TOP PICKS: 5 Unique LGBTQ Events This Weekend

Philly Black Pride is from April 28-May 2.

Philly Black Pride runs April 28th through May 2nd.

FRIDAY EVENTS

The 17th Annual Philly Black Pride Celebration
April 28th through May 2nd

Philly Black Pride is finally here and bigger than ever with a lineup of parties, expos, and socials that encourage all walks of life to come out to empower the city’s black LGBTQ community. Tickets can be purchased online and include other special registration offers and details. Read more »

Q&A: Kevin Simmons of YouTube’s The Skorpion Show

(L-R) Co-Hosts Makael Mclendon and Kevin Simmons of The Skorpion Show.

Co-hosts Makael Mclendon and Kevin Simmons of “The Skorpion Show.”

The Skorpion Show has been online since 2008. What inspired you produce it?
It wasn’t inspiration that started The Skorpion Show. I used Youtube as a creative platform while I was job-seeking. I think more inspiration came along the way once I noticed the show was catching was on via social media on Myspace, and blogs posting some of our videos. Read more »

LOCAL NEWS: Our LGBTQ Primary Election Guide

Via Shutterstock.

Via Shutterstock.

Resources for LGBTQ voters on Primary Day.

Voter Guides:

G Philly interviews with each of the Democratic candidates for the 182nd District state House seat:

Lists of Endorsements:

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NATIONAL NEWS: Former U.S. Senator Announces Same-Sex Engagement

Photo credit: Shutterstock/Songquan Deng

Photo credit: Shutterstock/Songquan Deng

Former U.S. Sen. Harris Wofford announces his engagement to a man 50 years his junior.

Former U.S. Sen. Harris Wofford, 90, opened up in a New York Times op-ed about his late wife, Clare, and his engagement to Matthew Charlton, 40. The Pennsylvania statesmen, who served as a Democrat in the Senate from 1991 to 1995, does not quite describe his announcement as a coming out: “Too often, our society seeks to label people by pinning them on the wall — straight, gay or in between,” he writes. “I don’t categorize myself based on the gender of those I love.” As far as finally revealing his long-time relationship with Charlton (they started dating five years after Clare’s 1996 death), Wofford writes that “same sex-marriage equality” seemed impossible at one time in America: “I was wrong, and should not have been so pessimistic.” He plans to marry Charlton on April 30th. Read more »

LOCAL NEWS: Faith Leaders Are Advocating for Pennsylvania Fairness Act

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Faith leaders and congregations have joined Equality Pennsylvania in pushing state legislators to pass the Pennsylvania Fairness Act.

Last weekend, 18 Lutheran, Methodist, Presbyterian, Jewish and Episcopalian congregations joined forces with Equality Pennsylvania to push elected officials in Harrisburg to pass the Pennsylvania Fairness Act. The act, currently known as HB 1510 and SB 974, would add protections for gender identity/expression and sexual orientation to Pennsylvania’s existing Human Relations Act,, which was passed in 1955. Read more »

TOP PICKS: 5 Unique LGBTQ Events This Weekend

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FRIDAY EVENTS

COLOURS’ 25th Anniversary Opening Reception
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
William Way LGBT Community Center, 1315 Spruce Street; all ages.

To kick off its 25th anniversary, LGBTQ advocacy organization COLOURS is hosting a free reception at the William Way Center. Guests can visit a special exhibit spotlighting the stories, art, and culture behind the work the group has been doing in the community over the years. Read more »

ESPN Fires Curt Schilling Over Anti-Transgender Meme

Curt Schilling during his Wall of Fame induction at Citizens Bank Park on August 2, 2013.

Curt Schilling during his Wall of Fame induction at Citizens Bank Park on August 2, 2013.

That is a real headline: Curt Schilling, a star pitcher on the Phillies in the 1990s, has been fired from his baseball analyst job by ESPN for an anti-transgender meme he shared on Facebook.

“ESPN is an inclusive company,” the company said in a statement. “Curt Schilling has been advised that his conduct was unacceptable and his employment with ESPN has been terminated.” Read more »

Kenney Bans City-Funded Travel to North Carolina, Mississippi

Mayor Jim Kenney is placing a ban on non-essential city-funded travel to the states of North Carolina and Mississippi, Nellie Fitzpatrick, the city’s director of LGBT affairs, announced at a City Hall press conference Wednesday afternoon. The ban is in response to controversial new laws in those states — North Carolina’s H.B. 2 and Mississippi’s H.B. 1523 — that limit protections on LGBT persons.

Fitzpatrick made the announcement flanked by Pennsylvania Physician General Rachel Levine, who was in the city to discuss the importance of passing statewide non-discrimination legislation in the wake of Governor Wolf’s executive orders, and Rue Landau, executive director of the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations.

“Mayor Kenney has repeatedly stated that discriminatory legislation is antithetical to our country’s core democratic values and continues to actively welcome any and all people, businesses, organizations, and events who no longer feel welcome in their state because of these idiotic laws,” said Fitzpatrick in her prepared remarks. “You will always be welcome in Philadelphia. Speaking frankly, if you are seeking to make a statement by leaving your state, coming to Philadelphia is your exclamation point. Since being founded in 1682 on the principles of love and acceptance for all people, this city has been a beacon for everyone seeking a life free of the discrimination they faced elsewhere.”

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PHOTOS: 2016 DVLF HEROES Ceremony

Straight Ally HERO Award: Mayor Jim Kenny. Photography by Hugh E. Dillon.

Mayor Jim Kenney receiving the Straight Ally HERO Award. Photography by HughE Dillon

The 10th-annual DVLF HEROES ceremony took place on April 17th at Hotel Monaco. Youth, adults, nonprofits, straight allies and businesses that have proven their advocacy for LGBTQ issues in Delaware Valley were honored, including Mayor Jim Kenney, Equality Forum executive director Malcolm Lazin, and director of Devine Light LGBTQ Shelter Deja Lynn Alvarez. Read more »

NATIONAL NEWS: Pope Francis Disappoints With Trans Comments

Pope Francis blesses baby  while in Philadelphia.

Pope Francis blesses a baby during his Philadelphia trip in September 2015.

Pope Francis makes discouraging remarks about trans youth identity and same-sex marriage.

Pope Francis has disappointed members of the Catholic church on matters pertaining to LGBTQ relations in his recent letter Amoris Laetitia (“The Joy of Love”), which covers marriage and the family. In his writing, he supports the College of Pediatriciansrecent claims that “conditioning children into believing a lifetime of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex is normal and healthful is child abuse.” “The young need to be helped to accept their own body as it was created,” Pope Francis states. He further asserts that if individuals believe they have “absolute power over our own bodies,” it could potentially imply that “we enjoy absolute power over creation.” The 261-page document also included statements that there are “absolutely no grounds” for sincerely acknowledging “homosexual unions.” All of this comes as another reminder that Pope Francis is not as socially progressive as many followers had initially hoped. Read more »

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