News Briefing: March 16-22, 2018

qFLIX to host ‘Kiss Me I’m Irish & Gay’

The region’s LGBT film festival will host a St. Patrick’s Day event this weekend. qFLIX’s “Kiss Me I’m Irish & Gay” will include drink specials, food, music and free T-shirts, while supplies last. Additionally, five pairs of all-access badges to qFLIX, valued at $350, will be raffled off.

The event will be held 2-5 p.m. March 17 at UBar, 1220 Locust St. Visit  to purchase tickets. Each ticket includes one free drink.

LGBT scholarship honors late ACLU-PA leaders

The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania is honoring the organization’s late former executive and legislative director, Larry Frankel, and benefactor, Thomas T. Adair, with a scholarship for LGBT students. The Frankel-Adair Scholarship Fund will be used for LGBT students to “enable or assist them to obtain post-secondary education of any type (college, technical, art, vocational or other education training programs) for students who reside in the Greater Philadelphia area,” according to the scholarship’s terms.

The scholarship is available to both full-and part-time students of any age and isn’t restricted to a four-year undergraduate or graduate-degree program.

The scholarship is available to LGBT-identified students who come from the greater Philadelphia area, which includes Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties. Additionally, applicants must be pursuing post-secondary education in the area. Applicants who are not originally from the greater Philadelphia area are eligible to apply, but preference will be given to those who are both from the area and plan to study there.

To apply, students must submit a cover document, résumé, verification of enrollment in a degree-granting or certification program, a 1,000-word personal essay, a short paragraph on how the award would affect you financially, and two recommendations.

To apply, visit

Philly Queer Brunch to honor Trans Equity Project

Philly Queer Brunch will host a potluck to raise funds for GALAEI’s Trans Equity Project, a peer-based support group for trans individuals. Attendees are encouraged to bring at least a $5 cash donation or food and drinks to share. The event will also include a jar-décor activity; guests can bring clean jars and other craft items to participate. Supplies such as construction paper, scissors, glue, glitter, ribbon, paint, markers and stencils will also be available.

The event will be held noon-3 p.m. March 18 at 4702 Cedar Ave. Visit to sign up for Philly Queer Brunch’s mailing list.

Liberty City to host two Candidates Nights

Liberty City LGBT Democratic Club, a political-advocacy organization, this month will host two Candidates Nights prior to the group’s endorsements. Both events will be held 6-9 p.m. March 21 and 28 at the William Way LGBT Community Center, 1315 Spruce St. Doors will open 6 p.m. and the events will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. Candidates for elective office will be invited to speak at both events. Pizza and refreshments will be served.

— Jeremy Rodriguez