News Briefing: Nov. 30 – Dec. 6, 2018


Mayor’s inaugural leadership-training program reception

Mayor Jim Kenney welcomed 20 people into the inaugural class of the LGBTQ Community Leadership Pipeline Initiative on Nov. 27.

The initiative, developed by the Mayor’s Office of LGBT Affairs, is a six-month training program for LGBTQ people of color, youth, seniors and trans people for leadership positions in the city’s LGBTQ nonprofit organizations. Participants will sit in on monthly three-hour training sessions led by LGBTQ community members.

At the reception, Kenney said the “leadership initiative will become a model for future organizations, nonprofits and government entities. May we all invest intentionally in our own communities with a critical eye on who is and is not represented amongst us.”

Woody’s new monthly vogue night

Woody’s bar is now hosting a monthly series of vogue nights for Philadelphia’s ballroom scene.

Philly Vogue Nights 2.0 will highlight the ballroom community — an underground subculture created by queer and trans people of color. Participants can walk, or compete, in various categories for trophies and cash prizes up to $500.

One category will include a cross promotion with the More Color, More Pride campaign, which represents the inclusion of people of color in the LGBTQ community. For team face — a category in which pairs compete on skin clarity, symmetry and bone structure — contestants are asked for one member to dress in all brown and one in all black while using the More Color, More Pride flag (the rainbow flag with the addition of a black and brown color stripe) as a prop to “sell” their faces.

For more information on the next Philly Vogue Nights 2.0, visit

Historic Trenton house tour

Mill Hill, a historic neighborhood in Trenton that is becoming increasingly LGBT friendly, will host its 52nd Holiday House Tour, with this year’s theme “Our Home, Our Stories.”

The tour, which will take place from noon-5 p.m. Dec. 1, begins at Artworks in Everett Alley in Trenton. A part of the tour will showcase restored row houses with diverse interiors and styles within a unified façade, ranging from period-accurate restorations to modern layouts, said Jennifer Williams, the tour’s publicist.

“This event is designed to show the historic homes of Mill Hill and the intricate details of each home, such as architectural nuances on roofs, windows and stonework,” she said.

Tickets for the tour can be purchased online for $15 or $20 on the day of the event. Proceeds will go to funding the Old Mill Hill Society Neighborhood Restoration Grant program.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

Gay men’s chorus holiday concert

The Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus will host its annual “Rejoice” holiday concert in celebration of the cultural backgrounds of the group’s members.

The concert will be held Nov. 29 at 8 p.m. at Prince Theater,1412 Chestnut St., with an extra performance Dec. 1 at 2 p.m. The holiday song-selections will highlight the different cultures and “roots” of PGMC members.

Ticket prices range from $22 to $62. Students can get free tickets through the group’s outreach program.

For more information on “Rejoice” and to purchase tickets, visit 

— Compiled by Adriana Fraser and Miranda Lankas