News briefing Oct. 17-23, 2014

Absentee voting deadline approaching

Not going to be in town on Election Day, Nov.  4? You can still vote using an absentee ballot. The deadline to do so is Oct. 28.

To vote by absentee ballot, a voter must apply to the County Board of Elections for an absentee ballot. The County Board of Elections will send a paper absentee ballot to the voter. The voter then completes the ballot and returns it to the County Board of Elections.

For more information about voting in Philadelphia visit,

LGBT comic con comes to KOP

An LGBT-inclusive comic convention is coming to King of Prussia.

Nijicon — meaning rainbow convention — will highlight the increasing and driving presence of the LGBT community in comics, books, movies and television.

The event will take place Oct. 18-19 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Philadelphia-Valley Forge, 301 W. DeKalb Pike in King of Prussia.

The convention will feature special guests, fan-hosted panels, vendors, artists and screenings of popular LGBT movies, television shows and anime.

Unlike other LGBT comic conventions, Nijikon is a nonprofit organization. They will be donating all the proceeds from a charity raffle to Marriage Equality for PA.

Nijikon is the first convention of its kind to take place in the northeastern United States.

For more information, visit


Same-sex couple to win big in N.J.

An event design firm in New Jersey is celebrating the one-year anniversary of marriage equality in the state by giving away an all-inclusive wedding package.

Rothweiler Event Design has partnered with Vegas NJ, a premier event venue, to host its second annual same-sex wedding giveaway contest.

Couples must submit their story and photographs to be considered for the giveaway. Friends are also able to nominate couples on their behalf.

The contest is open to all legal U.S. residents and runs through 11:59 p.m. Oct. 24.

Submit entries to [email protected]

The finalists will be required to appear at a special cocktail party in New Jersey on Nov. 6 to tell their stories in person to the participating vendors, who will then select the winner. The winner will receive free wedding services courtesy of the participating vendors such as bridalwear, venue, photography, music design, entertainment and hair and makeup services.

For more information, visit

 — Ryan Kasley


LGBTEI offers free workshop on healthy aging

The LGBT Elder Initiative will present a free workshop on the pillars of healthy aging.

“Healthy Aging,” part of LGBTEI’s Conversation series, will be held from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at Center in the Park, 5818 Germantown Ave.

The workshop will feature discussions on physical activity, nutrition, social and community engagement, living environment and spirituality and emotional wellness, all of which can all help LGBT seniors maximize their health.

The event is open to the public but registration is required. To register or for more information, email [email protected] or call 267-546-3448. Guests will be provided a light breakfast.

“Healthy Aging” is a collaborative effort between LGBTEI and Center in the Park.     


Lib. City fundraiser rescheduled

Liberty City LGBT Democratic Club will host its annual fall fundraiser next week, an event that was rescheduled from earlier this month so it didn’t coincide with Hillary Clinton’s recent Philly visit.

Liberty City, along with many of its endorsed candidates, will gather from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 21 at Rosewood, 1302 Walnut St. General-admission tickets are $20 and there are a number of sponsorship opportunities.

For more information, email [email protected]. Donations can also be made online at

 — Jen Colletta


Halloween fundraiser for AIDS Law Project

The AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania will hold a Halloween-themed fundraising party at Bahdeebahdu, 1522 N. American St. in Northern Liberties.

The event, which begins 6 p.m. Oct. 30, will offer “wonderful food and fantastic drinks, while mingling with scary monsters, super creeps and a few drag queens, too, just to class it up a bit,” according to an agency release.

Partygoers may wear a Halloween costume, but it’s not required.

Tickets are $100 per person, and can be purchased by going to the agency’s website,

For more information, call 215-587-9377.

 — Timothy Cwiek


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