In response to a City&State report in which sources claimed that 15-term state Rep. W. Curtis Thomas was thinking about retiring and backing his cousin Malcolm Kenyatta to succeed him in next year’s election, Thomas told Philly Mag through a spokesman that he “plans to seek re-election and has no plans to retire.” Read more »
When the Inquirer reported last week that Philadelphia NAACP chapter president Rodney Muhammad had been paid by a PR firm working for a “dark money” nonprofit to do “community outreach” in 2016 on behalf of Mayor Jim Kenney’s soda-tax initiative and that since April of this year he has received $25,000 from Kenney’s political action committee for … well, no one is saying, I felt an instant sense of betrayal.
Not because Muhammad supported the mayor’s soda tax (which I still loathe), but because he gave the community the impression that he had championed the 2016 legislation solely from a place of advocacy and not personal financial gain. (Why, exactly, was he listed as “Rodney Carpenter” on the latest Kenney for Philadelphia campaign-finance report even though he was actually born Rodney Ellis?) Read more »
This week’s LGBTQ event of the week is the Philly AIDS Walk. Join thousands of Philadelphians for an annual event that is “committed to getting to zero” in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Your efforts will help the local AIDS Fund as it continues to provide support to the most vulnerable living with HIV through emergency financial assistance. 5K run and walk check-ins begin at 7 a.m. on Sunday, October 15th, at the foot of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Register here. Read more »
Controversial self-proclaimed “phenomenal young scholar” Dr. Wesley Muhammad was scheduled to give a lecture in Philly on Saturday that he markets online as being “the lecture that Facebook and YouTube banned.” In “How to Make a Homosexual: The Scientific Assault on Black America,” Muhammad claims the “Homosexualization of the Black Community is one of the clearest and most egregious illustrations of the US Government’s Scientific Assault on the Black Man.” Read more »
This week’s LGBTQ event of the week is the Philly Trans March 2017. Enjoy an afternoon honoring transgender and gender-nonconforming individuals at an event that is “not only a rally and demonstration, but also a revolutionary movement.” This community-wide event features guest speakers Christian Axavier Lovehall, Sharron Cooks, and several other activists and leaders. The event kicks off at 3 p.m. on Saturday, October 7th, at Kahn Park, 1119 Pine Street. Free admission. Read more »
Philadelphia FIGHT’s Youth Health Empowerment program (often referred to as Y-HEP) abruptly shut down its drop-in center in late August, G Philly has learned.
Located at 1417 Locust Street, the program bills itself as offering “comprehensive healthcare services to teens and young adults” and providing a confidential safe space for “all patients, regardless of ability to pay.” Its fourth-floor drop-in center provided food, toiletries, programing, a shower, and garments for at-risk homeless youth. Operations on that floor have now been terminated; the program continues to provide health screenings and other clinical assistance. Read more »
Kareem D’Ant is a local queer musician and popular activist on social media. We chat with the outspoken artist about being out in Pennsylvania, his upcoming EP, and how he deals with insane internet trolls.
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
My name is Kareem David Anthony, but my stage name is Kareem D’Ant or, as some may know me on Twitter, as “The Zesty Queer.” I’m 25 and from Lancaster, Pa., but Philly is like my second home and I look forward to the day I can make it permanent. My primary job is that of a retail worker, but I’m a singer/songwriter, actor and dancer part-time. I also have a YouTube account called “The Miseducation of A Black Gay Guy,” where I provide informative content about LGBTQ issues and matters that affect the black community. On the fun side, I love to eat, read, and love history. I’m also single, so if anybody is looking for a date … I’m free! Read more »