News Briefing: Feb 23-March 1, 2018


Black Trans History panel to be held at William Way

In honor of Black History Month, members of the city’s black trans community will participate in a panel discussion.

Trans Equity Project, the TransMasculine Advocacy Network (TMAN), L’amour and members of Philadelphia’s trans communities will host the annual “Philly Black Trans History: A Multigenerational Panel Discussion.”

The panel will feature influential trans pioneers and will celebrate black trans resilience. The event will provide an opportunity to learn about Philadelphia’s black trans history and to network with members in the community.

The discussion will be held 6-8:30 p.m. Feb. 28 at the William Way LGBT Community Center, 1315 Spruce St.

Scholarship apps open next month for LGBT community-college students

Point Foundation is offering scholarship opportunities for LGBT community-college students planning to transfer to a four-year school.

LGBT students accepted into the program will benefit from a financial award, school-transfer coaching and academic planning guidance at the Point Community College Transfer Symposium in Los Angeles, Calif.

“Due to the lack of familial and community support, LGBTQ students often come from resource-challenged backgrounds. Many are also the first in their families to try and navigate a path to higher education,” said Point Foundation Executive Director Jorge Valencia in a statement.

Point Foundation launched the scholarship program in 2016 in partnership with Wells Fargo. The foundation promotes change through scholarship funding, mentorship and leadership and has awarded almost 400 students since 2002.

“Right now the LGBTQ community is under attack from those who want to roll back important rights and protections we have fought hard to attain. So it is imperative that these students have [access] to much-needed financial support and academic guidance that will allow them to succeed in college and beyond,” said Valencia.

Point Foundation will announce the recipients for 2018 in June during LGBT Pride Month.

The application process will open March 1 with a deadline at 11:59 p.m. May 1. For the application or additional information, visit

Applications open for PNC Bank LGBT Business Award

An Independence Business Alliance member business will receive $10,000 cash to support its plan for growth.

IBA is accepting applications for the 2018 PNC LGBT Business Award. The award, sponsored by PNC Bank, annually provides $10,000 to an IBA member business.

The business will demonstrate growth plans in innovation, sustainability and continuous contribution to the community.

Applications will be accepted through April 16.

For more information about qualifications or the award, visit

— Brittany M. Wehner

DVLF to host networking event at Cinder

DVLF, an LGBT grant-making organization, next week will host its monthly networking event. OurNightOut will be held 6-9 p.m. Feb. 27 at Cinder Copper & Lace, 1500 Locust St. Visit  to register. The cost is $5 online and $10 at the door.

Proceeds will go toward an LGBT-serving organization.

— Jeremy Rodriguez