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 As social media has proliferated in recent years, more and more gay men are turning to dating apps like Grindr and Scruff for personal connections, be they casual sexual encounters or more serious romantic possibilities.

But is a reliance on these apps helpful or hurtful to gay men’s long-term sexual and emotional health? This subject was the topic for vigorous discussion at a community meeting held last Sunday, Feb. 10 at Mixxia, a prominent salon in the Gayborhood.

CHECK, PLEASE!: LBGT-specific HIV agencies across the area were recently awarded thousands of dollars from two different contributors. Coca-Cola (left) presented Action Wellness PHL Executive Director Kevin Burns with a $25,000 check Feb. 7 at its Arch Street location. Later that day, Philly AIDS Thrift handed out 23 checks totaling $246,000 to organizations across the tristate area. As the 20th check was presented, there was a pause to announce that total PAT distributions since the organization’s inception hit the $2.5-million mark. More information on the nonprofits can be found at actionwellness.org and phillyaidsthrift.com.

Photos: Scott A. Drake


Three student filmmakers last week presented their award-winning documentary at William Way LGBT Community Center. In the short film, entitled “The Gayborhood,” they illustrated Philadelphia’s LGBT-rights movement — from the Dewey’s Lunch Counter sit-in to overall visibility in the neighborhood known as Washington Square West.

The film begins with a voiceover from Finn Giddings, noting the strides made in that neighborhood.


More than two years after fatally shooting a man in the face during a home-invasion robbery of a trans woman in West Philadelphia, Matthew J. White was convicted of second-degree murder, attempted murder and robbery and sentenced to life in prison without parole.

White was called “a predator” by Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Barbara A. McDermott, who handed down the sentence on Feb. 7.

Philadelphia was inching closer to becoming the first city in the United States to open a safe-injection site to address the city’s opioid crisis. But the project has hit a roadblock — the U.S. Department of Justice.   

Pennsylvania’s top federal prosecutor last week announced he was suing the nonprofit facility called Safehouse — with timing that coincided with an executive director being named and the start of fundraising.  

Choreographer, professor, and mentor Tommie-Waheed Evans kicks off our new OUTPour series called a “A Day in the Life,” celebrating a staple in Philadelphia’s modern dance community.


Philadelphia nonprofit Welcome America, Inc., loses one openly gay CEO but gains another with the naming of Michael DelBene as its new president and chief operating officer.

He steps into the role after the departure of Jeff Guaracino, another out man, who became Visit Philadelphia’s new president and CEO last fall. Guaracino had been with the organization since January 2016 and will continue to sit on its board.

On the afternoon of her announcement of a run at Pennsylvania’s 190th District’s special election seat, West Philadelphia’s Pamela Williams — lesbian, community advocate, LGBTQ activist and ordained minister known to her flock as “Pastor Pamm” — was bouncing off the ceiling. That Williams could be the Commonwealth’s first openly lesbian state representative is one thing. To serve her constituency with the credo, “Progress Starts with the People,” as her campaign motto reads, is quite another. With a full and easy laugh, and boundless energy after a long day on the stump, Williams preached the gospel of great works and good political maneuvering.

On a sunny Super Bowl Sunday, a group of friendly associates were eating pepperoni pizza and drinking iced tea at the First Unitarian Church in Philadelphia. They weren’t there for the match-up between the Patriots and the Rams. “I could care less about this,” said Maria Watts Newman with a laugh. “Not without the Eagles.”

A special section focusing on older LGBTQ adults offers articles on care and services, housing, legal issues such as common-law marriage, momentum for Pennsylvania’s LGBTQ aging issues, recognizing who is a senior and more.


Pennsylvania poised to carry on momentum in LGBTQ aging


Common-law marriage opens doors to legal rights for LGBT elders


Advocacy and action for and by LGBT


Am I a senior?


Providing care and services to LGBT+ older adults: It’s a process and a journey


Vintage whine: Life as an LGBTQ senior

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