It took one year and a lot of sleepless nights, but QSPACES is now live.
Elicia Gonzales applied for what she called a “dream job” with the Women’s Medical Fund, a local advocacy organization to protect and expand abortion access to low-income women. Following a search by a six-member Succession Task Force, the organization’s board of directors announced Gonzales as the executive director.
Danny Ricard, longtime bartender of the now-closed LGBT bar Venture Inn, died July 4 due to complications of throat cancer.
Pride returns to Reading
Reading will celebrate Pride this weekend with a series of events.
The festivities kick off with a pool party from 6-10 p.m. July 14 at Crowne Plaza. The family-friendly event includes a DJ and food and drinks for purchase. The $5 tickets support Reading Pride Celebration.
The annual Pride festival will be held from noon-6 p.m. July 15 at Centre Park, 733 Centre Ave. Dance artist Dario will perform, along with Celtic magician Daniel GreenWolf and regional musicians and drag performers. The event also features vendors, speakers and a food court. Admission is $5, with proceeds benefitting RPC.
The official post-Pride party takes place 6-midnight that evening at DoubleTree by Hilton with a DJ and drag performances and food and drinks for purchase. Tickets are $5 and the party is for those 21 and over.
For more information, visit www.readingpridecelebration.org.
— Jen Colletta
More than 30 people turned out at Smokin’ Betty’s Tuesday for a community conversation on statewide transgender rights.
Police are investigating attacks on residents and one employee of a drug and alcohol recovery center for trans and gender-variant individuals. Morris Home residents, one employee and several individuals unrelated to the home reported attacks involving firecrackers, an M-80 and paintball guns this month.
Actor Bill Cosby will again stand trial for the alleged sexual assault of a lesbian, after jurors this summer failed to render a verdict in the high-profile case.
A local LGBT bar and an LGBT-owned nonprofit provided relief services to residents displaced during an apartment-building fire in the Gayborhood this week.