News Briefing: Nov. 17-23, 2017

Performers sought for Home for Hope benefit

Slimthewriter Productions is coordinating a documentary for LGBTQ Home for Hope. The production company will interview residents of the LGBT homeless shelter and host a show featuring artists who will deliver messages of “guidance and strength” aimed toward the residents, said producer Amber Holt. Interested performers can email Holt at [email protected]. The event will take place 3-8 p.m. Nov. 19 at the LGBTQ Home for Hope, 2831 N. Hutchinson St.

Singer organizes concert for Puerto Rico

Out bass baritone opera singer Daniel Mobbs is organizing a benefit concert for those affected by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.

“Voices United” will allow attendees to donate an amount of their choosing to Operation Agua, an organization aiming to provide clean water in the wake of the hurricane. In addition to Mobbs, performers include Esperanza Academy Dance Ensemble, violinist Rebecca Harris, pianist Ting Ting Wong, soprano Jessie Nuenang, baritone Bernard Cerin, vocalists Nathalie Cerin, Matthew Glandorf and Cookie Diorio and members of Philadelphia Choral Arts.

The concert will be held 7-9 p.m. Nov. 18 at Tabernacle United Church, 3700 Chestnut St. Visit for more information.

Contest offers chance to meet Cyndi Lauper

AT&T launched a holiday campaign to support a national advocacy organization working on LGBT youth homelessness.

The telecommunications company is encouraging the LGBT community and allies to participate in the Live Proud Holiday Sweeps to support the True Colors Fund. One winner will win a trip for four to New York City to attend the seventh-annual True Colors Fund Home for the Holidays benefit concert and meet the organization’s cofounder, singer Cyndi Lauper. Through Nov. 26, participants can tag three friends in an AT&T Instagram post ( The concert will be held 8 p.m. Dec. 9 at Beacon Theatre in New York City.

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