Portraits

Hollywood has its power couples — Bennifer, Brangelina, TomKat — and, here in Philadelphia, we have Valemar, or should that be Malerie? Partners in life and in business, Valerie Safran and Marcie Turney are the owners and operators of five successful businesses.

OK, I admit that I have made people cry (à la Barbara Walters) during the course of these interviews, but this week was a first: The interviewee made me cry like a baby.

Brian Strachan wears many hats. And they’re sometimes big pink ones atop towering wigs. He fills his daytime hours as a teacher, inspiring the next generation at the University of the Arts, but once a month he dons a themed costume and teases, taunts and tickles the crowd as a Bingo Verifying Diva at Philadelphia’s popular GayBINGO. Now entering its 14th year, GayBINGO has raised thousands of smiles and more than $2 million for people in the Delaware Valley living with HIV/AIDS.

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