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.

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”       

— Winston Churchill

This week’s profile, Alyssa Mutryn, does both by getting people to give. As director of development for The Attic Youth Center, Mutryn is responsible for making sure our LGBT youth get the services they need. We spoke to the Bethesda, Md., native to find out what motivates her to help our youth.

In my many years attending, I’ve been to a two-(wo)man show in the bathroom of a pizza joint, seen dancers leap across and onto gravestones, witnessed Brian Sanders and his company JUNK do all sorts of wondrous and strange things that defy description (and gravity), marveled at the moves of Gunnar Montana, created my own art at various interactive venues and ventured into places in the city I’d never explored. If you haven’t been (and there’s no excuse not to because there’s truly something for everyone), you’re in luck because the 2016 festival is in full swing right now.

I love a good parade and/or festival — especially a Pride event! Sadly, there’s a long gap between Philadelphia Pride festivities in June and OutFest in October. But have no fear: Our neighbors across the river have come to the rescue.

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