Physicians assistant Sharon Butterworth, Dr. David Jaspen and Dr. Michele Style at the clinic in Olney.
Later this spring, Einstein Healthcare Network in Olney will open a gynecology clinic catering specifically to lesbian and bisexual women and transmen.
The clinic is a dream project of two out healthcare professionals at Einstein, Dr. Michele Style and physician’s assistant Sharon Butterworth. Style explains that she wanted to start the clinic, because she understands firsthand what it’s like to visit a traditional gynecologist as a lesbian. “I remember walking into a gynecologist’s office in my 20s and it didn’t feel like a safe or welcoming place—and I’m from a medical family. I generally have trust in the medical system,” she says.
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After a little over two years as State Representative Brian Sims’s deputy chief of staff, Anna Aagenes is moving on to a new gig that will find her working for LGBT people in sports.
Starting March 23rd, the Penn grad will step into the role of vice president of operations for You Can Play Project, a nonprofit that works to promote LGBTQ inclusivity in sporting leagues across the nation. There, among other things, she tells me her duties will run the gamut from general management of programs and developing partnerships with leagues and media to spearheading athletic conferences. One of her most important missions, however, is partnering with organizations to secure more female athlete involvement and helping to expand initiatives to make sure female leagues and female athletes get the spotlight they deserve.
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Next Wednesday, February 18th, Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber will resign his seat amid allegations that, as AP puts it, “his fiancee used her relationship with him to enrich herself.” (Read more about that here.)
That leaves the seat open to Secretary of State Kate Brown, who is openly bisexual. That would make her the first openly LGBT governor in America’s history.
HRC President Chad Griffin issued the following statement:
Few are better prepared to lead the great state of Oregon than Kate Brown. She’s a known commodity to Oregonians with a distinguished record of service of over two decades. And while she’ll make history as the nation’s first sitting LGBT governor, the more important truth is that she’s supremely capable of leading the state to better days ahead.
Loki, as portrayed by actor Tom Hiddleston in Thor.
Not long ago, DC Comics introduced a new transgender character, Alysia, in Batgirl, and now Marvel is following suit, adding an LGBT character to its upcoming Thor spin-off. Gay Star News reports that, in Loki: Agent of Asgard, the title character will be a gender-bending bisexual. For those of you in the dark, Loki is Thor’s brother, the sinister super villain who has the ability to change his shape and sex.
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In partnership with SMITH Magazine’s Six-Word Memoir Project, we asked you to submit your queer life stories—succinctly. Every day until we run out, we will present the most touching, poignant and hilarious entries in meme form. Today, Philly writer, editor and blogger for Philly Mag’s fab new real estate blog, Property.
As well as being a prolific writer, Liz is an outstanding storyteller. She will be one of the presenters at our LGBT Six-Word Memoir Slam on Tue., Oct. 22, where she’ll tell the story about just how annoyingly bisexual she’s been. Can’t wait to hear that one! To purchase a $10 ticket to the event, click here. And click here to see all our LGBT Six-Word Memoirs of the Day to date.