News Briefs – Feb. 8, 2019


Dinner series celebrates the 30th anniversary of GALAEI

The Loving the Legacy series event will begin Feb. 9 in honor of the 30th anniversary of the local queer Latinx social justice organization.

Starting Saturday, 30 dinners will be held throughout the city to celebrate 30 years of the organization.

Members of the community can host a dinner at their home or other space.

Fore more information or to register a community dinner, visit


Workshop gives tips on preserving personal archives

William Way LGBT Community Center will hold a special workshop on Feb. 13 1-4 p.m. focused on addressing the preservation of personal archives, including photographs, sketchbooks and other personal items.

The workshop will provide information on recommended supplies for storing personal collections.

William Way LGBT Community Center is located at 1315 Spruce Street.

For more information on the free workshop, or on William Way, visit


New Roadmap to Homes board to help implement homeless plan

Philadelphia’s Office of Homeless Services announced a new board, Jan. 29, and its job will be helping implement a new five-year strategic plan.

The city says Roadmap to Homes “reflects a dramatic shift toward a strategic, system-wide approach that coordinates efforts, reduces duplication and increases efficiency, especially in the use of resources.”

It has five primary goals: expanding homeless housing resources, coordinating across and integrating systems, implementing a transparent and inclusive quality improvement process, communicating more effectively, and connecting people to employment and workforce development.

There are 21 voting board members: 11 appointed, and 10 elected by community members. They each serve for one year.

Among them is Syreeta Vereen, who is housing manager at Action Wellness’ North Branch (Casa Nueva Vida).

The board — including members with firsthand, lived experience with homelessness — will track and report on Philadelphia’s progress and take community input into making decisions.

Go to for details on Roadmap to Homes.


Temple unveils inclusivity-focused Pride flag

The Howard Gittis Student Center at Temple University recently added a new flag to its collection of 63 international flags hanging in the building’s atrium. The “Progress Pride” flag, designed by Daniel Quasar, depicts the standard six-striped rainbow Pride flag accompanied by an additional five stripes, representing the black and brown stripes for POC, and the blue, white and pink of the trans pride flag.

Temple is the first university in Philadelphia to display the Progress flag. The university has often stated its commitment to diversity and inclusivity, with its most recent National Coming Out Week theme centered on intersectionality. Temple officials hope the installation of this flag will engage conversations about diversity on campus.


Filing deadline for grant money approaching

The Racial & Economic Justice Fund provides grant money each year for groups who take action to make social change, according to a recent news release.

The Fund appropriates $10,000 to groups working to address issues including oppression, violence and injustice. Groups falling into this category and wishing to apply for such money have until March 1.

In order to qualify for grant funding, groups must meet a list of eligibillity criteria, as well as provide a vision for long-term strategies working to improve racial and economic justice and build a local base addressing issues. Groups must also work to change community members involved with decision makers.

An information session regarding this grant funding will be held Feb. 12 in an effort to address and answer any concerns or questions.

For more information on grant funding and the program, or to apply, visit n

Compiled by Brittany M. Wehner and Miranda Lankas