Natalie Hope McDonald


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

March 18, 2020


The best apocalyptic books and movies to check out while observing social distancing

During this unusual time of the coronavirus and COVID-19, you can go one of two ways with your entertainment choices. You can become an escapist, delving into the stuff that transports you out of this reality, or you can face your fears and go deep into the films and books inspired by end times, apocalypses and plagues.

February 11, 2020


LGBTQ productions take center stage during 2020 Philly Theatre Week

The 2020 Philly Theater Week is underway. This year, LGBTQ+ productions account for an important cross section of the event's performances. Among those are Ants on a Log, The Hum’n’bards and the Bearded Ladies Cabaret.

November 12, 2019


New Arcila-Adams Trans Resource Center connects community in 'much needed safe space'

The Arcila-Adams Trans Resource Center officially opened its doors inside the William Way LGBT Center, 1315 Spruce St. in Philadelphia. Designed as a community hub on the fourth floor of the center on Spruce Street, it provides healthcare referrals and job services, as well assistance accessing community services specific to the transgender community. The comfortable new space, a kind of center within a center, is named for two formidable leaders within Philadelphia's trans community.

September 16, 2019


New film chronicles the story of a transgender gamer

For the past two-and-a-half years, Jane M. Wagner filmed more than 100 hours of footage of Narcissa Wright, one of the first-ever out transgender video gamers for the documentary, Break the Game. As a former associate producer on Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, Wagner, who lives in Brooklyn, actually stumbled upon Wright’s story by accident about four years ago.

September 13, 2019


Temple professor helps police sharpen the evidence in 30-year-old cold case arrest

Many cold cases are being solved thanks to advances in DNA technology. Earlier this year, the infamous Golden State Killer was arrested after terrorizing California for decades thanks to DNA matched to a genetic database – a first in crime-solving history.

September 5, 2019


16 awesome nature destinations in South Jersey

From the Delaware to the shore, Jersey offers dozens of ways to hike, bike, swim and boat along scenic rivers and barrier islands, not to mention educational adventures into nature preserves and dense wooden forests.

August 8, 2019


Ex-cadet sues Valley Forge Military Academy, alleging abuse

A former cadet at the Valley Forge Military Academy and College is suing the Wayne-based boarding school, alleging he was repeatedly abused and bullied as a teenager in 2016 and 2017.

June 4, 2019

Adult Health

Second-ever LGBT State of the Union champions progress, considers new controversies

The LGBT community in Philadelphia on Monday night heard about new programs, lingering controversies and continuing efforts to protect their rights during the annual State of the Union presented by the city's Office of LGBT Affairs.

May 27, 2019

Alternative Medicine

Everything you need to know about navigating the world of medical marijuana in Philly

With several dispensaries breaking new ground in both Philadelphia and South Jersey, and a dedicated university hospital program welcoming new patients, the medical marijuana experience here at home is finally shedding its stigma and getting the product to the people. Here's what you need to know.

November 16, 2018


Pushing PrEP: Planned Parenthood targets gay men and heterosexual women

Philadelphia sees about 700 new cases of HIV each year – and these are just the ones being reported, according to the most recent City of Philadelphia Surveillance Report.

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