Earlier this year the owner of iCandy, Darryl DiPiano, was recorded repeatedly referring to Black patrons as niggers. Partnering with this man to bring the Black dollar back to his business is a mistake. It does not address the trauma and bigotry caused by the owner's language and some of the business's questionable policies. We feel that your client, Milan Christopher, is being used and exploited. The decisions made by The COLOURS Organization, Inc., Social Life Entertainment LLC and Philly Black Pride to promote this event and partner with iCandy were not made with community input or sign-off. Many community leaders, community activists and those directly affected by iCandy policy were not included and DO NOT SUPPORT this collaboration. Milan is not from Philadelphia. He is not privy to or has not experienced the trauma, the public hearings or protests related to iCandy. We fear that the use of his image and this public appearance will appear to endorse the kind of behavior iCandy and its owner is now known for. Many, including every name on this petition, do not feel that this is a genuine effort on the part of Darryl DiPiano, or any of the organizations involved to build unity and community but instead for financial gain and in spite of the community. Let's take Racism and Racist policies. We are not for sale! We ask that Milan Christopher and your management firm stand in solidarity with LGTBQ POC communities in protest and by boycotting iCandy.