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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 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 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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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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DEAR ABBY: I am 32, married for a year and a half, with no children yet. I am an only child who was raised by my mother until I was 14 because my father was in prison. My mother never remarried. She blames me for her never having found anyone, and she is resentful of my marriage. She doesn't get along with anyone, not family, co-workers or "friends. " She thinks my husband is her handyman to use around her house. The reality is, my husband works all the time, and when he does have any free time, I either want to spend it with him or need him to do things around our home.
NEWS
September 6, 2016 | By Aubrey Whelan, Staff Writer
It would have been a typical young professionals happy hour - cheese platters, cocktails, polite conversation - but for the skull in the glass case at the front of the room. And the photos of skulls on the wall. And the wall of skulls in the next room, down the way from the eight-foot-long preserved megacolon and the cross-sections of various cysts. But it's here - at the Mutter Museum, one of the city's oldest, weirdest, and hands-down goriest tourist attractions - that the storied College of Physicians is trying to change the very makeup of its profession.
NEWS
July 29, 2016 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Staff Writer
At an LGBT delegate luncheon Wednesday, Chelsea Clinton lit into the Republicans, calling the rhetoric out of their convention in Cleveland "divisive, degrading, demeaning. " "I thought about what I found most offensive last week - it's hard to pick just one part," the soft-spoken Clinton said, stepping into the convention spotlight in a warm-up to her speech Thursday introducing her mom, Hillary Clinton. "What I actually found most offensive was the open embrace of conversion therapy in the Republican platform, in other words child abuse," she said, referring to the medically discredited theory that gay people can be "converted.
NEWS
July 28, 2016 | BY JOSEPH JAAFARI, STAFF WRITER
Former Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank gave a scathing speech at the Democratic National Convention's LGBT Caucus Tuesday afternoon, aimed at "Bernie or Bust"-ers who vowed to not vote for Hillary Clinton if she becomes the Democratic nominee. Frank, who was one of the first openly gay persons to be voted into Congress, said he believed it was his and other Democrats' "special mission" to convince Sanders supporters to vote for Clinton, adding that Sanders loyalists were willing to do harm to the LGBT community for their own "superior moral political position.
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July 28, 2016 | By Steve Bohnel, STAFF WRITER
Four anti-gay advocates from the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan., engaged Tuesday in a heated exchange and brief verbal altercation with LGBT supporters forming what they called a "Great Wall of Love" to protect transgender patients entering and leaving the Mazzoni Center at 809 Locust Street. The Westboro quartet was singing and dancing to Christian music and preaching their beliefs when a couple of LGBT supporters among the large crowd apparently took exception. Police quickly formed a bicycle barricade and fenced off the Westboro group.
NEWS
June 29, 2016 | By Stu Bykofsky
WHEN IT IS her time, Sophie Kandler knows she will die alone, but it will not be by her own hand. In an act of confusion, anger, frustration, and desperation, in 1990 Sophie went to one of her favorite places, Valley Forge Park, with one of her favorite things, Southern Comfort. She poured rat poison into the bottle and quickly drank as much as she could. Her loathed body saved her life by vomiting it up. Sophie is among an estimated 700,000 transgender Americans. The actual number is probably higher, but the U.S. census does not request gender identity, and most hide who they are. More than 40 percent have attempted suicide at least once between ages 18 and 35 (the actual number is probably higher)
NEWS
June 24, 2016 | By Colt Shaw, Staff Writer
HARRISBURG - After years of inaction, an effort to put antidiscrimination protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender residents into state law got its first legislative vote Wednesday. The Senate Housing and Urban Affairs Committee approved a bill that would prohibit discrimination in housing or employment based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression. The measure, which now moves to the full Senate for a vote, includes religious exemptions for houses of worship and faith-based schools.
NEWS
June 23, 2016 | By Colt Shaw, HARRISBURG BUREAU
HARRISBURG - On the heels of the Orlando massacre, bills seeking equal protection for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender residents are getting a renewed push in the Capitol. Three bills championed by Senate Republicans would add sexual orientation and gender identity or expression to the list of groups already protected under the state's antidiscrimination laws - and one of the measures could come up for a committee vote as soon as Wednesday. A top aide to Sen. Scott Wagner (R., York)
NEWS
June 19, 2016
Masterpiece: Endeavour . Shaun Evans returns as Endeavour Morse in the third season of the Inspector Morse prequel. 9 p.m. Sunday, WHYY12. Odd Mom Out. Jill (Jill Kargman) flirts with the idea of going back to her magazine job in the Season 2 opener of her satirical comedy about life on the Upper East Side. Showrunners are Philadelphia's Julie Rottenberg and Elisa Zuritsky, Germantown Friends grads who also worked on Sex and the City . 10 p.m. Monday, Bravo. Greenleaf. This dysfunctional-family drama, centered on a Southern megachurch, has more to offer than Oprah Winfrey in a recurring role.
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