Natalie Hope McDonald

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Natalie Hope McDonald is a writer and editor based in Philadelphia. You can reach her at www.nataliehopemcdonald.com and on Twitter @NatalieMcD.

August 28, 2017

LGBT

Were Philly gay bar owners unfairly targeted by city?

You can't get into U-Bahn on a Friday or Saturday night if you're wearing a hat or work boots.

August 25, 2017

Business

Vegan chili, Jersey style

When he found himself staring at the grocery store shelves wondering why there were so few meat-free chilis, Mitch Wolinsky decided to do something about it. He launched Manolo's Best Farmstand Chili with his wife Yvette. Their goal? To create a line of chili that would be more flavorful, made with high-quality organic ingredients and that wouldn’t irritate his stomach like most of the brands he regrettably taste-tested.

August 16, 2017

Opinion

A serious question for white liberals, post-Charlottesville

I have a question for the liberal white people in the room (you know who you are):

August 11, 2017

LGBTQ

Sexual misconduct allegations continue to haunt Mazzoni Center

Workers at Philly's LGBTQ health facility expressed their intent to seek union representation.

August 1, 2017

Atlantic City

Doubling down on Atlantic City: Live Nation puts $$$ where its mouth is

If someone were to place a big bet on A.C.’s future, the odds might be on live entertainment and the beach, a combination that truly sets A.C. apart.

May 26, 2017

LGBTQ

First LGBTQ 'community conversation' packs William Way

First LGBTQ 'community conversation' packs William Way

May 17, 2017

LGBT

Philly LGBT commission chair forced out for 'attacks' on fellow members

Chairwoman Sharron Cooks was voted out by commission members after allegations surfaced that she was “viciously lashing out at others with prejudiced, biphobic and educationally elite attacks,” said Amber Hikes, executive director of Philadelphia's Office of LGBT Affairs.

April 17, 2017

Animals

Meet the newest breed of therapy dog

Shortly after the shooting at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando last summer, dogs from the Tri-State Canine Response Team in South Jersey were deployed.

March 16, 2017

LGBT

Gay, trans and homeless: Inside Philly’s LGBTQ Home for Hope

It’s a Thursday night on North Hutchinson Street, a few blocks from a Save-A-Lot and Kicks USA, where kids are laughing and fooling around outside on an unusually warm night. The neighborhood, a mix of shopping plazas and burnt out buildings, shows signs of decay along with promising new commerce. Two cats streak down the street, one dodges under a car and another climbs a fence. A few men sit on a nearby porch drinking from paper bags. A couple mingles close in the shadows of a streetlight, their faces obscured after dark.

March 15, 2017

Opinion

Making civics great again: new program wants to make Philly smarter about government

About two-dozen people filed into the basement of the Berean Presbyterian Church on North Broad Street last Saturday. Assembled at big round tables and on folding chairs between two low-hanging basketball nets (I half expected a lecture on hygiene – it felt like I was back in junior high again) the small crowd ranged from Temple students in oversized sweats to middle-aged women wrapped in warm coats to a couple with their fussy toddler. We came from all walks of life and parts of the city for the first Civic Saturdays, a free new public program created by Malcolm Kenyatta of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, to explore the practical aspects and history of American government.

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