Throwback Thursday: Harry Eberlin’s Bin, Part 1

Every week William Way Executive Director Chris Bartlett and I meet for a rummage through the LGBT community center’s John J. Wilcox Jr. Archives, a veritable treasure trove of relics from gay Philadelphia’s past.

Today, we share images picked from a bin of photos donated to the archives after it was discovered in the basement of  late Philadelphia Gay News (PGN) photographer Harry Eberlin‘s longtime partner Richard DeMatt. The photos span the past few decades, and feature some local LGBT notables, like PGN publisher Mark Segal, Philly leather community matriarch Pearl, Woody’s founder and Knock owner Bill Wood, and even a baby-faced Ed Rendell. 

We weren’t able to identify everyone, so feel free to comment below or email me if you recognize anyone in the photos.



Have photos from Philly’s LGBT past you’d like to share? Submit them to Josh Middleton at jmiddleton@phillymag.com

Philly Is Putting On Quite a Show for the DNC Site Selectors

The official City Government of Philadelphia Twitter feed is really on board with efforts to bring the Democratic National Convention to Philly in 2016. Whoever runs the feeds has been documenting the site selector visit — replete with actual cheerleaders (and not just the rhetorical, civic kind played by Ed Rendell) — all morning.

Yes, cheesesteaks are already involved.

Some highlights:

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Ed Rendell Creates Special Federal Donut

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On Tuesday, July 1st all four Federal Donuts stores will debut Ed Rendell’s Ed-ible Donut, a red velvet Fancy with cream cheese frosting. The donut will be available through Saturday, July 26th. Proceeds from the donuts sale will benefit Rooster Soup Co., the Federal Donuts/Broad Street Hospitality collaborative that is currently looking to raise $150,000 via a Kickstarter campaign.

Watch Ed Rendell come up with the Ed-ible Donut »

Terry Gillen for Mayor: “I Want to Make Philadelphia a City of Opportunity for Everybody”

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Terry Gillen

Terry Gillen has spent much of her adult life in public service to the city of Philadelphia — serving Mayors Rendell and Nutter in positions (including as director of the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority) meant to help rebuild the city from its early 1990s bottoming-out. A chief highlight during that time: Serving on the team that revived the Navy Yard as a center of private enterprise after it was closed as a military base during Rendell’s administration.

Now she’s running for mayor, and holding a June 30th fund-raiser to collect cash for the effort.

“I think there’s a lot of opportunity for this to be a fabulous wonderful city and that’s what I want to help turn into reality,” Gillen said this week.

She talked to Philly Mag about the issues facing Philadelphia, whether her status as the only female candidate matters, and the lessons she’s learned from working for two Philly mayors. Read more »

Report: Ed Rendell Put in a Good Word for Big Campaign Donor

The Chicago Tribune today reports that Ed Rendell put in a good word for a private equity firm trying to win Pennsylvania’s pension business after that firm’s owner donated to his then-nascent gubernatorial campaign back in 2001.

The firm’s owner: Bruce Rauner, the Republican nominee for Illinois governor. Rauner, the Tribune says, “has repeatedly accused Illinois politicians of creating a culture where campaign cash buys influence and skews policy.”

Rendell was questioned about the donation during a stop at the Chicago Tribune editorial board to peddle his latest pet project, increased funding for infrastructure improvements.

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