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Cosby retrial date set

Bill Cosby’s second trial on allegations that he sexually assaulted a lesbian will begin April 2, according to an order delivered by Judge Steven O’Neill last week. 

O’Neill presided over Cosby’s initial trial in June, which ended in a hung jury.

The retrial had been slated for this fall, but was pushed back after Cosby hired a new team of lawyers, led by Tom Mesereau, who defended Michael Jackson against child-molestation charges. 

The retrial is expected to bring another deluge of publicity to Norristown, the seat of Montgomery County, of which Cosby is a resident. The judge has yet to announce whether jurors will again be selected from outside the county — they were drawn from Western Pennsylvania in the first trial — to avoid media bias.

Cosby faces three felony charges relating to the alleged assault of Andrea Constand in 2004. Constand, then a basketball coach at Temple University, Cosby’s alma mater, said Cosby gave her pills that he said would relax her; she testified in June that the medication incapacitated her and Cosby then fondled her. Cosby’s team maintained the sexual contact was consensual; the victim’s sexual orientation was not brought up at this summer’s trial. 

Constand was one of more than 60 women who contend Cosby sexually assaulted them. 

He also faces sexual-assault charges in California for an alleged 1974 incident involving a 15-year-old at Hugh Hefner’s Playboy Mansion. That trial is slated for December 2018.

Center to host ‘Will & Grace’ screening party

“Will & Grace” fans can celebrate the return of the series with a watch party at William Way LGBT Community Center.

The event starts 7 p.m. Sept. 28 at the center, 1315 Spruce St. Guests will have a chance to win a trip to Los Angeles to see the finale of the show.

RSVP at WillandGracePhila.RSVPify.com.

Halloween ball to fundraise for HIV/AIDS group 

FACT Bucks County will host a Pumpkin Masquerade Ball to raise money for its HIV/AIDS initiatives.

The event will be held 7:30 p.m. Oct. 14 at Hope Ridge Farm, 2050 Aquetong Road in New Hope. 

Guests are encouraged to come in costumes, with prizes for the best, funniest and scariest costumes. The party will feature a DJ and dancing.

Tickets are $75 in advance or $100 at the door.

For advanced tickets, visit www.factbuckscounty.org.

In this first-ever special section, we explore the tips and trends of LGBT family-building in the Philadelphia region. Hear from professionals and local parents about how to prep for your path to parenthood, and what to expect once you set off on that journey. 

More than 30 people attended an annual meeting for an LGBT political-advocacy organization’s at John C. Anderson Apartments Wednesday. The Liberty City LGBT Democratic Club hosted a panel discussion on updates to the city's nondiscrimination law and other government initiatives supporting the LGBT community.

A Philadelphia judge last month cleared the way for a December murder trial for Charles N. Sargent, who stands accused of stabbing to death trans woman Diamond Williams, then dismembering her corpse with an ax.

Commonwealth Court last week ordered the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office to certify transactions that caused dispatch records relating to the Nizah Morris incident to become “public records” in the office’s possession.

Thirty years ago, PGN publisher Mark Segal went head to head with the Pennsylvania News-Media Association after it denied the publication membership to its association — and this fall, the statewide journalism organization will present Segal with its highest honor.

IBA seeking trans input in focus group

Independence Business Alliance, the region’s LGBT chamber of commerce, will host a focus group next week to solicit input from the local trans community on a new initiative.

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