News Briefings, March 8-14, 2019


LGBTQ foster parenting session scheduled

There are many LGBTQ youth in Philadelphia in need of LGBTQ affirming foster parents as they navigate the road to finding a forever family. To that end, Philadelphia Family Pride is hosting an information session for interested, and even just curious, participants to help them make informed decisions about fostering a young person.

PFP is a non-profit, volunteer run, membership organization for LGBTQ+ parents, prospective parents and children of all ages in the greater Philadelphia region.

Foster agency representatives, Department of Health and Human Services staff members, fostered youth and fostering parents will gather to answer your questions and provide future resources along the fostering path. The event is 6-8 p.m. March 11 at Lovett Memorial Library, 6945 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia. All are welcome.


On the road with Philadelphia Union

The Philadelphia Union held a competition for its away-game jersey back tags to commemorate the team’s 10th year. Back tags are the labels printed onto the back of a player’s jersey. Each tag represents one of each of the years the team has been in the league. The default choice for representing the entire 10 years is an X with a snake wrapped around it.

One of the 10 winning entries that was selected through social media includes the modified rainbow flag as a background. The design was submitted by Spike Eskin, local sports radio and television personality. Players’ jerseys will bear one of the logos at every away game during the 10th season and fans also can purchase them.

This year, the Union will hold its annual Pride Night on June 8, during Pride weekend in Phialdelphia. For more info on the Union, go to


The Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus goes RISQUÉ

The next Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus concert will be atypical from what audiences are used to hearing and seeing in the regular season lineups. The PGMC select ensemble Brotherly Love (BROLO) will be featured. Included will be songs from “Avenue Q,” Monty Python’s “Meaning of Life,” “South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut” and “Young Frankenstein.”

The 90-minute performance will go behind closed doors 9 p.m. March 22, and 6 and 9 p.m. March 23 at International House Philadelphia, 3701 Chestnut St. Tickets start at $15. Attendees are encouraged to participate by dressing up in teasing, boudoir or come-hither attire or something just for fun for this one weekend only seductive serving.

For additional details and ticket purchasing, go to


Softball recruitment and pub crawl

The City of Brotherly Love Softball League is holding its annual open recruitment day 9 a.m.-12 p.m. March 16 at Everybody Hits Philadelphia, 529 W. Girard Ave. Note the location change from recent years when recruitment was at 10th and Fitzwater streets. Any players interested in joining the league are highly encouraged to attend so that team managers and captains can better assess skill levels to ensure players are placed on an appropriate team.

Following the skills assessment, CBLSL will host a pub crawl throughout the Gayborhood starting at 1:30 p.m. at Boxers. Anyone may participate in the crawl by purchasing the 2019 pub crawl shirt online through CBLSL. Shirts may be picked up at the first or second location.

More inforomation on the recruitment can be found at Information on the pub crawl and purchasing a shirt is at

— Compiled by Scott A. Drake