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This year, Philadelphia FIGHT Community Health Center is celebrating its 30th anniversary and the 10th anniversary of FIGHT Stories, a written collection of personal stories told by people who have utilized the organization’s services.

The Falcons LGBTQ+ soccer club will hold its annual banquet at the William Way LGBT Community Center on Jan. 25. Beginning at 7 p.m., attendees can enjoy food, drink and socializing, and the club board will present a new award named for Falcons founder Drew Adair, which recognizes a non-club member or organization that has been a particularly noteworthy supporter of the club.

 

The United Methodist Church has proposed a split into more than one denomination. The proposal was made to resolve continuing conflict over LGBT clergy and same-sex marriage, according to the church’s official news agency, United Methodist News Service.

 

Mary Groce is a writer, illustrator, activist and the 2019 Verville Fellow at the Smithsonian’s National Air & Space Museum in Washington, D.C. She is also immensely charming — one of those people with whom one feels an immediate connection and affinity. Groce is warm, engaging and full of stories to tell, from her personal run-ins with Donald Trump as a contractor at two of his casinos in Atlantic City to her activism in a series of crucial political movements to how she discovered, she is the great-niece of the first licensed Black pilot in the U.S., Emory Malick.

 

Zach Wilcha, executive director of Independence Business Alliance (IBA), had a good year. He read 74 books, which he reviewed in a beautiful and vivid thread on Twitter for what should be a much wider following. Wilcha reads a vast array of books, and it would be easy to focus on literary Wilcha and the man who spends the holidays visiting friends and family. But he has another side, which includes working hard to make business more LGBT inclusive.

Every year, PGN selects a group of people to be honored as our "People of the Year." This year held no shortage of folks who qualified; the decision on who to include was difficult. However, after much consideration, those members of our community whose labor has created much change — and offered hope in a time when it's needed — include Kendall Stephens, Chris Bartlett, Zach Wilcha, Mary Groce and Judge Tiffany Palmer. 

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