News Briefing: Oct. 20-26, 2017


LGBT vets sought for parade 

LGBT veterans and supporters are invited to participate in next month’s Veterans Parade. 

The third-annual parade takes place Nov. 5, stepping off at noon from 16th Street and John F. Kennedy Boulevard. A festival with live entertainment and family-friendly activities follows until noon at Fifth and Market streets.

OutServe-SLDN Delaware Valley is organizing a group of LGBT vets and supporters to participate in the festivities. For more information or to participate, email Greg Seaney-Ariano at [email protected] or join the organization’s Facebook group.

New LGBT event launches at Six Flags 

Garden State Equality will stage its first-ever Equality Day at Six Flags Great Adventure next month.

The event takes place Nov. 11 at the theme park in Jackson, N.J. 

The park is open from 11 a.m.-8 p.m., and Equality Day participants will be granted exclusive ride time after the park closes, until 11 p.m. The daytime portion features family-friendly activities, including a DJ, kids’ games, a Pride coloring station, sticker giveaways and more. After 8 p.m., adults can enjoy music, drinks and exclusive rides on seven thrill-seeking attractions.

Tickets are $30.99 plus tax, or $5 plus tax for season-ticket holders.

A portion of proceeds from ticket sales benefits Garden State Equality, New Jersey’s statewide LGBT organization.

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— Jen Colletta 

AIDS Law Project fundraiser set

Boo!, an annual Halloween party sponsored by AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania, will be held for two nights at Bahdeebahdu in Northern Liberties.

“All year long we’re fighting stigma,” said law-project director Ronda B. Goldfein. “Once a year we throw a naughty Halloween party. And this year the theme is wretched excess. In the spirit of wretched excess, we’ve expanded the party to two nights of fun.” 

The Oct. 26 part of the event features a three-course dinner with food by Joshua’s Catering, Feast Your Eyes and 12th Street Catering. Fine wines will be provided courtesy of Moore Brothers Wine Co. Entertainers will include Patsy Ratchett, Jeannie Brooks and Heath Allen. 

A dance party begins 9 p.m. Oct. 27. Entertainers will include the performance group Brian Sanders’ JUNK, guitarist Tony Violence and performer Miss Finesse Ross. DJ Sharyn Stone will provide music.

“The dance party will include complimentary beer, signature cocktails, light fare and wild dancing,” Goldfein added.

Tickets for the Oct. 26 dinner are $250 per person and include admission to the Oct. 27 dance party. Tickets for the Oct. 27 dance party are $50 per person. 

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— Timothy Cwiek 

Community conversation to focus on Gayborhood racism

The Office of LGBT Affairs and the Commission on LGBT Affairs next week will host a community conversation on race relations in the city’s LGBT community. The conversation will mark one year since the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations hosted its historic hearing on Gayborhood racism. Representatives from PCHR will speak on the work being done and the progress made to address concerns participants raised at the hearing, which included more than 300 attendees and 28 individuals speaking on their experiences with racism in Gayborhood bars and nonprofits. 

Community Conversation: Race & Inclusion in LGBTQ Community” will be held 6-8 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Gershwin Y, 401 S. Broad St. 

Trans dentist to address creating welcoming environments 

A transgender endodontist next week will present a lecture at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. 

The college’s Office of Diversity and Community Relations and the LGBTQA Council will host “Trans Health Care: Beyond Just Transitioning.” This event will feature Dr. Anne Koch speaking on her experiences of undergoing gender-affirmation surgery at 63. The author of the upcoming book “It Never Goes Away: Gender Transition at a Mature Age” will discuss her transition story, the challenges of transitioning at an older age and tips on creating a welcoming environment for LGBT patients.

The lecture will be held 7-8 p.m. Oct. 26 in Evans Hall’s Zedeck Family Amphitheater at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, 4180 City Ave. The event is free and open to the public. 

— Jeremy Rodriguez