Stephen Glassman | Photo courtesy of the Mazzoni Center
Following the resignations of its CEO/executive director Nurit Shein and board president Dr. Jimmy Ruiz in April, the board of the Mazzoni Center announced on Monday that the nonprofit’s interim executive director will be Stephen Glassman, former executive director of the ACLU of Connecticut and former chairperson of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission. The organization says that Glassman “will focus on operations, finances, programming, development and other day-to-day issues during this critical transition period, until a permanent leader for Mazzoni is identified.” He will also be reporting directly to the board of directors.
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Brianna “Cherry Bomb” Golphin
Brianna “Cherry Bomb” Golphin is the first person of color ever to be a Philadelphia Bootblack title-holder. We chat with her about diversity within the leather community and breaking stereotypes about kink culture. Read more »
Almanac Dance Circus Theatre performing. | Courtesy of FringeArts.
As summer begins to heat up, it’s time to hit the streets and venture out. In recent months, our city’s LGBTQ night life has definitely gotten a well-needed revamp with new spots elevating the inclusivity and creativity of the community. Here’s four venues with the most unique LGBTQ events, drinks, and vibes. Read more »
Jill Sobule is performing live at the William Way LGBT Center on Friday, July 7th.
For giving us a well-needed exclusive concert, this week’s LGBTQ event of the week is the Jill Sobule Live. Billed as “topical, funny and more than a little poignant … grown-up music for an adolescent age,” this Los Angeles–based singer songwriter plans to sing her heart out with “great compassion, empathy, wit and considerable charm.” Net proceeds from the concert will go to support the William Way LGBT Center. The event kicks off at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 7th, at at William Way LGBT Center, 1315 Spruce St. Tickets. Read more »
The 22nd Annual Philadelphia Alternative Prom is Friday, June 30th at the Arden Theatre.
For its inclusive celebration of youth, this week’s LGBTQ event of the week is the 22nd Annual Philadelphia Alternative Prom. Billed as the “longest consecutive-running prom of its kind in the country,” this event (for ages 14 to 20) aims to provide an affirming and welcoming space for LGBTQ youth and allies. This year’s theme is “Neon Lights” and encourages youth to come dressed in whatever they like and be their full authentic selves. The event kicks off at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 30th, at Arden Theatre Company, 40 North 2nd Street. Community members are encouraged to purchase tickets to donate for youth who may not be able to afford the event on their own. Tickets. Read more »
Courtesy of Independent Business Alliance.
Ahead of its annual meeting on Monday, June 26th, the Independent Business Alliance (IBA) has informed G Philly that all five of its newly elected board members are “more diverse and inclusive.” With the addition of these new members, the 21-person board is now a third female and a fourth of color; the board also now has two members who are transgender.
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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 »
Photo | Jim Kenney
After unanimously passing out of City Council in May, today Mayor Jim Kenney will sign into law an anti-discrimination bill introduced by Councilman Derek Green that would strengthen penalties against Philadelphia businesses found to discriminate against their employees, tenants or customers. Read more »
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 »
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 »