News Briefing: Jan. 20-26, 2017

News Briefing: Jan. 20-26, 2017

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DVLF seeking HEROES nominations

An LGBT philanthropy organization is seeking nominations for community honorees.

Each year, DVLF honors individuals and organizations for their work advancing the LGBT community at its annual HEROES event. On DVLF’s website, community members can vote for an adult, a person under 21, a straight ally, a nonprofit organization and a business for the 11th-annual event. DVLF’s Outreach & Grantmaking Committee will pick from the nominees, with approval from the board of directors.

Deadline for HEROES nominations is Feb. 17. Forms can be obtained at The event will take place 12:30-3:30 p.m. April 9 at Hotel Monaco, 433 Chestnut St.

— Jeremy Rodriguez

New Hope event to fundraise for Pride organization

The New Hope Eagle Volunteer Fire Company will host the eighth-annual Fire and Ice Ball Jan. 21.

Proceeds will benefit New Hope Celebrates, which organizes the town’s Pride festival in May. Guests are encouraged to wear retro or cocktail attire. There will be complimentary light fare, a cash bar, DJ, dance contests, fashion show, fire dancers and ice carving.

Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. For tickets, visit

Clinic to address legal name changes

Mazzoni Center’s Legal Services Department and the Philadelphia Bar Association will host a training next week to walk community members through the process of legally changing their names.

The Legal Name Change Clinic will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Jan. 25 at William Way LGBT Community Center, 1315 Spruce St. Volunteer attorneys will meet one on one with attendees to help them prepare the documents needed for a legal name change. The event is free, but pre-registration is required. Attendees will need to bring certain documents, such as a state-issued ID or birth certificate.

To register, call 215-563-0657 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

— Jen Colletta

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