PGN Special Edition Coverage

My son is starting high school this fall, which I find hard to believe — it seems like just yesterday that I was driving him to pre-school. This year feels different for other reasons, too. Last year, we headed into school time with the assumption that progress towards LGBTQ equality and inclusion in education would continue with little hindrance. This year, however, the pall of federal actions against LGBTQ students, particularly transgender ones, hangs heavy over all of us.

There are plenty of adult trips for the LGBTQ community — from all-LGBTQ vacations, charter cruises, wine weekends to dance events. But when it comes to LGBTQ people with children in the household, your options decrease dramatically.


Philly Family Pride is hosting a trio of neighborhood potlucks in and around Philadelphia this weekend, giving LGBT parents and grandparents, as well as the parents and grandparents of LGBT children, a chance to meet and ask questions of parents in the group. These events are being hosted in West Philadelphia, Bucks County and on the Main Line. They are free and are open to everyone.

For many gay men, starting families has become preferable to the bar/party culture of the past. Many gay couples are moving from cities into the suburbs, where they’re pursuing the American dream of a home with children. Author Eric Rosswood is one of those such men. He and his husband Mat live in an East Coast suburb with their son, where they carry out a fairly traditional life.

After working with transgender young people and their families as a therapist, Dr. Elijah C. Nealy was prompted to write a book. The Philadelphia native discussed his new work, “Transgender Children and Youth: Cultivating Pride and Joy with Families in Transition,” with students at the University of Pennsylvania June 23. In the book, Nealy discusses ways parents and professionals can work with trans children and adolescents to ensure healthy and happy lives.

“The Evolution of a Cro-Magnon”

By John Joseph


Joseph, a legend in the New York hardcore scene as the singer for the Cro-Mags, lays it all out in the gripping new autobiography. Even if you have no interest in the hardcore punk or crossover-thrash music his band pioneered, his story is a compelling read.

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