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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: 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 […]

 

South Philadelphia: Inclusive Rugby Team Strives to Defy Stereotypes while Staying Competitive

South Philadelphia: Inclusive Rugby Team Strives to Defy Stereotypes while Staying Competitive

In the summer of 2003, Joe Cruz showed up to rugby practice for the newly-formed Philadelphia Gryphons. The University of Pennsylvania grad was one of seven people at practice. The Gryphons started as an idea, a new team that was attempting to be assembled by members of New York City’s Gotham Knights and the Washington […]

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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: 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 […]

 

Crossroads: What it Means to be Transgendered

Crossroads: What it Means to be Transgendered

The transgendered community is one that has traditionally been overlooked, living in the shadows of mainstream society, and sometimes maligned. Despite the publicity arising from the public transitions of people like Caitlyn Jenner, there remains the question of what it means to live as a transgendered person. The transitioning process can begin with with an individual dressing […]

 

LGBTQIA: Mazzoni Center Becomes Unique Place for Transgender Youth Care

LGBTQIA: Mazzoni Center Becomes Unique Place for Transgender Youth Care

What is a parent to do when they suspect that their young child might be transgender? When their son feels more comfortable wearing his sister’s dresses? Or their daughter asks to be referred to as “he?” For parents in Philadelphia and the surrounding area, the answer to that is to go and see Dane Menkin, […]

 

LGBTQIA: Transgender Health Project Aims to Empower Youth

LGBTQIA: Transgender Health Project Aims to Empower Youth

One of Bella Santos’ fears was that she would never be loved. It may not be a common fear for most 17-year-old girls, but it’s one that was even echoed by Santos’ mother. “Gay men want men and straight men want women,” she would say. “Where do you fall?” It’s been a difficult journey for […]

 

LGBTQIA: Nine Philadelphia Hospitals Named Leaders in LGBT Health Care

LGBTQIA: Nine Philadelphia Hospitals Named Leaders in LGBT Health Care

Philadelphia’s LGBTQIA community now has more places than ever to go to for their health care needs. The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has named nine Philadelphia area hospitals and health centers Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality in their 2014 Healthcare Equality Index report. The number is up from only three health centers featured in the 2013 […]

 

Center City: Q&A with Chris Bartlett, Executive Director of the William Way LGBT Community Center

Center City: Q&A with Chris Bartlett, Executive Director of the William Way LGBT Community Center

Chris Bartlett has been involved in the LGBTQIA community for more than 20 years. His career began with SafeGuards Gay Men’s Health Project in the early 90s. Bartlett was inspired by the work he saw being done at Philadelphia’s William Way LGBT Community Center when he was recruited for the executive director position four years […]