LGBTQ Event of the Week: First Annual Pride Month Kick-Off at City Hall

The First Annual Pride Month Kick-Off is at City Hall on Thursday at 3:30 p.m. The event will reveal a new city Pride flag.

For its festive inclusion and momentous engagement, this week’s LGBTQ Event of the Week is the First Annual Pride Month Kick-Off at City Hall. The Mayor’s Office of LGBT Affairs and Mayor’s Commission on LGBT Affairs want you to come out for a “celebration of resilience, diversity, and strength of our Philly LGBTQ community.” The event will feature performances by Wordz the Poet Emcee, Kaleia Brown, Denice Frohman, and the Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus. Expect to hear remarks from the mayor and the major unveiling and raising of a brand new Pride flag that will be flown in the city. The event starts at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 8th, at City Hall. All members of the community are encouraged to attend. Read more »

UPDATED: Council Unanimously Passes Bill Prompted by Gayborhood Racism Complaints

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After passing out of City Council’s Health and Human Services committee in a unanimous vote last month, 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 was passed, again unanimously, by Council on Thursday.

“I am thankful that Council has once again demonstrated its allegiance to a culture of inclusion and acceptance in the City of Philadelphia, and hope that businesses and residents alike are reminded that discrimination is unacceptable,” Green said in a statement. Since introducing this bill in November 2016, Green has consistently cited incidents of Gayborhood racism as the genesis of his interest in amending the Fair Practices Ordinance.

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City Council Passes Immigration Resolution

Photo | Jeff Fusco

Photo | Jeff Fusco

Amid heated national debate about so-called sanctuary cities, Philly is making its immigration stance loud and clear.

City Council has passed a resolution this week “recognizing every person’s fundamental right to earn a living, regardless of immigration status, and affirming the City of Philadelphia’s commitment to protect and secure a safe and dignified workplace for all.”  Read more »

Teachers to Fly Angry Banner Over NFL Draft

Photo illustration by Joe Trinacria.

Photo illustration by Joe Trinacria.

After going 1,300-plus days without a new contract – and still counting – many Philadelphia teachers are pissed. So pissed that some of them raised money to hire a pilot to fly their message of displeasure over the Parkway before tonight’s NFL Draft without remorse for how bad of a look it will be for the city.

“You know what, it will be an embarrassment,” George Bezanis, the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers’ building rep for Central High School and the man behind the airplane banner, told Philly Mag. “But what should be an embarrassment is how the city is neglecting its teachers.” Read more »

“Pop-Up Love Party” Counters Anti-Trans Bus’s Philly Stop

Sharron Cooks guiding people away from the anti-trans bus | Photo by Jennifer Bryant

Sharron Cooks guiding people away from the anti-trans bus | Photo by Jennifer Bryant

On Saturday, the Mayor’s Office of LGBT Affairs, in collaboration with GALAEI, Trans-health Information Project (TIP), Attic Youth Center, William Way, ACLU, Mazzoni Center, and other community organizations, held a “Pop-Up Love Party” to protest the anti-trans “Free Speech Bus Tour” that was scheduled to appear. The National Organization on Marriage (NOM) has been driving across the East Coast for several weeks in a striking bright orange bus with transphobic messages and images, which has been met with protestors and vandalism. Read more »

WATCH: This Is the Happiest Mayor Kenney Has Ever Looked

Mayor Jim Kenney usually looks sad.

Ed Rendell told him he needed to smile more, possibly appending “sweetie” onto the end of his advice. Philadelphia magazine’s Holly Otterbein spent the entire opening of an awesome profile she wrote examining how sad the mayor looks.

“But Kenney isn’t happy, at least not at the moment,” she wrote. “‘There are good days, and there are bad days,’ he tells me when I greet him. His eyes are bloodshot. His shirt and tie don’t match.”

If that wasn’t enough evidence, the mayor once tweeted, simply: “So sad sometimes.” That’s the type of emo away message I stopped using around the turn of the millennium. He must’ve been very sad to share it with the world.

But, yesterday, we found out there is at least one thing that makes Mayor Kenney truly, deeply happy: Assisting a Harlem Globetrotter on a trick shot at City Hall. Read more »

How the City’s New Millennial Advisory Committee Could Change Philly Politics

Philadelphia City Hall | Photo by Jeff Fusco

Philadelphia City Hall | Photo by Jeff Fusco

On Wednesday, the city announced the 21 members of its first-ever Millennial Advisory Committee.

The committee, which will meet monthly, is tasked with advising the city on policies, programs, and actions that are “affecting millennials” – or, in other words, the policies, programs, and actions that are affecting Philadelphians. Millennials are, after all, now the largest generational group in the city.  Read more »

In 2016, Jim Kenney Reminded Us How Effective a Seasoned Politician Can Be

Illustration by Nathan Arizona

Illustration by Nathan Arizona

Jim Kenney doesn’t want to be here. It’s mid-October, and we’re meeting in his sprawling office in City Hall to talk about something that should make him want to regale me like Homer: his first year as mayor.

The year 2016 may have been a disillusioning, disgusting, degrading slog for many Americans, but for Kenney, it was phenomenal. He shoved a soda tax through City Council, making Philadelphia the country’s first big city to pass such a levy and crushing the omnipotent beverage lobby in the process. He convinced lawmakers to spend a boatload of cash on his campaign priorities: expanded pre-K, community schools, and a $500 million overhaul of city parks, libraries and rec centers. He also persuaded 53 percent of Philadelphians that he’s doing a good job.

But Kenney isn’t happy, at least not at the moment. “There are good days, and there are bad days,” he tells me when I greet him. His eyes are bloodshot. His shirt and tie don’t match. Read more »

Here’s How the Jill Stein–Led Recount Effort Is Going in Philly

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Jill Stein lawyer Ilann Maazel sits in the County Board of Elections office at City Hall. | Photo: Dan McQuade

For Beth Finn, it was about having doubts.

The Washington Square resident, inspired by a well-publicized effort by former Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein, made her way down to the County Board of Elections at City Hall on Monday to hand in a petition asking for a recount of the election results in her precinct. “I came down because I think it’s important to make sure the election results are accurate and complete,” she said. “And there are just enough questions that have been raised that I think it’s important to audit and look at those questions.” Read more »

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