Philadelphia FIGHT Abruptly Shut Down Y-HEP Drop-In Center

Philadelphia FIGHT’s Youth Health Empowerment program (often referred to as Y-HEP) abruptly shut down its drop-in center in late August, G Philly has learned.

Located at 1417 Locust Street, the program bills itself as offering “comprehensive healthcare services to teens and young adults” and providing a confidential safe space for “all patients, regardless of ability to pay.” Its fourth-floor drop-in center provided food, toiletries, programing, a shower, and garments for at-risk homeless youth. Operations on that floor have now been terminated; the program continues to provide health screenings and other clinical assistance. Read more »

New Attendees Confirmed for Gayborhood Racism Hearing

Gayborhood sign

The Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations (PCHR) has confirmed that two additional LGBT community leaders will attend its October 25th public hearing on Gayborhood racism.

As previously reported, PCHR has subpoenaed the owners of all 11 Gayborhood bars and already confirmed that both Mayor Jim Kenney and Office of LGBT Affairs director Nellie Fitzpatrick would be attending. Read more »

Protesters Disrupt Nellie Fitzpatrick’s Award Ceremony

Nellie Fitzpatrick being offered "anti-blackness" flowers by protesters on October 5th. Photo by Ernest Owens.

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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LGBTQ Event of the Week: Kiehl’s 7th-Annual LifeRide for amfAR

7th Annual Kiehl’s LifeRide for amfAR! this Friday, during the company's 11-day motorcycle journey to raise funds and awareness for HIV/AIDS research.

7th-Annual Kiehl’s LifeRide for amfAR!, the company’s 11-day motorcycle journey to raise funds and awareness for HIV/AIDS research, concludes in Philly on Friday.

This week’s inaugural LGBTQ event of the week nod goes to Kiehl’s for bringing motorcycles, community, cosmetics, and celebrities together for an important cause. The company’s 7th-Annual LifeRide for amfAR event is wrapping up an “11-day multi-state, charitable motorcycle ride throughout the Northeast that raises funds and awareness for amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research.” During the event, the organization Philadelphia FIGHT will receive a $5,000 donation for their efforts in addressing the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the city. Read more »

TOP PICKS: The Best LGBTQ Events This Weekend

Galaei is hosting Philadelphia’s 21st annual Alternative Prom for LGBTQ youth and allies.

Galaei is hosting Philadelphia’s 21st-annual Alternative Prom for LGBTQ youth and allies.


Ladies of Bounce Reunion — Summer Beach Blast!
9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Tabu Lounge & Sports Bar, 200 South 12th Street; over 21.

Miss Bounce 2006 Sierra Feliciano is coming to Tabu to slay your faves as the rest of the girls of the infamous Bounce Nightclub in NJ reunite for an evening of live performances, drink specials, and laughs. Read more »

PHOTOS: Our Night Out at The Pyramid Club

The Pyramid Club is one of the most popular venues for DVLF‘s Our Night Out every year, and last evening’s mixer was no exception. The night benefitted Philadelphia FIGHT, and we found that their annual gala, which is this Thursday and features Greg Louganis, is sold out. That’s quite an amazing feat given that it is in the midst of the busy holiday season!

DVLF’s next mixer is this Saturday: Their annual TOY fundraiser is being held at Old City’s Fire and Ice. Tickets are still available, and make sure that you bring an unwrapped toy to share with youth who are less fortunate in the region.

INTERVIEW: Greg Louganis on HIV/AIDS Stigma and Reliving Early Struggles

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Helga Esteb /

It was a very interesting time to chat with Olympic superstar Greg Louganis: I spoke with him shortly after the Charlie Sheen interview that caused our collective culture to have a broader discussion about HIV, about stigma, and about a lack of practical knowledge on the virus. Louganis, who has become a visible and vocal advocate for HIV/AIDS education, will be in Philadelphia on December 3 for Philadelphia FIGHT’s annual gala, where he will present a talk on a variety of health-related matters. The diving star opened up about society’s view on HIV and his own perceptions of gay youth living in the 21st Century.

You’ll be in town for the Philadelphia FIGHT gala. What are some of the things that you’ll be speaking about? I’ll share a bit of my history and part of my story, and how far we’ve come with HIV treatment and care, as well as stigma. Fighting stigma is a huge issue, and the only way is through education, education, education. We have to educate those that we love. It’s interesting: A good example of that is that many people assume my husband is HIV positive, but he’s not. We get tested regularly and we take care of each other.

Last week was certainly been an interesting one for public awareness on HIV after the Charlie Sheen interview. I’m curious to hear from you about how that interview went and what impact it might have, if any. It shows that stigma is still there, but it is also a different day and age then when I was diagnosed back in 88. It’s no longer a death sentence. You know, it is devastating. We’re so uptight about talking about sex in this country when it is a natural thing. When I go and talk to 14, 15, 16 year olds, it’s a free-for-all. I usually do a Q&A and they ask questions about sex, drugs, depression, all of these things that are part of our society. We need to have open and honest conversations about things that are around us. Read more »

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