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Kensington: Galaei Philly Empowers The Lives Of Latino LGBT Youth

Kensington: Galaei Philly Empowers The Lives Of Latino LGBT Youth

Right across the street from Norris Square Park, at 149 West Susquehenna Ave., sits a small but powerful organization dedicated to helping residents in Philadelphia’s LGBT community. Galaei Philly provides health services such as HIV testing, counseling and sexual health education with a special focus on those of Latin origin. The organization’s mission is to […]

 

Center City: Four Groups Organize LOVE Park Rally Against Transgender Discrimination

Center City: Four Groups Organize LOVE Park Rally Against Transgender Discrimination

Chants of, “Stand up! Fight back!” echoed throughout LOVE Park on Tuesday, Oct. 23. Hundreds gathered to vocalize their concerns about recent threats to transgender civil rights and to show support for the transgender community. The Rally for Trans Existence and Resistance, hosted by the Mayor’s Office of LGBTQ Affairs, Trans Equity Project, ACLU PA […]

 

Latinx: Dj Dame Luz Strives for Inclusion in LGBTQ+ Community

Latinx: Dj Dame Luz Strives for Inclusion in LGBTQ+ Community

Wearing a pink graphic tee, plaid-printed grey cap, and camo pants, Noelia “Nolita” Tejada is undeniably the cool 90s kid next door. Nolita goes by the artistic name Dj “Dame Luz” – which translates to “give me light” a phrase in Dominican slang that can mean anything from “what’s up” to a sense of encouragement […]

 

West Philadelphia: Philadelphia’s Poet Laureate Helps Puerto Rico’s LGBTQ+ Community

West Philadelphia: Philadelphia’s Poet Laureate Helps Puerto Rico’s LGBTQ+ Community

When Hurricane Irma struck Puerto Rico in October 2017, Raquel Salas Rivera, Philadelphia’s poet laureate for 2018-19, wanted to help. “I’m very close to the trans community in Puerto Rico,” Salas Rivera said. “Many went without access to medicine or their hormones after the hurricane. Some are safe now, but there are still a lot […]

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City Politics: Community Organizer And Activist Is Leading The Way For LGBT Affairs

City Politics: Community Organizer And Activist Is Leading The Way For LGBT Affairs

Amber Hikes started her career in Philadelphia in social work, and became a well-known community organizer and an advocate for LGBT youth through her work at The Attic Youth Center, William Way Community Center and other youth-focused organizations. Following a move to California, she returned to serve as executive director of the Office of LGBT Affairs […]

 

LGBTQ: GayBINGO promotes fun and a good cause

LGBTQ: GayBINGO promotes fun and a good cause

Bunny ears, decorated hats and bingo daubers filled the hall in Center City’s Gershman Y for a night of old-fashioned bingo … with a twist. Philadelphia’s wildly popular event GayBINGO takes place every month and offers a night of fun and prizes, while also benefiting a good cause. GayBINGO has been around for nearly 20 years and […]

 

LGBTQ: The Value of Drag

LGBTQ: The Value of Drag

Philadelphia has a thriving drag community, with drag shows all over the city and an ever-growing population of performers. On any given night, a drag show is likely going on somewhere in town. Throughout history, drag has employed very rigid rules for its queens, often in relation to physique and size. However, with the growth […]

 

LGBTQ: Community Impacted by Issues of Body Image

LGBTQ: Community Impacted by Issues of Body Image

Body image, or the way that one views his or her own body, is something that impacts people of all shapes, sizes, colors and sexualities. However, there are unique ways that individuals in the LGBTQ community experience and confront issues of body image. “The LGBTQ community does have special situations that other people don’t have,” […]

 

Gayborhood: Bearlesque Performance Group Promotes Body Positivity

Gayborhood: Bearlesque Performance Group Promotes Body Positivity

Bearlesque is a body-positive, gender-inclusive burlesque performance group featuring people of all sexualities. The organization was created in 2014 by Josh Schonewolf and Connor Michalchuk as a one-off show for ‘bears,’ a slang term in the LGBTQ community for larger, hairier, more masculine gay men. The more Michalchuk and Schonewolf discussed their ideas, the more […]

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Activism: Five Historical Activism Locations In Philadelphia

Activism: Five Historical Activism Locations In Philadelphia

As the birthplace of the U.S., Philadelphia holds the history of William Penn, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and many others. These people stood on the front lines of making a change, not necessarily in battle, but in their activism, standing up for what they felt was right and to change what was wrong. Throughout the years, […]

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