LGBT Philadelphia Remembers Gloria Casarez

The untimely death of Gloria Casarez, Philadelphia’s first director of the Mayor’s Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Affairs, has sent shockwaves through the city as her friends, family, and colleagues mourn her passing. At only 42, Ms. Casarez left a legacy that will continue to impact the community for years to come. We reached out to Philadelphians who were impacted by Gloria’s unwavering dedication to the city and the LGBTQ community to share their thoughts, memories, and pictures of the local legend.



Woman Crush Wednesday: Rudy Flesher

Every hump day, a Philly woman (or man) shares her local picks for Woman Crush Wednesday. Today, co-president of the Spruce Foundation, activist, entertainer and mainstay on our Man Crush Monday column Rudy Flesher



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Best of Philly 2014 Preview: LGBT Winners

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Gay Bar: U Bar

There isn’t a dance floor in the whole place, and drag-queen sightings are rare. But that’s exactly what’s so great about the bar formerly known as Uncles. (Well, that and the studly bartenders.) U Bar stands apart from other Gayborhood watering holes as a no-fuss, no-’tude, unpretentious spot to grab a strong drink or two and gab with friends. 1220 Locust Street, Midtown Village, 215-546-6660.

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Woman Crush Wednesday: Jewellee Williams

Every hump day, a Philly woman shares her local picks for Woman Crush Wednesday. Today, Jewellee Williams showing some love for her Stimulus family. 



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Woman Crush Wednesday: Amber Hikes

Every hump day, a Philly woman shares her local picks for Woman Crush Wednesday. Today, Stimulus co-founder Amber Hikes with a special couples edition to mark last week’s marriage equality victory in Pennsylvania. 



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Woman Crush Wednesday: Anna Aagenes

Every hump day, a Philly woman shares her local picks for Woman Crush Wednesday. Today, GO! Athletes Executive Director, and right hand woman to Philly State Rep. Brian Sims, Anna Aagenes.



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LGBT Black History Month Spotlight:
7 Questions With Stimulus Co-Founder
Amber Hikes

In partnership with Philadelphia Black Gay Pride, every day throughout the month of February we will spotlight an influential black mover and shaker in the city.

Today: Amber Hikes. You may know Ms. Hikes as  one of the brainchildren behind Philly’s Stimulus parties, the monthly soirees that, especially since the demise of Sisters, is keeping the lesbian nightlife popping in Philly. She’s also chair of the William Way Center‘s resource development committee, a member of the Philly Dyke March planning committee, and just last year she was recognized by the LGBT community with the honor of being named grand marshall of Philly’s Pride parade. And that’s just the work she does at night. By day, as she explains below, she works in a program at Penn to help under-represented teens finish high school and get into college.

7 questions with Amber Hikes after the jump