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The John C. Anderson Apartments, an LGBT-friendly affordable housing complex for seniors, will hold its second Intergenerational Play Date event this month. Employees from Philadelphia Family Pride (PFP) the Office of LGBT Affairs and the William Way Community Center worked hand in hand to organize the event. 

The AIDS Service Organization (ASO) Action Wellness has once again teamed up with Kimpton Hotel Palomar to organize the annual Glamsino Royale fundraiser event. On Thursday, Feb. 20, the hotel’s top floor will embody a Cannes Film Festival-inspired casino scene where guests can enjoy swanky cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and engage in classic gambling fare like roulette and Blackjack. 

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The LGBTQ+ subset of the City of Philadelphia’s Complete Count Committee met last week at Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau to discuss methods of publicizing the importance of the census to members of the city's LGBTQ+ community. The Complete Count Committee advises Philly Counts 2020, which leads Philadelphia’s grassroots engagement efforts to increase awareness and participation in the 2020 Census, particularly in communities that have been historically underrepresented in the count. 

In his reelection campaign for Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Malcolm Kenyatta received an endorsement from the Service Employees International Union Pennsylvania State Council. The SEIU announced its first round of endorsements on Jan. 22 of this year. Kenyatta has had the support of the SEIU state council since he initially ran in the primary.

The Philadelphia Bar Association’s LGBT Rights Committee is collaborating with the Community College of Philadelphia to hold a free name-change clinic for members of the Philadelphia community who are transgender, gender nonbinary or gender nonconforming and wish to have their name legally changed. 

 COLOURS continues its outreach to some of the most vulnerable members of the Philadelphia LGBTQ community. The organization's most recent event was a success, and the group hopes its upcoming Soulful Friday event on Feb. 7 will be equally effective.

More and more corporate companies have been stepping up their LGBTQ+ diversity and inclusion resources, making for healthier, happier work environments for employees, clients and consumers. As part of its 2020 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) scored dozens of Pennsylvania companies with strong LGBTQ-inclusive policies and employee resource groups. Employee Resource Groups, or ERGs, are in-house groups that provide programming, networking events, training sessions and overall support systems for minority employees, including LGBTQ people.

"The diversity of the church is its greatest strength," so says Nelson Perez.

Those words signal that Philadelphia Catholics are about to turn the page in local church history. On Jan. 23, Pope Francis appointed Perez, 58, currently bishop of Cleveland, to be the next archbishop of Philadelphia, leading the area's 1.4 million Catholics — the largest single religious denomination in the region.

Tabu Lounge and Bar will host a fundraising event to honor the legacy of beloved Philadelphia deputy sheriff and LGBTQ+ leader Dante Austin, who died by suicide last June. Austin’s close friends Julian Domanico, Anthony Sanchez, Ed Callahan and Gay Officer Action League (GOAL) members Nicholas Tees and Rasheed Darnell, co-organized the event — Out of the Darkness and Into the Light: In Honor of Dante Austin. The fundraiser will take place on Feb. 15.   

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