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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 […]

 

North Philadelphia: Malcolm Kenyatta Promotes LGBT Representation in Government

North Philadelphia: Malcolm Kenyatta Promotes LGBT Representation in Government

Malcolm Kenyatta grew up in North Philadelphia and graduated from Temple University. He is now the member engagement coordinator for the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce and the youngest member of the Liberty City LGBT Democratic Club. He described himself as North Philly’s biggest fan. Kenyatta’s work has reached a higher level of importance and urgency […]

 

Queen Village: Community Finds Alternative Ways to Recycle

Queen Village: Community Finds Alternative Ways to Recycle

Queen Village is doing its best to transform into Clean Village, an environmentally conscientious neighborhood. In hopes of living in a greener city, residents are doing what they can to make changes in their everyday lives to benefit Mother Earth. The Queen Village Neighborhood Association is helping by informing individuals about the city’s rules and restrictions on […]

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LGBTQ: Serving the LGBT Community as a Unified City

LGBTQ: Serving the LGBT Community as a Unified City

An anonymous letter landed on the Philadelphia District Attorney’s desk in 2012. It described an experience from a member of the Philadelphia Police Department. Two police officers on the job, away from three individuals — a male defendant, a trans woman and another male complainant — making misgendered statements and slurs. “They [the trans woman] […]

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LGBTQ: Shedding Light on City, State Hate Crime Laws

LGBTQ: Shedding Light on City, State Hate Crime Laws

The brutal 1998 murder of University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard put LGBT issues in the national spotlight. Here in Philadelphia, the 2014 beating of a gay couple brought the issues closer to home — and served as a wake-up call to many city residents. “I had one student attacked while having a homophobic slur carved into his […]

 

LGBTQ: First Came Marriage, Now Adoption for Many Couples

LGBTQ: First Came Marriage, Now Adoption for Many Couples

For years, same-sex couples struggled for the opportunity to express and protect their love in the same way that a heterosexual couple inherently could. So when on June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court made same-sex marriage legal across the nation, a sea of change was set in motion. “It was a big deal,” said Carrie Edwards (above, […]

 

LGBTQ: Philadelphia Helps Lead Anti-Discrimination Effort, But Will Rest of State Follow?

LGBTQ: Philadelphia Helps Lead Anti-Discrimination Effort, But Will Rest of State Follow?

Philadelphia sits among 32 municipalities and two counties that have legislation in place to protect the rights of its LGBT residents from discrimination in the workplace. But in a state where there are 67 counties and more than 2,500 municipalities, there is still a lot of work to be done. “We have protections like this in Philadelphia for […]

 

Center City: qFLIX Philadelphia Revives LGBTQ Film Scene with Festival

Center City: qFLIX Philadelphia Revives LGBTQ Film Scene with Festival

Philadelphia’s lone LGBTQ film festival evolved from necessity. “We put qFLIX Philadelphia together for one main reason — the previous festival was abandoned,” director and co-producer James Duggan (above) said. Founded in 2014 by Duggan and fellow director and co-producer Thom Cardwell (below), the festival provides a platform for the LGBTQ community to share their stories in […]