Woman Crush Wednesday: Philly Dyke March’s Jaclyn Jennings

Every hump day a Philly person shares their local picks for Woman Crush Wednesday. Today, Jaclyn Jennings, a member of the Philly Corps for The Welcoming Committee and co-organizer for the Philly Dyke March.

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LGBT Philadelphia Remembers Gloria Casarez

The untimely death of Gloria Casarez, Philadelphia’s first director of the Mayor’s Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Affairs, has sent shockwaves through the city as her friends, family, and colleagues mourn her passing. At only 42, Ms. Casarez left a legacy that will continue to impact the community for years to come. We reached out to Philadelphians who were impacted by Gloria’s unwavering dedication to the city and the LGBTQ community to share their thoughts, memories, and pictures of the local legend.

Woman Crush Wednesday: Lobstar Bisque

Every hump day, a Philly woman shares her local picks for Woman Crush Wednesday. Today, Philly “burlesqueer,” and recent prom queen winner at A Very Tabu Prom, Lobstar Bisque. 

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PHOTOS: Philly Dyke March 2014

Philly Dyke March, the annual rally taking place on the eve of Philly’s Pride Parade, kicked off with the usual badass fanfare on Saturday, June 7th in Kahn Park. The festival and rally saw performances by Liberty City Kings Drag and Burlesque, a treat table from Philly’s Radical Faeries troupe, and a visit from State Representative — and outspoken feminist — Brian Sims. We’ve got some photos from Freedom G Photography‘s Tara Lessard below:

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Vigil Planned for Shooting Victims

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This week, two teens – Mollie Judith Olgin, 19, and Christine Chapa, 18 – were shot in Portland, Texas. The crime has sent shock waves through the LGBT community around the country as family, friends and concerned citizens try to make sense of the crime.

Since being gunned down, Olgin has died and Chapa remains in the hospital, with little known about why the two young women were targeted, though investigators are saying the crime could be motivated by bias. Both were found in a grassy area by a couple the morning following the shooting.

On Friday (June 29) in Philly, organizers from the Philly Dyke March are planning a vigil to pay tribute to the young women and to bring attention to violence against the LGBT community.

“I was heartbroken when I first read about the girls in Texas,” says Kate Hinchey, who’s working with the Dyke March on last-minute details for Friday’s event. “It is still so unclear if the motive was their relationship, but I still believe we have to stand up against violence against women.”

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