Portraits

Hear ye! Hear ye! All ye looking for merriment, adventure, men in codpieces, bodacious ladies, food fit for a queen (you know who you are) and general gaiety, the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire is the place for you.

Impresario [from Italian, literally: one who undertakes; see “impresa”]: A sponsor who books and stages public entertainments, promoter, showman. They’re all apt descriptions of Philly’s own impresario, Dan Contarino. (The thesaurus also lists “exhibitioner, shower, organ-grinder and pornographer” as synonyms, but we’ll skip those for now ...)

The vision statement of the Elements Organization reads, in part: “We envision building a group of empowered LGBTQ womyn of color who break the silence, become more consciously engaged in one another’s herstory and foster connections ... ” One of the ways members are achieving that goal is through the upcoming LGBTQ Womyn of Color Conference, Oct. 7-10 here in our city. To achieve that goal, we spoke to board member and organizer Carrie Kholi to learn a little of herstory.

“When you’re curious, you find lots of interesting things to do,” said Walt Disney. Well then, curious would indeed describe Steve McCann, founder of Philly Gay Calendar, an online resource for queer events in the city.

American educator and civil-rights leader Mary McLeod Bethune once said, “We have a powerful potential in our youth, and we must have the courage to change old ideas and practices so that we may direct their power toward good ends.” PGN started by having a talk with Drexel student Franco De Marco.

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