Arts & Culture

Philadelphia is the proud host of the Trans Wellness Conference. Started in 2000 by Charlene Arcila, the event has rapidly grown to become the largest free trans-specific conference in the world featuring workshops and events, keynote speakers, film screenings, community building, networking opportunities and more.

For a lot of our younger readers, summer involves free time. At least we hope. So when better to catch up on recreational reading. Luckily, there are a wealth of queer young-adult titles waiting on the shelves at Philly’s local independent bookstores, just waiting to be discovered.

We reached out to Philly’s histroic LGBTQ bookstore, Giovanni’s Room, 345 S. 12th St., for recommendations on interesting queer YA reads. For more information, visit

PARTY GIRL!: Pop superstar, actress and dancer, Jennifer Lopez, brings her “It’s My Party World Tour” to town, making hips shake in Philly, 8 p.m. July 20 at Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St. For more information or tickets, call 215-336-3600.

Popular queer performer Betty Smithsonian and local performance artist Sarah Knittel are creating change in Philly’s indie-art scene. Now they’ve joined forces to offer Free Fringe Philly, a no-cost alternative to Philly’s famed FringeArts festival.

YOU & MISS JONES: “Saturday Night Live” star, comedian and actor, Leslie Jones, brings her outrageous brand of comedy to the stage when she performs, 7 p.m. July 13 at Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St. For more information or tickets, call 215-893-1999.

Qunify, an LGBTQ-centered social community, will host a free preview of a documentary that celebrates QTPoC who are masculine of center and genderfluid women and gender nonconforming folks at William Way  LGBT Community Center.

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