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 »

EDITOR’S PICKS: My Top 10 LGBTQ Movies on Netflix

Oscar winner Michael Douglas won an Emmy award for his role as flamboyant entertainer Liberace.

Michael Douglas won an Emmy for his turn as flamboyant entertainer Liberace.

1. The Kids Are All Right (2010)

This Oscar-nominated comedy/drama stars acting heavyweights Julianne Moore and Annette Bening as they navigate lesbian parenting and love in one of the most reflective gay films of the decade.

2. Boys Don’t Cry (1999)

Hillary Swank won her first Oscar for this emotional biopic on the troubled life of Brandon Teena, a transgender lover who lost his life due to a hate crime in a Midwestern town. Read more »

TOP PICKS: 5 Unique LGBTQ Events This Weekend

Young Advocates of Philadelphia presents a night of swing dancing for a great cause.

Young Advocates of Philadelphia presents a night of swing dancing for a great cause.

FRIDAY EVENTS

The Eric Jaffe Show!
7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Tavern on Camac, 243 South Camac Street; over 21.

World ukulele champion Eric Jaffe returns with his monthly cabaret. Enjoy a no-cover night of Philadelphia’s best singers and musicians, featuring Sapphira Cristal, Dan Callahan, and more. Read more »

Today Is Dining Out for Life!

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Today is ActionAIDS’ Dining Out for Life, the annual dining fundraising event for AIDS service organizations. Over 200 restaurants participate, donating 33% of their sales to the good cause.

In addition to the 200 restaurants where you can dine for lunch or dinner, you can support Dining Out for Life at Food Truck Pop-Up happening on the 1300 block of Locust from 11 a.m to 2 p.m. The fourth annual event features 15 trucks, including Nomad Pizza, Cow and the Curd (cheese curds) and Mom-Mom’s Polish Food Cart, selling their specialties for lunch between Broad and 13th Streets.

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PHOTOS: Stonewall Sports Kickball Kick-Off Celebration

Mayor Jim Kenney, State Rep. Brian Sims, and Nellie Fitzpatrick photographed with members of Stonewall Sport's Kickball Team. Photography by Hugh E. Dillon.

Mayor Jim Kenney, state Rep. Brian Sims, and Nellie Fitzpatrick photographed with members of Stonewall Sport’s Kickball Team. Photography by Hugh E. Dillon.

Stonewall Sports Philadelphia opened its kickball season on Saturday, April 10th, at Marconi Park in South Philadelphia. The organization is one of the largest LGBTQ sports organizations in the city, having grown from 100 to more than 1,000 players in recent years. This kickoff event featured an appearance from Mayor Jim Kenney, and Trish Dressel — the widow of Gloria Casarez, Philly’s first director of the Mayor’s Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Affairs — was on hand to throw out the first pitch. Read more »

LOCAL NEWS: Ben Waxman Wins Endorsement of Gayborhood’s 5th Ward

Ben Waxman, a former state Senate aide, received the endorsement of the 5th Ward.

Ben Waxman, a former state Senate aide, received the endorsement of the 5th Ward.

State House candidate Ben Waxman wins a big endorsement in incumbent Brian Sims’s home ward.

The race for the 182nd District took a surprising turn after the 5th Ward’s leadership unanimously endorsed former state Senate aide Ben Waxman for state representative. The 5th Ward contains the Gayborhood, and its previous strong support of incumbent Brian Sims (who lives in the ward) makes this an upset for the incumbent. “I’m proud to have support from every part of the district, including the 5th Ward,” Waxman said. “If I’m elected, I promise to fight hard as an ally to the LGBTQ community, including preserving the unique character of our historic Gayborhood.” In a recent story with Philly Mag, Sims’s political consultant Dan Siegel argued that the 5th Ward “perennially endorses challengers,” with Sims even being endorsed by it when challenging then-incumbent Babette Joseph in 2012. Currently, Waxman is endorsed by two of the three wards in the district (he also was recently endorsed by the 8th Ward) and waits to find out whether the 2nd Ward will announce an endorsement as well. Read more »

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