On to My New Adventure

New challenges await! | Photo by Neal Santos

New challenges await! | Photo by Neal Santos

This is my last post as editor of G Philly.

Over the past year and a half, I’ve taken on double duties at Philly Mag, manning both G Philly and our A&E blog, Ticket. Both deal in subject matter I’m passionate about, but juggling both beats proved to be an unrealistic load for these bony shoulders to carry. So, at the end of the day today, I’m moving on to focus on Ticket.

I thought this was a good move for me, because it presents a new challenge. I’ve been covering LGBT goings-on for almost six years now, beginning at City Paper when I wrote a column called Queer Bait. In that time I’ve been privileged to cover so many exciting things on the local queer scene: from the passage of then-Councilman Jim Kenney’s groundbreaking LGBT Equality Bill and the striking down of DOMA to perhaps the biggest news of all: marriage equality coming to Pennsylvania.

There were tough moments, too. (And no, I’m not talking about the hateful commenters.) Talking to the boyfriend of a man who was murdered after meeting someone on Grindr was one of the toughest moments of my life; the whole community mourned the untimely passing of Gloria Casarez; and who could forget the gay-bashing incident last fall, when the city came together to make sure those attackers were brought to justice.


Bryan and me at the recent IBA LGBT Business Leaders Luncheon.

My time here has been fulfilling in so many ways, and I thank you for all the support you’ve shown me. I hope you’ll show the same encouragement to my replacement, Bryan Buttler. Bryan has written for me over the past year and a half, and I think he’ll bring an exciting new voice to G Philly. He’s witty, opinionated, and he doesn’t shy away from controversy—especially when he feels it will generate a healthy discussion in our community. (Trust me on that one.) I will pass the gay-flaming torch to him tomorrow, so start sending tips his way at bbuttler@phillymag.com.

As for me, please follow me at Ticket, where I’ll be covering all the city’s most exciting to-dos, spotlighting movers and shakers on the local arts scene, and maybe slipping in some juicy, Philly-celeb-centric gossip from time to time. This is a farewell post of sorts, but I’ll be back to G Philly, and I’ll definitely sprinkle in the best of the community’s A&E-type stories into Ticket. You can’t get rid of me that easily!

So again, thank you, and join me in congratulating Bryan on this exciting new chapter in his life and the life of G Philly.