Did You Miss Shoppist on FYI Philly? Catch the Recap Here.

Remember when we introduced you to the 8 Philly designers to watch out for? Here’s a recap: Last week was the official check-in for the finalists of the Philly Mag Fashion Project. Each designer is tasked with designing one exclusive piece each for our major September fashion feature. To check their progress, we brought in Project Runway winner Dom Streater and Knit Wit owner Ann Gitter. Shoppist introduced you to the designers, but FYI Philly went one step further with a behind-the-scenes look at the designers’ progress.

Plus, FYI Philly checked in with the industrial designer and brains behind Analog Watch Co. Lorenzo Buffa. Check out the interview after the jump!

Interviews ahead!

100 Women We Love

Every year New York’s GO magazine compiles a list “100 Women We Love” in time for Pride month. Many are activists, and others are performers, movers, shakers and even writers and editors. This year the list includes no shortage of famous names: Rachel Maddow, Kate Clinton, Wanda Sykes and Kate McKinnon.

A few faces from Philly also made the list, including G Philly‘s Editor Natalie Hope McDonald. “It’s an honor to be included among such incredible women,” she says. “I spend my time making sure other peoples’ stories are heard every day – it’s really exciting to be able to share my own.”

Click here for the profile.

GO magazine also included two women from G Philly‘s “New Who’s Who” – Joanna Lohman and Crystal Fox.

“The women we’ve come to know in this community deserve to be recognized on a national level, and Joanna and Crystal have both made great strides in their respective fields of sports and the culinary world,” says McDonald.

Congratulations to everyone who made the list this year – and thank you to the editors of GO magazine for acknowledging the work G Philly and the women of Philadelphia are doing everyday.

Anna Aagenes on Being Out in Sports

Photo by Jeff Fusco

Anna Aagenes sat down to talk about her experience being out in sports with G Philly for the new summer issue of the magazine. Here’s what she had to say about changing attitudes, coming out and life lessons learned on the field.

How did you first get involved with sports?

All of my life I have been an athlete – I’ve played field hockey, basketball, soccer, snowboarding, track and everything in between. I began running cross-country and track my junior year of high school. I fell in love with the sport.

What was it like coming out to your teammates?

I date both men and women, but it took me a long time to be comfortable enough to tell people I identify as bisexual. The process of coming out began during middle school when I started to question my sexual orientation. I’m now comfortable identifying, but coming out when I meet new groups of people or join a new team is still an ongoing process. When I started dating my first college girlfriend, I confided in a few teammates and had come out to the rest of my friends and the team only a few months into my freshman year. Of course I was anxious about the decision to come out, but the more people who found out and became my allies, the more confidence I gained.

You’ve been a voice for other LGBT athletes over the years, speaking at colleges and universities. What’s the reaction usually like?

Being a visible LGBT athlete brings up the assumption that you can’t be gay, bisexual, lesbian or transgender and an athlete, at least not openly so. I don’t think I necessarily fit the stereotypes for what an LGBT athlete might look like, so people are often surprised. The whole purpose of the advocacy work is to show that these categories aren’t mutually exclusive – not all athletes should be presumed straight, and not all LGBT people should be assumed to be “non-athletes.”

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Is Obama the First Gay President?

He’s biracial. He grew up in a broken home. And he worked his way through an ivy league education. These are some of the reasons gay writer Andrew Sullivan has coined Barack Obama as America’s “first gay president” in a new cover story essay in Newsweek. Borrowing from an essay Toni Morrison had written in the late 90s about Bill Clinton – calling him the first “black president” – the comparison stops there, though the irony isn’t lost on the fact that Obama is truly America’s first black president. And though Sullivan has been a critic of President Obama ever since he first took office, many of the latest LGBT-friendly initiatives coming from his administration seem to have softened the gay blogger.

“When you step back a little and assess the record of Obama on gay rights, you see, in fact, that this was not an aberration. It was an inevitable culmination of three years of work,” writes Sullivan. “He did this the way he always does: leading from behind and playing the long game.”

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Vote for G Philly!

Thanks so much for nominating us as Best Publication/Website, Phillydragopolis! As we get ready to celebrate our one-year anniversary, it’s a pleasure being included within a truly great mix of LGBT websites, publications and nightlife experiences.

“We always appreciate it when our friends in the LGBT community include us in discussions about what’s exciting in Philly these days,” says G Philly‘s Editor Natalie Hope McDonald. “Now that we’re a quarterly print publication, we have even more opportunities to spotlight the people who are making a difference in the community. That’s why it means a lot to be able to share what we do with even more people.”

The winners of the Big Award Show will be announced on April 29 (10 p.m.) at Voyeur, including the best nightlife personalities, bars, parties and events in the city – you name it.

Please consider showing us a little love: Click here to vote now.

And the Nominees Are…

This morning, GLAAD announced the nominees for the 23rd Annual Media Awards. There will be three events in New York, Los Angeles in San Francisco this spring. And here’s who will be competing:

Outstanding Film (wide release)Albert Nobbs, Beginners and J. Edgar

Outstanding Film (limited release): Circumstance, Gun Hill Road, Pariah, Tomboy and Weekend

Outstanding Drama Series: Degrassi, Grey’s Anatomy, Pretty Little Liars, Shameless and Torchwood: Miracle Day

Outstanding Comedy Series: Exes and Ohs, Glee, Happy Endings, Modern Family and The Big C

Outstanding Individual Episode (in a series without a regular LGBT character): “Acceptance” (Man Up!), “Beards” (Hot in Cleveland), “Prom” (Drop Dead Diva), “Recruited” (NCIS) and “The Boy Has Style” (Are We There Yet?)

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