Portraits

When Judy Bridges transitioned at her job in a manufacturing plant, the response was eye-opening in that no one batted an eye. Since then, Judy has joined the board of Live Open — an LGBT employee-resource group at Saint-Gobain, a company that “encourages employees and supporters of the LGBTQ community to be fully open and honest about who they are as individuals.”

“I’m from Driftwood” is a curated collection of stories of LGBT people founded in 2009 when Nathan Manske saw a photograph of Harvey Milk riding on the hood of a car and holding a sign that read, “I’m From Woodmere, N.Y.”

Yippee ki-yay! This week’s Portrait is the founder of the Keystone State Gay Rodeo Association, Adam Romanik. Feeling spontaneous? Grab your Stetson and join them for their monthly trail ride or check the website for other upcoming events.

Yassss! Another film festival is happening here in town, right this minute. This weekend the 27th Philadelphia Film Festival is drawing to a close, but there are still a number of amazing films to see before the curtain falls. Oct. 26 is the premiere of “Teddy Pendergrass: If You Don’t Know me,” a thoughtful and thorough tribute to Philadelphia’s own Teddy Pendergrass. I became involved with the film when the director, Olivia Lichtenstein, contacted me about a former Portrait, Tenika Watson. As a result, the lovely Ms. Watson is among those interviewed for the film.

“We demand that the time is now for our city and world to be more inspired, to intentionally listen to the voices of the folks who have been traditionally kept out from mainstream spaces. We must continue to cultivate a culture of access, advocacy, and appreciation for the arts. Art is a tool for empathy and collaboration. We believe that if we create more affirmative and identifiable experiences in theatrical spaces ,more people will engage in the process of their own liberation.”

So states the mission of the Power Street Theatre Company, a theatrical organization founded by this week’s Portrait, Gabriela Sanchez.

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