News Briefing: Dec. 1-7, 2017

Canvas for gender-neutral bathrooms

The Mayor’s Commission on LGBT Affairs is organizing a canvassing event this weekend to ensure city businesses are complying with the law regarding gender-neutral bathroom signage.

The city adopted the measure in the fall of 2015 to require all public single-stall bathrooms to be clearly labeled as gender-neutral. Businesses had 90 days to comply; those that have not amended signage could face fines of up to $2,000. 

On Dec. 2, LGBTs and allies will canvas Center City to check that public single-stall restrooms are in compliance; those that are will receive affirmative decals, and those that aren’t will be given letters instructing them of the law and the penalties for noncompliance.

Participants will meet at 2 p.m. at William Way LGBT Community Center, 1315 Spruce St., for a primer on the law and a training for the canvassing event. They will then pair up and check assigned blocks before returning to the center by 5 p.m., where refreshments will be provided. 

Similar events are expected in other neighborhoods around the city.

Drag contest to fundraise for The Attic 

The eighth-annual Beauty Ball returns this weekend to raise funds for a local LGBT youth center. 

The amateur-drag contest will be held 7-11 p.m. Dec. 2 at Voyeur, 1221 St. James St. The competition starts at 9 p.m. The event encourages performers who are new to the drag scene to don makeup, costumes and more and take part in a lip-synching contest. Guests are also urged, though not required, to dress in drag.

The $10 admission fee supports The Attic Youth Center.

The event is sponsored by Stonewall Sports and will feature music by DJ Carl Michaels.

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MontCo biz group to host holiday networking event

The Montgomery County LGBT Business Council will celebrate the season with a holiday mixer later this month. 

The Holiday Extravaganza Card Exchange Networking Event and Show will take place 5:30-10 p.m. Dec. 14 at Gaya Restaurant, 1002 W. Skippack Pike in Blue Bell. The event will feature music by the George Weldon Jazz Trio and, at 8:30 p.m., a drag performance. There will be Korean-fusion appetizers, as well as happy-hour specials until 8 p.m. Guests can take part in raffles, giveaways and a silent auction and mix and mingle with other LGBT and ally professionals.

Guest speakers include Montgomery County Commissioners Val Arkoosh and Ken Lawrence and Equality Pennsylvania’s Joe Dungee.

Tickets are $35 in advance or $40 at the door; couple tickets are available in advance for $60. Proceeds support the council’s work to grow the county’s LGBT business community. 

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