Mazzoni Center CEO Nurit Shein.
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Following a walkout last week and a petition signed by more than 60 full-time staffers, the board of Mazzoni Center on Monday announced the resignations of CEO/executive director Nurit Shein and board president Dr. Jimmy Ruiz. Read more »
Wednesday is National Transgender HIV Awareness Day.
For its civic timeliness and community-building vibe, this week’s LGBTQ event of the week is 2017 Transgender HIV Awareness Day. Recognize this significant day of advocacy with a full lineup of tributes, receptions, and live performances. There is a cash bar with snacks, and proceeds from the entire event go to the Philly AIDS Fund. Chair of the Mayor’s Commission on LGBTQ Affairs Sharron Cooks will give a keynote address and serve as Mistress of Ceremonies for the evening. The event kicks off at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 19th, at William Way LGBT Community Center, 1315 Spruce St. This event is free and open to the public. Read more »
Protesters at ICandy | Photo provided by Kelly Burkhardt
Nearly a year after G Philly first reported allegations of racial discrimination over a “no Timberland boots” policy at ICandy nightclub, activists gathered in protest outside the controversial Gayborhood bar’s sixth-anniversary celebration on Saturday night. Read more »
Robert Winn | Image via Mazzoni Center’s website.
After a week of speculation and public outcry from community members over the suspension of Mazzoni Center medical director Dr. Robert Winn pending the outcome of an investigation, the nonprofit’s board confirmed his resignation on Friday morning. The announcement follows a private Mazzoni executive session board meeting held on Thursday night. Read more »
Photo by Ernest Owens
On Tuesday afternoon, a day after G Philly reported that sources connected to Mazzoni Center claim that the organization’s medical director, Dr. Robert Winn, has been suspended pending the outcome of an investigation, a group of the nonprofit’s employees participated in a protest walkout.
A heavy police presence shadowed roughly 30 staff members from Mazzoni’s headquarters at 21 South 12th Street to another Mazzoni office at 809 Locust Street. (The organization employs 139 people full time.) The walkout, organized by the Black and Brown Workers Collective (BBWC), included case managers, prevention facilitators, linkage-to-care assistants, and operational staff who departed their posts in response to a social media post made by BBWC co-founder and former Mazzoni staffer Abdul-Aliy Muhammad. None of Mazzoni’s medical providers participated. Read more »
Illustration by Matt Clough.
“Anti-blackness anywhere is anti-blackness everywhere!” The chant roared through a bullhorn on September 23, 2016, as a group of 15 mostly black and Latinx LGBTQ people took to the Gayborhood, carrying signs while chalking the rainbow-flagged streets. The diverse fleet made stops at popular bars and nightclubs, calling out the racial discrimination and profiling that members said they’d experienced at each location.
At ICandy, the 12th Street nightclub that had been criticized earlier that spring for its alleged “no Timberland boots” dress code, protesters tied a pair to the door and encouraged patrons to boycott the space. As the crowd grew, the group marched on, and more police arrived to escort them. Residents and barflies stared from windows in surprise — they had never seen a protest quite like this in the Gayborhood. Read more »
POSSE’s Philly Free Ball is this Saturday, March 25th at 4:30 p.m.
For its advocacy and Cirque du Soleil appeal, this week’s LGBTQ event of the week is POSSE’s The Greatest Show on Earth!. Come enjoy an epic live showcase as members from the House and Ballroom Community (HBC) compete for more $3,000 in grand prizes in 22 categories, including vogue, runway, and fashion entertainment. This event is being hosted to support the efforts and mission of POSSE (Promoting Ovah-ness through Safer Sex Education) Project Philly, a research study conducted by the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) through the Adolescent Initiative Department. The event kicks off at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 25th, at Coda Nightclub, 1712 Walnut Street. Admission is free. Read more »
Ashley Coleman is a queer businesswoman, bartender, and events producer in the Gayborhood. The outspoken entrepreneur chats with us about being a woman of color in the performance scene, Gayborhood racism from the inside out, and how the community can really come together. Read more »
Femme Noir is this Friday, March 17th.
For its intentional inclusiveness and diverse music, this week’s LGBTQ event of the week is Femme Noir This time around, DJ Aura
and DJ Dame Luz will be spinning on the 1s and 2s for “a dance party & a celebration of black women & femmes but also femmes & women of color.” Queer black drag performer Icon Ebony Fierce will be there to strut their stuff and make this an empowering night to remember. The event kicks off at 10 p.m. on Friday, March 17th, at Win Win Coffee Bar, 931 Spring Garden Street. Entry is free between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m., $5 at the door afterwards.
Other events to check out this weekend:
Vogue: A Celebration of Dance: Dance Party: 10:30 p.m. at Club Mousai, 1227 Walnut Street.
The Eric Jaffe Show!: 7:30 p.m. at Tavern on Camac, 243 South Camac Street.
Obsessed: Beyonce (Beyonce Dance Party All Night): 9 p.m. at Toasted Walnut, 1316 Walnut Street.
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18th-Annual Black-Tie GayBINGO event is March 25th. | Photo credit Jeff Fusco
The AIDS Fund recently named the honorees who will be recognized at the 18th-Annual Black-Tie GayBINGO, a fund-raiser centered on HIV/AIDS emergency services and public awareness efforts. “The huge impact that a small number of people can make is really extraordinary,” AIDS Fund executive director Robb Reichard told G Philly. “The honorees that have been selected this year have a great deal of passion for the cause, and not only does that raise awareness, but it’s also really important to our mission.” Read more »