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June 7, 2005 | By Andres R. Martinez INQUIRER WASHINGTON BUREAU
Gay and transgender workers were more likely than ever to receive domestic-partner health benefits last year, and more companies are adopting nondiscrimination policies to protect them, a leading gay-activist group reported yesterday. But gays' gains in the workplace have slowed since the 1990s, according to figures that the group, the Washington-based Human Rights Campaign, compiled for its annual State of the Workplace report. The rising costs of health benefits could be a factor, and social conservatives said their resistance to such efforts also was a factor.
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November 7, 1997 | By Jodi Enda, INQUIRER WASHINGTON BUREAU
President Clinton tomorrow night will become the first sitting president to address a gay-rights event. Even though he has had several run-ins with gay-rights advocates, Clinton decided to take this one conspicuous action to give voice to the community's calls for equality. No matter what he says at the annual gala of the country's largest gay and lesbian political organization, the Human Rights Campaign, Clinton's mere presence in the hotel ballroom will make a statement, according to White House officials, gay-rights advocates, and their conservative opponents.
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July 22, 2013
With the legal rights of gay couples in limbo in many states despite fast-growing acceptance of same-sex marriage, many LGBT patients want to know what their hospital experience will be like. Will same-sex partners have the same visitation rights as family, for example? At Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, they will. Jefferson was the only general hospital in Philadelphia to win top marks in an annual survey by the Human Rights Campaign, the educational arm of the largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender group in the country.
NEWS
June 14, 2013 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
The U.S. Senate on Thursday approved two Pennsylvania nominees for federal judgeships, including a Philadelphia judge who will become the first openly lesbian Latina to serve on the federal bench. Nitza I. Quiñones Alejandro also will be the first Latina judge on the Eastern District of Pennsylvania court, said Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.). "We are very pleased to see yet another highly qualified, openly LGBT nominee confirmed to the federal bench - particularly a woman of color who helps reflect the diversity of the American people in the judiciary," said Michael Cole-Schwartz, communications director for the Human Rights Campaign, a gay-rights group.
NEWS
November 17, 1997 | By Chuck Colbert
Political payback or stand-and-deliver executive leadership? No matter what the call, President Clinton's Nov. 8 keynote address to the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest gay political organization and lobby, was nothing less than historic. In careful and intelligent language, the President delivered a heartfelt rationale for extending civil-rights protection to gay men and lesbians in the workforce before 1,500 people in attendance at the dinner and thousands more who watched the event live on C-SPAN.
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March 31, 2014 | By Gloria Hochman, For The Inquirer
Third in a series of occasional stories about the new modern family. 'Where's the mom in this family?" puzzled 10-year-old Megan asked a few years ago as she glanced around the breakfast table. She had slept over in the Center City home of her friend Ashley and seemed to have just noticed that Ashley's mother was missing. Without skipping a beat, Ashley's 12-year-old brother, Scott, piped up, "Oh, we keep her in the closet!" Mark Woodland and his partner, David Blum, just smiled.
NEWS
April 19, 2000 | By Debbie Woodell
I made my decision about the upcoming Millennium March on Washington while walking down a hallway with one of my college students. I figured she was 14 or 15 the last time the gay community marched in Washington. I don't know if she was aware of her sexuality in 1993, or what she remembered of that event. I remember the incredible wash of emotions at being amid an estimated 1 million gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people. How can that be such a bad thing? Well, here we are again, on the eve of the event, planned for April 30. The primary organizers are the national civil-rights lobbying organization Human Rights Campaign and the Metropolitan Community Church.
NEWS
November 28, 2006 | DEBBIE WOODELL
ADMIT IT. Whether you're blue-collar or blue blood, you've shopped at Wal-Mart. And the retail behemoth knows that. That's why the company thinks it can build everywhere and get into every facet of our lives - from our unmentionables to big-screen TVs. Wal-Mart even likes gay people! In August, the retailer announced a partnership with the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. However, that relationship appears to be conditional. On the eve of a proposed boycott by religious conservatives that threatened last weekend's post-Thanksgiving sales, Wal-Mart amended its policy to stay away from hot-button issues - even imaginary ones.
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March 27, 1998 | Daily News Wire Services
Green Bay Packers defensive end Reggie White is awash in backlash after his inflammatory sermon to Wisconsin lawmakers Wednesday. Civil rights groups yesterday said his talk amounted to gay- and race-bashing. White, an ordained minister, called homosexuality a sin and spoke in racial stereotypes, claiming blacks were gifted worshippers, whites were good at tapping into money and American Indians weren't enslaved because they knew the territory and "how to sneak up on people.
NEWS
September 23, 1996 | Daily News Wire Services
Gay activists staged a demonstration outside the church President Clinton attended yesterday to protest his midnight signing of a law that gives states the right not to recognize same-sex marriages. Shouting "shame, shame, shame," about a dozen protesters pointed their fingers at Clinton's limousine as it pulled away from the Foundry United Methodist Church. Four demonstrators gathered across the street from the church when Clinton arrived for the service, and about a dozen were on hand when he left, carrying signs that read "Silence = Death" and "The AIDS crisis is not over.
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November 1, 2014 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
  They've become some of Pennsylvania's biggest out-of-state political contributors: a small group of multimillionaires - most of them gay - who want every state to allow same-sex marriage and to pass laws protecting LGBT rights. Since the mid-2000s, they have poured more than $1 million in campaign contributions into the commonwealth through Democratic organizations, buoying campaigns here for governor, attorney general, and seats in the General Assembly. The biggest donors include Tim Gill, a Colorado software entrepreneur; David Bohnett, a California technology tycoon; and Jon Stryker, heir to a medical-device fortune who lives in Michigan.
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June 30, 2014 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
As third graders at Hallowell Elementary School in Horsham got ready for their break in December, they had no idea they would be hearing the name of their classmate - a quiet boy who often played with a group of girls - called for the final time. The transgender student returned to class in January with a new moniker and wardrobe, living as a girl. It was a day many adults in the Hatboro-Horsham District school had been working toward for months, and officials say they were surprised by what happened next.
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May 23, 2014 | By Amy Worden and Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - Gov. Corbett said Wednesday that he would not appeal the federal court decision overturning the state's ban on same-sex marriage, making Pennsylvania the 19th state to recognize such marriages. Corbett's announcement, coming one day after the landmark ruling by U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III, eliminated the prospect that a higher court could reinstate the ban. "Given the high legal threshold set forth by Judge Jones in this case, the case is extremely unlikely to succeed on appeal," the governor said in a statement.
NEWS
March 31, 2014 | By Gloria Hochman, For The Inquirer
Third in a series of occasional stories about the new modern family. 'Where's the mom in this family?" puzzled 10-year-old Megan asked a few years ago as she glanced around the breakfast table. She had slept over in the Center City home of her friend Ashley and seemed to have just noticed that Ashley's mother was missing. Without skipping a beat, Ashley's 12-year-old brother, Scott, piped up, "Oh, we keep her in the closet!" Mark Woodland and his partner, David Blum, just smiled.
NEWS
December 12, 2013 | By Karen Heller, Inquirer Columnist
To make clear: Michael Griffin was welcome to teach at Bensalem's Holy Ghost Prep as long as he and his male companion simply lived in sin. Once Griffin told the school principal of his intention to marry, all bets were off. On Friday, the veteran teacher was fired. Administrators long knew about his relationship, Griffin said, but were comfortable looking the other way. Going public and being legal was too much. It's the Catholic Church's twisted version of Don't Ask, Don't Tell.
NEWS
July 26, 2013 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON - National groups - including one founded by a wealthy Republican donor - are joining the fight for same-sex marriage in New Jersey, pledging whatever it takes to persuade state lawmakers to override a veto by Gov. Christie. The New Jersey United for Marriage campaign, launched Wednesday at a news conference in Asbury Park, has the support of the American Unity Fund, a group founded by hedge fund manager and prominent GOP donor Paul Singer that aims to build Republican support for gay marriage.
NEWS
July 22, 2013
With the legal rights of gay couples in limbo in many states despite fast-growing acceptance of same-sex marriage, many LGBT patients want to know what their hospital experience will be like. Will same-sex partners have the same visitation rights as family, for example? At Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, they will. Jefferson was the only general hospital in Philadelphia to win top marks in an annual survey by the Human Rights Campaign, the educational arm of the largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender group in the country.
NEWS
June 14, 2013 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
The U.S. Senate on Thursday approved two Pennsylvania nominees for federal judgeships, including a Philadelphia judge who will become the first openly lesbian Latina to serve on the federal bench. Nitza I. Quiñones Alejandro also will be the first Latina judge on the Eastern District of Pennsylvania court, said Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.). "We are very pleased to see yet another highly qualified, openly LGBT nominee confirmed to the federal bench - particularly a woman of color who helps reflect the diversity of the American people in the judiciary," said Michael Cole-Schwartz, communications director for the Human Rights Campaign, a gay-rights group.
NEWS
May 26, 2013 | By David Crary, Associated Press
The Boy Scouts of America will get no reprieve from controversy after a contentious vote to accept openly gay boys as scouts. Conservatives are already looking at alternative youth groups as they predict a mass exodus from the BSA. Gay-rights supporters vowed Friday to maintain pressure on the scouts to end the still-in-place ban on gay adults serving as leaders. "They're not on our good list yet," said Paul Guequierre of the Human Rights Campaign, a national gay-rights group.
NEWS
April 27, 2013 | By Troy Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia City Council passed a pioneering equal-rights bill Thursday offering tax incentives to businesses that expand health coverage for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender employees - a measure hailed as the first of its kind in the nation. The bill extends rights to "life partners" throughout the city code in a wide range of matters, such as medical decision-making; provides gender neutrality on certain city forms; and requires health insurance offered to city employees to cover the needs of transgender individuals, including sex-change surgeries.
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