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Happy Gay Pride Philly

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As someone who’s attended nearly 30 years of Philly Gay Pride Parades, this year was the best year. I remember in the beginning the parade consisted of gathering in Washington Square Park, to walking around City Hall to nearly what it is today which is a grand parade starting in the Gayborhood, walking past Independence Hall and a festival to cap the day off.

Sunday felt different, it felt like what we had, what our the gay brothers and sisters fought for all these years. A community that comes together to celebrate our visibility, our diversity, the thread of connection which empowers us to be brave, be out and make a difference.
Thank you to Frannie Price and her team bringing us together for the 31st time, in the historic 50th year since the riots of Stonewall.

I’m not gonna let anyone tell me any different!!
Thank you allies for helping us with our visibiliy

It’s very simple why we have parades, festivals, and why we shout it from the rooftops. Being invisible allows other people, society to define you. Being visible we define ourselves, and what is best for our community, working towards that living, breathing goal.

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Connor Barwin Moves to Fishtown, Babies, Weddings, Pride Day Philadelphia

Connor Barwin Moves to Fishtown, Babies, Weddings, Pride Day Philadelphia

Happy Father’s Day and Happy Pride Day Philly.

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This past weekend former Philadelphia Eagles, now LA Ram’s player Connor Barwin and bride, Laura Barwin, packed up the remaining belongings from their house on Delancey Street in Rittenhouse Square
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and headed to their new Philadelphia digs in Fishtown. Connor told me earlier this year that he’d be staying in Philly, but only needed half the house as he’ll only be staying here half the time.  Fishtown seems to be on fire, earlier this year Little Pete told me if he were to open up another diner it’d be in Fishtown.

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Speaking of Eagles players, artist Perry Milou met up with QB Carson Wentz recently after the 2nd year rising star saw Perry’s work on a friends FB page.

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Speaking of Rocking it – Rocky is open again after a refresher. The sidewalk has been widened, and there’s a cute tiny fence installed around the popular statute to keep tourist off the grass, and not cut through the bushes to the side steps that make their way up to the Art Museum and city view.
This shot was taken yesterday afternoon during a drizzle. I hope to see you there today for the Gary Papa Run at 630am, which for me is in 4 hrs, yikes.

Brett Rosenthal Married (Custom)

Congrats Brett Rosenbloom and Tina Strausser

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Congrats to former G Lounge GM, and now Owner/Chef at Masters Bar & Restaurant Waylon Nelson, and Francesca DiDomenico-Nelson on their upcoming baby boy.

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Thinking of you today Tara Lessard, longtime photographer of LGTBQ events, and everyday as you battle stage 4 ovarian cancer.

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Congrats ladies, and Happy Pride Day Barwin
I saw this Saturday , amazing that a small country town like Woodbury, NJ could have rainbow flags on poles, stating Everyone is Welcome.

As many of you know I attended my uncle’s funeral on Friday. My Aunt Mary addressed the crowd at the luncheon and said love one another, tell the people who are in your life that they’re important, and when you are out in public, and you pass people by, strangers you don’t know, smile. A smile, a kind word and acknowledgment goes a long way. You never know how your day or their day is going to end. It’ll make a difference in both your days and a smile says so much.

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Fashion Plate of the week
I spotted this guy on Chestnut Street on June 14 – Flag Day.
He wins the day, the week and every holiday this year in the best USA Pride.

Speaking of Pride and Flags….

I hope to see you at Pride today, smiling and waving whichever flag you feel represents you best:

bear flag, leather flag, Transsexual Flag, the black and brown rainbow flag

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or the Gilbert Baker original rainbow flag.
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http://www.newsweek.com/rainbow-flag-pride-month-lgbt-625801

Happy Pride Day to all

Check out Philly Chit Chat everyday to see what’s happening in your neighborhood

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City Announces New Leadership for Office of LGBT Affairs

Today, the Kenney administration announced that Amber Hikes will take the helm of the Office of LGBT Affairs as Executive Director.  She will begin this post on March 6th.

Office “My diverse experiences in the vibrant Philadelphia LGBTQ community first as a student, then as a professional, then as a business owner and finally as a community leader, afford me the unique opportunities to view LGBTQ community work in this city from multiple vantage points,” said Hikes.  “I’m eager to serve my community during this pivotal time by increasing the accessibility of the Office, listening to community members and implementing initiatives to serve LGBTQ Philadelphians more efficiently and effectively.”

A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Social Work Program, Hikes has served on the board of the William Way LGBT Community Center from 2011 through 2015, and was an organizer for the Philadelphia Dyke March from 2007-2015. She currently serves full-time as director of Upward Bound, a federally funded student service program at California State Long Beach providing education and resources to low income, underserved students. Hikes has worked with the national organization since 2009, and spearheaded the successful writing of a multimillion-dollar Department of Education grant to refund the Upward Bound program at the University of Pennsylvania for five years.

Additionally, Hikes organized seasonal community service events and fundraisers benefitting LGBTQ organizations such as GALAEI, William Way Community Center, Attic Youth Center, and ACLU-PA among many others.

*I’ve known Amber for several years, and I’m ecstatic for her. She is a great community organizer, and a friend to everyone
Congrats Amber