News Briefing: Sept. 30-Oct. 6, 2016

News Briefing: Sept. 30-Oct. 6, 2016

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Philly folks plan to march in Orlando Pride

Local out lawyer Angela Giampolo is organizing a group of Philadelphians to fly to Orlando for the city’s Pride celebration Oct. 8. 

She helped secure space for 200 people and one vehicle to participate in the parade. Giampolo asks interested LGBT people and allies to register at Participants have to pay for their flights to Orlando and lodging. 

Once there, the group will make 49 signs, one for each person killed by a gunman in June at Pulse, an LGBT nightclub in Orlando. 

“In the end, we call it Gay Pride,” Giampolo wrote on Facebook. “We march to spread hope that things will get better and in order to not forget our battles. Orlando was the biggest battle the LGBT community has survived in modern western history and it will be an honor to march alongside Orlando in their Gay Pride.” 

For more information, search “Philly Does Orlando Gay Pride!” on Facebook. 

Meeting rescheduled for youth input on Creating Change hospitality suite

A meeting that had been scheduled for this week to get input on a youth hospitality suite at the Creating Change conference will now take place at 7 p.m. Oct. 4.

People aged 16-24 are invited to offer input at The Attic Youth Center, 255 S. 16th St.

The youth hospitality suite is one of several at the annual conference. Other suites cater to bisexuals, transgender people, people with disabilities, people in recovery, people of color, interfaith activities and older adults. Each hospitality suite provides meals each day of the conference in addition to passive programming.

The National LGBTQ Task Force sponsors the Creating Change conference each year in a different city. The 29th annual gathering takes place from Jan. 18-22 in Philadelphia.

For more information, visit  

— Paige Cooperstein



— Paige Cooperstein

Men encouraged to rally against violence

Lutheran Settlement House will hold a rally next week to engage local men in its work to reduce family violence.

The Men Can Rally will be held from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 5 at Board Game Art Park at 15th Street and John F. Kennedy Blvd. Fox29’s Mike Jerrick will emcee, and organizers will present an award to Todd Carmichael, co-founder of La Colombe, who has spoken out against domestic violence and donated to anti-violence programs.

The rally is free to attend, and refreshments will be provided. 

For more information, visit 

Explore LGBT history for free 

The National Park Service and William Way LGBT Community Center are teaming up to offer free walking tours of Philadelphia’s LGBT history. 

The tours will be offered at 10 a.m. Oct. 8, 10 and 15. The two-hour tours will leave from the Independence Visitors Center at Sixth and Market streets and conclude at William Way, 1315 Spruce St. They will be led by staff from the William Way Archives and a National Park Ranger and include stops in Old City and the Gayborhood.

Space is limited, and interested participants are asked to RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

— Jen Colletta

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