OPINION: Pa. Democrats, Quit Blaming Stop-and-Go Stores and Fault Yourselves

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Welcome to Prohibition Philadelphia, 2017: the town where Democrats apparently still believe — almost 90 years after American gangster and black-market-liquor entrepreneur Al Capone did a stint at Eastern State — that booze and speakeasies are to blame for our city’s ills.

Last week, Councilwoman Cindy Bass, along with a cadre of roughly 30 community members armed with folding chairs, decided to take a “stand” against stop-and-go stores — mini-convenience stores, delis, and gas stations that also sell alcohol — in a campaign she’s calling “Fit 30.” Read more »

IBA’s Board of Directors Sees Boost in Diversity and Inclusion

Courtesy of Independent Business Alliance.

Ahead of its annual meeting on Monday, June 26th, the Independent Business Alliance (IBA) has informed G Philly that all five of its newly elected board members are “more diverse and inclusive.” With the addition of these new members, the 21-person board is now a third female and a fourth of color; the board also now has two members who are transgender.

The new board members are: Read more »

LGBTQ&A: Wit López

Wit López | Photo by Yvonne Badu-Nimako

Wit López is a disabled, gender-nonconforming/non-binary transgender mixed-media creator, performer, and independent curator. We speak with the visual artist on using their aesthetics to challenge cultural stereotypes surrounding desirability, race, and gender expression. Read more »

OPINION: Why I’m Giving Up on “Allies”

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During this tumultuous political climate, no quote resonates with me more than this one from the late Black Panther Party leader Eldridge Cleaver: “There is no more neutrality in the world. You either have to be part of the solution, or you’re going to be part of the problem.”

Progressive values are at a crossroads, and those who are committed to preserving them must take a stand more visibly and ferociously. As tensions rise within our communities, now is not the time for the most privileged in society to tune out because they can afford to avoid conflict. Nor is it the time to act like Switzerland — neutral stances on issues that affect people of color, women, LGBTQ, the poor, and other marginalized groups either leave support for us in limbo or worse.

Many people champion allyship as an effective way to take that stand. In short, an “ally” is someone with privilege helping someone being marginalized with a problem. This approach might sound noble in theory, but in practice it has only added to oppression. Read more »

LGBTQ Event of the Week: Philly HER Summer Party

Philly HER Summer Party is Friday, June 23rd, at World Cafe Live.

For its immense popularity and girl’s night out vibes, this week’s LGBTQ event of the week is the Philly HER Summer Party. After its previous social gathering quickly sold out, the HER app team now plans to “take over one of Philly’s hottest venues that’s sure to create the best vibes!” Guests can expect a dance party, art visuals, prize giveaways, ice breakers, and an LGBTQ-inclusive space full of queer women to mingle with. The event kicks off at 9 p.m. on Friday, June 23rd, at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street. Tickets. Read more »

OPINION: Complicity and the Gayborhood

Last Wednesday, June 14th, was just an odd day. Not only was it the birthday of our current president, but also a reminder that progress is a journey full of unfortunate setbacks.

One such setback occurred at a book signing for a black gay media colleague of mine from New York at the Ethical Society in Rittenhouse. The evening affair, which opened with a Q&A followed by a meet-and-greet, was packed mostly with black LGBTQ community members who came to hear a first-time author offer perspective on writing a collection of personal essays that explore self-discovery, resilience, and cultural empowerment. Such themes resonated with a crowd of people who have themselves experienced the power of fighting for survival and inclusion while facing discrimination and erasure. Read more »

LGBTQ&A: Alex Deering

Alex Deering

Alex Deering is a Democratic committee member in Philadelphia’s 16th Ward, Division 6. We spoke with the rising civic leader about his political aspirations and being out in the black professional scene. Read more »

Differing Accounts Emerge in Alleged “Body-Slamming” of 14-Year-Old Naji Tribble

Left: Kobie Xavier, a coach at Steelworks Strength Systems. Photo courtesy of Kobie Xavier. Right: Naji Tribble. Photo provided by the Tribble family.

Following the publication last week of a Brewerytown family’s account of what they called the “body-slamming” of their 14-year-old son by an off-duty Philadelphia police officer on May 11th and the subsequent discovery that the boy had suffered a fractured skull, several additional eyewitnesses have come forward to provide Philadelphia magazine with their own accounts of the incident.

Kobie Xavier, a coach at the gym that the boy, Naji Tribble, and a group of his friends had entered that afternoon, says that Naji was the “aggressor” during the confrontation; the officer, Kevin Furman, was only attempting to protect his wife, who was pregnant but not visibly so, after Naji hit her. But two neighbors who say they saw the incident from their homes on North College Avenue support the Tribble family’s contention that Furman was the aggressor and that Naji never physically attacked anyone. Read more »

LGBTQ Event of the Week: Equality Coalition’s “Take Pride Back” Celebration

Equality Coalition’s “Take Pride Back” event is Sunday, June 18th at 10:30 a.m.

For its innovative approach and intersectional lens, this week’s LGBTQ event of the week is the Equality Coalition’s “Take Pride Back” Celebration. Come embrace inclusion and diversity at an event planning to “publicly demonstrate the strength, endurance, and power in solidarity of the queer and trans communities and our accomplices in the resistance against the increased discrimination and violence towards our community perpetuated by the current political and social environment.” As an alternative to the traditional Philly Pride festivities happening over the weekend, the Equality Coalition’s celebration is centered more on activism and empowering marginalized groups within the community. Local speakers and performers from various diverse groups within the city are slated to attend. The event kicks off at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 18th, at City Hall (North Apron, under the flags). Free admission. Read more »

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