News Briefing: Jan 19-25, 2018

Debate to focus on wedding-cake case

The National Constitution Center will host a debate on a controversial Supreme Court case. “For Debate: Can A Baker Refuse To Create A Cake For A Same-Sex Wedding?” will focus on Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. Experts will include Stephanie Barclay of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty; Paula Greisen, one of the attorneys representing the same-sex couple in the case; and Spiked Online editor Brendan O’Niell.

In July 2012, Charlie Craig and David Mullins visited Colorado-based Masterpiece Cakeshop to order a cake for their upcoming wedding. The shop’s owner, Jack Phillips, told them he did not make cakes for same-sex couples due to his religious beliefs. The couple ultimately filed a complaint with the Colorado Civil Rights Commission under the state’s public-accommodations law. The court heard arguments last month but a final decision has not been decided.

The debate will be held 6:30 p.m. Jan. 25 at the National Constitution Center, 525 Arch St. Visit for more information and to purchase tickets.

IBA to host networking event for young professionals

The local LGBT chamber of commerce will host a networking event for young LGBT professionals and allies. The Independence Business Alliance’s Young Professionals will host an event with networking and discussion about LGBT identities in the workplace.

Attendees will break into facilitated small-group discussions to focus on issues they face at work with their identities. They will then have the opportunity to brainstorm solutions to make their jobs more LGBT-inclusive.

The event will take place 6-8 p.m. Jan. 30 at WeWork, 1900 Market St.

DVLF to host first OurNightOut event of the year

An LGBT grantmaking organization this month will host its first networking event of the year. DVLF’s OurNightOut event will include drink specials and appetizers, with all proceeds going toward DVLF’s mission. The event will take place 6-9 p.m. Jan. 30 at Aqimero at the Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia, 10 Avenue of the Arts.

Visit for more information and to register.

Celebrate Pride with the New Jersey Devils

The New Jersey Devils will host its second-annual Pride night Feb. 1 in support of LGBT social-activism campaign You Can Play. Devils Pride T-shirts will be made available for purchase, with proceeds benefiting local LGBT organizations. Visit  to purchase tickets.

Additionally, the Pride Center of New Jersey is offering group seats for fans. The ticket price is $43 and the organization also asks attendees to consider a minimum donation of $7 to help fund programs and sponsor events at the Pride Center. Interested attendees can contact Jeff Kagan at 646-246-5598.

The game will take place 7 p.m. Feb. 1 at the Prudential Center, 25 Lafayette St., Newark, N.J.