Portraits

Millennials get a bad rap. And they don’t even get a cool nickname. The people that fought and died in World War II got the inspiring moniker “The Greatest Generation.” The group after that received the tongue-pleasing and alliterative “Baby Boomers.” “Gen Xers” sounds like some sort of Marvel superhero gang. But “The Millennials” sounds like a BBC period drama.

“Darkness falls across the land/

The Bingo hour is close at hand

Creatures crawling in search of blood/

Will terrorize Westover Country Club.”

Yes, folks, Halloween is almost here, that high holy holiday for our community. There are plenty of things to do: the Henri David Ball, several versions of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”(including a screening at the Keswick with Barry Bostwick, the original Brad Majors!) and, one of my favorites, Boo at the Zoo (c’mon, toddlers in little penguin costumes? Too cute!). But Philadelphia isn’t the only place to get your zombie on. If you live in the ’burbs, the LGBT Qmunity Center of Montgomery County is having its first-ever Halloween Bingo fundraiser and it’s guaranteed to be a scream — an evening loaded with tricks and treats, Bingo and a fabulous Masqueerade costume contest all for a good cause! And did I mention there are prizes?

We spoke to organizer Bob Snyder about the fright night and what’s happening in MontCo for the LGBT community.

“If my mind can conceive it and my heart can believe it, then I can achieve it.” — Muhammad Ali

That quote would certainly apply to this week’s profile, renaissance woman Cecilia Garnier. She is set to take part in a celebrity-boxing event this weekend for cancer awareness, an issue close to her heart.

I love living in the Northeastern United States, where we get to experience the changing of the seasons. Sure, I’m going to miss the dash from my air-conditioned house to my air-conditioned car and watching my flowers wilt in the heat. But fall is now here, and it brings apple cider, brightly colored trees and the 30th anniversary of the Philly AIDS Walk/5K.

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