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The Greater Philadelphia Human Rights Campaign Gala (HRC) will take place on Feb. 29 at the Loews Hotel. As one of the biggest LGBTQ+ fundraising events in Philadelphia, this annual dinner honors and acknowledges the steps the organization has taken toward achieving LGBTQ equality and recognizes local LGBTQ leaders. 

The Center for Advocacy for the Rights and Interests of the Elderly (CARIE) will present its annual Spirit of CARIE Award to LGBTQ+ elder activists John C. Butts and Ada Bello. The cocktail party event, “Be the Voice!,” will take place on April 23 at the studios of WHYY. 

The Wistar Institute in Philadelphia is currently holding an HIV therapy trial, in collaboration with Philadelphia FIGHT and the University of Pennsylvania. The trial is part of the BEAT-HIV Delaney Collaboratory, a network of doctors and scientists dedicated to devising “the most effective way to combine immunotherapy regimens to cure HIV.” 

Julie Chovanes is a transgender woman, lawyer and trans rights activist living in Philadelphia. After working as a partner at DLA Piper, she started her law firm, Chovanes Law LLC. Though she initially focused on commercial law, she now exclusively practices gender rights law, focusing specifically on trans rights.

Change is ahead for the Delaware Valley Legacy Fund (DVLF). Executive Director Juan Franco resigned on Feb. 3, and on Feb. 10, DVLF — a funding organization for nonprofits supporting the emerging needs in the Greater Philadelphia LGBTQ+ community — announced five new members will join its board. 


Philadelphia Gay News is one of more than 20 news organizations producing Broke in Philly, a solutions-oriented collaborative reporting project on poverty and Philadelphia's push for economic justice.


 The Homeward Initiative and Valley Youth House are nearing the launch of their housing collaboration Host Homes. Homeward Initiative founder Brendan Taliaferro hopes to get the program up and running in early March. 

Philly AIDS Thrift awarded grants to 26 Philadelphia HIV/AIDS and social service organizations in a ceremony held at the William Way LGBT Community Center on Feb. 6. This year’s grants totaled $298,750, putting the philanthropic thrift store’s total grant donations at over $2.5 million to date.  

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