LGBTQ&A: Crystal Fox

Crystal Fox

Crystal Fox is a longtime Gayborhood businesswoman and executive chef of Bocconcini. We chat with the entrepreneur on running her own venture and supporting queer women along the way. Read more »

Penn Med Students Create App to Address LGBTQ Health Disparities

The SpectrumScores Team (L-R): Naveen Jain, Phil Williams, and Jun Jeon

Three University of Pennsylvania medical students have created an app that they hope will put an end to LGBTQ healthcare disparities.

SpectrumScores, being developed by Phil Williams, Jun Jeon, and Naveen Jain, plans to connect LGBTQ patients with the right providers to meet their unique needs. The concept came from the team’s shared negative experiences with providers they described as “well-meaning but under-informed” coupled with their understanding of “how much of a significant impact an LGBTQ competent provider can make.” Read more »

LGBTQ Event of the Week: A Hero Like Me

“A Hero Like Me” is this Saturday, July 29th.

For its love of queer comics, this week’s LGBTQ event of the week is A Hero Like Me. Enjoy an afternoon that plans to “create space to discuss our favorite queer and minority characters in comics and video games with a discussion about representation.” Qunity, the new all-inclusive LGBTQ social club, will be hosting this event as they plan to highlight and discuss feminist- and POC-centered comics, such as Black Panther, Ms. Marvel, Batwoman, and Echo. All interest levels are welcome, and the space has all-gender bathrooms, handicap-accessible bathrooms, and a wheelchair-accessible ramp at the entrance. The event kicks off at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 29th, at Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse, located at 2578 Frankford Avenue. Free admission. Read more »

The Top LGBTQ Performers of the Summer

Martha Graham Cracker

As curtains begin to rise on summer showcases, Philly’s LGBTQ performers are living for the applause. Here are five acts giving us the most inventive LGBTQ entertainment in the city. Read more »

LGBTQ Event of the Week: Juice: A Summer Day Party for LGBTQ Womxn

Juice: A Summer Day Party for LGBTQ Womxn is Saturday, July 22nd.

For hosting a celebration that unites diverse LGBTQ women, this week’s LGBTQ event of the week is Juice: A Summer Day Party for LGBTQ Womxn. Her Philly MOVES returns with their once-a-month summer day party appreciating LGBTQ women of color during the 4th Annual HoodStock Festival, a community music showcase. Come join these diverse queer women, who have secured their own section, stage, DJ’s, and artists performing during the festival. The event kicks off at 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 22nd, at Philadelphia Urban Creators, 2315 North 11th Street. Tickets Read more »

Mazzoni Center Responds to Community Criticism Over Interim Executive Director

Mazzoni Center Washington Square West Location | Courtesy of Mazzoni Center

Criticism has emerged following last week’s announcement that Stephen Glassman would be Mazzoni Center’s interim executive director after a recent slew of resignations at the nonprofit. Some LGBTQ community members have complained on social media that Glassman, a cis-gender white gay male, does not represent the diversity they were expecting, while others working at Mazzoni said they feel the decision “came out of nowhere.” Read more »

LGBTQ&A: Kevin Trimell Jones

Kevin Trimell Jones

Kevin Trimell Jones is the new national executive director of the Urban Coalition for HIV/AIDS Prevention Services. We speak with the Penn grad about living with HIV, combatting stigma of the virus nationally, and what tools the LGBTQ community can use to improve advocacy.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I was born in Saginaw, Michigan, and raised in Detroit, Michihan. I was fortunate to have my grandmother living in our house. She was a strong woman. Around her, we were never allowed to say “I don’t care.” She showed us the worth of caring for everything and everyone — and she really tried to care for everyone. I get this from her. My very first job, around the age of 11, was delivering papers in our local community neighborhoods. I hated waking up at 5 a.m. on the weekends. It taught me a work ethic. My favorite work experience was during my time at the University of Pennsylvania in 2008, and having the opportunity to travel to Gaborone, Botswana, to work with their professors and graduate students on developing HIV prevention interventions in their local communities. This was my first trip to the continent. I’m single. My best fury friend is Lulu, a dog I rescued in D.C. in 2016. Read more »

LGBTQ Event of the Week: LGBTQ Home for Hope’s Community Day

LGBTQ Home for Hope’s Community Day is Sunday, July 16th.

For hosting a charitable event that unites community and various identities, this week’s LGBTQ event of the week is the LGBTQ Home for Hope’s Community Day. This free charity event features a donation drive, barbecue, games and community building. The LGBTQ Home for Hope will be accepting donations such as cleaning supplies, food (fresh meats and vegetables, canned goods, breakfast, lunch and dinner items), toiletries, school/art supplies, hygiene items and much more. The event kicks off at 1 p.m. on Sunday, July 16th, at the LGBTQ Home for Hope, located at 2831 N. Hutchinson St. Donations. Read more »

The Top LGBTQ Event Producers of the Summer

Stro Kyle

As summer party vibes turn up, the LGBTQ events scene is ready to take flight. In recent months, our city’s LGBTQ night life has been hit with more original and out-of-the-box events that are diversifying and revamping our typical schedules. Here are four event producers who are creating the most unique and inventive LGBTQ parties, collaborations and themes in the city. Read more »

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