Mayor Nutter and Philadelphia Police Welcome New LGBT Law Enforcement Organization

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A new LGBT policing organization is shaping up in Philadelphia that will provide out officers the opportunity to create change within the force.

The Greater Philadelphia Gay Officer Action League, or GOAL, has been a project long in the making, but after a Monday organizational meeting, the new law enforcement organization is ready to launch, and it will be a historic moment for both the city and the nation. Read more »

Salon on Orbiter 3’s New Play Raises Questions and Conversation About Queerness Around the Globe

From Sunday's Orbiter 3 salon.

From Sunday’s Orbiter 3 salon.

This past Sunday, I attended my first salon, a sneak peek of Emma Goidel’s A Knee That Can Bend, a play that explores some complex themes of queerness, otherness, and privilege outside of our American ideals.

It was quite an eclectic mix of individuals who attended the festivities: There were members of both the local artistic and LGBTQ communities, including representatives from the William Way Community Center and The Attic, plus individuals from the Kimmel Center, the Arden Theater Company, and the Bearded Ladies Cabaret. In short, it was a crossroads between two communities that I am deeply invested in, and I found the discussion of Goidel’s work to be not only super interesting, but essential for just about everyone in the room. Read more »

INTERVIEW: Tab Hunter on Hollywood, His New Documentary, and Playing Baseball With Debbie Reynolds

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“One of the favorite things my mother would always say was, ‘Nothing for show.’ So what happens? I end up in show business.”

That’s how Hollywood legend Tab Hunter recalls his mother, a woman he describes as a “strict, religious German.” She also had another catch phrase that stuck with Hunter: “We can’t play down young minds. Elevate your thinking.”

“That’s a great phrase,” he said. “We ought to tell that to film makers these days.” Read more »

INTERVIEW: JoJo On Her Sold Out Philly Concert



Ever since the vase-shattering JoJo burst onto the music scene at just thirteen years old with her ’04 debut single, “Leave(Get Out),” the songstress captured music hearts across the globe and seemed to be headed to the high roads of music stardom. However, due to major drama with her record label, Interscope, her career was sidelined a bit and unfortunately, the “Too Little, Too Late” diva struggled to regain her prowess on the Billboard charts these last few years.

But being the industry fighter she is and just how devoted her long-time fans are, Ms. JoJo bounced back this year after finally being freed from the label and recently served us with a trio of songs in a fiery “tringle,” as well as hitting the road on her sold out I Am JoJo Tour, which will find its place on the Coda Philly stage tonight.

Before the delightful diva owns those spotlights, she took some to chat with us, spilling about the highs and lows of stardom, dished details on the eye-popping video for her comeback single, “When Love Hurts,” and reveals how she truly feels that this is just the true beginning of her red-hot career.

I just first have to ask you….how’s life these days? I’m happy as a motherfucker! Being busy is good for most people like myself, so I’m thankful right now. I’m in a state of gratefulness for these opportunities. I just want to seize and live in this moment.

There’s really no need to rehash your well publicized record label and music industry struggles. Of course, there were some negative energy that came out of that time, but do you feel you gained anything positive throughout the ordeal? Yes, absolutely. I can’t help to look at it as something that was meant to be part of my story. I think that it taught me to be more self-sufficient and to develop an even stronger relationship with my fans. Just being myself and not having opinions from the label and not trying to have an image in mind and all of these things I’ve been forced to think about since I was twelve. To not have to do that anymore, it’s really taught me how to trust myself. Read more »

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