Kimmel Center Teams With Local LGBT Nonprofits For the Weeklong It Gets Better Project

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The It Gets Better Project has become a household name. Created in September 2010 by columnist Dan Savage as a simple YouTube video encouraging LGBTQ youth that high school harassment and bullying will cease and that life will “get better,” the initiative has turned into a world-wide movement. Over 50,000 users have created video messages for LGBTQ teenagers, including President Obama, Hillary Clinton, Ke$ha, and Ellen DeGeneres, amongst many others. Now, the project is fittingly on it’s way to the City of Brotherly Love.

The It Gets Better Project engagement at the Kimmel Center kicks off next week with a weeklong long residency that includes a series of free events leading up to a Saturday evening multimedia concert at the Perelman Theatre. Read more »

Q&A: Out Singer-Songwriter Jo Stones

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Jo Stones

When you hear out singer-songwriter Jo Stones make some sweet love to a keyboard, you know the guy has got talent: The Philly Gayborhood favorite recently released his first single, “The Letter,” on iTunes, and will be spooking out listeners this Halloween at a free noontime concert at LOVE Park. We threw Jo some rapid-fire questions about his music, his performances, and his guilty pleasures. Read more »

Tie-the-Knot Tuesday: Lianne and Carmina

Lianne and Carimina swimming in the Philippines.

Lianne and Carmina swimming in the Philippines.

Every Tuesday, we are featuring a recently wed Philadelphia-area LGBT couple. Today: Lianne and Carmina from Collingdale, Pennsylvania. The couple were married in Washington, and they have quite a story about a party crasher at their wedding ceremony.

Names: Lianne and Carmina

How long have you been together as a couple before you got married?: 4 years

When did you get married?: July 2010

Lianne and Carmina.

Lianne and Carmina.

Describe the experience of your wedding. Where did you get married? Who was there? What was the most memorable part?: We got married in Washington, DC. Our closest friends and family members attended our courthouse ceremony and reception at the Beacon Hotel. We had about 20 people total. The most memorable part was saying our vows in front of the people in our lives that matter most. And the random guy who walked in …

While at the courthouse, there was a private room where the ceremony was performed. All of our friends and family gathered in the room as we waited for the official to start. Suddenly, a stranger wondered in and sat down in the room with us. Everyone started to look at each other, wondering who this man was. Eventually, he realized he didn’t know anyone else and excused himself. It is something we all remember to this day.

Want to be featured in a future Tie-the-Knot Tuesday? If you’re a gay or lesbian couple married in Pennsylvania, we want to hear from you. Take our brief survey!

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.



Weekend Roundup: Take a Gay Ghost Tour, Halloween Drag at Voyeur, Circus of the Stars and More

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  • Eric Jaffe hosts a Gayborhood cabaret on Friday night.

    Eric Jaffe hosts a Gayborhood cabaret on Friday night.

    Qventures is taking guests on a ghost tour through Old City. The guided walk promises a 90-minute candle-lit stroll through graveyards, haunted houses and dark alleys that ends at City Tavern for some drinks. First person to have a ghost pinch them in the butt wins!

  • World Ukelele Champion—and amazing froyo slinger at Igloo Frozen Yogurt—Eric Jaffe is hosting the Gayborhood’s only all-live-singing cabaret at Tavern On Camac. His guests this evening include vocalist and America’s Next Top Model‘s Cory Wade, Drag Wars 4 winner Pissi Myles and Songbird Cycle 1 winner Jo Stones. Not too shabby huh?
  • Tabu is hosting talent competition Circus of the Stars. Judges, like the high-larious Brittany Lynn, will award $100 to the evenings best performer, a cast of characters that includes magicians, comedians, singers, and maybe a meep or two.
  • If you’re wanting to get your dance on later, head to Voyeur to hear electro-pop princess Anna Lunoe. Get there early for an opening set by Factory Girls DJs Katie K Rex, Suga Shay, and Yolo Ono. Listen before you go: “Breathe.”

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Tie-the-Knot Tuesday: Melissa Cooper and Lauren Schmucker

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Every Tuesday, we are featuring a recently wed Philadelphia-area LGBT couple. Today: Melissa Cooper and Lauren Schmucker, who took over The Franklin Institute for their special day. 

Lauren and Melissa dancing under a statue of Benjamin Franklin. | Photo fro Facebook

Lauren and Melissa dancing under a statue of Benjamin Franklin. | Photo from Facebook

Names: Melissa Cooper and Lauren Schmucker

How long have you been together as a couple before you got married?: Our wedding took place on our ninth anniversary.

When did you get married?: October 4, 2014

Describe the experience of your wedding. Where did you get married? Who was there? What was the most memorable part?: Our wedding was a dream come true. We were married at The Franklin Institute, which perfectly reflected our individual interests in science and architecture. Our family and friends were there with us to celebrate our day. There were many memorable moments, from our ceremony under the stars in Fels Planetarium, to the cocktail hour in the new Brain Exhibit, followed by dinner and dancing in front of Ben Franklin himself. Our bridal party ended the night with a rousing rendition of “Don’t Stop Believin”” which we will never forget.

Were there any local businesses that were helpful when you prepared your wedding?:

Want to be featured in a future Tie-the-Knot Tuesday? If you’re a gay or lesbian couple married in Pennsylvania, we want to hear from you. Take our brief survey!

PHOTOS: OutFest 2014 Packed the Gayborhood Again



G Philly teammates were out taking in OutFest during three parts of the day. Contributor Bryan Buttler went early, as local organizations were setting up their tents and photographers were wiping off their lenses for a full day of picture-snapping. It was a gorgeous day for a Gayborhood block party.

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PHOTOS: 5th Annual Philly LGBT History Month Celebration

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A who’s who of gay Philly attended the fifth annual City of Philadelphia LGBT History Month Celebration and Flag Raising Ceremony at City Hall this afternoon. Representatives from the Mazzoni Center, GALAEI, the Greater Philadelphia Flag Football League, Philly Black Pride, the Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus, and more joined Mayor Michael Nutter, Gloria Casarez (Director of the Mayor’s Office of LGBT Affairs), and Rue Landau (Executive Director of the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations), as the rainbow flag was hoisted above City Hall. We were there to capture some of the great faces that showed up to celebrate LGBT History Month right in the City of Brotherly love.



Tie-the-Knot Tuesday: Sheri Donley + Meredith Swinney

Sheri Donley and Meredith Swinney.

Sheri Donley and Meredith Swinney.

Every Tuesday, we are featuring a Philadelphia-area gay or lesbian couple who have walked down the aisle in their own special way. Today, we feature Philadelphia’s Sheri Donley and Meredith Swinney. The couple planned their wedding for years but secretly hoped that Pennsylvania would change their marriage equality laws so they could tie the knot here; lucky for them, their dream came true.

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