Natalie Hope McDonald


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

June 26, 2018


EXCLUSIVE: Tabu plans move into iCandy's Gayborhood location

For Tabu, this means going from its current two-story 3,500 square-foot space to 12,000 square feet on three levels including a roof desk. For iCandy, it means closing doors on an admittedly tumultuous last few years rife with controversy and criticism.

May 29, 2018


Philly hosts first-ever LGBTQ State of the Union

In the first-ever LGBTQ State of the Union at the Kimmel Center on Tuesday night, Philadelphia’s leaders and community members filled the Perelman Theatre to hear from some of the most influential LGBTQ organizations in the region. With elected officials in attendance, including Councilman Derek Green, state Rep. Brian Sims and primary winner for State House Malcolm Kenyatta, Mayor Jim Kenney called it “a historic event.”

March 27, 2018


A Q&A with omni-talent Alan Cumming:

Author, actor and Broadway star Alan Cumming is also playing the first openly gay lead character in a new hour-long network drama.

March 12, 2018

School Violence

Teachers respond to gun violence: Don't arm us!

It didn't take a student bringing a loaded gun into Fels High School recently to remind educators that the threat of gun violence is very real.

February 21, 2018


'Black Panther' is a temporary moment of escapism for Black America

Black Panther is the first film with an African-American director and predominately black cast in history to break box office records.

February 12, 2018


Philly's new, live talk show: expect to laugh and learn

WIth "Dr. Young Unpacks," which kicks off Feb. 16 at CSz Philadelphia on Sansom Street, Danna G. Young takes her cue from television’s most popular satirists to date like Jon Stewart and Samantha Bee.

December 14, 2017


Napping on the job and more health and wellness tips for 2018

It may seem that every new year there are brand new nuggets of advice about how to lose weight, get healthy and eat well – everything from eating more plant-based meals to cutting back on gluten and dairy. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the onslaught of advice and mixed messages.

December 14, 2017


Kenyatta makes it official: he's seeking relative's 181st district seat

"As an advocate and organizer, I’ve tried to push, pull, and partner with elected officials, community leaders, and my neighbors to plot a path forward," he says. "But there are limits to what I can do from the outside."

December 12, 2017


Does the Philly theater community have a race problem?

Artists of color are feeling left out as arts organizations realize they need to be more inclusive.

December 1, 2017


Hahnemann launches new transgender health training

When Dr. Kathy Rumer began working with transgender patients a decade ago, she was a lone wolf, operating at mostly small community hospitals.

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