A First for Philly Schools: A High School Course in Drag

Germantown Friends School teacher Sara Gordon with some of the books she's using in the school's first-ever drag class.

Germantown Friends School teacher Sara Gordon with some of the books she’s using in the school’s first-ever drag class.

Germantown Friends is not your average Philadelphia school. A four-year high school education there will set you back more than $130,000 — about the same as a bachelor’s degree from Temple University, including room and board at Temple. And the students at the prestigious Quaker school aren’t just learning reading, writing and ‘rithmetic. Read more »

Flyers Hosting “You Can Play” Night for LGBT Rights in Sports

The You Can Play project is a group fighting to change the culture around LGBT athletes, coaches and fans in sports. It works to promote LGBT athlete safety, seeking “to challenge the culture of locker rooms and spectator areas by focusing only on an athlete’s skills, work ethic and competitive spirit.”

As part of a partnership with the NHL — one of the group’s founders is former Flyers scout Patrick Burke, son of Calgary Flames exec Brian Burke — the Flyers will be holding a You Can Play Night on Monday, January 25th, when the Flyers play the Boston Bruins. Read more »

DVLF’s Samantha Giusti Named Top Executive of the Year

Used with permission, Freedom G Photography.

Used with permission, Freedom G Photography.

There’s more good news for the Delaware Valley Legacy Fund‘s Executive Director Samantha GiustiPhilly Biz has named the hard-working Giusti one of 12 Philadelphia “Executives of the Year.” Giusti, along with her eleven other colleagues, were appointed to the list for their profound impact on Philadelphia business. Read more »

Police: It Was Water Department Sledgehammering the Rainbow Crosswalks

Video from NBC10.

A still of the video posted from NBC10 showing the sledgehammering.

UPDATE [1:43 PM]: We contacted Nellie Fitzpatrick, Director of LGBT Affairs, who confirmed that the incident last evening was utility work. She told us,”I contacted PPD’s media affairs and was informed that ‘according to the water department, they were out there. They have a “leak detection crew” they sent there to look for leaks. They can only go out at night when there is less traffic so they can open the manhole and send a small microphone in and put it against the pipe to listen if any water is leaking. How they do it is they need to bang against the concrete to loosen the lid of manhole. Apparently this guy simply could not get it open.'”

ORIGINAL: The sledgehammering of Philadelphia’s rainbow crosswalks isn’t as awful as was initially reported by several media outlets, and, according to Philadelphia Police, it wasn’t vandalism, but rather the water department performing utility work. Read more »

G Philly’s 10 Most Read Stories of 2015

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It’s hard to believe that another year has gone by, and we’ve covered so much in 2015 that we thought we’d share the ten most read stories of the year. We based this list on the number of page views that the story received, and we only included new stories published in 2015. Without further ado, here’s what our readers thought was hot in 2015.

Transgender Woman Dr. Rachel Levine Named Tom Wolf’s Physician General: From January 2015: “Dr. Levine, a resident of Middletown, Pennsylvania, is currently a professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, where she also serves as chief of the Division of Adolescent Medicine and Eating Disorders, a program she created on her own. She has also worked actively with the school’s Office of Diversity, mentoring LGBT students, faculty and staff, and she sits on the board of Equality PA.”

A Sinthetics male sex doll.

A Sinthetics male sex doll.

Life-Size, Anatomically Correct Male Sex Dolls by Sinthetics: A Man Who Will Never Leave YouFrom January 2015: “If those Grindr hookups are getting old and you’re looking for a dude to stay with you after you’ve undressed him, look no further: one company is producing eerily life-like male sex dolls that are (almost) as good looking as the real thing.”

PA High School Students Organize “Anti-Gay Day” in Response to National Day of SilenceFrom April 2015: “McGuffey High School in Claysville, Pennsylvania made headlines over the weekend when a group of students organized an ‘Anti-Gay Day’ in direct retaliation to the LGBT youth-supportive National Day of Silence (NDOS) on Friday.”

Art Museum Hottie Identified on Good Day PhiladelphiaFrom April 2015: “We posted some photos HughE Dillon took and shared on his blog Philly Chit Chat of a mystery, extremely well-built hottie working out on the Art Museum steps. Well, the hottie is no longer a mystery. Somehow HughE tracked him down and dragged him onto Good Day Philadelphia for an interview with Mike Jerrick and Alex Holley.” Read more »

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