Out author, poet and civil engineer Richard Blanco has steadily been on the go ever since he was picked to read poetry at the second inauguration of President Barack Obama — when he became the first gay person, the first immigrant, the first Latino and the youngest person ever to be a U.S. inaugural poet.

Despite recent setbacks to the queer literary scene like the closing of the nation’s oldest bookstore, Giovanni’s Room, the truth is that Philadelphia is in the midst of a literary reawakening.

Jim Lange describes himself as a natural strategist — a skill he relied upon, in conjunction with his background as an attorney and an accountant, to create a guide for same-sex couples to traverse the complexities of retirement savings.

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