Eight Philadelphia mayoral candidates let their city know that they are not participating in the national war on drag performers. Drag queens Brittany Lynn and VinChelle brought drag performers from around the city together for a PGN photo op with the mayoral candidates at City Hall. Other performers in the March 21 photoshoot included Dominique Read More
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City issues trans-affirming guidelines for employees
Celena Morrison called it “affirming” to have the City of Philadelphia put forth guidelines to support transgender city employees. Morrison, who has served as executive director for the Office of LGBT Affairs since 2020, is the first openly trans person to lead a government office. “I always say it is great when you have the Read More
Local legal and business org centers LGBTQ entrepreneurs
Community Assistance Friends Enterprise (CAFE) is filling a gap in the business landscape that can be difficult to navigate for minority business owners. Founded by executive director Rebecca Emerson in 2020, CAFE provides free legal and business consulting to all who need it, but centers entrepreneurs and small business owners who are women, LGBTQ+, people Read More
Black and Brown LGBTQ community members to hold annual health symposium
In continued conversations about inequities in healthcare for Black and Brown, queer and trans people living with HIV, the organizers of Black and Latinx Community Control (BLCC) will hold their fourth annual symposium on Feb. 11, just a few days after National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. This year the series of conversations will be held Read More
Who is George Santos, really?
The story of George Santos has evolved more in the past month since it first exploded on the pages of the New York Times, more than anyone — including Santos himself — could have imagined. The 34-year-old made history as the first openly gay Republican candidate elected to the House and has fast become the Read More
Upcoming podcast on multiracial identities to include LGBTQ voices
Many queer people are, unfortunately, familiar with the idea of having to hide part of their identity in certain spaces. This may be especially true for people with intersecting marginalized identities, like Black, Brown and mixed race queer people. LGBTQ+ people are often forced to conform to a world that is based on revealing part Read More
As the first out LGBTQ generation ages, can their challenges be met?
Part one of a three-part series. At 69, Aviva Rosen says she is getting old. “That 70 milestone is just months away, and leaving my 60s and heading into my 70s feels like a real sea-change,” Rosen said. “I’m not sure I’m ready. I’m not ready to retire and I’m not ready to not-retire. Money Read More
Analysis: Did domestic terrorism groups target a North Carolina drag show?
The rumor started swift and unrelenting Saturday night when domestic terrorists shot out two electrical substations in Moore County, North Carolina, some 90 miles outside Charlotte. Had the power outage been fueled by white nationalists determined to stop a drag show in the area? Moore County Sheriff Ronnie Fields has said a motive for the Read More
LGBTQ leaders call for action after murder of trans woman of color
“Violence against trans people, especially our trans siblings of color, continues to be an epidemic in this country and we must all do our part to end it,” Office of LGBT Affairs Executive Director Celena Morrison said at a Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office (DAO) press conference held at Mazzoni Center. The conference was prompted by Read More
Philly leaders and organizations set for Trans Day of Remembrance
Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR), which takes place annually on Nov. 20 is a time when the community unites to remember and honor those who lost their lives to transphobic violence. Each individual or community might celebrate TDOR differently, through social events, vigils, information sessions, speakouts, or a combination. “Too often, community is left out Read More
Local groups collaborate to address LGBTQ intimate partner violence
When it comes to providing care and resources for people who experience domestic violence or intimate partner violence (IPV), the unique needs of the LGBTQ community sometimes get overlooked. Collaboration between organizations is one way to ensure that the right services get to the people who have experienced IPV. Nhakia Outland, founder and executive director Read More
LGBTQ leaders weigh in on midterm success: “It’s not enough to vote anymore”
The midterm elections might have been better than expected for the Democratic party in Pennsylvania, but activists are cautioning the LGBTQ community from getting complacent and encouraging a continued effort for equality. While incoming Pa. Gov. Josh Shapiro and U.S. Sen. John Fetterman support equality and bodily autonomy, other lawmakers in Pennsylvania and across the Read More
What to do to make sure your mail-in, absentee ballot counts on Election Day
By Marley Parish With Election Day only one week away, Pennsylvania voters planning to cast their ballot by mail or absentee should return them by hand to make sure it arrives on time, the state’s top election official reminded on Tuesday. County election offices must receive mail-in and absentee ballots by 8 p.m. on Nov. Read More
Election 2022: La’Tasha Mayes is ready for Harrisburg
In January 2023, La’Tasha Mayes, who is running unopposed for Pennsylvania’s 24th state house district, will join only a handful of openly LGBTQ elected officials in Harrisburg. She’ll also become the first out lesbian to serve in the General Assembly. Mayes grew up in West Philadelphia and went to college in Pittsburgh, where she has Read More
LGBTQ+ HISTORY MONTH Podcast sheds light on forgotten murders of gay men in Montreal
This article first appeared in Windy City Times and is republished with permission. When people ask about or Google the murders of gay men in Montreal in the ’90s, it all leads to the podcast “The Village: The Montreal Murders.” LGBTQ+-rights advocates encouraged me to listen to the podcast.
Pennsylvania candidates — and their stances on LGBTQ issues — take the national stage
With mere weeks till Election Day, more than ten percent of Pennsylvania voters remain undecided in two of the most critical races in the country: John Fetterman and Mehmet Oz for the U.S. Senate, and Josh Shapiro and Doug Mastriano for governor. Whoever wins Pennsylvania’s Senate race could determine which party holds a majority in Read More
PGN’s General Election Endorsements (11/8/22)
For more on our endorsements, see this week’s editorial. The post PGN’s General Election Endorsements (11/8/22) appeared first on Philadelphia Gay News.
Philly Trans March calls out attacks against trans community, trans youth
“Anti-trans legislation is a direct attack on our siblings and their ability to participate in a world that is largely falsified,” D’Auriel Epiphany said at the 2022 Philly Trans March (PTM). Epiphany started the local queer skate group Rolling with the Homos. “The rules are made up; it is all about telling us how we Read More
Analysis: Iran protests for women, but not for lesbians
Mahsa Amini didn’t have to die. While visiting Tehran, Iran with family, Amini was dragged off the street for not wearing her hijab properly and taken to the police station for some “re-education.” She was never seen alive again. Amini’s death on September 16 has propelled protests throughout Iran, with women illegally removing their hijabs Read More
Local advocates say Texas PrEP ruling will impact preventative care
A federal judge in Texas ruled last week that employers in the state are no longer required to provide coverage for the HIV prevention medication PrEP, as mandated by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). A Christian-owned company called Braidwood Management is one of the plaintiffs in the suit against the federal government, claiming that compulsory Read More