Nellie Fitzpatrick being offered “anti-blackness” flowers by protesters. Photo by Ernest Owens.
In the aftermath of a call by several social justice organizations for Office of LGBT Affairs director Nellie Fitzpatrick to resign over what they characterize as her office’s lack of credibility on racial and intersectionality issues, the Black and Brown Workers Collective (BBWC) staged an unannounced protest last night during an event honoring her.
Just after 5:30 p.m., roughly 20 protesters from BBWC, ACT UP Philadelphia, and Black Lives Matter PA entered the Professional Women’s Roundtable (PoWeR) award ceremony at the Hard Rock Cafe in Center City, where Fitzpatrick was about to be honored as a “trailblazer” for her work as the mayor’s LGBT liaison.
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Photo courtesy of Philly Bricks.
The AIDS coalition ACT UP Philadelphia has signaled its support of a call by the racial justice group Black and Brown Workers Collective for the resignation of Office of LGBT Affairs director Nellie Fitzpatrick over her office’s handling of racial issues in the Gayborhood.
Jose de Marco, lead organizer of ACT UP Philadelphia, sent the following statement to G Philly: Read more »
Ricky Peterson was at work as a nursing assistant at Penn when he first heard about the video.
“I received it via text message from a friend, and I immediately went to the break room,” Peterson says. “I watched it five times before it hit me that Darryl was in fact saying my name. I was angered by it — I just felt disgusted.” Read more »
Photograph by Ernest Owens
In the aftermath of a leaked video showing ICandy owner Darryl DePiano using the n-word repeatedly and DePiano’s subsequent public admission and apology, many Gayborhood institutions and community members have begun distancing themselves from the bar publicly. Read more »
Image courtesy of Black and Brown Workers Collective.
On Friday, September 23rd, the Black and Brown Workers Collective (BBWC), a recently formed intersectional LGBTQ/racial justice organization, released a list of public demands to the Office of LGBT Affairs and led a demonstration outside of City Hall, ICandy, and Woody’s to call attention to Gayborhood racism. Read more »
Protest outside ICandy nightclub on September 29th. Photo by Ernest Owens.
Following the recent controversy surrounding the reveal and admittance of a video showing ICandy owner Darryl DePiano using the n-word repeatedly, Gayborhood community leaders have sounded off on their thoughts on social media and in protest. Read more »
Photo courtesy of Philly Bricks.
Hours after it was revealed that ICandy owner, Derryl DePiano confessed to using the n-word in a video released on YouTube, the Office of LGBT Affairs and the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations have offered a statement to the city: Read more »
ICandy owner, Darryl DePiano, in Philly Gay Calendar interview in 2011. Screenshot from YouTube.
A YouTube video posted publicly on September 27th titled “ICandy Philadelphia Owner Uses the N-Word” has been circulating on social media. The video first circulated in the comments section of G Philly’s story on the recent boycotts on September 27th. In the 21-second video, it appears as though two men (never pictured) are in an office with a surveillance monitor and a business desk; heard off camera is an exchange between the men conversing about black people, white people and drink passes. Read more »
Protesters stand outside of Woody’s on September 23rd. | Photo by Ernest Owens
On Friday, the Black and Brown Workers Collective, an LGBTQ/racial justice activist group, organized a public demonstration outside of City Hall, ICandy and Woody’s. Roughly two dozen activists protested perceived racism at Gayborhood bars and what they say is inaction by the city’s Office of LGBT Affairs over the issue. Read more »
Now in its 18th year, Bi Visibility Day will now have a rally in Philly for the first time.
For its historical significance and attention to inclusion, this week’s LGBTQ event of the week is the Philly Bi Visibility Rally. International Bi Visibility Day has been celebrated nationally since 1999, but this will be the first time Philadelphia has thrown an official rally for it. Sponsored by the Office of LGBT Affairs, the event plans to unite bisexuals and LGBTQ allies together with rainbow flags and signs proving that being bi is “not just a phase.” Read more »