WATCH: New Tylenol Ad Features Two-Mom Family

Tylenol has released a series of videos in its “For What Matters Most” campaign. The three videos are inspired by Norman Rockwell’s classic Thanksgiving painting, Freedom from Want, but they depict, as narrator Abigail Rockwell puts it, expanded versions of the American family. Modern families, if you will.

One of them depicts the Beser Carr Schneider Musich family, which is headed by lesbian mothers. It’s heartwarming and cozy, just in time for the holidays. Check it out above.

FDA Endorses Lifetime Gay Blood Ban

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s Blood Products Advisory Panel met last week to discuss lifting the government’s 31-year-old ban on blood donations from men who have had sexual contact with other men. The current rule, initiated in 1983 in the height of the AIDS epidemic, says that men who have had sex with another man since 1977—even if they were wearing a condom—are restricted from donating blood in the United States.

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Gloria Casarez to Be Honored at the Lift Every Voice Awards and Black Tie Gala

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Tonight, the I Am Human Campaign is hosting its first-ever Lift Every Voice Awards and Black Tie Gala, an event done in collaboration with Bebashi‘s LGBT-focused SOULS of BEBASHI initiative.

The I Am Human Campaign is a project that aims to bring together people from different communities, backgrounds and cultures in the hopes of encouraging individuals from all walks of life to fight discrimination. With that in mind, the Lift Every Voice Awards and Gala is an evening to not only celebrate the season, but to highlight those who are advocating for the rights of Philly’s LGBT community, “to honor the exemplary achievements of leadership who are pushing for mainstream acceptance and equality.”

It goes without being said, then, that they’ve chosen to honor Gloria Casarez, the recently deceased first director of the Mayor’s Office of LGBT Affairs, with one of their first awards.

Bebashi Prevention Education Specialist Richard LaBoy tells me Casarez will be presented the Governmental Liaison Award, the first award she will receive posthumously—and one that touches him personally. “I worked at GALAEI for five years while she was the executive director. She is part of the reason why I do this work and has been a mentor of mine since the age of 17.”

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Weekend Roundup: Night of 1000 Fire Crotches, the Jingle Belles, TOY and Other Gay Holiday To-Dos

FRIDAY: a nod to gingers and Dolly Parton

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Philanthropy Friday: The Attic Youth Center

Every Friday we spotlight a local LGBT nonprofit in Philadelphia. This week, The Attic Youth Center, an organization that works to create opportunities for and promote the acceptance of Philadelphia LGBTQ youth. 

AlyssaWho are you? Alyssa Mutryn, director of development at The Attic Youth Center.

When was The Attic founded? The Attic was founded in 1993 by our current Executive Director, Dr. Carrie Jacobs.  When she was in graduate school, she worked in partnership with some other grad students to start a support group for LGBTQ youth in the “attic” of a social service organization. It was only supposed to be an eight-week group, but 41 youth were involved and she had to keep it going! There were no other support systems for LGBTQ youth in the ’90s, so it was important to keep The Attic alive. Now, 21 years later, we are located in a four-story row home, and between 40-70 youth, ages 14-23, come to The Attic each day. Our programming has also expanded over the years to include not only support groups, but an array of programming such as youth leadership, career readiness, arts and culture, health and wellness, academic enrichment, mental health, and education and training to improve the climate and support systems for LGBTQ youth through our Bryson Institute.

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Philly Woman and Openly Gay Athlete Rob Kearney Competing in Rare Strongman Duos Competition This Weekend

10367190_10152169551476025_6816516106421966215_nBy day University of the Arts grad Maya Camille Winters is a college art professor at West Chester University. But when she’s not guiding students through fundamental painting techniques she’s training like a mad woman to maintain her middle weight title of America’s Strongest Woman.

She earned that national champion status in a 2013 strongman competition, where she was also classified No. 2 in the world in her weight class. That’s quite a feat in itself, but this weekend she’s looking to break new barriers when she teams up with openly gay athlete Rob Kearney at a couples strongman competition in Connecticut. Why is this such an exceptional undertaking?

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How to Go Local and Gay, Gay, Gay on #GivingTuesday

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Today is #GivingTuesday, and it’s such a breath of fresh air after the insanity that is Black Friday and Cyber Monday. If you haven’t done your giving yet, I’d like to encourage you to open your purse or murse for any number of our local, LGBT nonprofits. There are tons to choose from, and some are offering up special matching-fund programs to make sure your dollar goes a long way.

William Way board member Anh Dang, for instance, is matching all gifts to the LGBT Community Center up to $100. All you have to do is note that your gift is in honor of Anh Dang when you make your donation.

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How to Find a Transgender Day of Remembrance Vigil Near You

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Today is the last day of Transgender Awareness Week. Beginning on November 12th, the occasion was established to celebrate our transgender community, take action to improve the lives of trans people, and to remember those who have lost their lives to acts of anti-trans violence. That is what November 20th is all about, actually: Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day, as the Human Rights Campaign points out, that serves as a “solemn tribute to those who have lost their lives to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice and also raises awareness of the constant threat of brutality faced by the transgender community.”

In an email sent out this morning, HRC laid out a handful of reasons why it’s important for us to take part in days like this.

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Breaking Down the Rainbow Flag: How Well Does it Truly Represent the LGBT Community

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Ah, to be a member of the gay community, a community as diverse as every color on its famous rainbow flag. How about that flag, huh? For me, it brings up a few different feelings. When I see it in a shop window, on someone’s car, or on someone’s face I think, “Oh, they’re probably cool with gay people or something.” And that’s nice.

But, to be honest? I don’t like the rainbow flag. There, I said it. I’m an out-and-proud gay man and I don’t like the rainbow flag.

Hear me out …

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