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Friday, February 17, 2017

Mappng the crossroads of African-American and LGBT history

As we recognize Black History Month this February, it’s a perfect time to remember and honor all the of same-sex loving black figures who have stood out throughout the course of our nation’s history— people who marched, protested, and fought to help bring the LGBT communities to where we are today.

Friday, February 17, 2017

The Keystone State Gay Rodeo rides into town June 24th and 25th and will be held at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Building in Harrisburg.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Pope implies Trump’s Mexican wall is not Christian

The Vatican - Pope Francis strongly implied that Donald Trump is un-Christian in a February 8 sermon, while Trump advisor Steve Bannon has been working with traditionalist Catholic clergy to undermine the pontiff. “In the social and civil context as well, I appeal not to create walls but to build bridges,’ the pope said in his weekly catechism lesson. “To not respond to evil with evil. To defeat evil with good, the offense with forgiveness. A Christian would never say 'you will pay for that.' Never. That is not a Christian gesture. An offense you overcome with forgiveness. To live in peace with everyone.” Francis has used the 'bridge not walls' theme before. Last year, after visiting the US-Mexican border, the pope replied to a question about Trump by saying that anyone who wants to build a wall instead of a bridge is “not Christian.”

Saturday, February 04, 2017

“It’s a heart rending time to be both a woman and an immigrant in this country... our dignity, our character, and rights are all under attack.” So spoke America Ferrerra as she gazed out over the hundreds of thousand of women who descended on Washington on Saturday, January 21st for the Women’s March. Women who came from all over the country, sleeping on friends’ floors, crossing coasts, and riding buses through the night to be there. We wore pink pussy hats, accepted free doobies, and marched bearing homemade signs or bearing the five official images of the March. We broke out into impromtu verses of “Lean on Me” and cheered and chanted our throats raw as four-plus hours of speakers proclaimed that Donald Trump is not America.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Costs for photographers, music, and officiants

We walked through venue and catering costs in the last column. Now let’s look at costs for other core wedding professionals: photographers, musicians, and DJs, and officiants.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Joel Ybarra’s role as a champion for diversity, inclusion, and education in the workplace has led him to take steps in the fight against HIV and AIDS in Baltimore.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Whitney Houston once said, “Learning to love yourself is the greatest love of all.” This line from her iconic song has resonated with many of her fans, especially those of the LGBT community. Later this month, fans will be able to pay homage to the late singer in time to memorialize the 5th anniversary of her passing. The Bodyguard, the musical based on the Houston film, will fill the streets of Charm City with many of the singer’s classics when performed at the Hippodrome theatre Tuesday, February 28th through Sunday, March 5th.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Nicholas Hollup was named Mr. Philadelphia Leather 2017 and Heather Raquel was sashed Ms. Philadelphia Leather 2017 on Saturday, February 11th in front of a packed house at the Bike Stop in downtown Philadelphia. Bull, a member of the Atlanta Panther Leather / Levi Club and a recent Philadelphia transplant, was first runner-up for Mr. Philadelphia Leather 2017, and Kitten, executive producer of Philadelphia Leather Pride night, was first runner-up for Ms. Philadelphia Leather 2017. Also competing for Mr. Philadelphia Leather 2017 were Christopher Stratton, who was first runner-up to Mr. Mayhem Leather 2016, and Erich a proud military veteran. The Mr. Philadelphia Leather Contest started in 1983 and the Ms. Philadelphia Leather title was added in 1993. The contest stopped in 2009, but was resurrected in 2015. Produced by the Philadelphians MC this contest has become one of the best-produced events in the area. I am also so happy to say that many of the Philadelphia Leather titleholders have become my dear friends. In fact my ShipMate club brother Alex Lemaire and I arrived in the area on Friday and stayed at the beautiful home of Mr. Philadelphia Leather 2007 John Loesch who was such an amazing host that after an evening of bar-hopping, he cooked pancakes, eggs, and bacon at 2:30 in the morning. (I also want to thank Mr. Philadelphia Leather 2005-06 Bill Hawk who made sure that I had a seat at the contest when many folks were standing in the back.)

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