Last Wednesday, June 14th, was just an odd day. Not only was it the birthday of our current president, but also a reminder that progress is a journey full of unfortunate setbacks.
One such setback occurred at a book signing for a black gay media colleague of mine from New York at the Ethical Society in Rittenhouse. The evening affair, which opened with a Q&A followed by a meet-and-greet, was packed mostly with black LGBTQ community members who came to hear a first-time author offer perspective on writing a collection of personal essays that explore self-discovery, resilience, and cultural empowerment. Such themes resonated with a crowd of people who have themselves experienced the power of fighting for survival and inclusion while facing discrimination and erasure. 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 »
Background image by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia™
Now that the last shreds of wrapping paper have been vacuumed up and the good dishes are finally put away, we revisit our time-honored tradition of taking a look back at the year and the losers, miscreants, and ne’er-do-wells it spawned. (For a more optimistic view of Philadelphia, consider Holly Otterbein‘s Biggest Winners of 2016.)
The once-lovable former champion of the everyman now spends his time being largely irrelevant and making facepalm-worthy comments in places like the Washington Post. But when you’re pulling in a cool $5,000 each month to do virtually nothing for a casino in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, you probably don’t care. Read more »
It was an incredible year for LGBTQ news in Philadelphia, with both inspirational times and some very controversial moments. Here, we rank the top 10 stories that rocked the community in 2016. Read more »
Part of the overflow crowd that attended last night’s Human Relations Commission hearing. | Photo: Sandy Smith
Last night’s Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations hearing on racism and discrimination in Philadelphia’s Gayborhood could be considered a massive catharsis, as speaker after speaker gave highly personal stories in which they described how their interactions with Gayborhood institutions, especially bars, clubs, and nonprofit organizations, made them feel disrespected, ignored, or worse.
And those were the people who ventured into the Gayborhood. Others testified that they did not feel comfortable or safe venturing into the one part of the city where they should feel that way.
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Black and Brown Workers Collective and other protesters disrupt the LGBT flag-raising ceremony at City Hall on October 9th. Photo by Ernest Owens.
Minutes after Jim Kenney made his first public statement about Gayborhood racism during the seventh-annual LBGT pride flag-raising at City Hall on Sunday, protesters from the Black and Brown Workers Collective (BBWC) and other racial justice groups commandeered the podium to criticize the mayor and Office of LGBT Affairs director Nellie Fitzpatrick. Read more »
Nellie Fitzpatrick being offered “anti-blackness” flowers by protesters. Photo by Ernest Owens.
In the aftermath of a call by several social justice organizations for Office of LGBT Affairs director Nellie Fitzpatrick to resign over what they characterize as her office’s lack of credibility on racial and intersectionality issues, the Black and Brown Workers Collective (BBWC) staged an unannounced protest last night during an event honoring her.
Just after 5:30 p.m., roughly 20 protesters from BBWC, ACT UP Philadelphia, and Black Lives Matter PA entered the Professional Women’s Roundtable (PoWeR) award ceremony at the Hard Rock Cafe in Center City, where Fitzpatrick was about to be honored as a “trailblazer” for her work as the mayor’s LGBT liaison.
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Ricky Peterson was at work as a nursing assistant at Penn when he first heard about the video.
“I received it via text message from a friend, and I immediately went to the break room,” Peterson says. “I watched it five times before it hit me that Darryl was in fact saying my name. I was angered by it — I just felt disgusted.” Read more »
Photograph by Ernest Owens
In the aftermath of a leaked video showing ICandy owner Darryl DePiano using the n-word repeatedly and DePiano’s subsequent public admission and apology, many Gayborhood institutions and community members have begun distancing themselves from the bar publicly. Read more »
ICandy owner, Darryl DePiano, in Philly Gay Calendar interview in 2011. Screenshot from YouTube.
A YouTube video posted publicly on September 27th titled “ICandy Philadelphia Owner Uses the N-Word” has been circulating on social media. The video first circulated in the comments section of G Philly’s story on the recent boycotts on September 27th. In the 21-second video, it appears as though two men (never pictured) are in an office with a surveillance monitor and a business desk; heard off camera is an exchange between the men conversing about black people, white people and drink passes. Read more »