TOP PICKS: The Best LGBTQ Events This Weekend

Since 1998, the Philly Dyke March has been an opportunity for self-identified dykes to gather, march and rally.

The Philly Dyke March is celebrating its 19th annual gathering, march and rally.

FRIDAY EVENTS

15th Annual Philadelphia Trans Health Conference
June 9th-11th, 2016
Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch St.; all ages.

Hosting one of the most prolific trans health conferences in the world, the Mazzoni Center is helping to put on three full days of programming focused on the health and well-being of transgender and gender non-conforming individuals, as well as their families, friends, allies and providers. Read more »

TOP PICKS: The Best LGBTQ Events This Weekend

Stro Productionz is back with another installment of Beards N Queers this Friday night.

Stro Productionz is back with another installment of Beards N Queers this Friday night.

FRIDAY EVENTS

Beards N Queers Celebration
9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Tabu Lounge & Sports Bar, 200 South 12th Street; over 21.

Stro Productionz returns with another all-inclusive event, hosted by Louie A. Ortiz-Fonseca, that celebrates beard culture, fresh cuts, unique styles, fashion, and individuality in the Gayborhood. Don’t miss the giveaways and best beard contest. Please note that free entry will be given to anyone wearing Timberland boots, so no need to worry whether you’ll be able to get in. More details at stroproductionz.com. Read more »

TOP PICKS: 5 Unique LGBTQ Events This Weekend

Young Advocates of Philadelphia presents a night of swing dancing for a great cause.

Young Advocates of Philadelphia presents a night of swing dancing for a great cause.

FRIDAY EVENTS

The Eric Jaffe Show!
7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Tavern on Camac, 243 South Camac Street; over 21.

World ukulele champion Eric Jaffe returns with his monthly cabaret. Enjoy a no-cover night of Philadelphia’s best singers and musicians, featuring Sapphira Cristal, Dan Callahan, and more. Read more »

ACLU and Mazzoni Center Join City in Filing Brief Against SEPTA

Photo by Jeff Fusco

Photo by Jeff Fusco

The American Civil Liberties Union and the Mazzoni Center joined the City of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations in filing a brief last Thursday to the State’s Supreme Court, asking to overturn the Commonwealth Court’s August 7 ruling in favor of SEPTA. That ruling indicated that SEPTA was not subject to Philadelphia’s city ordinance which bans discrimination against sexual orientation and gender identity. Read more »

Mazzoni Center: Court Ruling on SEPTA Doesn’t Add Up

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We’ve been carefully following Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court’s decision late last Friday that claimed that SEPTA did not have to follow Philadelphia city ordinances which prohibit discrimination against sexual orientation and gender identity. Yesterday afternoon, SEPTA issued their official statement on the matter, which claimed that:

“The case concerned one governmental entity’s authority over another based upon the statutory scheme overlaying both of those governmental entities. The central question of the case was whether that statutory scheme authorized the City to apply the FPO to SEPTA. SEPTA’s motion had nothing to do with protections afforded or not to the LGBTQ community.”

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43% of Philly’s Homeless Youth Identify as LGBTQ

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It’s a staggering statistic that can’t be ignored: A January 2015 survey conducted by Valley Youth House, Covenant House, Project HOME, the Attic Youth Center, the Mazzoni Center, and more, found that 43% of homeless youth in Philadelphia identify as LGBTQ. The data has become a call to action, so to speak, for many youth service organizations in the region. Read more »

First-Ever Philly Youth Pride Coming in July

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Philly Pride isn’t quite over yet: A brand new celebration, Philly Youth Pride, will be rolling into town on July 5th, and it’s a whole different type of party aimed towards LGBTQ young people age 24 and below.

The Mazzoni Center is sponsoring the day-long event that is being built by, and for, youth, and is planned in connection with the National LGBT 50th Anniversary Celebration that takes place throughout Philly from July 2nd through the 5th. The idea came to the organization after Mazzoni’s Student Leadership Board attended the National GSA Conference a year ago, and learned about a similar event in Washington, D.C. Mazzoni Education Manager Louie Ortiz couldn’t be more excited about the opportunity. Read more »

West Philly Trans Femme Conference Attempts to Serve Marginalized Community

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“The Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference (PTHC) was founded by trans women who had no forum for their voices to be heard,” says April Anderson. “But every year, we’ve seen the amount of programming devoted to [the trans woman’s] needs shrink to the point that we’ve been crowded out of a desperately necessary space.”

Anderson, along with other local trans women, are trying to address this issue by establishing the first West Philadelphia Trans Femme Conference, which is being held this year on June 5th and 6th at A-Space on Baltimore Avenue. Two of these dates overlap with the Mazzoni Center‘s three-day PTHC. Of course, this has caused some intrigue and serious questions—particularly, why the need for the divide? Read more »

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