Equality Forum Kicks Off

The six-day LGBT summit tackles some of the most talked about issues in the community

Throughout this week we’ll be updating you about the different events happening around town during Equality Forum. Tonight, during the invitation-only VIP kickoff, former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell will receive the Distinguished Service Award at the Hotel Palomar. The two-term governor and former Philadelphia mayor is being honored for his friendship and support of the LGBT community – both in Philly and throughout the Commonwealth.

The almost week-long focus of Equality Forum then turns to Latin American LGBT culture, says Malcolm Lazin, Equality Forum’s founder and executive director.

Starting today (10 a.m.-8 p.m.), the 12th Annual Gay and Lesbian Art Exhibit also opens at the Sol Mednick Gallery and Gallery 1401 at The University of the Arts. Two artists are featured, including Connie Imboden who has spent more than 25 years using photography to examine, distort and redefine the human body, and Lorenzo Triburgo who chronicles transgender culture in his “Transportraits.” The photographer creates landscape oil paintings as backdrops to portraits of transgendered men.

Triburgo, who hails from Oregon, will be in Philly to discuss his work and how it relates to perceptions about gender on April 27 (3:30 p.m.) in the U Arts’ photo studio. An artist reception follows (5-7 p.m.) where Imboden will also be present to meet guests and discuss her images.

Please check back each day for updates about what’s happening at Equality Forum – including parties and lectures.