Women celebrate history, future
The LGBT community is invited to celebrate International Women’s Day from 10 a. m.-8 p.m. March 7 at SafeGuards, 260 S. Broad St.
The event will feature a series of workshops and trainings on women’s issues presented by such agencies as the Gay and Lesbian Latino AIDS Education Initiative, The COLOURS Organization Inc., the University of Pennsylvania, Positive Women’s Network and The Womyn’s Village. Guests can also enjoy spoken-word, singing and dance performances, as well as numerous community vendors.
HRC hosts annual Philly dinner
The Human Rights Campaign will stage its 14th annual Philadelphia Regional Gala Dinner at 6-11 p.m. March 13 at the Hyatt Regency Philadelphia, 201 S. Columbus Blvd.
Pennsylvania Congressman Patrick Murphy (D-8th Dist.), who is spearheading the effort to repeal the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, will serve as keynote speaker for the event, which will also feature remarks by HRC Chief Diversity Officer Cuc Vu and “Project Runway” cast member Daniel Vosovic.
General admission tickets are $175, and HRC Federal Club members can attend for $75.
For more information, visit www.philadelphia.hrc.org.
NJ group heads to D.C.
Garden State Equality is organizing a trip to Washington, D.C., next month so that area residents can urge Congress to take action on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.
The National Center for Transgender Equality is sponsoring the Lobby Days March 15 and 16, and Garden State Equality is sending a car caravan to the nation’s capital to participate.
Each car in the trip, which will begin in North Jersey and make stops in Central and South Jersey to join with other drivers, will be affixed with signs calling for LGBT equality. Participants will be able to stay at the homes of Garden State Equality supporters once they arrive, and can join LGBT activists for a reception Monday night and legislative meetings on Tuesday.
Write LGBT into Philly’s history
The Pennsylvania Humanities Council will sponsor a community discussion to ensure that Philadelphia’s rich LGBT history is included in the Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia, a civic project that tells the story of the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection through both print and online materials.
“Striving for Equality: LGBT Activism in Greater Philadelphia” will be held from 6-8 p.m. March 18 at the William Way LGBT Community Center, 1315 Spruce St. The event will feature such panelists as former Equality Advocates Pennsylvania executive director Stacey Sobel, chair of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission Stephen Glassman, city senior attorney Michael Williams and University of Iowa history professor Kevin Mumford, as well as local activist Kathy Padilla, who will facilitate.
The panelists will work with community members in attendance to shape the content for the encyclopedia.
— Jen Colletta