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Charlotte Cushman (1816-1876) was the greatest American actress of her era, a theatrical superstar and a gender-nonconforming lesbian who worked on stages in the U.S., Britain and Rome throughout the mid-19th century. For over four decades, she was seen by millions. Tall, strikingly handsome and highly charismatic, Cushman charmed women across two continents from the stage and her drawing rooms. During the time when women frequently played both men’s and women’s roles, Cushman became known for her “breeches roles,” playing men on stage. Her Lady Macbeth launched her career, but it was her portrayal of Romeo in Shakespeare’s most popular play, “Romeo and Juliet,” that was considered one of the greatest of any actors, male or female, of her era.


This year’s OutProud Awards honor eight Philadelphians dedicated to supporting the LGBTQ-plus community.

“We look to see who’s been more than just out and proud about who they are,” said Franny Price, executive director of Philly Pride Presents (PPP). “We want to make sure that people get recognized who traditionally don’t.”

ABC News correspondent Gio Benitez said that as a young reporter in Miami, he was inspired by the greats of television journalism: Peter Jennings, Tom Brokaw, Barbara Walters and Katie Couric. He didn’t seek out gay role models in the media, “because at the time, I was very conflicted about it myself.”


“Our beautiful friend Tony Lombardo is now with the angels,” so wrote local gay philanthropist Mel Heifetz on Facebook, about the passing of his longtime friend and companion.

ACT UP Philadelphia, a non-partisan group devoted to combatting HIV and AIDS, is sponsoring free buses to the U.S. Supreme Court on Oct. 8, when justices will hear three cases concerning whether LGBTQ people are protected from workplace discrimination under the 1964 Civil Rights Act. 

Brazil prosecutor orders indictments in Rio gay councilwoman murder case

Brazil’s top public prosecutor ordered five people indicted over sabotaging efforts surrounding an investigation into the assassination of a Rio de Janeiro city councilwoman on Sept. 17.

In comments to reporters on her last day in office, Brazil’s Prosecutor General Raquel Dodge said she would charge two court officials, two police officers and a lawyer with obstructing

Women occupy most same-sex households, except in cities

The Baltimore Sun reported women couples make up more than half of all same-sex households in the United States, but male couples dominate in cities with large gay populations.

The U.S. Census Bureau reported Sept. 18 that the U.S. had almost 1 million same-sex households in 2017, with female couples making up almost 52 percent of those households. The findings emerged in the bureau’s American Community Survey.


Dawn Munro, scientist, champion for LGBT elders and longtime trans activist has died after a brief illness. To all who knew her, she was a forthright, uncompromising and remarkable person. Her concern for trans people and trans issues was unwavering, and she was honored by Philly Pride Presents and Outfest for her commitment and activism.

Munro was on the boards of PFLAG, the Philadelphia LGBT Elder Initiative, the Philadelphia Police LGBT Liaison Committee and Sisterly LOVE. Munro was also an organizer of the Trans Day of Remembrance for the William Way Center.

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