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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Woman Crush Wednesday: Kaylynn McLean

Every hump day a Philly person shares their local picks for Woman Crush Wednesday. Today, Kaylynn McLean, former G Philly model and nanny in West Philly. 



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Tie-the-Knot Tuesday: Ethelda Makoid and Wendy Sheppard

Ethelda Makoid and Wendy Sheppard

Ethelda Makoid and Wendy Sheppard

Every Tuesday, we are featuring a Philadelphia-area gay or lesbian couple who have walked down the aisle. Today, Wendy Sheppard and Ethelda Makoid, a couple from Ambler, Pennsylvania, one of the couples who married last summer when same-sex marriage became legal for a split-second in Montgomery County.

Names: Ethelda Makoid and Wendy Sheppard

How long have you been together as a couple before you got married?: 10 years

When did you get married?: Officially on May 10, 2014 in Connecticut; unofficially in Montgomery County on August 8, 2013.

Describe the experience of your wedding. Where did you get married? Who was there? What was the most memorable part?: We got married on our 10-year anniversary in Greenwich, Connecticut. One-hundred of our closest family and friends traveled to be with us from 15 states and two countries. Prior to getting married, our son produced an award winning documentary (see clip below) detailing his experience living with two moms. His film won him the Greenfield Youth Film Festival award for best producer and he was nominated for best documentary at the mid-Atlantic division of the Student Emmy’s. The most memorable part of our wedding is the fact that we got nearly a dozen thank-you notes from guests, thanking us for including them in our celebration.

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Woman Crush Wednesday: Cece Rex

Every hump day a Philly person shares their local picks for Woman Crush Wednesday. Today, Cece Rex, owner of Special Touch Massage where she works in the practice and development of massage therapy. 



Woman Crush Wednesday: Kristina Furia

Every hump day, a Philly person shares their local picks for Woman Crush Wednesday. Today, Kristina Furia, a psychotherapist whose practice is called Philadelphia LGBTQ Counseling.



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Tie the Knot Tuesday: Em Sov and Kat Nguyen

Kat Nguyen and Em Sov

Kat Nguyen and Em Sov

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 Em Sov and Kat Nguyen, a couple from West Chester, Pennsylvania who said “I do” twice: Once in California, and once in Pennsylvania.

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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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