News Briefings

N.J. town to honor “Babs” Siperstein

Leaders have organized a day of service in memory of LGBTQ+ matriarch Barbra “Babs” Siperstein. The focus will be for theNew Jersey LGBTQ+ community to carry on her work of helping those who have been left behind. Siperstein died Feb. 3 at age 76.

With the support of the NJ LGBT Chamber of Commerce and in partnership with Toni’s Kitchen, The Pride Network has launched a service effort to address food insecurity in Montclair, N.J. The first “Babs” Siperstein Day of Service is 10-11:30 a.m. Feb. 24 at Toni’s Kitchen in Montclair.

Siperstein was an advocate who worked to bring hope to those in the LGBTQ community and she worked to progress transgender equality. Her legacy lives on through the Barbra Siperstein Endowed Scholarship at Middlesex County College. The scholarship was created in 2017 by Siperstein and provides transgender students with financial support for higher education.

Check donations can be sent to Barbra Siperstein Endowed Scholarship MCC Foundation at 2600 Woodbridge Ave. Edison, N.J. 

Our Night Out-Philly visits Toasted Walnut this month 

This month’s OurNightOut-Philly — a social and networking event put on by the Delaware Valley Legacy Fund — will be held 6-9 p.m. Feb. 27 at Toasted Walnut, 1316 Walnut St.

The regular social event brings together old friends and helps build new ones while enjoying food and drinks at different area restaurants and bars.

Tickets can be purchased online at for $5, or $10 at the door. Money raised from the event will benefit DVLF.

Event hones in on mental health and the LGBTQ community

A presentation called Headcase: LGBTQ Writers and Artists on Mental Health and Wellness, will be held 6-8 p.m. March 21 at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, 19 S. 22nd St.

A collection of personal reflections and illustrations on the intersection of mental illness, LGBTQ identity and mental wellness will be discussed from various perspectives.

For more information or for tickets, visit

Central Pa history project announces 2019 effort 

The LGBT Center of Central PA History Project, in collaboration with Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, is creating the first digital trail of history focusing on women in science for 2019.

The digital trail of history will hone in on LGBTQ historic sites throughout the state of Pennsylvania. This project is slated for development in 2020.

PHMC is looking for open suggestions of historic LGBTQ sites from Pennsylvania Historic Network participants.

To suggest a site, visit

Forward-thinking fashion: Gender-neutral ties

A New Jersey company has come out with its first collection of gender-neutral ties.

Ty-Amo of Freehold says the ties are available in eight designs and colors: plaid, paisley, holes or writing.

The two signature styles are classic and a wrap-around; which is longer and can be worn as a belt, headscarf or neck scarf.

Prices range from $50 to $70.

Ty-Amo says its mission “strongly lies in encouraging equality and empowerment for women and the LGBTQ community. The brand believes in the right to be accepted for who you are and how you love by breaking through stereotypes and focusing on human connection and tolerance.”

Visit for pictures and details on Ty-Amo’s ties.

Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs ED to hold free seminar

A free seminar on LGBTQ+ Cultural Competency will be held 12-3 p.m. March 30 at the Lansdale Public Library, 301 Vine St., Lansdale. The free seminar will be presented by Todd Snovel, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs.

The seminar focuses on understanding lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning community members and challenges faced. A dialogue will be held on topics including terminology specific to LGBTQ communities and look at what types of barriers faced.

For more information or to register, visit