LGBTQ&A: Wit López

Wit López | Photo by Yvonne Badu-Nimako

Wit López is a disabled, gender-nonconforming/non-binary transgender mixed-media creator, performer, and independent curator. We speak with the visual artist on using their aesthetics to challenge cultural stereotypes surrounding desirability, race, and gender expression. Read more »

LGBTQ&A: Heath Fogg Davis

Heath Fogg Davis

Heath Fogg Davis is a transgender male activist who teaches at Temple University, serves on the Mayor’s Commission on LGBT Affairs, and is a member of the Trans Masculine Advocacy Network (TMAN). We chat with the advocate on being a trans man of color, exploring masculinity through activism, and his new book, which challenges the role gender plays in society. Read more »

REVIEW: Mauckingbird Theatre’s The Pirates of Penzance Is a Queer Swashbuckler

The cast of Pirates of Penzance. Photo by John Flak.

The cast of “Pirates of Penzance.” Photo by John Flak.

It’s hard to produce an entertaining pirate play in 2016, and even more difficult to pull off a remake. But Mauckingbird Theatre Company’s latest production is an effortless queer revival of Gilbert and Sullivan’s classic The Pirates of Penzance.

I should have expected this: The group, which has built its reputation on retelling popular stories through an LGBTQ lens, has not disappointed me yet. In this version, Young Frederic, played by Garrick Vaughn, is newly released from indentured service with a band of fabulously raucous but loving queer pirates and hoping to atone for his misdeeds. Throughout his journey, he encounters the lovely and vocally impressive Mabel (Laura Whittenberger) and her gender-bending siblings. Surprisingly, the two fall instantly in love with one other. Read more »

Sheena Howard on Race, Gender, and the Intersections of Queerness

Dr. Sheena Howard is an assistant professor of communication at Rider University.

Sheena Howard, PhD, is an assistant professor of communication at Rider University.

You’re no stranger to G Philly and examining social dynamics pertaining to race, queerness, and communication. What current projects are you doing to further this dialogue?
Right now, my documentary Remixing Colorblind, which will be premiering on February 25th at the Ritz at the Bourse, is taking up most of my time. The film explores the ways in which higher education shapes our perception of race. My experience as a doctoral student at Howard University really transformed how I thought about identity and how influential higher ed is in shaping our notions of race. I really found myself at Howard University. While I was there, the intersection of race, gender, and sexual orientation, on a personal level, really became clear to me. At Howard University I became aware of the influence institutions can have on a person’s sense of self and others. I carry that awareness with me and it continues to shape the projects I work on. Read more »

REVIEW: Mauckingbird Theatre’s The Sisterhood Reimagines Gender Norms

Actors David Reese Hutchison (L) and Kevin Murray (R) play lovers in the new production. Photographed by John Flak, courtesy of Mauckingbird Theatre Company.

Actors David Reese Hutchison, left, and Kevin Murray play lovers in the new production. Photographed by John Flak; courtesy of Mauckingbird Theatre Company.

Who could have ever thought a 17th-century French play could be so gay and gender-bending — and work so damn well as a result?

Philly-based Mauckingbird Theatre Company,, known for its LGBTQ twist on classic plays, kicked off its ninth season with a timely spin on Ranjit Bolt’s adaptation of Moliere’s Les Femmes Savantes (The Learned Ladies). Mauckingbird calls its production The Sisterhood, and the decision becomes even more interesting given that there is only one woman in a cast full of men. Read more »

Studies: Performance Reviews Are Biased Against Women

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(imtmphoto/Shutterstock)

As December approaches, many companies will once again start the process of conducting annual performance reviews. Managers will tell employees what they did right and wrong throughout the year and offer advice for improvement. Then most workers will be given a 3 percent raise and sent on their way.

But for women, the performance reviews are more likely to hurt career advancement than help, studies say. Read more »

Study: 100 Years Until We Reach Gender Equality at Work

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Yeko Photo Studio/Shutterstock

Despite great strides by women in the workplace, a new study offers some grim numbers about gender parity in the United States. It’ll take 25 years to reach gender parity at the senior VP level and more than 100 years in the C-suite, according to Women in the Workplace 2015, a study by LeanIn.org and McKinsey & Co. (That calculation is based on the change observed between 2012 and 2015. For the C-suite, there was just a 0.9 percent increase in female representation during that timeframe.)

“Many people assume this is because women are leaving companies at higher rates than men or due to difficulties balancing work and family,” the study says. “However, our analysis tells a more complex story: Women face greater barriers to advancement and a steeper path to senior leadership.” Read more »

Target Going Gender-Neutral, Internet Explodes

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Kelly Martin/Wikimedia Commons

Target has announced a new plan to phase out gender-based signage from its stores — including the removal of pink and blue to denote different toys meant for boys or girls.

“We never want guests or their families to feel frustrated or limited by the way things are presented,” the company wrote in a blog post announcing the changes. “Over the past year, guests have raised important questions about a handful of signs in our stores that offer product suggestions based on gender. In some cases, like apparel, where there are fit and sizing differences, it makes sense. In others, it may not. Read more »

Dear Target: I Think You Have a Gender Problem

Via Shutterstock.

Via Shutterstock.

Dear Target (or, my pet name for you, Tarjay),

I’ll admit: I am absolutely enthralled by my weekly fling with you. I mean, come on: Where else can I get my prescriptions filled, buy green tea scented Method hand soap, and grab a Grande iced vanilla coconut milk latte from your in-house Starbucks while browsing on flawless free wifi? We’re talking dream come true.

But over the last few months, the headlines speak for themselves: You nearly had women stampede and kill themselves during your crazy-ass Lilly Pulitzer launch that sold out in nanoseconds (and Lilly really is the definition of upper-middle class female domesticity: the Mean Girl‘s style Tweets that showed how “real” Lilly fans thought of your knock-off collection speak for themselves). Then last week, one of your shoppers posted a picture that broke the Internet: a specialized toy category she found in one of your stores for “Girls’ Building Sets:”

Can you tell me what exactly a “girls’ building set” is, Target? Does it contain glitter pink hammers with little Hello Kitty screwdrivers? Or, in the clearance section, is there a Hannah Montana toolbox? I’m feeling clueless here. Read more »

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