Portraits

Mark Twain once wrote, “Nothing so liberalizes a man and expands the kindly instincts that nature put in him as travel and contact with many kinds of people.” If Twain was right, Aella Diamantopoulos must be a liberal, kindly person indeed. A striking woman, Diamantopoulos speaks with a lilting accent that’s hard to place — probably because it’s from a little bit of everywhere. Born in Greece, she’s the daughter of a diplomat and has lived and studied in several corners of the world. She is currently the chief conservator at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, where she oversees conservation activities for paintings, frames, paper, objects and sculpture. Diamantopoulos has studied at the Université des Sciences Humaines de Strasbourg in France, the Hamilton Kerr Institute, University of Cambridge and the Institut Royal du Patrimoine Artistique in Brussels, Belgium, and been awarded numerous grants, honors and fellowships for her work.

Did you know that Philadelphia has its own gay chamber of commerce? Now two years old with more than 100 members, the Independence Business Alliance is Greater Philadelphia’s LGBT chamber of commerce.

K. C. Choong has been out, loud and proud for as long as he can remember. Choong is a member of Out & Equal, an advocacy organization that works with businesses and individuals to ensure LGBT individuals have safe and accepting workplaces. A member of his employee LGBT group, Choong helps others find dignity and pride on the job. A charming man with an infectious laugh, a welcoming smile and a musical accent, he spoke to PGN about life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

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