News Briefing July 31- August 6, 2015

News Briefing July 31- August 6, 2015

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Lesbians who Tech gear up for convention

The new Philadelphia chapter of Lesbians who Tech announced its next happy hour, which will be held in advance of a national conference this fall.

The social will be held 5-7 p.m. Aug. 27 at Stir Lounge, 1705 Chancellor St.

The group is geared toward women who work in the tech field or who have a passion for technology, with happy hours like next month’s meant to encourage networking among members of the lesbian tech community.

Event guests will have the opportunity to learn more about the Lesbians who Tech Summit, planned for October in New York City.

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Stonewall to fundraise for Mazzoni

Stonewall Sports is staging a posh party next month to benefit LGBT health facility Mazzoni Center.

The Catalina Wine Mixer — a spoof of the party made famous in Will Ferrell film “Step Brothers” — will take place at 10 p.m. Aug. 15 at Tabu Lounge, 200 S. 12th St.

Floppy hats and blazers will abound at the nautical-themed event, with specials from Canyon Road Wineries. The cover is $10, with all proceeds going to Mazzoni.

— Jen Colletta

Trial date set in cop case

An October trial has been scheduled in the anti-bias case of N. Melville Jones, an openly gay Philadelphia police officer.

Jones filed suit against the city in 2013, seeking in excess of $50,000 in damages.

The officer claims that a supervisor outed him throughout the police department, triggering pervasive harassment and discrimination against him.

Jury selection is scheduled to begin 10 a.m. Oct. 26 in Courtroom 243 of City Hall, with Common Pleas Judge Idee C. Fox presiding.

“We are still in settlement negotiations,” said Barak A. Kassutto, an attorney for Jones. “We got a formal order from the court for a specific trial date in case the settlement negotiations are not successful.”

Attorneys for the city had no comment for this update.

— Timothy Cwiek


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