Next Tuesday our city will have the chance to vote for a new district attorney amid a federal investigation that’s put a dark cloud over the office. With eight candidates running (seven from the Democratic Party), voter turnout might increase in comparison to previous low-turnout cycles. I predict, however, that voter turnout will still not exceed 20 percent because this is not a national election cycle. Further, I predict that three regions will dominate the turnout: Center City, the suburban Northwest, and the working-class Northeast. Given those factors, a thorough process of elimination will leave you with only one candidate able to secure enough votes to come out on top: former city managing director Richard Negrin.
Henry Sias is a transgender attorney and community advocate running for Court of Common Pleas judge. We speak with the trailblazing public figure on on social justice, trans-masculinity, and his thoughts on making history as the first transgender candidate to run for office in Philadelphia. Read more »
The most open forum in which to hear the unfiltered thoughts of black men in Philly is arguably the barbershop. No matter what our wealth, age, religion, and/or sexual orientation, the need for a fine hair cut is the factor that unites us all. Heated conversations on social issues and personal anecdotes flow freely during long waits for shape-ups and fades. The barbershop has even become an obligatory stop for politicians to stump for undecided votes — during any election season, one can expect buttons and placards to be left on seats.
Such was the case last week with Tariq El-Shabazz, the only black candidate running for district attorney. Someone at my barbershop in West Philly wearing one of his campaign buttons prompted a conversation about the highly contested race. Now, per the barbershop code, what was said in the shop stays in the shop — but let’s just say the conversation was heated and divided. Read more »
There is an adage that goes: “To speak without thinking is to shoot without aiming.”
Someone should have told that to former federal prosecutor Joe Khan during a event featuring district attorney candidates at Philly for Change on South Street earlier this month. I was there to get a personal glimpse at three-fifths of the field that was at that point running against Seth Williams for the role of top prosecutor. In attendance were former city managing director Richard Negrin, former Municipal Court judge Teresa Carr Deni, and Khan. (Not present were Democrat Michael Untermeyer and Republican Beth Grossman, and the event was held before civil rights attorney Larry Krasner threw his hat in.) Read more »
Election Day is finally here! We hope you stay informed and exercise your right to vote.
Resources for LGBTQ Voters on Election Day
- Citified: The No-B.S. Guide to the 2016 Philadelphia Presidential Election
- Citified: Everything You Need to Know to Vote Today
- Committee of Seventy
Lists of Endorsements
Gayborhood Watch Party
LGBT Community Election Results Watch Party: 7 p.m. at John C. Anderson Apartments, 251 South 13th Street.
The Philadelphia City Council passed legislation this week that would put three questions on the ballot in the May 19th primary. These are the pesky little queries that you may or may not have heard a damn thing about in past years until the moment you stepped into the voting booth on Election Day.
Here are the questions Council approved this week in separate measures. They all seek to amend the city charter:
Equality PA just released its list of endorsed candidates for the 2014 primary election, taking place on May 20th. Thirty-three lawmakers made the list, which is comprised of pro-gay candidates, many of whom identify as LGBT. Equality PA declined to endorse a gubernatorial or lieutenant governor hopeful, because “there are so many candidates in those races who support LGBT equality,” says Executive Director Ted Martin. There is, however, one clear exception. Martin writes:
A host of state LGBT organizations this week have endorsed Philadelphia State Senator Mike Stack‘s run for Lieutenant Governor. Among them is Philly’s Liberty City Democrats (LCDC), Pittsburgh’s Steel City Stonewall Democrats, and the Gertrude Stein Political Club of Greater Philadelphia (GSPC), which released a statement saying Stack, “has a strong organization, strong ties to our community, and has been instrumental to moving bits of progressive legislation through a government largely controlled by people who demonize our community.”
Equality Pennsylvania has released its voting guide for November 2013, and out of the eight endorsed candidates in Philadelphia and Southeast PA, two identify as LGBT: New Hope mayoral candidate Donna Deely and Abington Township Commissioner incumbent Lori Schreiber. Below you’ll find Equality PA’s list of hopefuls who “will be excellent advocates for equality.”