I was very lucky to spend some time with the fabulous, firey Dr. Anne Koch this month to talk about healthcare, old-school gay Philly and her upcoming book “Transitioning at a Mature Age.” Read our conversation at Philadelphia Gay News.
I also enjoyed attending an interfaith debate at the National Consitution Center center focused on the state of religious freedom in the United States. The three panelists discussed not only the current state of religion in America but a fascinating historical examination of the legal cases that defined the limits of religious expression over the last 200 years, up to and including Obergefell and the still-pending ‘gay cake’ case.
January was a busy month for me and I’m so happy I can finally start sharing everything I’ve been working on! First of all, I’m writing regularly for VideoGameDJ.com with one of my favorite humans ever, Elly Rox of PhillyGeekGirl. It’s so much fun to write about some of the stuff I like the most: games, music and geek life. Check out our coverage of this year’s Music and Gaming Fest, including my interview with drummer/game designer Rekcahdam and video game cover band Eight Bit Disaster. Keep an eye on that space. Lots of exciting stories coming up.
Second, I’m thrilled to share my first (but not last) story for The Spirit of Penn’s Garden, about the soon-to-open Le Cat Cafe. Matt and Max of The Spirit are doing something really ambitious and important with The Spirit News and I hope you’ll support local Philadelphia journalism however you can.
I’ve got plenty more happening in the next couple months, but if there’s anything going on in gaming, Philly or anywhere else you think I should cover, please drop me a line at bethanneboyle AT gmail DOT com. I love seeing a mailbox full of tips and ideas in the morning.
I’m so happy that I got to write about Philly Zine Fest for the Philadelphia Gay News. PZF has been the highlight of my summer (or depending on the Rotunda’s schedule) for the last ten years and it’s such a thrill to share what I love about this day with readers. It was also a treat to interview so many writers I love, including Elvis, who puts so much humor and life in queer herstory though their zine, Homos in Herstory and local author Kate Haegele whose novel White Elephants you should endeavor to purchase asap.
“When I came to Zine Fest for the first time, in 2003, afterwards I felt like, ‘Why can’t the whole world be like Zine Fest?’” said long-time exhibitor Kate Haegele of the linguistics zine “The La-La Theory” and her memoir “White Elephants.”
“The zine community isn’t passive, they’re doers. Everyone is so supportive because they know doing this isn’t easy,” she added. “Finding zine people meant finding my people.”