Philly’s First-Ever LGBTQ Women’s Week Starts This Weekend

Philly's first-ever LGBTQ Women's week is taking place February 25th to March 4th.

Philly’s first-ever LGBTQ Women’s week is taking place February 25th to March 4th.

“The Revolution,” Philadelphia’s first-ever LGBTQ Women’s Week, is launching this week. Started by The Strong Catalyst, a local lesbian multimedia collective, the event is centered on “bridging the gap between lesbian women and the rest of the LGBTQ women’s community.”

“I began wondering what it would look like to have a weeklong event that was just for LGBTQ women that was socially conscious, charity-focused, and conversation-driven,” Amanda Swiger, co-founder of The Strong Catalyst and executive producer of the event, told G Philly. “After attending Outfest last year for the first time as a community organization and a normal person, I saw things differently. It felt too male, too white, too party driven to actually do our community much good.” Read more »

PHOTOS: Members of Philly Dyke March Paint Gloria Casarez Mural

Members of the Philly Dyke March got a hands-on look at the upcoming Gloria Casarez mural this past weekend during a special session where they got to actually paint parts of the massive art installation dedicated to the late LGBT advocacy leader. The project, which is being sponsored by the Mural Arts Program, allows community members to assist in the process of crafting the memorial artwork which will debut during the city’s Outfest in October. For more information on the creation process behind the mural, read our previous article on the project.

PHOTOS: Philadelphia Dyke March 2015

This past Saturday, hundreds of self-identifying dykes, and their supporters, marched throughout Center City for the annual Philadelphia Dyke March. As the event organizers state, “Since 1998, the Philly Dyke March has been an opportunity for self-identified dykes to gather, march and rally. Too often, the LGBT community focuses on male-dominated voices. The Philly Dyke March is our protest in support of the dyke voice and experience, and focuses on the wants, needs, and demands of our community. We march to show that we exist, that we matter, and that we have a voice.” We captured some of the fantastic moments of the afternoon.

Philanthropy Friday: Philly Dyke March

Every Friday we introduce you to a local LGBT nonprofit in Philadelphia. This week: The Philly Dyke March is an annual rally and march to create a space that celebrates the experiences of self-identified dykes and their allies.

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Philly Dyke March Outreach Committee Chair Kate Hinchey

Who are you? My name is Kate Hinchey. I volunteer as the outreach committee chair for Philly Dyke March (PDM). I work as a development and communications associate at William Way Community Center, PDM’s home!

When was Philly Dyke March founded? In 1998, a small group of dedicated dykes united to organize what has become an 18-year tradition here in Philadelphia. From our founding, the organizers emphasized that the March needed to be inclusive and reflective of the Philly dyke community. Since its founding PDM has been open to anyone who identifies as a dyke. We strive to make dykes of all abilities, ages, genders, ethnicities, economic backgrounds, and any other potentially divisive categories and identities feel welcome and create a safe space for them to march with their community.

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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.

Our Last Five Woman Crush Wednesdays:

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. 

Last Five Woman Crush Wednesdays

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:

Extra Reading: Philadelphia LGBTers and straight allies alike describe Pride in 5 words or less.

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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