Philly Tech Week is officially upon us, which means we’re in store for a week’s worth of forward-thinking, innovation-driven events that give us a peek into what the world may look like 10 to 20 years from now.
As LGBT folks, when we look ahead we probably envision things like equal rights, a growing number of LGBT-parented families and maybe even a Cher farewell concert or two—but can you fathom sidling up to a bar next to a lesbian robot?
As you’ll learn from a couple Philly Tech Week events this weekend, the notion may not be as far off as we think. Tomorrow evening, Bruce Duncan of the Terasem Movement Foundation (TMF) will be in town to introduce folks to Bina48, a shockingly lifelike humanoid robot that was built to mimic human personality traits—including independent thought and emotion.
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Every Friday we introduce you to a local LGBT nonprofit in Philadelphia. This week: Learn about Devereux‘s recent teamup with the Human Rights Campaign’s All Children-All Families project, which works to “promote LGBT cultural competency among child welfare agencies.”
Who are you? Leah Yaw, senior vice president for External Affairs at Devereux (pictured, right), one of the nation’s oldest and largest nonprofit providers of behavioral healthcare in the country. We serve more than 20,000 children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and mental health challenges every year at programs in 13 states. Devereux’s service continuum includes psychiatric hospital care, residential and day treatment programs, community-based group homes, respite care, supervised apartments, foster care, special education day schools, and supported employment services.
Do you offer services specifically to the LGBT community? I am very proud of some of our most recent program developments including … our partnership with the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) to help ensure Devereux is both the employer and behavioral healthcare provider of choice for the LGBTQ community.
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Wonder how many gay Green Lanterns will show up? | Image courtesy of DC Comics
Tomorrow night, Tabu and Stonewall Sports are joining forces for a shindig to raise funds for Stonewall’s upcoming season of kickballing, volleyballing and team selfie-taking.
It’s called Heroes vs. Villains, and as you might expect it’s a costume party asking guests to come dressed as their favorite superhero or bad guy.
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Philip R. Williams, Kathryn G. Knott and Kevin J. Harrigan — the three people accused of beating two gay men in Center City last fall – reappeared in court this afternoon, where Judge Frank Palumbo denied their motion to quash two of the felony charges against them. Read more »
John C. Anderson Apartments during its grand-opening celebration last winter. | Photo by HughE Dillon
Philadelphia’s only senior LGBT housing center, the John C. Anderson Apartments, was just named one of 10 winners of The American Institute of Architects (AIA) 2015 Housing Awards. The awards recognize the best in housing design across the nation. More on the awards and their criteria from a release I received this afternoon:
Now in its 15th year, the Housing Awards program promotes the importance of good housing as a necessity of life. The winning projects are located across the country—from New England to the West Coast. The jury recognized projects in four award categories: One/Two Family Custom Housing, One/Two Family Production Housing (none selected this year), Multifamily Housing and Special Housing. Importantly, several of this year’s honorees are affordable housing developments, like the John C. Anderson Apartments.
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Gay hookup app Scruff has launched SCRUFFtistics, their attempt at using user data for gay social research. Their first project is Face Pic Nation, which takes a state-by-state look at the prevalence of users who use face pics when connecting (or networking!) on the app. Their thinking behind the research:
One of biggest questions people ask today is “how is gay acceptance evolving?” We asked ourselves if the prevalence of face pics—a piece of data that we have been collecting since we first launched—showed any kind of regional differences. Our hypothesis was that a higher prevalence of face pics may correspond with greater gay acceptance in an area.
As you can see in the nifty interactive map below, Pennsylvania falls somewhere in the middle, with 50.99 percent. We rank 31 with the rest of the country, with Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Vermont and Minnesota making up the top 5. Sort of fits with their thinking, huh? Look at Mississippi and Georgia down there with some of the lowest scores.
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Dr. Rachel Levine
Tomorrow, April 17th, is National Day of Silence. The movement, founded by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) in 1996, is the largest student-led effort of its kind. It happens on the third day of every April, when students take a vow of silence to bring attention to anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying and harassment in schools.
So I guess that makes today National Day of Silence Eve—which deserves recognition of its own, don’t ya think? UPenn is marking the occasion with their second-annual, two-part Day of Service / Night of Raucous event. It all starts this evening at 5 pm, when Dr. Rachel Levine, who was recently named by Governor Tom Wolf as his physician general, will give a keynote address in Houston Hall’s Class of ‘49 Auditorium at 3417 Spruce Street. Dinner will be provided.
Later on, the party moves to Stir Lounge for the second part of the affair, Night of Raucous, which will be just as it sounds: a night to get the drinking, dancing and merry-making out of our systems before we shut our traps for a full day tomorrow. Wristbands and drink tickets will be given away at the Day of Silence event at Penn.
Find more details about the event here.
G Philly presents a new collaboration with youth from The Attic Youth Center to spotlight the creative magic and cultural contributions of Philly’s LGBTQ youth of color. Today, Dalyla gets deep in a discussion about misconceptions within our community, and sounds off about the lack of media coverage of trans* women of color.
Photo courtesy of Lou Rok Photography.
What do you imagine for the future of Philadelphia’s LGBT youth of color?
I imagine it getting better. Because, you know, gay isn’t as big as it used to be. In a way, it’s like racism. It’s all just swept under the rug and forgotten about. But it’s still a problem. I just hope that it progresses as time goes on.
How do you imagine that change for trans* women of color and trans* youth of color?
Oh, God. See, that is one of our biggest problems right now. And I’m so brokenhearted by it that I honestly don’t know what to say. All I can do about it is pray that the violence stops—for trans* women of color, for people of color, and for children. I just want it to stop. That’s what I want for the future.
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Photo by Matthew Murphy
Broadway sensation Kinky Boots is about to clip-clop into town for its big Philadelphia debut starting April 28th, and we’ve got a super-nice pair of tickets to give away.
The six-time Tony winner—featuring several tunes penned by gay icon Cynci Lauper—concerns Charlie Price, a down-on-his luck chap who’s having trouble keeping his inherited family business, a shoe factory called Price & Sons, afloat. Just as the clouds start rolling in, Lola, a sassy cabaret star/drag queen, comes in looking for a new pair of stilettos. The boots they create turn out to be the ticket that saves the business, and things just get all kinds of crazy fabulous from there.
The tickets we’re giving away are a pair worth $225. To win, sign up for our weekly enewsletter in the box below between now and next Thursday, April 23rd. At that point we’ll draw one of those names at random and voila, they’re going to see Kinky Boots. Good luck!
Kinky Boots runs April 28th through May 10th at the Forrest Theater. More information and tickets can be found here.