takes a Form-Perfect Dive Into 1980s Pop

Taylor_Swift_-_1989First things first: I hate that I like Taylor Swift.

You see, we share something in common: We’re both Pennsyltucky-bred projects hopelessly in love with (or fascinated by) the grandeur of life outside the haystack. I understand that T-Swift’s not being snarky when she croons about awe-inspiring, big-city lights on tracks like “Welcome to New York”—girl, I get it. But explaining that to someone who’s otherwise annoyed by her diaristic songwriting or small-town naivete inevitably seems to unearth the inner music snob in everyone—something Tay Tay herself poked fun at in Red’s “We Are Never.” Just try telling someone you listen to Taylor Swift, and suddenly they’re big fans of The Beatles or some indie group no one’s ever heard of (or cares about), and you’re the guy perceived as having Kidz Bop on repeat at work.

Wonderful.

Point being, liking Taylor Swift can feel like a burden—especially when you feel the urge to shelter your iPhone on the subway when someone sees the fairy-princess-esque Speak Now cover art spring to life on your screen. It’s a curse that the, say, Beyoncé fans of the world never have to deal with.

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GAY NEWS FLASH: Defrocked Reverend Frank Schaefer Refrocked By Methodist Church

Schaefer stands in front of Zion United Methodist Church of Iona in South Lebanon Township.

Schaefer stands in front of Zion United Methodist Church of Iona in South Lebanon Township.

Reverend Frank Schaefer, the man who was defrocked by the Methodist Church for officiating the marriage of his gay son, received some good news this morning. The Judicial Council of the Methodist Church has affirmed his appeal, which asked that he be reinstated to ordained ministry. Read Schaefer’s reaction on GLAAD’s site:

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PHOTOS: Indigo Ball 2014

On Saturday night, the William Way Community Center hosted its annual, oh-so-stylish fundraiser Indigo Ball at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA). As always, it brought out Philly’s best-dressed LGBTers for a night of dancing, cocktailing and mingling. Philly photographer Sammy Munsch was in the house, and she was kind enough to share some of her best shots from the evening.



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