April 25, 2001
It may have been true at one time that John Street had some personal issues with the gay community, but it no longer seems true now. In fact, if there is one area in which the mayor has shown remarkable growth, it has been in his promotion of tolerance in general and gays in his administration, including Alba Martinez, who heads the Department of Human Services. So the criticism he's getting from PrideFest organizers seems particularly unfair. Malcolm Lazin, head of the festival, is blaming Street for the Greater Philadelphia Tourism and Marketing Corp.
April 24, 1998 |
The nation's largest and most comprehensive gay and lesbian festival returns to Philadelphia for five days starting Wednesday. Now in its sixth year, PrideFest will offer seven parties and an eight-hour Sunday festival on 12th Street featuring food, drinks, crafts and music. All told, there will be more than 70 events. But what really separates PrideFest from other gay-pride events is its emphasis on serious symposia, including speakers and panels on religion, journalism, business and other fields.
May 7, 2000 |
Gay and lesbian people are early adapters. That's the latest in marketing research, according to a panel of experts who gathered yesterday at the Prince Theater to discuss the subject of marketing to the gay community. "If there's a new thing, we do it first," said Stephanie K. Blackwood, who four years ago cofounded Spare Parts, a research, marketing and communications firm in New York. Blackwood said new research shows that gay and lesbian people are not quite as rich as once was thought.
May 12, 1997 |
Whether Eleanor Roosevelt and Lorena Hickok were lovers or just close friends is a source of disagreement among historians and biographers, but being women of the world, neither probably would be particularly taken aback that the new musical Eleanor & Hick unambiguously treats their relationship as a romance. They might not know quite what to make of the show's having a man play both Eleanor and her husband, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and a woman portray both Hickok and FBI director J. Edgar Hoover.
May 10, 1993 |
There was a time when Jewish mothers were fixing up their sons and daughters for relationships. Now, they're introducing their gay sons to each other. That's what one participant revealed yesterday at a symposium on gay couples during what organizers hope will be the first annual national PrideFest weekend, a celebration of gay and lesbian culture, headquartered at the Holiday Inn at 18th and Market streets. The symposium was one of 40 gay-related events that drew 15,000 to Philadelphia this weekend, featuring art shows, readings, sports, theater and seminars.
May 9, 1997 |
In its fifth year celebrating the gay community, PrideFest has grown bigger still, creating a festival that would be difficult for even the straightest of people in Center City to ignore. Founder and cochairman Malcolm Lazin sees it as a celebration of diversity - with more than 90 events presented by 70 organizations over five days ending Sunday. "Whatever stereotypes one might have, they can be shown to be ridiculous," said Lazin. "There are religious, sports, family and entertainment events.
May 6, 1998 |
A ripple of an idea that launched the first PrideFest five years ago has turned into a $2 million wave, the chief organizer of the annual gay and lesbian festival said yesterday. According to daily counts conducted during the event, which began last Wednesday and ended Sunday,, total attendance was between 35,000 and 40,000, said Malcolm Lazin, founder of PrideFest. The visitors spent an average of $50 each, he said. That works out to $2 million spent on food, entertainment, souvenirs and lodging, said Lazin, a lawyer and developer.
April 23, 1998 |
Sure, PrideFest is about parties. Any event that includes a pool relay in which participants hold pink plastic flamingoes aloft as they swim could never be accused of taking itself too seriously. But what PrideFest is really about, says Malcolm Lazin, principal organizer of the Philadelphia gay and lesbian festival and symposium, is drawing attention to the lives of people like Jim Wheeler. Wheeler was a college freshman from Lebanon, Pa., a promising painter and poet who hanged himself last fall because of what Lazin describes as "internal and external homophobia.
June 10, 2002
I WANT to write a very special thank you to Dr. Eshag Eshagpour of St. Christopher's Heart Center for Children. Dr. Eshagpour will be leaving St. Christopher's Heart Center and heading for California. I met Dr. Eshagpour 24 years ago when my daughter came under his care for a congenital heart defect. Through three open-heart surgeries, numerous complications and hospitalizations, he was always there, patiently explaining and helping my daughter and me. I don't believe that my daughter would be here today if Dr. Eshagpour had not come into our lives 24 years ago. Thank you, Dr. Eshagpour, from the bottom of my heart.
April 12, 1995 |
The Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau and PrideFest, the annual Philadelphia convention for the gay community, have joined forces to try to attract the International Gay Travel Association here for its yearly meeting in 1997. If the bureau and PrideFest succeed, the travel group would bring about 1,100 travel agents, tour operators, hoteliers and others who market to gays and lesbians to Philadelphia May 7-10, 1997, the same days as PrideFest. Travel by gays and lesbians is a significant, growing market, and it would help Philadelphia sell itself if those who make travel decisions are introduced to the city, convention bureau and PrideFest officials said.