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Stacey Lee, best known as Mother Stacey Blahnik, was a light that shined in the ballroom community and outside it. Stacey was a beacon of hope, and will always be remembered by many young trans women of color in Philadelphia. It has been eight years since the murder of Stacey Blahnik, and there still has been no arrest for this brutal hate crime. However, when you speak to those who were the closest to Stacey, they say they still see and feel her presence around them.

In the midst of a dark and twisted time for LGBT individuals, with hate crimes at an all-time high, anti-LGBTQ rhetoric spewing like fountains, openly gay conservatives like Milo Yiannopoulos and Guy Benson joining the ranks of our persecutors and my own family advocating for a “new America” that Trump will bring, it can all seem hopeless.

 The organizer of a recent market showcasing handmade crafts, jewelry, clothing and creative-arts services by local LGBTQ business owners and artists said she will host more such events after a promising turnout and positive feedback.

More than 100 people visited the third Philly Queer Bazaar Sept. 29 at Tattooed Mom. Event organizer Kisha Robinson is already planning the fourth event for December.

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