Breaking Down the Rainbow Flag: How Well Does it Truly Represent the LGBT Community

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Ah, to be a member of the gay community, a community as diverse as every color on its famous rainbow flag. How about that flag, huh? For me, it brings up a few different feelings. When I see it in a shop window, on someone’s car, or on someone’s face I think, “Oh, they’re probably cool with gay people or something.” And that’s nice.

But, to be honest? I don’t like the rainbow flag. There, I said it. I’m an out-and-proud gay man and I don’t like the rainbow flag.

Hear me out …

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Mutter Museum’s Out4STEM Program Aims to Attract LGBTQ Youth to Science

From left to right: Bella Santos, Karim Sariammed, Jorge Colon, Jacqui Bowman, Jeanene Johnson, and Marcy Engleman.

From left to right: Bella Santos, Karim Sariammed, Jorge Colon, Jacqui Bowman, Jeanene Johnson, and Marcy Engleman.

The first time 17-year old Jorge walked through the Mutter Museum, filled with preserved jars of fetuses, hearts, and lungs, he literally lost his appetite.

“I couldn’t eat for days,” he says. “My mom would cook all this food and I just couldn’t eat it!”

That’s changed quite a bit: now, the El Centro High School student is a regular intern at the Mutter, a division of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, where he recently cleaned the bottles, jars, and containers of human body parts as part of one of his assignments. But that’s not all: He’s created a Spanish version of a Mutter Museum brochure that narrates the collection’s gardens and was able to tour a botany collection at the Barnes that contained specimens from as far as South Asia. Read more »

Wawa, Rite Aid Among Lowest-Scoring PA Companies On HRC Corporate Equality Index (UPDATED)

The Human Rights Campaign just released results from its annual Corporate Equality Index, which assesses LGBT inclusion in major U.S. corporations based on five categories: non-discrimination policies, employment benefits, demonstrated organizational competency and accountability around LGBT diversity and inclusion, public commitment to LGBT equality, and responsible citizenship.

There’s a lot to be excited about here. The report shows that out of 781 companies, a record 366 across the nation earned a perfect score of 100 percent. Some other things to get excited about:

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Here’s the Deal: People Can Label Themselves However They Want

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Last week, The Huffington Post published a commentary by a 19-year-old female, Brie, titled “I’m Demisexual: Here’s What That Means.” In it, the writer describes demisexuality:

“I don’t feel sexually attracted to people in the ‘normal’ way. I’m demisexual (that’s on the asexuality scale), so I honestly can’t feel attraction toward people unless I already love their personalities and minds along with a few other special snowflake qualities.”

Of course, I couldn’t help but notice a good amount of my gay-identifying social media friends sharing the article, mostly poking fun at the author’s “need” to label herself as a sexual orientation that was, in their opinions, “fictitious.” As one person put it, “We’re going to run out of letters of the alphabet to describe people soon. What’s it now? LGBTQD?”

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11 Gay Things to Do In Philly This Week: Hanky Panky With NSFW Dance Party, a Bash For Furries, Stimulus’s Black and White Affair and More

WATCH: Philly LGBT Youth “Shake It Off” In “It Gets Better” Video

“Some people will do everything in their power to make you feel like you are worthless, like you are helpless, and like you are alone. We are here to remind you that not one of those things is true.”

So begins the Youth Health Empowerment Project (Y-HEP)‘s uplifting, make-you-want-to-boogie video that was made during last week’s “It Gets Better Project” residency at the Kimmel Center.

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Man Crush Monday: Justin Nordell

Every week, Philly gay gents share their local picks for Man Crush Monday. Today, Stonewall Sports Philadelphia board member (and G Philly contributor) Justin Nordell, who is gearing up for the upcoming Stonewall Volleyball and Stonewall Dodgeball leagues. (More on that here.)

Last Five Man Crush Mondays:


The Westbury Is Closing Its Doors For Good

You may have noticed that The Westbury has been closed the past couple of weeks, but a message posted on its Facebook page this weekend explains that the historic Philly bar will never open again.

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Stonewall Philly Announces Winter Dodgeball and Volleyball Leagues, Plus a New Way to Give Back to The Community


On Sunday, Stonewall Kickball wrapped up its fall season with a tournament and booze-fueled celebratory banquet at Field House, but fans of the league won’t have to wait till spring to slip into their short shorts and move balls into goal thingies. Stonewall announced it is branching beyond kickball to launch its first-ever Philadelphia dodgeball and volleyball leagues, both starting in January.

Registration opens on Wednesday, November, 19th, when LGBT athletes can sign up for either (or both) sports. Here are the details on each, according to volleyball league organizer Justin Nordell:

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