TOP PICKS: 5 Unique LGBTQ Events This Weekend

FRIDAY EVENTS

3rd Annual Charity Flip Cup Tournament
7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Field House, 1150 Filbert Street; over 21.

The Field House hosts the 3rd Annual Charity Flip Cup Tournament helping to support the Greater Delaware Valley Chapter of the MS Society and Mazeppa Productions. Tickets can be purchased online and include a complimentary game, beer, snacks and the chance to give back in a fun way. Read more »

Governor Wolf to Sign LGBT Non-Discrimination Orders Tomorrow

Tom Wolf via Creative Commons . Background (abzee/iStockphoto).

Tom Wolf via Creative Commons . Background (abzee/iStockphoto).

Governor Tom Wolf plans to sign a pair of far-reaching anti-discrimination executive orders tomorrow, according to a statement released by his office.

The orders — one pertains to commonwealth employees, while the other covers state grants and the procurement process — forbid any agency under the governor’s jurisdiction from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation, gender expression and identity, among other areas.

The aim, Wolf’s office said, to “make clear that Pennsylvania is inclusive, welcoming, and open for business for everyone.” Read more »

LOCAL NEWS: Equality PA Endorses Hillary Clinton for President

Saint Louis, MO, USA - March 12, 2016: Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton campaigns at Nelson-Mulligan Carpenters Training Center in St. Louis. Photo | istockphoto.com/ginosphotos

Saint Louis, MO, USA – March 12, 2016: Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton campaigns at Nelson-Mulligan Carpenters Training Center in St. Louis. Photo | istockphoto.com/ginosphotos

Equality Pennsylvania endorses Hillary Clinton for president.

Prominent LGBTQ advocacy organization Equality Pennsylvania on Tuesday formally announced its support for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. “For years, Hillary Clinton has fought for LGBT people — as Senator, as Secretary of State, and as a candidate for President,” said executive director Ted Martin in an official statement. “Equality PA is proud to support her so she can continue to fight for all of us as the next President of the United States. Read more »

NATIONAL NEWS: Protesters Sing “Let Us Pee” Outside N.C. Governor’s Mansion

Thousands of opponents of Indiana Senate Bill 101, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, gathered on the lawn of the Indiana State House to rally against that legislation Saturday, March 28, 2015.  Republican Gov. Mike Pence signed a bill Thursday prohibiting state laws that "substantially burden" a person's ability to follow his or her religious beliefs. (AP Photo/Doug McSchooler)

Thousands of opponents of Indiana Senate Bill 101, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, gathered on the lawn of the Indiana State House to rally against that legislation Saturday, March 28, 2015. Republican Gov. Mike Pence signed a bill Thursday prohibiting state laws that “substantially burden” a person’s ability to follow his or her religious beliefs. (AP Photo/Doug McSchooler)

“Triangle Families Against HB2” event had protesters singing the famous Beatles hit “Let It Be” — with a twist.

On Sunday, a coalition of hundreds of protesters spoke out against North Carolina‘s new law HB2, which overturns protections for LGBTQ people and prohibits transgender people from using the bathroom of their selected gender. The standout moment of the protest at Gov. Pat McCrory‘s mansion was when the group united to sing “Let Us Pee,” a spin on the Beatles song “Let It Be.” Read more »

Q&A: Brian Sims on the Race for the 182nd District

State Rep. Brian Sims of the 182nd District

State Rep. Brian Sims

The race for the 182nd hasn’t been this competitive in years, with four candidates still in the running a month before the primary. What do you think has made so many candidates want to challenge you this time around?
This district has a long history of robust elections. So many great folks ranging from Sen. Larry Farnese to Terry Gillen have made a run for this seat, and I think that’s one of the qualities that makes this district so unique. The number of people who want to be involved with their government is inspiring. The other people in this race are good people who are genuinely trying to make a difference in their communities, and I applaud them for that. I have enjoyed the opportunity to have a substantive conversation with them about how best to move forward, and I am excited about the remaining weeks of this campaign. Read more »

PHOTOS: 2016 IBA Women in Business Forum

Photography by Michael Albany.

Photography by Michael Albany.

Independence Business Alliance (IBA), Philadelphia’s LGBTQ chamber of commerce, hosted “From Partnerships to Power: Women in Business Today” at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts on Tuesday, March 29th. Notable LGBTQ panelists and allies includes Pennsylvania Physician General Rachel Levine, executive director of Flaster Greenberg Gail Ruopp, Philadelphia Police Sgt. Jennifer Vrana, and Philabundance deputy director of community engagement Katherine Sprissler-Klein. Photography provided by Michael Albany. Read more »

OPINION: Here’s What We All Should Be Doing for Transgender Day of Visibility

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Poster by Micah Bazant

Thursday is Transgender Day of Visibility, a moment designated to reflect and acknowledge the existence of transpeople and their causes. The special nature of the day will no doubt prompt a torrent of heartfelt pictures and historical retellings on social media. But our transgender brother and sisters need more than just shout-outs this time around — they need serious action.

The irony of celebrating Transgender Day of Visibility in Pennsylvania is that it might actually cost a transperson their job. While we have increased visibility of transpeople in media, the fact remains that there is currently no law to protect such individuals from employment discrimination. Read more »

LOCAL NEWS: Two Accused in Maya Young Murder Set for June Hearing

Maya Young, 25, was murdered on Frankfort St. on February 20.

Maya Young, 25, was murdered on Frankfort St. on February 20.

Tiffany Floyd and Jose Pena, accused of murdering transwoman Maya Young, are scheduled to appear in court.

Tiffany Floyd, 24, and Jose Pena 19, who have been indicted on charges of murder and conspiracy in the deadly stabbing of transgender woman Maya Young, are scheduled to have preliminary hearings on June 7th at the Criminal Justice Center. Both Floyd and Pena have been denied bail and remain in custody. Read more »

Philly Lesbian Couple Says Virginia Hotel Refused Them a Room

Meredith Murray and Chivonn Anderson just hours before the incident at the Emporia, Virginia Red Roof Inn.

Meredith Murray and Chivonn Anderson just hours before the incident at the Virginia Red Roof Inn.

On Sunday night, South Philadelphia residents Meredith Murray and Chivonn Andersonpacked up the car, ready to begin the long journey to visit Murray’s sister just outside of Charleston, South Carolina. Murray works two jobs — at DiBruno Bros. and Cantina Los Caballitos on Passyunk Avenue — and Anderson is co-owner of Viva Empanadas, so the couple had been looking forward to a relaxing trip away from their busy lives in Pennsport, where they live together. But thanks to an incident at the Red Roof Inn in Emporia, Virginia, it has started out as anything but. Read more »

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