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An attorney for the man accused of assaulting drag performer Aloe Vera last month said the two lived together and that the incident was not a hate crime.

S. Philip Steinberg told PGN that Carmelo Villanueva and Vera were “close friends” at the time of the assault April 29 in South Philadelphia.

Hundreds of LGBT business owners gathered along with local and community leaders at the Down Town Club May 8 for the Independence Business Alliance’s Business Leader’s Luncheon, during which honoree Mitchell Gold warned of the current administration: “They’re trying to roll back our rights.”

IBA Executive Director Zach Wilcha and Amber Hikes, executive director of the city’s Office of LGBT Affairs, opened the event.

Eric Henry, who served as CEO for the Hershey Trust Company for the past six years, has resigned to pursue “other professional opportunities.”
Henry managed $13.5 billion in assets for the Milton Hershey School. A national search is underway for his replacement, according to an April 23 press release announcing Henry’s departure.

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