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Drag show raises funds for the sick

Congregation Beth Ahavah will welcome “Joey & His Girls” to Rodeph Shalom, 615 N. Broad St., at 8 p.m. Jan. 16 for a night of song and laughs to benefit local residents struggling with illnesses.

The drag show will raise funds for the LGBT-inclusive congregation’s Bikur Holim Committee, which provides outreach to the sick.

Tickets to the show are $20, and refreshments will be served.

For more information or to make reservations, call (215) 923-2003 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Gay BINGO returns

The first Gay BINGO of the new year will kick off at 7 p.m. Jan. 23 at the Gershman Y, 401 S. Broad St.

Last month’s event was canceled due to the city’s record snowstorm, but the fundraising tradition will return in style this month with a “Golden Globes After-Party” theme, complete with a red carpet and paparazzi.

Floor seats are $25 and balcony tickets are $20, with all proceeds going to benefit AIDS Fund, which distributes funding to HIV/AIDS service organizations throughout the area.

For more information, visit

Mazzoni to launch legal services

Beginning Jan. 4, LGBT health organization Mazzoni Center will officially launch its legal department, a transition that will be celebrated Jan. 21 with a public reception from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th floor.

The reception will be sponsored by Gay and Lesbian Lawyers of Philadelphia, Lambda Legal and the LGBT Affairs Committee of the PBA, as well as Mazzoni and Equality Advocates Pennsylvania.

Equality Advocates announced last year that it was discontinuing its legal services to focus more on advocacy and education, but that Mazzoni Center had agreed to absorb the legal department into its own programming. Legal director Amara Chaudhry, as well as student interns working in the department, will now be headquartered at Mazzoni Center.

For more information, call (215) 563-0652.

— Jen Colletta

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