Arts & Culture

I was at William Way when I saw a flyer for the Society Hill Dance Academy, and the photo on the flyer had two men dancing cheek to cheek. I cold-called the number on the flyer and asked to speak to the owner or manager, about her business and if she employed LGBTQ folks.

Tessa Thompson will be the new queer face of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), and LGBTQ people are here for it.

The popular Marvel films have been slow to include LGBTQ characters on screen, despite the comic books being inclusive for years.

The 2019 nominations for the 71st Annual Emmy Awards have been announced, and they are the queerest ever. Tony Award-winner Billy Porter made history as the first openly gay Black man ever nominated for an Emmy.

Philadelphia is the proud host of the Trans Wellness Conference. Started in 2000 by Charlene Arcila, the event has rapidly grown to become the largest free trans-specific conference in the world featuring workshops and events, keynote speakers, film screenings, community building, networking opportunities and more.

For a lot of our younger readers, summer involves free time. At least we hope. So when better to catch up on recreational reading. Luckily, there are a wealth of queer young-adult titles waiting on the shelves at Philly’s local independent bookstores, just waiting to be discovered.

We reached out to Philly’s histroic LGBTQ bookstore, Giovanni’s Room, 345 S. 12th St., for recommendations on interesting queer YA reads. For more information, visit queerbooks.com.

PARTY GIRL!: Pop superstar, actress and dancer, Jennifer Lopez, brings her “It’s My Party World Tour” to town, making hips shake in Philly, 8 p.m. July 20 at Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St. For more information or tickets, call 215-336-3600.

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