City officials this week announced they will hold a hearing about "racism and discrimination" following reports of racist and homophobic behavior by and against members of Philadelphia's gay community.
In one incident, a gay club owner was caught on video using racial slurs. In another, a gay man in South Philadelphia posted a video of a man shouting a homophobic slur at him.
The forum will be hosted by the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations on Oct. 25 in Center City. The city's Office of LGBT affairs is supporting the effort and will encourage stakeholders to attend.
Rue Landau, executive director of the Commission on Human Relations, said in a statement that the episodes that spurred the event were "appalling," and that the hearing could help the agency "make necessary recommendations for improved race relations in the LGBTQ community."
Philadelphia Magazine and its LGBT blog, GPhilly, have chronicled some of the alleged incidents, reporting a feeling of "covert racism" in the Gayborhood.
In a Facebook post Thursday, DePiano admitted that it was him in the video, and apologized. He said the video was recorded about three years ago.
"This was an EXTREMELY Poor Choice I made on my own many years ago and I definitely learned and continue to learn each day," DePiano wrote.
Another short, grainy video was posted Wednesday showing a South Philadelphia man shouting a homophobic slur.
The man who shot the video, Fran Hogan, subsequently told Philly Mag that the offender was his neighbor, and that it was not the first time he'd behaved in a threatening way toward Hogan or his partner.
City officials said they would address these issues and others while listening to attendees at the hearing, which is scheduled for Oct. 25 at 6 p.m. at Liberty Resources, 112 N. 8th Street, Suite 600.