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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, […]

 

LGBTQ: Softball League Unites the Community

LGBTQ: Softball League Unites the Community

City of Brotherly Love Softball League (CBLSL) is one of Philadelphia’s largest and oldest LGBTQ sports organizations. The league was created in 1981 by J.J. Hendley as an outlet for LGBTQ individuals who wanted both athletic experience and social networking. Each year CBLSL gives out a J.J. Hendley award, the highest honor a player in […]

 

LGBTQ: Toasted Walnut Brings the ‘L’ Back to LGBTQ

LGBTQ: Toasted Walnut Brings the ‘L’ Back to LGBTQ

When Sisters Nightclub closed in 2013 after serving the lesbian community for 17 years, Philadelphia lacked a gathering space catered to LGBT women. However, with the opening of Toasted Walnut Bar & Kitchen, that need has been filled. Denise Cohen, who was a general manager at Sisters for its entire run, opened Toasted Walnut right before […]

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