News Briefing: Oct. 6-12, 2017

Pride flag to be raised at City Hall 

The Philadelphia Office of LGBT Affairs is once again raising the LGBT Pride flag at City Hall.

The eighth-annual ceremony, commemorating LGBT History Month, takes place 4-5 p.m. Oct. 6. This is the first time the event will be held on a weekday. It also marks the first time the “More Color More Pride” flag, adorned with black and brown stripes to support racial justice, will be raised.

The event will feature remarks from city and community leaders, as well as performances. 

Donate garments for trans inmates 

Locals are encouraged to donate bras and underwear to trans women incarcerated at local men’s facilities in a clothing drive organized by the Office of LGBT Affairs. 

All sizes are needed. Bras cannot contain underwires.

Donations can be dropped off in Room 115 of Philadelphia City Hall.

Comedy show to fundraise for NJ group

Woodbury Community Pride, an LGBT organization in New Jersey, will host a comedy show this weekend to raise funds for its programming.

The Oct. 6 Laugh Out Proud event features emcee Brittany Lynn, with stand-up performances by Michelle Tomko, Big Daddy Graham, The Legendary Wid and Joe Conklin. 

Food from All About the Crust Pizzeria and drinks from Eight and Sand Beer Company will be available. Tickets start at $30. Guests must be over 21.

For more information or tickets, visit

Halloween party fundraises for HIV group 

Siloam Wellness, which focuses on the holistic health of those with HIV/AIDS, is celebrating the Halloween season with a fundraising party later this month.

Join Siloam for “Spooked on Spruce Street” from 7-10 p.m. Oct. 27 at Trinity Center for Urban Life, 2212 Spruce St. The party features food, drinks, a DJ and raffles. Prizes will be given to those with the best Halloween costumes. 

Tickets for students, recent grads and young professionals are $50. Early-bird tickets purchased before Oct. 15 are $100, and regular admission is $125. Proceeds support Siloam’s wellness programs for those impacted by HIV/AIDS. 

For more information or tickets, visit

Bucks event to address HIV sexual health

A conference addressing sexual health and wellness among the HIV/AIDS community will be held next month in Bucks County. 

Sexual Wellness Conference will take place 8 a.m.-3:45 p.m. Nov. 9 at Bucks County Community College, 1304 Veteran Highway in Bristol. The event is free and open to the public, especially those living with HIV, those with loved ones with HIV and social-service providers.

The event will feature breakfast, lunch, a resource fair and several workshops to enhance physical and emotional wellness among those who are HIV-positive. Topics will include human sexuality, stress management, risk reduction and HIV medical advancements.

Guests are asked to RSVP by Oct. 26 by visiting