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 […]

 

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 […]

 

LGBTQ: Mauckingbird Theatre Company Presents Classic Plays With a Twist

LGBTQ: Mauckingbird Theatre Company Presents Classic Plays With a Twist

A recent production by Mauckingbird Theatre Company was set in the 17th century, complete with all the attire, mannerisms and dialogue of the day — and a cell phone. It’s that type of modern twist on classic plays that reflects the origin and mission of the group. “Mauckingbird Theatre Company produces innovative, affordable gay-themed theatre,” said Peter Reynolds, the artistic director of […]

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LGBTQ: Five Welcoming Places for the Community

LGBTQ: Five Welcoming Places for the Community

Intersecting at 13th and Locust streets, the rainbow crosswalk represents more than lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgenders and queers. It embodies the boundaries and obstacles crossed and overcome by the LGBTQ community in Philadelphia. In neighborhoods across the city, there are LGBTQ facilities that provide affordable medical treatments and education, encourage the exploration of self-expression, and promote a confident life. […]

 

South Philadelphia: LGBT Community Comes Together Through Football

South Philadelphia: LGBT Community Comes Together Through Football

Mention football and South Philadelphia in the same sentence and most people will instinctively think of the Eagles. However, across the street from Lincoln Financial Field, at FDR Park, another kind of football is making a difference. The Greater Philadelphia Flag Football League provides not only a competitive athletic experience but a social atmosphere that […]

 

LGBTQ: Out4STEM Bridges the Gap for STEM-Interested LGBTQ Youth

LGBTQ: Out4STEM Bridges the Gap for STEM-Interested LGBTQ Youth

We can all agree that becoming a scientist is hard. Learning the inner workings of a computer entails dissecting a language consisting of ones and zeroes, while engineering fields require advanced mathematical comprehension. In other words the science, technology, engineering and mathematical (STEM) occupations are not for everyone. Beyond the difficultly of learning the material […]

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Center City: How Franky Bradley’s Drag Show is Changing the Game

Center City: How Franky Bradley’s Drag Show is Changing the Game

It has only been seven months since Franky Bradley’s opened its doors and already the restaurant and bar has been making a mark on the rainbow crosswalk-streets in the Gayborhood. Formerly known as Sisters Nightclub, the only lesbian bar in Philadelphia’s gay-friendly corridor, the Franky Bradley’s had big shoes to fill. They haven’t disappointed. On the […]

 

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: Gun Group Is Ready to Defend Themselves

LGBTQIA: Gun Group Is Ready to Defend Themselves

Andrew Greene has only had to draw his gun once. It was 22 years ago when Greene, then 23-years-old, was followed by a group of men while walking to his car after leaving a bar in Philadelphia’s Gayborhood. “They followed me a good five or six blocks,” said Greene. “One of them shouted, ‘Hey faggot!’ […]