Homeless Man Charged in Brutal Beating of 53-Year-Old Philadelphia Trans Woman

Marcus Jones has been charged with attempted murder of a trans woman.

Marcus Jones has been charged with attempted murder of a trans woman.

A 53-year-old trans woman was attacked on the 900 block of North Watts Street on the afternoon of Tuesday, August 18th, Philadelphia Police announced today. The victim was transported to Hahnemann Hospital where she is in critical condition.

The attack was caught via surveillance video, according to police officials, where the attacker is seen repeatedly punching and kicking the victim until she was unconscious. After the victim “lay motionless on the ground, the offender stomped on the complainant’s head several times” and grabbed the victim’s purse. Read more »

PHOTOS: Brian Sims Throws a Happy Hour at Tavern on Camac

Last evening, State Representative Brian Sims hosted a group of his supporters at Tavern on Camac for a “Summer Cocktails with Brian Sims” happy hour to benefit his political campaign. There were plenty of familiar faces on hand, including the fabulous Dena Underwood, Chris Bartlett, Senator Larry Farnese, Jr., Paul Steinke, Jim Kenney, and more. We were there to capture the crowd at this Gayborhood hotspot.

Shopping Gods Be Praised: Target Coming Right Around the Corner From the Gayborhood

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No doubt you’ve noticed the huge construction project that has turned Chestnut Street between 11th and 12th into a huge hole. Well, there’s some very good news about that space right by the Gayborhood: There’s a Target going in.

Our sister blog, Property, reported the news this morning: The 19,000 square foot space will include a pharmacy department, plus the other items that we’ve come to know and expect from a Target run. Other reports indicate the store will have a online pick-up area plus a Starbucks.

The store is expected to open in 2016, but we have a feeling it will be well worth the wait.

“I’m Not Gay” T-Shirt Makes Our Roundup of Surprising Wildwood Finds

Philly Mag‘s own Dan McQuade writes an annual column about some of the most repetitive (and, let’s just admit it, most lame) t-shirts that seem to litter souvenir stands along the Wildwood Boardwalk, but something tells me you’d find these goods at just about any Jersey beach (Atlantic City, anyone?).

Nevertheless, in this year’s list, McQuade found a shirt mixed in amongst the mountains of Minons that’s quite surprising, given that it is 2015:


Yup, there with Frozen and Deez Nuts Got Em is a tank that says “I’m Not Gay But $20 is $20.” I’ve seen the shirt before, normally worn by gay dudes, but here it is being pimped along the boardwalk’s family friendly designs.

“Hey, everyone’s gotta make a living,” McQuade wrote about the tank. Now we know what’s going on behind those lifeguard stands. Am I right?

Keystone Catholics Issues Statement On LGBT Treatment During Papal Visit

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Yesterday, we reported that groups of LGBT Catholics were essentially evicted from a local parish during the upcoming World Meeting of Families and the Papal visit. Now, Keystone Catholics, an “online advocacy organization dedicated to promoting social justice and the common good,” has issued a statement regarding the actions of the Archdiocese. Read more »

INTERVIEW: Out Philly Writer Paul Lisicky on The Narrow Door, Denise Gess, and Where We’re Drinking in the Gayborhood

Paul Lisicky

Paul Lisicky

The first time I physically met Paul Lisicky was about two weeks ago at Knead Bagels on Walnut Street, but it felt like we knew each other for a long, long time. Sure, we had been corresponding via email, Facebook, and Instagram (note: he’s a real active user) for about a year, but there was more to our connection than just random communication. We both had Denise in common. Read more »

Republican National Committee Endorses Antigay Discrimination Bill

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Via Shutterstock

It’s being called “a Pandora’s Box of taxpayer-funded discrimination against same-sex couples and their children” by the American Civl Liberties Union: The Republican National Committee endorsed the First Amendment Defense Act on Monday, which, in essence, according to The Advocate, “endorses discrimination against people who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.” Read more »

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