December 17, 2007 |
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.
June 29, 2015 |
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.
March 21, 2012 |
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.
March 30, 2015 |
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.
March 20, 2015 |
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.
September 7, 2013 |
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.
December 24, 2014 |
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.
May 22, 2013 |
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.
October 21, 2014 |
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.
May 22, 2013 |
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.