Stro Productionz is back with another installment of Beards N Queers this Friday night.
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 »
Young Advocates of Philadelphia presents a night of swing dancing for a great cause.
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 »
A free panel taking place this evening, October 27, at Rutgers University Camden will discuss the barriers and difficulties that trans individuals often encounter when attempting to receive appropriate healthcare. Read more »
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 »
It’s a very good reason to eat and drink: Giorgio on Pine’s Executive Chef Crystal Fox is whipping up a special fundraiser for Mazzoni Center’s Food Bank. Read more »
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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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 »
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 »
“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 »
It was a gorgeous night to celebrate Mazzoni Center‘s 5th annual Elixir: Cure for the Common Gala, which took place at the Mill House Deck of the Fairmount Water Works Restaurant. The event featured live dance music by EBE, food and dessert, an open bar, a silent auction and special live performances by Rainere Martin as Donna Summer and Philadelphia Voices of Pride.
CBS3’s Jim Donovan was master of ceremonies, announcing this year’s honorees: Franny Price, executive director of Philly Pride Presents and longtime community activist and advocate, who was honored with the Gloria Casarez Activist Award; and Michael Tambón, aka drag queen “Cherry Pop,” was honored for his advocacy work for people living with HIV. Check out photos of the evening below:
Elad Strohmayer, Oren Ben-Yosef, Mazzoni Center Executive Director Nurit Shein, and Philly Pride Presents' Franny Price.
Elaine Tambón with son Michael Tambón aka “Cherry Pop.” (Photobomb by sister Erika.)
Jim Donovan, CBS3, and Mandy Blumenthal
Kenneth Hu and Christopher Stanley stand in front of a Perry Milou work of Tina Turner, which was part of the silent auction.
Wayne, Tony, Mark and Scott
Rudy Raya and Albert Watson
Juan Baez, Will Lee, Josh Moore and Sean Patrick Doan
Anh Dang, Judge Dan Anders, Nellie Fitzpatrick, Director of the Mayor's Office of LGBT Affairs, and Tracie Palmer.
Philly AIDS Thrift's Bob Koptcho and John Cote
Kory Olson, Lorin Martin and Matt Bald
Diane W, Yuel Geraldo, Jeff Shablin and Dana S.