News Briefing: May 12-18, 2017

News Briefing: May 12-18, 2017

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PGN to participate in #AskKenney series

If you want to ask Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney a question, now’s your chance. 

Kenney is working with a different media outlet every month to solicit questions about issues impacting Philadelphians from city residents, with June’s effort focused on PGN and our LGBT and ally readers. In the next few weeks, PGN will encourage readers to send us any questions they have for the mayor, which we will forward to his office.

Kenney will answer select questions in our June 16 edition.

There are several simple ways you can submit your question. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., call 215-625-8501 ext. 206 or send it to 505 S. Fourth St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19147. We’re also accepting questions on our social-media channels: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram; tag us and use the hashtag #AskKenney and we’ll get your question to the mayor.

Late Voyeur bartender remembered with walk 

Loved ones will remember Frankie Morelli with a team in the American Lung Association’s Lung Force Walk May 13.

Morelli, a bartender at Voyeur and other Gayborhood venues, died in November 2015 of lung cancer.

To join the team, visit and search for the Friends of Frankie team. For more information, visit

Dance party raises funds for AIDS Delaware 

Our Night Out Wilmington is joining forces with AIDS Delaware for an event to support the HIV/AIDS communities in Delaware.

The monthly LGBT social will take place from 6-9 p.m. May 18 at AIDS Delaware’s Red & White Party, being held at Constitution Yards Beer Garden, 308 Justison St. Tickets are $40, which include a T-shirt and drink wristband.

The event will feature food trucks, live music, live visual artwork and raffle items. Guests are encouraged to wear red and white.

Proceeds support AIDS Delaware’s work to fight the HIV epidemic in the state. 

For more information, visit

Craft festival returns to Penn’s Landing

The award-winning Art Star Craft Bazaar will feature more than 140 art and craft vendors from around the region this weekend.

The festival will be held May 13-14 at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, 101 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd. Vendors will sell affordable and quality handmade goods including pottery, jewelry, bath products, stationery, clothing, pet accessories and more. The event also features food trucks and activities for visitors of all ages.

For more information, visit

— Jen Colletta

Oral arguments held in Dawn Segal case

The state Supreme Court this week held oral arguments in the appeal of Dawn A. Segal, a former judge who was permanently removed from the bench for improperly discussing court cases with another judge.

Segal, a lesbian, served as a municipal-court judge in Philadelphia for about six years before the Court of Judicial Discipline ordered her permanent removal in December. Segal contends that her removal was unjust and violated her constitutional rights. 

On May 9, oral arguments were held in Harrisburg before the state Supreme Court. The arguments focused on whether the Court of Judicial Discipline adequately explained its reasoning when ordering Segal’s permanent removal from the bench.

Neither side had a comment for this update. A ruling from the high court is expected within the next few months.

— Timothy Cwiek 

Charity walk to ‘Make America Love Again’ 

Two locals will host a charity walk to celebrate the country’s diversity. Victoria Robson and her fiancé, Miklos Szantai-Kis, will host “The Walk to Make America Love Again.” The May 13 walk, which the couple planned a week after the November election, will benefit the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania.

“The purpose of the walk is to create unity and show solidarity during a time when our country seems so divided,” Robson said in a statement to PGN. 

Interested participants can purchase tickets via The $25 ticket includes a T-shirt with the option to donate additional funds via the registration page. The walk will take place 8:30-11:30 a.m. May 13 on Martin Luther King Drive, near the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

— Jeremy Rodriguez

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