News Briefing: June 2-8, 2017

News Briefing: June 2-8, 2017

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MTV star to headline Chester County event 

Chester County Pride Weekend will conclude with an evening of entertainment this weekend. Gay comedian Matteo Lane, a cast member on MTV’s “Girl Code” and MTV2’s “Guy Code” and “Joking Off,” will provide stand-up comedy at the third-annual Pride Gala June 4. Transgender youth advocate Ari Bowman will also be on hand to speak.

A cocktail hour at the event will include a cash bar, three-course dinner, silent auction, raffle prizes, dancing and music. 

The Pride Gala will be held 4-9 p.m. June 4 at the Desmond Hotel, 1 Liberty Blvd. in Malvern. Visit to purchase tickets. 

Stratus Lounge to fundraise for LGBT-friendly youth homeless shelter

A local bar will host a fundraising event for a homeless youth shelter next week.

The Stratus Lounge will stage “A Time to Give Back” June 9, with 10 percent of proceeds benefitting Valley Youth House, which offers housing programs for LGBT youth.

The fundraiser will take place 6-10 p.m. June 9 at 433 Chestnut St. For more information, visit

IBA accepting applications for Business Integrity Award

The greater Philadelphia’s LGBT chamber of commerce is accepting applications for its second-annual award celebrating inclusivity and diversity within businesses.

With the Business Integrity Award, the Independence Business Alliance will provide a member business in the 11-county Delaware Valley area with two complimentary registrations to the 2017 National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce’s International Business & Leadership Conference in Las Vegas Aug. 1-4. IBA and representatives from Integrity Staffing Solutions will select the winner based on their policies and practices toward LGBT customers, employees and other members of the business community.

Visit to download an application, which is due June 19. 

IBA will present the award at its annual meeting 5:30-8 p.m. June 26 at the Philadelphia Downtown Marriott, 1201 Market St. Visit to register.

— Jeremy Rodriguez

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