New Leather Club Starting in Philadelphia

qla.1jpgAlways been sort of tempted by the leather community, but felt too intimidated to reach out? There’s a new leather club starting in Philadelphia that may offer just the baby-bear-step approach you’ve been looking for.

The Queer Leather Alliance (QLA) recently kicked off with a mission that co-founder Damon Stango says “offers a space for people like me that I haven’t found in any other club.”

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Sisters to Re-Open as a Straight Bar

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You may have seen some action happening around Sisters lately. The shuttered lesbian bar on Chancellor Street is being prepped to open as … are you ready for this? A straight bar.

Real estate mogul—and gay rights champion—Mel Heifetz says he sold the building to Lord Chancellor, LLC for $750,000 on November 4th of last year. “It will reopen in a few weeks, totally redone as a straight bar and restaurant, catering to a new clientele,” he told Philadelphia Gay News. “It will welcome gay business, but not be oriented to our community.”

There are few details being released about what the space will look like. PGN suggests that renovation is taking place under the hand of Silk City Diner and N. 3rd owner Mark Bee, whose company, Justaplumber, received a liquor license transfer on the Sisters location from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board in December.

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Philly AIDS Thrift to Re-Open Giovanni’s Room as a Thrift Shop

Exciting, rather shocking news: Philadelphia Gay News reports that Philadelphia AIDS Thrift (PAT) has just signed a two-year lease to take over our recently shuttered LGBT bookstore Giovanni’s Room. According to the article, the new business will be called Philly AIDS Thrift @ Giovanni’s Room, and will, much like PAT in Queen Village, house books along with secondhand clothing, furniture, and jewelry.

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17-Year-Old Bucks Co. Trans Man Ends His Life by Stepping in Front of an Amtrak Train

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GALAEI’s TransHealth Information Project (TIP) just released information about the passing of 17-year-old transgender man Riley Matthew Moscatel*. The young man, a student at Bucks County Technical High School, was killed when an Amtrak train hit him Monday afternoon. Coroners are ruling it a suicide.

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Woman Crush Wednesday: Ashley Coleman

Every hump day, a Philly woman shares her local picks for Woman Crush Wednesday. Today, Gayborhood bartender extraordinaire—and host of Wednesday Night at the Drive-In at Tavern on Camac—Ashley Coleman.



Our Last Five Woman Crush Wednesdays:

Wedding Wednesday: Adria and Stephanie Bartash

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Stephanie and Adria Bartash

Every Wednesday, we are featuring a Philadelphia-area gay or lesbian couple who have walked down the aisle in their own special way. Today, we kick off the column with a pair of lovely ladies, Adria and Stephanie Bartash, from Newtown, Pennsylvania.

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Superintendent Stands Up for New Jersey Trans Teen Who Was Told She Had to Enroll in School as a Boy

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Yesterday I told you about Rachel Pepe, the 13-year-old transitioning transgender student who was told she would not be able to enroll at Thorne Middle School as female. In a shameful turn of events, the school told her that she would have to dress as and answer to her birth name, Brian.

Thankfully the school district’s superintendent, William O. George, is stepping in to make the transition easier for Pepe. Yesterday evening he announced that he would work with staff to ensure she could attend school as Rachel, and do what he could to create a safe environment for her. This includes having the staff undergo LGBT sensitivity training.

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