Dr. Nancy Brisbon
Following the resignation of former medical director Dr. Robert Winn in April, Mazzoni Center has announced that the nonprofit’s new medical director will be Nancy Brisbon, a current employee at the organization. The Gayborhood nonprofit says that Brisbon was offered the position “after a thorough interview and vetting process conducted by a search committee and the Board of Directors.”
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Stephanie Haynes is the executive director of Philly Family Pride. We spoke with the family advocate on debunking myths about LGBTQ parenting, the upcoming PFP Family Matters conference, and why the community should consider being foster parents. Read more »
Philly Bi Visibility Rally and Health Fair is Saturday, September 23rd, at Board Game Art Park
This week’s LGBTQ event of the week is the Philly Bi Visibility Rally. Enjoy an afternoon meant to honor bisexual individuals through a health fair, a bi flag-raising, and more. This community-wide event features guest speakers Mayor Jim Kenney, Office of LGBT Affairs executive director Amber Hikes, and several bisexual activists. The event kicks off at 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 23rd, at Board Game Art Park (N. 15th St. & John F. Kennedy Blvd). Free admission. Read more »
Dr. Sheena Howard
This Tuesday, local queer scholar Dr. Sheena Howard is set to release her long-awaited book chronicling the history of black comic culture. The Encyclopedia of Black Comics (Fulcrum Publishing, paperback) is a comprehensive guide of previously released work by more than 100 comic creators and publishers. Read more »
Courtesy of Philly Music Hall
After several months of controversy over its desire to turn the historic Tacony Music Hall in lower Northeast Philly into a community center serving the alternative sexual communities, Philly Music Hall had its fraternal organization permit revoked by the Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) on Wednesday night.
The hall has the been the subject of ongoing speculation and concerns since its spring launch, which eventually led to a community campaign to shut it down. G Philly spoke with Philly Music Hall executive director Deborah Rose Hinchey on what led to the permit revocation, the consistent misperceptions about the venue, and how the organization plans to move forward. Read more »
Mazzoni Center staff and union organizers immediately after unionization vote results.
After weeks of internal turmoil over the decision to consider unionization, Mazzoni Center front-line staff voted 51-34 on Wednesday evening in favor of a petition to organize filed by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). The vote follows months of management woes and staff protests at the controversial Gayborhood nonprofit and recent concerns over the organization’s hiring of an alt-right, anti-union consulting firm.
“It happened, it really happened,” a staff member said as a group of them rejoiced outside of Mazzoni Center headquarters at Broad and Bainbridge. “Change is really coming.” Read more »
Mazzoni Center’s Washington Square West location | Courtesy of Mazzoni Center
After several months of controversy over management woes and staff protests, LGBT healthcare provider Mazzoni Center is now under more scrutiny following the recent hiring and abrupt firing of an alt-right-leaning consulting firm called Creative Solutions & Visions, LLC.
When Mazzoni workers officially announced on August 10th that they were considering joining the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Mazzoni hired Creative Solutions & Visions to help “educate” the staff on the ramifications of such a step. (An authorizing vote is scheduled for Wednesday, September 13th.) However, according to several front-line and middle-tier staff members who requested anonymity to speak openly, Mazzoni’s engagement of the firm has felt like “a form of intimidation.” Read more »
Rafael Alvarez Febo
Rafael Alvarez Febo is the community economic development coordinator for the Office of City Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sánchez. We chat with the long-time social justice advocate on being out in politics, defending DACA, and dismantling stereotypes about the Latinx queer community. Read more »
South Philly’s Jessa Jordan is currently a finalist in Maxim Magazine‘s nationwide “Maxim’s Finest” contest. The winner, chosen by online voters, will receive a $25,000 grand prize and be featured in a two-page spread in the magazine. We chat with the local freelance queer creative on her passion for modeling and what a potential victory could mean for the industry. Read more »
For the third time, a transgender flag will fly alongside the American one this week at City Hall to mark this year’s Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference. More info about the ceremony below. | Photo by torbakhopper/Flickr.
For its solidarity with the local trans community, this week’s LGBTQ event of the week is the 3rd Annual Trans Flag Raising Over City Hall. Enjoy an afternoon that plans to honor transgender and gender-nonconforming individuals through music, live entertainment, and more. Hosted by the Office of LGBT Affairs and the Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference, this community-wide event features performances and appearances by Mayor Jim Kenney, Office of LGBT Affairs executive director Amber Hikes, Janis Stacy, Kim Watson, Naiymah Sanchez, and Kaleia Brown. Special guest Gavin Grimm will speak to the crowd. The event kicks off at 1 p.m. on Thursday, September 7th, outside Philadelphia City Hall. Free admission. Read more »