Yesterday, City Council approved a measure that would require all single-stall restrooms in Philadelphia to be gender neutral. The bill was passed unanimously, and although there was much applause from both the trans and gender non-comforting communities (and their allies) about the measure, of course, not all comments were positive. Read more »
This Sunday is a big gay celebration for Philadelphia: Besides the notorious OutFest in the Gayborhood, the City’s annual LGBT Flag Raising Ceremony will take place, and a special new rainbow flag will be unveiled.
We got a sneak peek of the specially designed banner which the City’s Director of LGBT Affairs, Nellie Fitzpatrick, posted on Facebook. It’s being billed as “a true representation of the City and LGBT community being one,” since the flag features the seal of the City of Philadelphia.
The flag will have its official unveiling this Sunday, October 11 at 11:30 am at Philadelphia City Hall. The ceremony will hosted by Mayor Michael Nutter, the City of Philadelphia Office of LGBT Affairs, and the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations.
In addition to OutFest and the flag raising, a mural in honor of Gloria Casarez, the late LGBT civil rights leader, will be dedicated on Sunday starting at 1 pm at the 12th Street Gym.
For more information, check out our guide to LGBT History Month events in Philadelphia.
Last evening at Philadelphia’s Merriam Theater, Audra McDonald demonstrated, yet again, why she is the undisputed premier interpreter of the modern American songbook. Read more »
This Saturday’s Philly Trans March was planned a year in advance. The fact that Kiesha Jenkins was murdered this week is tragically ironic, given that one of the event’s main goals is to “rebuild the unity within the community.”
“Ideally we want this to be a peaceful demonstration,” said Naiymah Sanchez, one of the three organizers for Saturday’s event. “But people are upset, sad, and they want to show out. We just don’t want them to show out and have people have a negative outlook or vision of what we look like when we come together.” Read more »
There’s a lot of drag and burlesque shows in town, but there really isn’t an all-male dance show, with trained performers, in the gayborhood…until now. Read more »
Philadelphia is once again on the national stage, this time for a rather unfortunate reason: The hashtag #SayHerName is trending on Facebook and other social media as reports circulate over the murder of 22 year-old trans woman Kiesha Jenkins.
As we reported earlier, Jenkins was gunned down early this morning in North Philly by 5 or 6 men. A quick browse of Twitter and one can find a wide assortment of messages from folks, mourning the loss of Jenkins:
— advait! (@AdvaitGadre) October 7, 2015
— Toni McIntyre (@ToniMacAttack) October 7, 2015
A 22-year-old Philadelphia trans woman was shot and killed early this morning in North Philadelphia, according to police.
Kiesha Jenkins was attacked by five or six unidentified men at the corner of 13th and Wingohocking Streets according to Sergeant Eric Gripp. The men shot Jenkins in the back. Police were notified of the attack at 2:33 am and Jenkins was pronounced dead at Einstein Hospital at 2:53 am. Read more »
Oh, what a beautiful mornin’! A remastered version of Rogers and Hammerstein’s iconic movie musical, Oklahoma!, will be coming to a variety of Philly-area big screens to celebrate the film’s 60th anniversary.