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Gayborhood bars change names

Two local LGBT establishments recently changed the names of their businesses.

Pure, 1221 St. James St., will now be known as Voyeur, while Bump Lounge, 1234 Locust St., will be renamed Q Lounge and Kitchen.

Michael Weiss, Voyeur co-owner, said the business’ name was not formally changed, but that the company tries to update its popular name about every five years, and chose Voyeur to reflect the changes going on within the club.

“We’re becoming a lot more video-driven now, with new screens and videocams so you can see different parts of the club from throughout it,” he said.

Voyeur will host an opening party Sept. 25.

Weiss recently sold Bump to Steve and Alex Vasiliadis, and the establishment’s managing partner John Caputo said the management is continuing with renovations on the newly renamed locale.

Q Lounge and Kitchen, which is currently closed for the overhaul, will reopen its doors to the public Oct. 2.

Domestic-violence campaign kicks off

Women Against Abuse will kick off its second-annual iPledge Campaign at noon Oct. 8 at Drexel University’s Dragon Park, 33rd and Market streets.

WAA will announce its new monthlong initiative to raise awareness about domestic-violence during a press conference that will feature Mayor Nutter, 107.9 WRNB host MoShay LaRen and state Sen. LeAnna Washington (D-4th Dist.).

For more information, visit

Last call for ceremony giveaway

Provence Catering is offering all-expenses-paid commitment ceremonies for two same-sex couples on Valentine’s Day.

The company will provide the food, flowers, photography and décor for the ceremonies, with 50-60 guests allowed per couple. Ceremonies will be held at the newly opened Chestnut Club, 1529 Chestnut St.

Couples looking to be selected should submit a 500-word essay about why they feel they should win to Kelly Root at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Essays can also be faxed to (215) 925-6437 or mailed to PGN, 505 S. Fourth St., Philadelphia, PA 19147.

Entries must be received by Oct.2. Winning essays will be published in the Nov. 4 issue of PGN.

For more information about Provence Catering, visit

Seminar addresses colorectal cancer

The Colon Cancer Alliance and Fox Chase Cancer Center will sponsor “Conversations About Colorectal Cancer,” an education seminar about the disease, from 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 26 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 4100 Presidential Blvd.

For more information or to register, call (877) 422-2030.

Free women’s sex forum at center

Women looking to have a candid discussion about sexual health are invited to “Beyond the Bedroom,” a free females-only forum from 6:30-9 p.m. Oct. 1 at the William Way LGBT Community Center, 1315 Spruce St.

The discussion will be led by a nurse practitioner from the National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health and will focus on an array of issues, to help participants to discuss sex more openly with partners and healthcare providers.

Pre-registration is required. To RSVP, contact Jae Hodge at (610) 306-1110.

— Jen Colletta

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