This May Be the Best Response to the Art Museum’s Fake Rainbow Flag Picture

This past Saturday, I wrote about the doctored Philadelphia Museum of Art photo that showed rainbow banners displayed on the iconic building, and the insane social media outlash that came with it. Your comments about the fake rainbow were pretty great (My favorite: “I know the feeling, I spent days trying to find those rainbow Oreos…”), but this picture from a reader truly summarizes exactly how we feel about the entire situation:

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INTERVIEW: Judy and Dennis Shepard

Judy and Dennis Shepard, photo courtesy Target Cue PR.

Judy and Dennis Shepard, photo courtesy Target Cue PR.

“You know, people run around and say, ‘Gay rights’ this and ‘gay rights’ that. There are no gay rights. There are equal rights,” Dennis Shepard told me while I chatted with him and his wife, Judy, on the phone. They were in New York City, about to receive a Logo Trailblazer Award. This week, they’re on the way to Philly to receive yet another honor at the LGBT Civil Rights 50th Anniversary Celebration.

“These rights aren’t special for anyone,” he continued. “These are people who are born here, who pay taxes, and who work hard. The gay community is just as normal and boring as the straight community. They get up, go to work, pay the bills, and mow their lawns. What happens in the bedroom is nobody’s damn business.” Read more »

How Philadelphia Helped Give Birth to the LGBT Rights Movement

Left: The first Annual Reminder in 1965 (photo: Right: Marchers in 1969 (photo: Nancy Tucker/Lesbian History Archives).

Left: The first Annual Reminder in 1965 (photo: Right: Marchers in 1969 (photo: Nancy Tucker/Lesbian History Archives).

It was Sunday, July 4, 1965. Marj McCann stood behind a trash can across from Independence Hall and watched the marchers. How brave these people are, she thought, the men in their shirts and ties, the women in their dresses. But how foolish, too, holding up signs saying SUPPORT HOMOSEXUAL CIVIL RIGHTS and HOMOSEXUALS SHOULD BE JUDGED AS INDIVIDUALS. Wouldn’t they all lose their jobs? She envied their courage. She was 25, an office manager at a typesetting firm in Center City, and hadn’t come out at work or to her family. “Oh my goodness,” she thought as she watched the marchers walk in dignified formation around their permitted protest area. “It must be great to be that brave.” Read more »

Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Doctored Rainbow Picture Causes Big Confusion

The doctored rainbow picture from the Museum's Facebook page.

The doctored rainbow picture from the Museum’s Facebook page.

Let’s get this out of the way: It’s fake.

The original Facebook status, top, and the edited status, below.

The original Facebook status, top, and the edited status, below.

The picture of rainbow banners draped from the Philadelphia Museum of Art to celebrate the Supreme Court’s marriage equality decision is a doctored image, a Photoshop gone wrong that confused and downright infuriated a good number of the Museum’s Facebook followers who thought the picture was real.

Sure, the Museum admitted that the image was “a digital render and a symbol of our support,” but that was hours after the initial picture was posted with the following caption:

“The Museum is flying rainbow banners in celebration of the Supreme Court’s decision on same sex marriage. ‘Like’ if you support #MarriageEquality for everyone!”

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PHOTOS: Decision Day Rally at Independence Mall

For many, it was the close to a long, momentous day: This evening’s Decision Day Rally at Independence Mall celebrated the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize gay marriage across the country. Hundreds showed up on the lawn across from the National Constitution Center to join in fellowship and hear remarks from William Way Community Center Executive Director Chris Bartlett, GALAEI Executive Director Elicia Gonzales, Mayor Michael Nutter, Mayoral candidate Jim Kenney, Executive Director of the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations Rue Landau, and many, many more. We were on hand to capture some of the gorgeous moments from the early evening gathering.

(Updated) #MarriageEquality: The Reaction

[Updated with reaction and slideshow from a rally at the National Constitution Center, below.]

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court declared that marriage is a fundamental right, and that states cannot prohibit gay and lesbian folks from marrying. The reaction has been overwhelming on social media, both in Philadelphia and around the country.

Visit Philadelphia was ready with an ad campaign:


And people from all walks of life celebrated:

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Supreme Court Decision on Gay Marriage: A Big Win

Breaking news: The United States Supreme Court has finally reached their decision on whether or not states can ban same-sex marriage and whether or not states must recognize legal same-sex marriages performed in other states.

The high court ruled in a 5-4 decision that the “Fourteenth Amendment requires a state to license a marriage between two people of the same sex…And to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when a marriage was lawfully licensed and performed out of state.”

We’ll be out and about Philadelphia for the rest of the day getting reaction and watching the community celebrate.

Read the full Supreme Court decision with dissenting opinions below: Read more »

L&I Shuts Down “Gay Pizza” on 13th Street

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Here’s why we can’t have anything nice (although I never really found the affectionately named Homo Hut “nice,” so to speak): The popular late-night “Gay Pizza” restaurant, located at 209 South 13th Street, has been shut down by the city’s Department of Licenses and Inspections.

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The “Cease Operations/Stop Work Order” sign is clearly displayed on the door of the shop, indicating that the location had “no food license,” and that the “corrective actions needed to remove this condition” are to “obtain food license #3120, Food Prep.”

I spoke with Ron Spencer in L&I this morning who confirmed that the license expired in April of this year. However, according to his records, it appears that the pizza restaurant may have had no license from 2007 to 2014.

We’ve called “Homo Hut” several times to get their response and there’s been no answer. We’ll keep you updated should more information become available.

Mütter Museum Offering Free HIV Testing, Free Admission, and More

From the Mütter Museum.

From the Mütter Museum.

It’s not the most likely place that you’d get tested for HIV, but the Mütter Museum is throwing an all-day testing bash this Saturday, June 27 that is free and open to the public. It’s a great chance to kill two birds with one stone: know your status and check out the really creepy, cool collection at the Mütter. Read more »

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