Woman Crush Wednesday: New G Philly Writer Christina Ferraz

Every hump day, a Philly woman shares her local picks for Woman Crush Wednesday. Today, we’re killing two birds by introducing G Philly‘s brand new reporter, Christina Ferraz. See who she’s crushing on in the slideshow below:



Recent Woman Crush Wednesdays

Share your Woman Crush Wednesday! Here are the rules: (1) Name three to five ladies you’re crushing on (2) You and all women involved must be from Philadelphia (3) Email your crushes to jmiddleton@phillymag.com.

Woman Crush Wednesday: Elicia Gonzales

Philly ladies share their local picks for Woman Crush Wednesday (#wcw). Today, hot-as-a-firecracker GALAEI Executive Director — and our 2013 HERO honoree — Elicia Gonzales. 



Recent Woman Crush Wednesdays

Share your Woman Crush Wednesday! Here are the rules: (1) Name three to five ladies you’re crushing on (2) You and all women involved must be from Philadelphia (3) Email your crushes to jmiddleton@phillymag.com.

LGBT Black History Month Spotlight:
7 Questions With Stimulus Co-Founder
Amber Hikes

In partnership with Philadelphia Black Gay Pride, every day throughout the month of February we will spotlight an influential black mover and shaker in the city.

Today: Amber Hikes. You may know Ms. Hikes as  one of the brainchildren behind Philly’s Stimulus parties, the monthly soirees that, especially since the demise of Sisters, is keeping the lesbian nightlife popping in Philly. She’s also chair of the William Way Center‘s resource development committee, a member of the Philly Dyke March planning committee, and just last year she was recognized by the LGBT community with the honor of being named grand marshall of Philly’s Pride parade. And that’s just the work she does at night. By day, as she explains below, she works in a program at Penn to help under-represented teens finish high school and get into college.

7 questions with Amber Hikes after the jump

HEADS UP: The Happy Healthy Lesbian Online Conference Starts Next Week

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Happy Healthy Lesbian founder Amy McDonald (top right, surrounded by rainbows) and the array of speakers in her upcoming weeklong telesummit for queer women.

Your 2014 resolution to become the best lesbian you can be just became a little more attainable. Next week the Happy Healthy Lesbian Telesummit kicks off with an informative, online women’s wellness conference. The gathering features five days worth of empowering, lesbian-centric discussions on everything from staying in shape to traveling to keeping things nice and steamy in the bedroom.

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TONIGHT: New Weekly Women’s Party Starts at Vanity Nightclub

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Gayborhood lesbian bar Sister’s closed last August, taking with it Philly’s only bar dedicated solely to women who love women. There have been a few female-centric, one-off parties have popped up since — like LickR — and of course we love our Stimulus and Pulse events, but the void is still strongly felt. Maybe this new soiree at Vanity Nightclub will help. Hosted by EDM Nocturnal Philly Radio and Voices Music PeopleTongue Tied Thursdays is a new “women’s and LGBTQ” dance party that will go down every single week. Music at tonight’s launch event will be spun by DJs Steal Yo Girl and Messi Messina. And in the vein of Sister’s, there will be shot girls and go-go dancers. 9 p.m., $5, Vanity Nightclub, 2102 Market St. 

ALSO …

Across town, another lady will be lighting up the night with her signature torch songs and maybe a martini or six. Martha Graham Cracker hits L’etage for her first cabaret of the year. This time around she’ll be joined by ”8-piece absurdist soul outfit” Johnny Showcase. Should be a snazzy good time. 8 p.m., $15, L’etage, 624 S. Sixth St. 

MONDAY KICKSTARTER: Robin Roberts Comes Out, Britney Spears Starts Her Vegas Residency and More

I trolled the web for LGBT headlines all weekend so you wouldn’t have to. Here’s what I dug up:

Good Morning America co-host Robin Roberts comes out of the closet. Click image for more. Debby Wong / Shutterstock.com

Good Morning America co-host Robin Roberts comes out of the closet. Click image for more. Photo courtesy of Debby Wong / Shutterstock.com

WEDDING BELLS

Houston mayor Annise Parker to wed partner

More than 900 wedding licenses issued in Utah to same-sex couples

Utah to spend $2 million defending gay marriage ban

MORE DUCK DYNASTY NEWS

Phil Robertson to return to Duck Dynasty, there will be no suspension

GLAAD responds to Robertson’s return to Duck Dynasty

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Widow Files Suit Seeking Equal Treatment Under PA Inheritance Tax Law

Barbara (left) and Cathy at a 2008 demonstration outside Lehigh Co. Courthouse. Photo courtesy of Express-Times.

Barbara (left) and Cathy at a 2008 demonstration outside Lehigh Co. Courthouse. Photo courtesy of Express-Times.

Since the repeal of DOMA this summer, Pennsylvania has been bombarded with a number of lawsuits challenging its stance on same-sex marriage, and the cases keep coming. The latest shines light on a completely different marriage issue in PA — one that helped bring down DOMA in the first place. (Thank you, Edie Windsor.) It concerns a Bethlehem widow named Barbara Baus, who is suing the state to gain equal treatment under Pennsylvania’s narrow-minded Inheritance Tax Law.

Barbara and her partner, Cathy Burgi-Rios, were married in Connecticut in the spring of 2011 after being together for 15 years. Sadly, it was just over a year later, on Sept. 21, 2012, when Cathy passed away after a year-long battle with leukemia. Like most long-term couples, they owned a home and cars together. They had joint bank accounts. Cathy even named Barbara executor and sole beneficiary of all her assets in her will. But when Cathy passed away the state saw her inheritance more as a lottery win than a loving allotment from a deceased partner.

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