News Briefings

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

Hip-hop star to headline Mazzoni event

Gay rapper Big Freedia will host and perform at an HIV-testing and awareness-raising event next week.

PGN to participate in #AskKenney series

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

Settlement efforts underway in HIV case

Settlement efforts continue in the case of “Bonnie Jones,” an HIV-positive woman who claims she was denied access to a therapeutic swimming pool due to her serostatus. 

Casino event for youth

A youth housing-assistance organization will host its seventh-annual casino night to raise critical support for young people. 

‘Hedwig’-themed carwash to benefit The Attic

In advance of the premiere of “Hedwig & The Angry Inch” next week, the Forrest Theatre is hosting a carwash themed around the Broadway hit to raise money for local LGBT youth.

Local health orgs receive national recognition

A national LGBT civil-rights organization recognized four local health agencies for their work as “Leaders in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality.” 

Free Legal Clinic will assist LGBT elders with preparing documents

The LGBT Elder Initiative and the AIDS Law Project will host their 2017 LGBT Legal Clinic to advise in the preparation of documents such as wills, living wills, disposition of remains and medical and financial powers of attorney. Attendees can meet with an attorney one-on-one to complete these documents. 

The volunteer attorneys from the AIDS Law Project, Community Legal Services and Temple University Beasley School of Law will prepare only simple wills, which do not include real estate, multiple beneficiaries or guardianship in relation to children. For more-involved matters, the attorneys will offer referrals to private attorneys who can provide assistance for a fee.

The 2017 LGBT Legal Clinic will take place 10 a.m.-3 p.m. April 8 at William Way LGBT Community Center, 1315 Spruce St. Visit to register.

 — Jeremy Rodriguez

Passover seder set for April 

An LGBTQ and allies community Passover seder will be held 6-9 p.m. April 13 at William Way LGBT Community Center, 1315 Spruce St. The event is sponsored by J.Proud, a consortium of 30 local Jewish organizations.

The seder is a ceremonial kosher dinner that includes vegetarian/vegan options, wine and dessert. A service will be led by Ariana Katz, a rabbinical student.

 J. Proud is a program of the Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Greater Philadelphia.

“With everything going on in the world, it’s critical to have spaces like this, where we can come together with our families and communities,” said Phoenix Schneider, director of J.Proud. “It’s so powerful. We have conversations around inclusions and uniting for social justice. Everyone is encouraged to participate in these discussions. We’re looking forward to a meaningful evening.”

Tickets are $30 per person; $18 for students and seniors; and $10 for those under 18. “Nobody will be turned away for lack of funds,” Schneider added.

For financial assistance, contact Schneider at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

— Timothy Cwiek


Oral arguments in bullying case

Oral arguments were scheduled for this week in the case of “D.V.,” a New Jersey student who claims pervasive anti-LGBT bullying within the Pennsauken School District. 

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