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Philadelphia Night Life Join Forces to Support the COLOURS Organization

by: Damon L. Humes, Press Release
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Philadelphia - COLOURS is pleased to announce it has received $8,500 in operational support from ICandy, Woody’s, Voyeur Nightclub, Danny's Midnight Confessions, and Social Life Entertainment. These funds will support the enhancement of the community drop-in center for LGBT youth and computer lab. Within the past 30 days, rumors began to circulate that COLOURS was going to close at the end of May 2018. COLOURS’ executive director, Damon Humes, posted statements on social media and was interviewed by Philadelphia Gay News (PGN), where he and a James Garrow, the city’s director of digital public health from the Philadelphia Department of Public Health quickly dismissed claims of a closing. Immediately, local bars, clubs and party promoters reached out to Humes and offered support to ensure COLOURS remains open and to improve its’ community drop-in center space with new furniture, as well as adding a computer lab for clients to have greater access to online supports and services.

When Jason Culler, the founder of Social Life Entertainment, heard the rumors of COLOURS closing he said, “As members of this community, it is our job to continue building safe spaces for people of color. While some in our community would tear down the possibilities of 20+ years of safe spaces for LGBTQ people of color; SLE wanted to continue to build by giving funds to see the betterment of the organization. SLE was joined by Woody’s owners Michael & Billy Weiss, who shared, “Woody’s is proud to support the COLOURS Organization. With HIV disproportionately affecting people of color, it is vital that we do all we can to support those organizations working to make a difference. COLOURS is a vital organization in this fight, and Woody’s encourages everyone to join in supporting them.”

COLOURS provides an array of direct services to communities of color in Philadelphia, as well as to other providers and local businesses. Of their many partners, ICandy, a local bar joins the roster of supporters. Darryl DePiano, owner of ICandy, exclaims, “We have supported the very important work of COLOURS and countless other non-profit LGBT-serving organizations in the City of Philadelphia for many years. After receiving training from COLOURS staff, we became a beneficiary of their transformational services and now have established positive new relationships.” Voyeur Nightclub proudly donates space and food/refreshments, free of charge to COLOURS, to host any of its community events; while and Danny's Midnight Confessions provides an array of give-a-ways and gift baskets for COLOURS’ community events. Philadelphia’s Nightlife joins together to support the COLOURS Organization and people of color communities by putting their hearts, minds and resources together.

About the COLOURS Organization

The COLOURS Organization has been providing community building and health and wellness services to LGBT people of color communities in Philadelphia since 1991. As the premier organization providing these services, COLOURS is honored to be here 25 years and counting. Through the support of its donors and funders, COLOURS has been able to address some of the community’s most pressing needs, including HIV, STIs, hunger, housing and education. For more information, visit www.coloursorganization.org





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