LGBTQ&A: Brandon Szeker

Brandon Szeker

Brandon Szeker

Brandon Szeker is the public relations manager for Philly PR Girl and has previously done media work at CBS Radio, Beasley Broadcast Group, and Philadelphia Weekly. A member of the Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus, Szeker tells us about his incredible opportunity handling some of the big names at the Democratic National Convention.

Congrats on surviving an epic week. How did you get the opportunity to be a part of it?
I met April Mellody, the deputy CEO for communications of the DNC, at a PR convention that she was the keynote speaker at in Philadelphia. Immediately after her speech, I ran up and introduced myself, and exchanged business cards. We exchanged a few emails talking about my involvement with the local Philadelphia media outlets, and she asked for a résumé. After a brief phone call, and several months of waiting, I was told I had been chosen to work for the DNC as a media booker and surrogate liaison. Read more »

The Hillary Clinton Selfie That Almost Wasn’t

Northern Liberties residents Marion and Harper Leary with Hillary Clinton on Friday, July 29th at Temple University. (Photo courtesy Marion Leary)

Northern Liberties residents Marion and Harper Leary with Hillary Clinton on Friday, July 29th, at Temple University. (Photo courtesy Marion Leary)

Harper Leary really wanted to meet Hillary Clinton. So when the presidential candidate and her large entourage went to McGonigle Hall at Temple University on Friday afternoon for a speech, the 10-year-old Penn Charter student and one of her moms, Marion Leary, pedaled their bikes up to see her. Alas, they arrived a little late. Read more »

Bernie Delegates Claim They Made $5,000 Selling DNC Credentials

Room 224 at the Philadelphia Airport Econo Lodge.

Room 224 at the Philadelphia Airport Econo Lodge.

I would have thought that I was walking into a swingers party. A cheap motel near the Philadelphia airport. A bunch of people crammed into two rooms smoking copious amounts of weed and drinking beer and shots of tequila. But it wasn’t a swingers party that I was invited to. It was a party for Democratic National Convention delegates, some of whom were selling their prized credentials — the security passes that allowed them past the DNC fence and into the main hall at the Wells Fargo Center. Read more »

Michael Nutter’s New Website URL Is Manutter.com

Front page of MANUTTER.com

The front page of Michael Nutter’s new website, manutter.com

Man utter.

That’s how I first read the URL of Michael Nutter’s new website, manutter.com, which launched today in advance of his speech at the Democratic National Convention.

The site touts his accomplishments, his major issues and, amazingly, his ability to do “Rapper’s Delight”:

“Michael Nutter is also a frequent and enthusiastic performer of The Sugar Hill Gang’s 1980 classic, Rapper’s Delight.”

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Feds: Knives Found on DNC Protester

Security fence outside the Wells Fargo Center with protesters

If you go past this DNC fence without credentials, you WILL be arrested. (Photo by Dan McQuade)

The first batch of protesters arrested for trying to defeat the eight-foot-high security fence down at the DNC did so by going over it. The second group took a different approach. Read more »

DNC CELEBS: MC Hammer in Chinatown, Bryan Cranston Lurks Quietly

City of Philadelphia social media guy Albert Lee and 80s legend MC Hammer were all smiles on Wednesday night in Chinatown.

City of Philadelphia social media guy Albert Lee and ’80s legend MC Hammer were all smiles on Wednesday night in Chinatown.

It has become apparent to us here at Philadelphia magazine that many of our DNC visitors have been getting some very bad advice or just being downright lazy when it comes to their dining options. But it’s no surprise to us that MC Hammer is on the right side of history. Read more »

Media Barred from Lady Gaga DNC Concert

Photo via Wikimedia Commons

Photo via Wikimedia Commons

On Thursday afternoon, thousands of Democratic National Committee delegates and other dignitaries and VIPs will descend upon BB&T Pavilion in Camden (formerly known as the Susquehanna Bank Center, Tweeter Center, et cetera) to be entertained by the likes of Lady Gaga, Lenny Kravitz, and hometown hero DJ Jazzy Jeff. But if you’re looking for media accounts of this invite-only DNC concert, the pickings might be slim. Read more »

69-Year-Old DNC Fence Jumper Says She Didn’t Think She’d Be Arrested

Anna Marie Sternberg displays her code violation citation in front of the federal courthouse in Philadelphia. (Photo by Brian Thomas)

Anna Marie Sternberg displays her code violation citation in front of the federal courthouse in Philadelphia. | Photo by Brian Thomas

Almost all of the protesters committing infractions at the Democratic National Convention are being handed city code violation citations, which come with a $50 penalty. But one 69-year-old grandmother from California says she’s very surprised that she was arrested and is now facing federal charges. Read more »

DNC CELEBS: Anthony Weiner Wears (Red) Pants, Trump Pal Erin Elmore Infiltrates

Left: Who the hell gave Trump pal Erin Elmore credentials for the DNC? Right: Anthony Weiner thinks red pants are the way to go.

Left: Who the hell gave Trump pal Erin Elmore credentials for the DNC? Right: Anthony Weiner thinks red pants are the way to go.

In the July issue of Philly Mag, red hot Rittenhouse mama and former Apprentice contestant Erin Elmore told us that she had taken a job with the Republican National Convention and was bucking for a gig in the Donald Trump White House. And now that the RNC has wrapped up in Cleveland, she’s back in Philly infiltrating the Democratic National Convention. Read more »

Finally: Some DNC Arrests

Protesters scale the DNC security fence on Tuesday, July 26th. (Photo via screenshot of video from Twitter user @rousseau_ist)

Protesters scale the DNC security fence on Tuesday, July 26th. (Photo via screenshot of video from Twitter user @rousseau_ist)

Thanks to the very smart initiative from Mayor Jim Kenney to decriminalize offenses like disorderly conduct, failure to disperse, and public drunkenness in advance of DNC protests, the Philadelphia Police Department has made exactly zero DNC arrests as of Wednesday morning. But if you mess with the United States Secret Service, well, that’s a different story. Read more »

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