LGBTQ Event of the Week: Philly Bi Visibility Rally

Philly Bi Visibility Rally and Health Fair is Saturday, September 23rd, at Board Game Art Park

This week’s LGBTQ event of the week is the Philly Bi Visibility Rally. Enjoy an afternoon meant to honor bisexual individuals through a health fair, a bi flag-raising, and more. This community-wide event features guest speakers Mayor Jim Kenney, Office of LGBT Affairs executive director Amber Hikes, and several bisexual activists. The event kicks off at 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 23rd, at Board Game Art Park (N. 15th St. & John F. Kennedy Blvd). Free admission. Read more »

Sex-Positive Club Owner on Zoning Permit Revocation: “We’re Not Backing Down”

Courtesy of Philly Music Hall

After several months of controversy over its desire to turn the historic Tacony Music Hall in lower Northeast Philly into a community center serving the alternative sexual communities, Philly Music Hall had its fraternal organization permit revoked by the Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) on Wednesday night.

The hall has the been the subject of ongoing speculation and concerns since its spring launch, which eventually led to a community campaign to shut it down. G Philly spoke with Philly Music Hall executive director Deborah Rose Hinchey on what led to the permit revocation, the consistent misperceptions about the venue, and how the organization plans to move forward. Read more »

Mazzoni Center Staff Vote to Unionize

Mazzoni Center staff and union organizers immediately after unionization vote results.

After weeks of internal turmoil over the decision to consider unionization, Mazzoni Center front-line staff voted 51-34 on Wednesday evening in favor of a petition to organize filed by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). The vote follows months of management woes and staff protests at the controversial Gayborhood nonprofit and recent concerns over the organization’s hiring of an alt-right, anti-union consulting firm.

“It happened, it really happened,” a staff member said as a group of them rejoiced outside of Mazzoni Center headquarters at Broad and Bainbridge. “Change is really coming.” Read more »

Mazzoni Staff Forced Firing of Alt-Right-Supporting Anti-Union Consultants

Mazzoni Center’s Washington Square West location | Courtesy of Mazzoni Center

After several months of controversy over management woes and staff protests, LGBT healthcare provider Mazzoni Center is now under more scrutiny following the recent hiring and abrupt firing of an alt-right-leaning consulting firm called Creative Solutions & Visions, LLC.

When Mazzoni workers officially announced on August 10th that they were considering joining the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Mazzoni hired Creative Solutions & Visions to help “educate” the staff on the ramifications of such a step. (An authorizing vote is scheduled for Wednesday, September 13th.) However, according to several front-line and middle-tier staff members who requested anonymity to speak openly, Mazzoni’s engagement of the firm has felt like “a form of intimidation.” Read more »

LGBTQ&A: Rafael Alvarez Febo

Rafael Alvarez Febo

Rafael Alvarez Febo is the community economic development coordinator for the Office of City Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sánchez. We chat with the long-time social justice advocate on being out in politics, defending DACA, and dismantling stereotypes about the Latinx queer community. Read more »

Meet the Local Queer Model Who Could Land a Deal With Maxim With Your Vote

Jessa Jordan

South Philly’s Jessa Jordan is currently a finalist in Maxim Magazine‘s nationwide “Maxim’s Finest” contest. The winner, chosen by online voters, will receive a $25,000 grand prize and be featured in a two-page spread in the magazine. We chat with the local freelance queer creative on her passion for modeling and what a potential victory could mean for the industry. Read more »

LGBTQ Event of the Week: 3rd Annual Trans Flag Raising Over City Hall

For the third time, a transgender flag will fly alongside the American one this week at City Hall to mark this year’s Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference. More info about the ceremony below. | Photo by torbakhopper/Flickr.

For its solidarity with the local trans community, this week’s LGBTQ event of the week is the 3rd Annual Trans Flag Raising Over City Hall. Enjoy an afternoon that plans to honor transgender and gender-nonconforming individuals through music, live entertainment, and more. Hosted by the Office of LGBT Affairs and the Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference, this community-wide event features performances and appearances by Mayor Jim Kenney, Office of LGBT Affairs executive director Amber Hikes, Janis Stacy, Kim Watson, Naiymah Sanchez, and Kaleia Brown. Special guest Gavin Grimm will speak to the crowd. The event kicks off at 1 p.m. on Thursday, September 7th, outside Philadelphia City Hall. Free admission. Read more »

LGBTQ&A: Nima Etemadi

Nima Etemadi | Photography by Dominic Perri

Nima Etemadi is an award-winning pastry chef and co-owner of Cake Life, a new seasonal bakery in Fishtown. We chat with the winner of Food Network’s Cupcake Wars about being a successful transgender business owner, culinary life, and making the service industry more inclusive. Read more »

LGBTQ Event of the Week: SuperDope House Party

SuperDope House Party is Saturday night at the Sankofa House.

For its return to party house vibes and all-inclusive atmosphere, this week’s LGBTQ event of the week is SuperDope House Party: Sankofa Edition. Top summer events producer Stro Kyle is turning this Labor Day/Made in America weekend into “the DOPEST most EPIC SuperDope House Party EVER!” Geared toward celebrating Afro Queer/LatinX Culture, the event is happening outside the Gayborhood and in one of Philly’s most beloved diversity hubs, the Sankofa House. There will be plenty of surprise moments throughout the night as the recent birthdays of two legends are celebrated: the Queen Of Philly Queers, Ms. Icon Ebony-Fierce, and the King of Pop, Michael Jackson. The event kicks off at 9 p.m. on Saturday, September 2nd, at 906 South 49th Street. Door cover is donation-based; outside alcohol is not permitted, and you must be 21+ to attend. Read more »

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