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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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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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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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May 22, 2013 | BY ROB McCORD
SINCE ITS birth more than two centuries ago, this nation has extended a guarantee of freedom and equal opportunity. Yet, at various periods and in various places during this country's history, we have faced hard struggles to extend that guarantee to all Americans. Through poor excuses - including race, gender, religion, wealth or other factors - some of our fellow Americans were denied the right to vote, work, to live where they wished, and some were literally enslaved. Always, however, there have been those among us who fought for the cause of equal rights.
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May 13, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
BALTIMORE - For all that Sean Doolittle has accomplished in baseball, his legacy could ultimately be his long list of humanitarian deeds. Doolittle once stuck out 23 batters in a New Jersey state championship win for Shawnee High School. He was the Atlantic Coast Conference baseball player of the year at Virginia. Then, his career seemingly stalled by injury, he made the successful - and unusual - transition from minor-league first baseman to eventual all-star relief pitcher.
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April 23, 2016 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Staff Writer
Mayor Kenney has banned nonessential business travel by city employees to North Carolina and Mississippi after the states enacted controversial laws that critics say discriminate against LGBT people. "They're going to learn as a state that the powers of good and decency are well overpowering those of discrimination and hate," Kenney said Thursday. "And they're going to lose a lot of money as a result of making this stupid decision. " The mayor notified employees of the change in an email Wednesday, according to his spokeswoman, Lauren Hitt.
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April 14, 2016 | By Claudia Vargas, Staff Writer
On Day 100 on the job, Mayor Kenney was running as hard as he has since Day One. Kenney, the longtime city councilman who won the mayoral race last year by double digits, formally greeted an Israeli peace drums steel band in Hebrew on Tuesday morning in City Hall. He was then whisked away by his security detail to the Wells Fargo Center in South Philadelphia for a media tour in preparation for the Democratic National Convention in July. Then it was off to a library party in Southwest Philadelphia before heading back to City Hall to announce the new commissioners for the Fire Department and prison system.
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April 9, 2016 | By Angela Couloumbis, Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - Gov. Wolf on Thursday signed a pair of executive orders expanding protections against discrimination based on a person's sexual orientation, gender identity, or expression. In signing the orders, which will apply not just to state agencies but also to state contractors, the Democratic governor urged the Republican-controlled legislature to pass long-stalled legislation that would expand employment and housing protections for gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgender individuals across the state under Pennsylvania's Human Relations Act. "This is not the end of the game," said Wolf, flanked by several dozen advocates for equality under state laws.
NEWS
April 1, 2016
TAXES ARE generally unpopular. So is Adolf Hitler . Maybe that's what Philadelphians Against the Grocery Tax, the group opposed to Mayor Kenney 's soda tax, was thinking when it paraphrased the late Pastor Martin Niemoeller 's famous quote about the Holocaust. "They came for soda, & I didn't speak out - I was not a soda drinker. Then they came for cheesesteaks . . . #NoPhillyTax," the group wrote Monday on its Twitter account, @NoPhillyTax. The antitax group, which (surprise!
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March 22, 2016 | By Sofiya Ballin, Staff Writer
Anne Ewing, 78, of Mount Airy, an activist on many fronts - including education, immigration, and race relations - all with the common goal of justice, died Thursday of pancreatic cancer. Born Anne Louise Constant in Oklahoma City, Okla., Mrs. Ewing graduated from Radcliffe College and went on to earn a master's degree from Harvard University. She taught in a range of elementary schools, from the affluent on the Main Line to the sparest in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. "She had a strong belief in justice and concern for justice," said her husband, Bill Ewing, a retired lawyer who shared her passions.
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March 16, 2016 | By Kevin Riordan, Columnist
When Cape May County's LGBT organization was asked to sponsor a needleworking group, Craig van Baal was reluctant. "He said it might perpetuate a stereotype - a bunch of queens sitting around knitting," recalls fiber artist Francesca Geores. But she persisted, and van Baal, vice president of GABLES, came to realize that knitting for charity was an endeavor that could attract all sorts of people. "I went back to our mantra," he says. "We are the gay group doing good things for the entire community.
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February 13, 2016 | By Jill Castellano, Staff Writer
When the Rev. Frank Schaefer took the stand in November 2013, with reporters scribbling down his every word, he knew he'd entered the national spotlight. But he didn't know that in the coming years, his story would become a symbol in the LGBT movement. Schaefer was on trial in the United Methodist Church for officiating at his son's same-sex wedding, a violation of the church's rules as outlined in its Book of Discipline. After the trial, he was defrocked, but he was reinstated on appeal and continues to minister, now in Santa Barbara, Calif.
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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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