PHOTOS: LGBTers Showed Up in Droves for TOY 2013

(L-R) Brad Hemler, Jivey Rivas, Kristina, Jeb Rehmann, Angela Giampolo and Tim Adams at TOY.

(L-R) Brad Hemler, Jivey Rivas, Kristina, Jeb Rehmann, Angela Giampolo and Tim Adams at TOY.

On Saturday, I attended the Delaware Valley Legacy Fund‘s (DVLF) annual holiday charity event, TOY. Taking place along the corridors and alleys of a closed Reading Terminal Market, over 400 showed up to eat, drink and be merry. Or should I say “Mary.” A big chunk of the crowd were LGBTers, who came out in their yuletide finest to support the cause, which, according to DVLF’s Ron Lucente, raised 350 toys that will be distributed to children between the ages of 2 and 17 at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

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PHOTOS: The Attic Youth Center
20th Anniversary Gala

Tami Sortman, Carrie Jacob, and Scott Barnes present an award to Ingrid Abrams for her longtime service to the Attic Youth Center.

(L-R) Tami Sortman, Carrie Jacobs and Scott Barnes present an award to Ingrid Abrams for her longtime service to the Attic Youth Center.

On Saturday, more than 600 leaders and members of the Philadelphia LGBT community gathered at the Crystal Tea Room for The Attic Youth Center (AYC) 20th Anniversary Gala. Organizers did an extraordinary job putting together a sold-out night that included moving performances by AYC youth, an award ceremony, live auction, dinner and dancing. Here are some of the biggest highlights:

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Out in the Yearbook

High school yearbook politics aren’t always pretty. Who’s popular? Who’s the jock? Who’s most likely to succeed? And what about – who’s gay? The latest controversy has more to do with out students facing anti-gay backlash from school administration than what they’re wearing to the senior prom.

At Palmer High School in Colorado recently, two students quit from their own yearbook staff after they were admonished by school administration for approving of a photo of a lesbian couple. Apparently the administration wasn’t too happy about it, reports ABC News. “You either cut the gay couple or I cut the page,” an advisor reportedly told Rudolph Tribulio. But he and his yearbook co-editor Anna Carmichael refused to back down and are now protesting the censorship.

The school is defending its actions, saying the photo showcased a little too much PDA. But the students say other photos in the book portray heterosexual couples kissing and showing the same if not more public affection. They say the school is discriminating against the lesbian couple.

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