Naiymah Sanchez is a trans-Latina community activist and transgender advocate coordinator for the ACLU of Pennsylvania. We caught up with her on serving the community, being outspoken, and being one of the co-chairs of the nation’s largest LGBTQ conference, Creating Change. Read more »
More than 4,000 people will begin arriving in Center City on Wednesday for Creating Change 2017, the nation’s largest LGBTQ conference. The 29th-annual conference, presented by the National LGBTQ Task Force, runs daily through Sunday, January 22nd, at the Philadelphia Downtown Marriott, 1201 Market Street. Centered this year around the theme of “Advancing LGBTQ Liberation Together,” the conference will feature workshop presenters and performers from diverse racial, religious, gender, age, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
Here’s our roundup of the must-attend events throughout the conference: Read more »
Terrell Green is local performing artist and educator. We chat with the out creator about his current artistic aspirations and his upcoming one-man show, which debuts on MLK Day in the Gayborhood.
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I am a Philly Jawn, born and raised in South Philly! I am a fan of public schools, attending McCall Elementary and Central High School (267!). I’ve been an actor since my adolescence, and it has been theater that has taken me around the world: to Marymount Manhattan College in NYC, Oxford University in England to study Shakespeare performance, to doing puppetry on the streets of Ireland. And now, back home to Philly to teach literacy and sexual health education to youth, using theater. Theater and God have been good to me. I’ve gone from that confused little boy walking the halls of Philly’s public schools to now walking those same halls as a contractor, there to teach art. I’ve turned my passion into a giving and full career! Last year was good, and this year is starting off great. I am teaching and doing great work in the community with PHMC, Attic Youth Center, Arden Theatre; writing and performing my one-man show, nabbed a two-year teaching artist fellowship with the Philadelphia Theatre Company. My life’s chant: “No one can deny your hard work!” Read more »
For its diversity and charitable vibe, this week’s LGBTQ event of the week is Something of a Different Color. This is event is an all-inclusive gala that includes drag performers, burlesque performers, and visual artists of color. Centered around forming “solidarity against racism, misogyny and transphobia,” the event is a kickoff for the Team Bayard MLK Day of Service. Starring Sapphira Cristal and Icon Ebony-Fierce, the charity event also features performances by Ann Artist, Dee Composed, The Means, Dada Cos, and Honey Davenport. With live music by DJ J Clef, proceeds will support the efforts of The William Way Center and the artists. The event kicks off at 6 p.m. on Friday, January 13th, at William Way LGBT Community Center, 1315 Spruce Street. Food, snacks and beverages will be served; donations are requested on a sliding scale of $5 to $500.
Other events to check out this weekend:
LGBT/ Non-Binary Pride Celebration: 1 p.m. at Washington Square Park, 7th and Spruce streets.
Eat Your Beats: 10 p.m. at Good Good Comedy Theatre, 215 North 11th Street.
This Little Piggy – January Edition!: 10 p.m. at Good Good Comedy Theatre, 215 North 11th Street.
Buck’s Junk: 9 p.m. at Franky Bradley’s, 1320 Chancellor Street.
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This MLK Day, the Gayborhood will recognize not only the late civil rights icon and namesake of the federal holiday, but a gay black leader as well. Bayard Rustin, the late out civil rights trailblazer, was not only the lead organizer for the famous 1963 March on Washington but also an advocate for LGBTQ and women’s rights causes throughout his entire life. The West Chester native’s legacy will be commemorated as part of the community’s Team Bayard MLK Day of Service at the William Way LGBT Community Center. Read more »
On Wednesday, the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations (PCHR) will host a “Know Your Rights” workshop at the William Way LGBT Community Center. The event, aimed at providing training and general information on how to report discrimination, will take place less than two weeks before the commission releases its recommendations for combating Gayborhood racism on January 23rd. Read more »
Last week, Chris Collins, a well-known LGBTQ community advocate, died suddenly at age 37.
Francesca Williams and Louie A. Ortiz-Fonseca, two community members who were very close to Collins, sent G Philly this remembrance of his life, impact, and legacy: Read more »
For its charitable game-show entertainment and classic Hollywood nostalgia, this week’s LGBTQ event of the week is GayBINGO’s Follow the Yellow Brick Road This time around, your favorite BVDs (Bingo Verifying Divas) are “off to see the wizard” with live music and exciting giveaways. Guests can expect to be dazzled by incredible drag performances while playing one of the most spectacular rounds of gay bingo in the region. There is a cash bar with snacks, and proceeds from the entire event go to the Philly AIDS Fund. The event kicks off at 7 p.m. on Saturday, January 7th, at The Gershman Y, 401 South Broad Street. Tickets Read more »
Gayborhood community leaders and nonprofit organizations are mourning the untimely death of HIV-prevention advocate Chris Collins, 37, on Tuesday morning. The cause of death has not been made public.
Many have taken to social media to remember his legacy. Read more »
It was an incredible year for LGBTQ news in Philadelphia, with both inspirational times and some very controversial moments. Here, we rank the top 10 stories that rocked the community in 2016. Read more »