David Norse, the first openly gay Presbyterian pastor ordained in Philadelphia, opens up about integrating his LGBT identity with his Christian faith.
Hugh Taft-Morales didn’t expect this. “I knew it was going to be big,” he said. “It’s well beyond what I thought it was going to be. Clearly, Philadelphia’s got a lot of Catholic tradition and heritage.” Taft-Morales is not Catholic, nor is he from Philadelphia. The leader of the Ethical … Continue Reading Pope in Philly: One Faith’s Celebration is Another’s Inconvenience
Victoria Watts is sitting at a small, round table with an iced coffee alongside her blue sunglasses at J&K Euphoria in Northern Liberties. She’s telling a story, which isn’t uncommon. “It took me 25 years to figure everything out,” she said. “I’m 27 now. I came out when I was 25. … Continue Reading Emotionally right, technically wrong
Marc Lancaster didn’t really start listening to music until he was 15. And even then, it only happened because a girl he was a friend with gave him a cassette tape of Nirvana’s first album, “Bleach.” He only began playing guitar since he wasn’t allowed a BB gun. “She’s like, … Continue Reading Indie rock, sounds behind vinyl comeback
“It was just like being in a big, warm fucking blanket, like everything’s OK,” Chris said. Sitting on the rooftop of Anderson Hall at Temple University, Chris is telling a story with his backpack next to him and an electronic cigarette in hand. He’s wearing a button-down shirt with a … Continue Reading By all means necessary
When Paddy Bruington graduated from Fairfax High School in Fairfax, Virginia, in 2007, she didn’t know if she was college material. She was popular in high school and was involved in everything — “all the sports, art club, things like that,” she says. Despite her positive high-school experience, Bruington, who … Continue Reading Why to take a gap year after high school