Woman Crush Wednesday: Rudy Flesher

Every hump day, a Philly woman (or man) shares her local picks for Woman Crush Wednesday. Today, co-president of the Spruce Foundation, activist, entertainer and mainstay on our Man Crush Monday column Rudy Flesher

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Philadelphia Rose of Tralee Reveals She’s Gay

Last week it was reported that Philadelphia’s Maria Walsh took the crown in the 55th annual Irish international beauty pageant Rose of Tralee. The pageant crowns young women of Irish descent from around the world.

This week Walsh is making headlines again by coming out of the closet to a reporter from The Irish Sun, saying, “I’m confident in who I am as a person. The Rose of Tralee is about celebrating women’s intelligence, careers, their volunteer work.”

She went on to give a very logical explanation when asked why it took her this long to come out. “The question of sexuality never came up. To me, being gay is normal. It’s natural.”

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Sisters to Re-Open as a Straight Bar

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Photo by Scott Drake

You may have seen some action happening around Sisters lately. The shuttered lesbian bar on Chancellor Street is being prepped to open as … are you ready for this? A straight bar.

Real estate mogul—and gay rights champion—Mel Heifetz says he sold the building to Lord Chancellor, LLC for $750,000 on November 4th of last year. “It will reopen in a few weeks, totally redone as a straight bar and restaurant, catering to a new clientele,” he told Philadelphia Gay News. “It will welcome gay business, but not be oriented to our community.”

There are few details being released about what the space will look like. PGN suggests that renovation is taking place under the hand of Silk City Diner and N. 3rd owner Mark Bee, whose company, Justaplumber, received a liquor license transfer on the Sisters location from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board in December.

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Woman Crush Wednesday: Ashley Coleman

Every hump day, a Philly woman shares her local picks for Woman Crush Wednesday. Today, Gayborhood bartender extraordinaire—and host of Wednesday Night at the Drive-In at Tavern on Camac—Ashley Coleman.

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Woman Crush Wednesday: Phillesbian Founder Lauren Zumpano

Every hump day, a Philly woman shares her local picks for Woman Crush Wednesday. Today, founder of local lesbian-centric news and entertainment blog Phillesbian, Lauren Zumpano.

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Fredia Hurdle, Plaintiff in PA Marriage Equality Case, Dies Before Marrying Her Partner

Devastating news in a week already riddled with loss. Fredia Hurdle, one of the plaintiffs in Whitewood v. Wolf, the marriage equality case that won us the right to marry in Pennsylvania, passed away last week before having the chance to officially marry her partner, Lynn. More from the Pittsburgh Gazette.

fredia hurdleThe ruling meant that the Hurdles, who were together for 24 years, who were united in a commitment ceremony five years ago, and who had supported each other through sickness and child-rearing, could have their union recognized by the state they considered home.

Maybe they could get officially married in July, Lynn Hurdle thought, to mark the fifth anniversary of their original wedding ceremony. But her daughter planned to marry in October, and Fredia Hurdle said they should wait until after her wedding. It was her year, her “moment in the sun,” she told the woman she had long considered her wife.

“It’s legal. We have time,” she said.

But Thursday, Fredia Hurdle died from a stroke. She was 50 years old.

“I was looking for the next 25 or 50 years together,” Lynn Hurdle said. “It’s been shell shock.”


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School Board Cancels Book Program to Avoid Uproar Over LGBT Novel

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The Cape Henlopen School District in Delaware, which serves schools in Rehoboth (aka Rehomo), is under fire this week after some say it removed a novel from its summer reading list because of its LGBT content.

The book in question, emily m. danforth’s The Miseducation of Cameron Post, is a YA novel concerning a young woman who’s sent to live with her conservative aunt after her parents are killed in a car crash. In her new home, she is criticized for being a lesbian, and subsequently sent to a “de-gaying” camp.

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Woman Crush Wednesday: Suzi Nash

Every hump day, a Philly woman shares her local picks for Woman Crush Wednesday. Today, Suzi Nash, a columnist for the Philadelphia Gay News, actor, filmmaker, singer, and former karaoke host at Sisters.

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