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December 17, 2007 | By CEI BELL
THE Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would ban discrimination in the workplace based on sexual orientation, passed Congress in November. Rep. Barney Frank's (D-Mass.) controversial removal of gender identity from the bill enraged lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) groups across the country. Frank, one of two openly gay members of Congress, claims to support transgender protections but said he didn't have the votes. It's been reported that freshman Democrats, many from previously Republican districts, didn't want to vote for gender-identity language.
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June 29, 2015 | BY WENDY RUDERMAN, Daily News Staff Writer rudermw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5924
THE DAZZLING paint on the new rainbow-colored crosswalks at 13th and Locust streets in the heart of the city's Gayborhood had just barely dried. Preparations for the city's 50th Anniversary celebration of LGBT civil rights, just days away, were in full swing. And then yesterday, in the midst of this flurry of LGBT town pride, civil-rights leaders all across the City of Brotherly Love - perhaps the nation's most LGBT-friendly city - had something more to celebrate. Something not only big, but a long time coming: The United States Supreme Court upheld same-sex marriage.
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March 30, 2015 | Wendy Ruderman, Daily News Staff Writer
IT'S TOO EARLY to predict which of the mayoral candidates will be in or out come November. But one thing is clear, the six Democratic candidates, who are in a heated battle to win the May primary, think the LGBT vote could make or break them. "The LGBT vote in an urban community can make the difference between a win or a loss, so it doesn't surprise me that the candidates are doing aggressive outreach," said Marc Solomon, national campaign director of Freedom to Marry, which fights for the passage of same-sex legislation.
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March 21, 2012 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer
AREN, A TRANSGENDER refugee from Iran, was in a library in Northeast Philly last year when something surprising caught his eye: The Philadelphia Gay News . "I've never seen a newspaper that's gay," he recalled the other day. "I think, 'Wow! They are so free [in the U.S.].' " Aren, 24, who did not want his last name published, is one of the first four refugees classified as lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender (LGBT) who have been resettled in Philadelphia by the Nationalities Service Center, the city's largest refugee-resettlement agency.
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March 20, 2015 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia City Council and judicial candidates touted progressive ideas and support of the LGBT community Wednesday night in a forum held by Liberty City Democrats. More than 20 candidates for judge and Council addressed the crowd at the William Way LGBT Community Center in three-minute speeches, and later fielded questions from the audience. Council incumbents including Kenyatta Johnson, W. Wilson Goode, and Blondell Reynolds Brown reminded the crowd that they had voted in favor of several successful LGBT-rights bills introduced over the last three years.
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October 21, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
SEVERAL FRIENDS of Gloria Casarez gathered in a house in her South Philadelphia neighborhood yesterday, and couldn't hold back the tears. Gloria, Mayor Nutter's liaison to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities and a woman who fought for the rights and dignity of everyone who she felt had been marginalized by society, died yesterday after a battle with breast cancer. She was 42. "We loved her so much," sobbed Franny Price, executive director of Philly Pride Presents, which sponsors the annual Pride Day Parade.
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September 7, 2013 | By John Timpane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Born in 1973, Giovanni's Room, the nation's oldest continually operating LGBT books venue, is going to be sold. Ed Hermance, who has owned and operated Giovanni's Room (named after a 1956 novel by James Baldwin) since 1976, announced his retirement Thursday. Hermance, 73, declined to comment. In his news release, he called running Giovanni's Room "the job of a lifetime" and said, "I can't imagine having had another job that would have engaged my skills and interests as much as Giovanni's Room has. But it is time to find a successor, if there is to be one. " Hermance said he was hoping for a buyer who wanted to carry on the store's legacy business.
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December 24, 2014 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Philadelphia assistant district attorney who has served as a liaison between the law enforcement and lesbian and gay communities is moving to City Hall. Mayor Nutter announced Monday that Helen L. "Nellie" Fitzpatrick, 34, will be the city's new director of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender affairs, effective Jan. 20. Fitzpatrick will fill the seat left empty by Gloria Casarez, 42, who died in October of breast cancer. Casarez was the city's first director of LGBT affairs.
BUSINESS
May 22, 2013 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
A US Airways executive told the Independence Business Alliance on Monday that Philadelphia's largest airline was pursuing and seriously committed to diversity in its workforce. Suzanne Boda, one of the three highest-ranking women at US Airways and the executive overseeing the airline's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employee group - called Spectrum - said that from chief executive officer Doug Parker down, US Airways was "proud of our commitment to diversity and inclusion.
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April 6, 2015
ISSUE | INCLUSION Pa. must enact LGBT safeguards The passage of a so-called religious freedom law in Indiana presents Pennsylvania lawmakers with a unique opportunity to proclaim full human rights for all ("Inviting bigotry," April 2). Now is the time for Harrisburg to enact a comprehensive antidiscrimination law that ensures legal protection for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. As a religious leader, my faith calls me to affirm the inherent worth and dignity of all people.
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November 18, 2015 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
State Sen. Anthony H. Williams (D., Phila.) called Monday for the resignation of state Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin in connection with offensive emails he received and, in some cases, distributed. Williams also said those involved in reviewing Eakin's emails last year - including the Pennsylvania Judicial Conduct Board's chief counsel, Robert Graci, and Pennsylvania Supreme Court special counsel, Robert Byer - should also step down. Both concluded that the messages did not warrant action against the Supreme Court justice.
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November 6, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
In 1973, fans of beloved newsman Walter Cronkite were shocked and appalled when his broadcast of the CBS Evening News was disrupted by a long-haired youth who ran onto the set with a yellow sign that read, "Gays Protest CBS Prejudice. " Mark Segal had arrived. Son of a cabdriver who grew up in near poverty in South Philadelphia, the then-23-year-old activist made history with his stunt, or "zap," as his guerrilla team, the Gay Raiders, called their political actions. Minutes later, Cronkite delivered CBS's very first report on a gay protest when he recounted the incident to viewers with his characteristic grace and reserve.
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November 5, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
VOTERS SAID "yes" at the polls yesterday to major changes to the city's Home Rule Charter. The first of the three ballot questions addressed the permanent establishment of the Office of LGBT Affairs, which was a temporary entity established by Mayor Nutter in 2008. It was the closest of the questions, with 57 percent approving the office's permanence and 42 percent denying. Helen "Nellie" L. Fitzpatrick, the office's sole staffer, will continue her community-outreach work, as well as help coordinate policies tailored to support the city's LGBT population.
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November 5, 2015 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia voters approved two changes to the City Charter on Tuesday, making a permanent city post to advocate for LGBT issues, and reorganizing the departments that handle planning and development. The Mayor's Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Affairs has been a temporary city office since Mayor Nutter created it by executive order in 2008. The ballot question, introduced as legislation by City Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown, will make that office permanent. "Like the voters' decision last spring to make the Office of Sustainability a permanent part of our government, I am excited that voters today have decided to make permanent the Office of LGBT Affairs," Nutter said in a statement.
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October 30, 2015 | Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
The campaign stop was routine - hands to shake, photos to be taken. Yet on a Sunday afternoon in Northeast Philadelphia, Jim Kenney started to tear up. The son of a firefighter, Kenney was at a school to help paint a mural honoring Michael Goodwin, a firefighter killed in the line of duty. After taking a turn with a paintbrush, he bent to talk to Goodwin's young grandson, telling him his grandfather was a hero who watches over him still. "I'm a little leaky today," said Kenney, long known for the kind of emotional outbursts that get a politician in trouble - or show that he is human.
NEWS
October 28, 2015 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two changes to the city's Home Rule Charter approved this year by City Council and Mayor Nutter will be put before Philadelphia voters on Tuesday. One would make the mayor's Office of LGBT Affairs a permanent fixture; the other would create a cabinet-level Department of Planning and Development to oversee functions now handled by a host of bodies. Voters will also be asked whether the city should borrow $155.9 million to cover capital expenses. LGBT Affairs. The Mayor's Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Affairs, created by a Nutter executive order in 2008, would become a permanent city office if this ballot question passes.
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October 27, 2015 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
CLAUDIA Brenner survived five gunshot wounds from a deranged mountain man near the Appalachian Trail - only to be humiliated on the witness stand by a defense lawyer who wanted to portray Brenner and her dead girlfriend as reckless lesbians who might've brought the shooting on themselves. Brenner's girlfriend, Rebecca Wight, 28, was killed that day in 1988 along the Rocky Knob Trail in south-central Pennsylvania. The gunman, Stephen Roy Carr, was convicted of first-degree murder and is serving a life prison sentence.
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October 13, 2015 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
By the time he stood on Locust Street drinking a beer Sunday afternoon, Michael Kammerer had already had a busy weekend celebrating gay rights. Saturday night he attended a gay wedding – something he used to doubt he would ever have the chance to witness. And Sunday morning he sang with the Philadelphia Gay Men's Chorus at City Hall for a flag-raising ceremony. "We've had a lot of progress," said Kammerer, 31, of Northeast Philadelphia. He was one of thousands who filled 10 square blocks of Center City on Sunday for OutFest, a joyous celebration for Philadelphia's LGBT community.
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September 28, 2015 | By Chris Brennan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pope Francis did not accept an invitation to Saturday's "LGBT Family Papal Picnic" in Philadelphia, but his words still rang out there. Educator Margie Winters, who drew national attention in July after she was fired by Waldron Mercy Academy in Merion for being in a same-sex marriage, quoted the pontiff's speech at the White House on Wednesday. There, Francis told President Obama that Catholics are committed "to building a society which is truly tolerant and inclusive, to safeguarding the rights of individuals and communities, and to rejecting every form of unjust discrimination.
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September 28, 2015 | By Chris Brennan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mayor Nutter had promised he would ask Pope Francis to "end judgment" of LGBT people by the church if he got the chance during the pope's visit. On Saturday, the mayor raised the issue with the pontiff's audience as well. Nutter, speaking at Independence Hall before the pope arrived to deliver an address on immigration and religious freedom, cited the mentorship of John C. Anderson, a gay one-term Philadelphia city councilman who helped launch Nutter's political career. AIDS took Anderson's life in 1983.
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