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 »

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 »

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 »

OPINION: Why I’m Boycotting Philly Pride This Weekend

GALAEI participating in the 2014 Philly Pride parade.

Dear Philly Pride Presents:

Since the late 1980s, your organization has annually hosted an event that aims to bring thousands of LGBTQ individuals and allies together to unite, reflect, and celebrate our existence in a society where we’re often excluded. Pride weekend is marketed as a special time in June for our community to rejoice and be ourselves more openly than we ever thought we could be — billowing rainbow flags and displays of bold queer apparel seem to pop up then more than at any other time of the year. Beyond the day parties, drink specials, wild parades, and concerts, Philly Pride is supposed to represent the community and the progress we strive for every year. Essentially, Philly Pride weekend is a public LGBTQ act of resistance against institutions that continue to oppress the community. Read more »

Philly’s Pride Flag to Get Two New Stripes: Black and Brown

Image of new Pride flag via its designing company, Tierney.

Multiple sources closely connected with Thursday’s First Annual Pride Kick-Off at City Hall have confirmed to G Philly that the city’s Pride flag will add black and brown stripes below the traditional six-color rainbow layout. The new permanent design will be, from top to bottom: black, brown, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple. Read more »

LGBTQ Event of the Week: First Annual Pride Month Kick-Off at City Hall

The First Annual Pride Month Kick-Off is at City Hall on Thursday at 3:30 p.m. The event will reveal a new city Pride flag.

For its festive inclusion and momentous engagement, this week’s LGBTQ Event of the Week is the First Annual Pride Month Kick-Off at City Hall. The Mayor’s Office of LGBT Affairs and Mayor’s Commission on LGBT Affairs want you to come out for a “celebration of resilience, diversity, and strength of our Philly LGBTQ community.” The event will feature performances by Wordz the Poet Emcee, Kaleia Brown, Denice Frohman, and the Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus. Expect to hear remarks from the mayor and the major unveiling and raising of a brand new Pride flag that will be flown in the city. The event starts at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 8th, at City Hall. All members of the community are encouraged to attend. Read more »

LGBTQ&A: Heath Fogg Davis

Heath Fogg Davis

Heath Fogg Davis is a transgender male activist who teaches at Temple University, serves on the Mayor’s Commission on LGBT Affairs, and is a member of the Trans Masculine Advocacy Network (TMAN). We chat with the advocate on being a trans man of color, exploring masculinity through activism, and his new book, which challenges the role gender plays in society. Read more »

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