LGBTQ Event of the Week: LGBTQ Home for Hope’s Community Day

LGBTQ Home for Hope’s Community Day is Sunday, July 16th.

For hosting a charitable event that unites community and various identities, this week’s LGBTQ event of the week is the LGBTQ Home for Hope’s Community Day. This free charity event features a donation drive, barbecue, games and community building. The LGBTQ Home for Hope will be accepting donations such as cleaning supplies, food (fresh meats and vegetables, canned goods, breakfast, lunch and dinner items), toiletries, school/art supplies, hygiene items and much more. The event kicks off at 1 p.m. on Sunday, July 16th, at the LGBTQ Home for Hope, located at 2831 N. Hutchinson St. Donations. Read more »

LGBTQ Event of the Week: AIDS Law Project’s “Boo at Bahdeebahdu”

The AIDS Law Project presents their 3rd annual "Boo at Bahdeebahdu."

The AIDS Law Project presents the third-annual “Boo at Bahdeebahdu.”

For its frightful theme and extravagant philanthropy, this week’s LGBTQ event of the week is the AIDS Law Project’s “Boo at Bahdeebahdu”. The lavish costume charity party has two parts: a three-course dinner by David Hall of Joshua’s Catering followed by a spooky dance party. Proceeds from this event will support the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania, which cites itself as having “risen to the defense of 41,000 Pennsylvanians with HIV/AIDS and educated more than 35,000 others on AIDS-related legal issues.” Expect a night filled with celebrity guest appearances and performances by Brian Sanders’ JUNK, John Jarboe and Heath Allen of The Bearded Ladies, Gunnar Montana, Miss Finesse Ross and DJ Sharyn Stone. The event begins at 6 p.m. on Friday, October 28th, at Bahdeebahdu, 1522 North American Street. Tickets Read more »

PHOTOS: Our Night Out at Uptown Beer Garden

It was a gorgeous night for a party. Delaware Valley Legacy Fund’s Our Night Out spent the evening at the Uptown Beer Garden to support the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania. Organizers claim approximately 300 guests showed up to socialize and sip at what Philadelphia Magazine called the “Best Gay Night Out.” Enjoy the shots below, courtesy of Aversa PR.

AIDS Law Project Throwing Hot Rods to Hell Benefit

A scene from "Hot Rods to Hell."

A scene from “Hot Rods to Hell.”

“These kids have no place to go and they want to get there at 150 miles an hour!”

Surely, that’s not what people will be saying on Friday, July 31st as supporters of the AIDS Law Project flock to the William Way Community Center for their summer movie party. The 6 pm benefit will present a screening of the campy 1967 film Hot Rods to Hell, along with a pre-party, food and drink, plus a talk-back session after the movie featuring local cinema experts Irv Slifkin and Richard Barrios. Read more »

Philanthropy Friday: AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania

Every Friday we spotlight a local LGBT nonprofit in Philadelphia. This week: AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania, a public-interest law firm providing free legal assistance to people with HIV/AIDS and those affected by the epidemic.

AIDS Law Project's Messapotamia Lefae and Ronda Goldfein.

AIDS Law Project’s Messapotamia Lefae and Ronda Goldfein.

Who are you? My name is Messapotamia Lefae and I work as the administrative assistant to Ronda Goldfein, executive director of the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania (ALP).

When was AIDS Law Project founded? In 1988 to focus on AIDS-related discrimination cases. At that time, no laws protected people with HIV/AIDS from discrimination.

What services does ALP provide? Our office handles civil litigation matters over a wide range of practice areas, including AIDS-related discrimination, confidentiality, HIV testing policies, public benefits (including Social Security disability benefits, Medicaid, Medicare and welfare benefits), private health benefits and insurance coverage, housing advocacy, medical-related debt, wills, living wills and powers of attorney, and immigration. We educate the public about AIDS-related legal issues, train case management professionals to become better advocates for their HIV-positive clients, and we work at local, state and national levels to achieve fair laws and policies. Our senior lawyers have distinguished themselves such that policymakers, health care providers, and educators and other attorneys consult them for advice and technical assistance.

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3 Philadelphians Make POZ 100 List

POZ, the print and online magazine for people living with HIV/AIDS, just released its annual POZ 100 list, and three Philadelphians made the cut. According to POZ, the list is “made up of 100 HIV-positive unsung heroes from around the country who are committed to ending the epidemic. From people who volunteer for AIDS service organizations or work as policy advocates, to those who act as educators to promote prevention and treatment, the POZ 100 represents an incredibly diverse spectrum of people living with HIV who are making a difference on the front lines.” And the Philly honorees are:

jaci adams philadelphiaJaci Adams, the amazing trans activist and volunteer coordinator at the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania, who was also honored this year with the Mazzoni Center’s Activist Leader award. Here’s what POZ had to say about her: “Jaci Adams is a 55-year-old transgender woman who transformed her experiences as an abused and neglected child into empowering lessons and advocacy for the neglected and vulnerable. She has been a long-term volunteer with the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania and helps coordinate volunteers and educate others on HIV and transgender awareness. Jaci served as a member of the Morris County Planning Committee and the Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference Planning Committee. She is a founding member of the Temple University Community Advisory Board and founded the People with Hope Trans Conference in 2004. Jaci is currently battling Stage IV cancer. But that isn’t stopping her: She sold raffle tickets for an AIDS Law Project fundraiser to her chemotherapy treatment team.”

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