In partnership with Philadelphia Black Gay Pride, every day throughout the month of February we will spotlight one of the most important black movers and shakers in the city.
First up: SharRon Cooks. Ms. Cooks is an activist for the trans community. We chose her for the important volunteer work she does at the William Way Community Center. There she wears all kind of hats: peer counselor, trans support group facilitator, special events volunteer and even front-desk receptionist. That’s what you call dedication.
7 questions with SharRon Cooks after the jump
Every Friday we roundup the best shots from some of gay Philly’s most celebrated LGBT Instagram hams.
The week started nice enough, with the Martin Luther King Day of Service at the William Way Community Center, co-hosted by GALAEI.
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Philly couple Harvey Hurdle and Kevin Yoder pose for a photo with their son. Photo by: Barbara Proud
This Arctic weather insanity has left us just in time for the weekend. Thanks, Polar Vortex! Here’s our weekly roundup of what’s happening in gay Philly over the weekend, kicked off by a must-see exhibit at William Way:
Tonight, Philly’s LGBT community center is hosting the opening reception of “First Comes Love,” a collection of photos by UArts professor Barbara Proud that shines a light on long-lasting gay relationships. Proud says the images — all black-and-white — aim to avoid the typical rainbow-covered representations that are shown in mainstream media to show what being in a queer relationship is all about. The answer? It’s just as beautiful, pure and simple as any other amorous pairing in the world.
Proud was inspired to start the project after Prop 8 was passed. “I decided to use my voice, my art, and my photography to make a statement that would celebrate my [20-year] relationship and the others in the LGBTQ community who were already together for many years.” Proud says she has photographed over 70 couples, an experience she says has been touching and emotional. But the exhibit has already started to have more far-reaching impacts, too. Proud shared this email she received from a supporter: “I’m from a really small town with absolutely no LGBTQ community whatsoever, and your show was my first real experience with anything related to that world, to my world. Words cannot express how amazing it was to me—in a way, it felt like coming home. I was reminded that there really is such a thing as love, and one day, maybe I’ll be as lucky as any of the folks in your photographs.”
More weekend events after the jump