April 23, 2016 |
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.
April 14, 2016 |
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.
April 9, 2016 |
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.
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!
March 22, 2016 |
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.
March 16, 2016 |
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.
February 13, 2016 |
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.
November 18, 2015 |
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.
November 6, 2015 |
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.
November 5, 2015 |
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.