Adam Joseph Reflects On His Time Off As a Stay-at-Home Dad

UPDATE: Yesterday I reported that Adam Joseph will be returning to work this week, after a two-month leave of absence to take care of his son Jacob. I gleaned the information from a discreet comment on Facebook that a coworker pointed out to me, but today Joseph has taken to his page to make the official announcement, and share his experience of being a stay at home dad, which he calls “the hardest job I have ever tackled in my life.”

ORINGIAL: It looks like 6ABC meteorologist Adam Joseph will be returning to his day job tomorrow, after taking a two-month leave of absence to take care of his adorable son Jacob. He confirmed rather inconspicuously via a fan inquiry on his Facebook page that asked if he’d be turning to work tomorrow. His answer: “Yup! Happy/sad day.”

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Now that we know he’ll be back on TV, that just leaves one looming questions: Will he go on air sporting his natural grey that he showed us in a photo last month, or will he go back to black? Silver fox, black, we’ll take him either way—as long as he tells us we’re going to have an unusually early spring.

Welcome back, Mr. Joseph!

Man Crush Monday: Pretty Girl

Every week, Philly gay gents share their local picks for Man Crush Monday. Today, one of Philly’s most unique, head-scratching drag queens: Pretty Girl, who brings an unusual amount of puss to a list dedicated to local man crushes.



Last Five Man Crush Mondays:

15 Gay Things to Do in Philly This Week: Gay Erotica at Giovanni’s Room, OurNightOut Gets High, Miss Boxed Wine Pageant and More



Aiden James Releases Video for “Snapshot”

Philly out singer-songwriter Aiden James just dropped a new video on us, a late Christmas present, if you will. “Snapshot” is from his latest album, Trouble With This, which debuted at No. 28 on the iTunes Top 100 chart when it was released in 2012.

To make the video, James took advantage of the recent snow storm in Winnipeg by stepping out to make a li’l video that illustrates the song’s message about cherishing your favorite moments in time. James doesn’t appear in the video once, instead he is presumably the camera man, filming a day in the life with the man he loves. The effect is nostalgia-inducing all the way, evoking those moments when you watch old home movies of people who are no longer in your life.

Check it out above. (Sniffle). You can download Trouble With This and “Snapshot,” here.

Lineup Announced for Philly Black Pride 2015

From last year's Sunday Day Party Finale | Philadelphia Black Pride courtesy of Brick City Varsity.

From last year’s Sunday Day Party Finale | Philadelphia Black Pride courtesy of Brick City Varsity.

Philly Black Pride Weekend (PBP), called #PhillyBlackPride2k15,” is back for its 16th year with a theme that “Celebrates Leadership While Championing Diversity.” According to PBP Vice President and Pride Weekend Organizer D’Ontace Keyes, the concept for this year’s multi-day shindig is to “push past the antiquated stereotype of a ‘Pride celebration’ so that we can be transformative in the way we present events for LGBTQ people of color.” So, instead of one big, rainbow flag-waving hoopla, Keyes and his fellow organizers have put together a series of events scattered throughout the city—from the Rittenhouse Ethical Society and Ladder 15 to the Kimmel Center—each day of the festival, which takes place April 22nd to 26th. The fresh approach, Keyes hopes, will provide a “sense of a new beginning in a fresh direction.”

Here’s the lineup of this year’s festivities, for all you plan-ahead types: (keep in mind that nightlife events and parties are coming soon.

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Tom Wolf Names Transgender Woman Physician General

Image courtesy of Penn State

Image courtesy of Penn State

On Saturday, Governor-Elect Tom Wolf released the names of four more members of his cabinet, one of which is a transgender woman, Dr. Rachel Levine, who will serve as his physician general.

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.

In her role as physician general, Levine will advise the governor and secretary of the Department of Health on medical and public health-related issues. In a press release sent out this weekend, Wolf explains why he chose her for this position:

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Weekend Roundup: Get Your Roxoff at Voyeur, an Art Sale at Giovanni’s Room, a Dark and Stormy Masquerade and More

FRIDAY

  • Scene from a Roxoff party at L'Etage in November.

    Scene from a Roxoff party at L’Etage in November.

    Stop by Giovanni’s Room from now through the 18th to take advantage of the bookstore-turned-thrift-mecca’s 25-percent-off art sale.

  • Mauckingbird Theatre Company’s latest staging, “Hot ‘n’ Cole,” is an homage to prolific golden-age composer and songwriter Cole Porter. Local crooners like Luke Brahdt, Michelle Eugene, and Phillip Anthony Wilson will take on some of his most-loved tunes, all presented “with wonderfully fresh arrangements and a contemporary twist.”
  • Fearce Frenzy with Sutton Fearce returns with some fun outside the Gayborhood: Fearce, the evenings host, has assembled a talented cast of mostly Philly queens that will show you a great time and have you cackling away the week’s triflings. Look out for Bev and Aurora Whorealis.’
  • Get your “Roxoff” with new DJ duo Chris Urban and Drootrax at Voyeur Nightclub. Party starts at 10:30 p.m. and goes till 3:30 a.m.
  • Dynamic Gayborhood performers Icon Ebony Fierce and burlesquer Gemini Rose are teaming up for a new recurring party that promises “glamour, sensuality, genderfuck, and RAW performances from some of Philly’s greatest entertainers.” Ebony Fierce hosts Pussé Parlor: Opening Night, while Rose is joined by three of the city’s most exciting, outside-the-box performers: Mary Vice, Ann Artist and Kemar Jewel. (Psst: The password is “pussé.)
  • Swing by Stella D’Oro’s Retro Drag Party at Venture Inn to celebrate Anita Manhattan’s birthday. There you’ll find baked goods from D’Oro’s Cookie Factory and a performance by the lovely Messapotamia Lefae.
  • Eric Jaffe assembles a host of Philly’s brightest singing talents for his monthly variety show at Tavern. This week he’s bringing in Pissi Myles, Cory Wade Hindorff, Larisa Bunch, Jonathan Hernandez and Rob Anthony.

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Philanthropy Friday: Equality PA

Every Friday we spotlight a local LGBT nonprofit in Philadelphia. This week: Equality PA, the statewide organization that works to advance equality and opportunity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Pennsylvanians.

Love Wins EQPA

Who are you? Equality PA is the commonwealth’s largest organization advocating for LGBT equality. Working with supporters from Butler county to Allentown, Philadelphia to Pittsburgh, and even in Tawanda, Pa., we are the voice of the LGBT community in Harrisburg. We want to make sure that the nearly 300,000 LGBT people in Pennsylvania are being heard by our elected leaders.

When was Equality PA founded? In 1996 as the Center for Lesbian and Gay Civil Rights, later growing into Equality Advocates PA, and finally becoming Equality Pennsylvania in 2010. We’re the only organization in the Commonwealth advocating exclusively for equality for LGBT Pennsylvanians.

What’s Equality PA’s shining moment to date?: On May 19, 2014 all Pennsylvanians, including LGBT couples, were granted the freedom to marry by the court. Ted Martin, executive director of Equality PA said it best that day: “It’s always a good day in Pennsylvania when love wins. Equality PA members have been waiting for this day for a long time. Marriage really matters to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender couples in deeply important ways.”

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Lesbian Shot in Broad Daylight in North Philly

Philadelphia Gay News reports that a local lesbian woman was shot and killed in broad daylight this week in North Philadelphia. More:

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Kim Jones, 56, was shot in the head at 9:30 a.m. while she was standing on the corner of 12th and Jefferson streets near Temple University, waiting to take the bus to work, police said.

The gunman came up behind Jones, who was wearing headphones, and shot her point-blank in the back of the head.

Investigators believe Jones was targeted, but a motive had not been announced as of presstime.

“She had her purse, she had her cellphone, she had jewelry on, none of which was taken, none of which was disturbed,” said Homicide Capt. James Clark in a press conference Tuesday.

Officer Tanya Little, a police spokesperson, said investigators are aware that Jones, who married her partner last month, was a lesbian, and do not yet know if that could have played a role in her killing.

“Investigators have not ruled out anything at this point,” Little said.

I reached out to Public Affairs, who told me that they have no leads at the moment, but the “investigation is “very active.” I asked if they were looking at it as a hate crime, but the officer told me that she doesn’t believe that’s the direction they’re going toward.

The gunman is described as a heavyset African American male, who was wearing black clothing and carrying a black duffel bag. Police are looking at surveillance video from the area, and they are offering a $20,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest and conviction.

If you have information, call 215-686-TIPS, or ring the homicide unit directly at 215-686-3334.

 

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