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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 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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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.
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.
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
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.
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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.
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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July 16, 2015 | By Anndee Hochman, For The Inquirer
Naomi, the oldest of six, always assumed she'd have a bunch of children. In her community of Modern Orthodox Jews, that's just what people did. She just didn't figure on having them with a female partner. Then Beverly crossed her path. The two were sophomores at the University of Maryland; one afternoon, as Naomi was leaving a grueling three-hour Hebrew class, Beverly approached and spontaneously offered her a Fig Newton, which happened to be one of Naomi's favorite cookies. "I thought, 'This beautiful human,' " Naomi remembers.
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July 6, 2015 | By Jonathan Takiff, Inquirer Staff Writer
With the ink still wet on the Supreme Court's 5-4 pro-marriage-equality ruling, figures from the LGBT movement joined thousands of others at Independence Hall on Saturday for the National LGBT 50th anniversary ceremony. Fifty years ago, in the same location, a polite protest by 40 gay men and women sparked the movement with its demands for equal rights for gay people. That demonstration is seen by many as the birth of the modern gay-rights movement. "For the gay community, this is identical in meaning to the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom," anniversary chairman and co-emcee Malcolm Lazin said before the celebration.
NEWS
July 3, 2015 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
When word came of the Supreme Court's marriage-equality ruling June 26, a collective shout of "Finally!" went out. And it happened just a week before Philadelphia's National LGBT 50th Anniversary Celebration. Malcolm Lazin, chairman, said he was pleased to have Wanda Sykes, "an outspoken and committed LGBT advocate," as master of ceremonies. There will be joy - and dance music - at free musical events over Independence Day weekend. There will be parties and nightly parades throughout the Gayborhood, plus the Thursday night opening jam at the National Museum of American Jewish History; a Hot Mess American Summer Dance Party on Friday night at Medusa Lounge, with DJ JavaScript; and an LGBT history exhibit at the National Constitution Center.
NEWS
July 2, 2015 | By Mike Newall, Inquirer Columnist
Daaaa-rryl . Growing up in Brooklyn, watching Mets games, that's what I would hear opposing fans shout at star slugger Darryl Strawberry. Thirty thousand fans at once. To let him know they were there - to get in his head. Daaaa-ryl . Daaaa-ryl . That's what we all need to chant at State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, the state's most outspoken opponent of gay rights. Daaaa-ryl . Daaaa-ryl . Not that I'm comparing Strawberry to Metcalfe. I wouldn't do that to Strawberry.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
June 15, 2015 | By Robert Calandra, For The Inquirer
Before the Affordable Care Act, it wasn't unusual for people in the LGBT community to be locked out of health insurance. Insurers could legally deny coverage based on a person's sexual orientation, gender identity, or pre-existing health condition. "It was everything from trans men and women being denied health coverage because their health history was confusing to a hospital or an insurance company, to young LGBT people not being able to afford coverage," said Brian Sims, a Pennsylvania state representative, lawyer, and LGBT civil rights activist.
NEWS
May 1, 2015 | MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
MAYOR NUTTER yesterday rejected a request from City Council that he issue an executive order allowing some city employees time off with pay so that they can vote on primary and general election days. Council unanimously passed a resolution earlier yesterday asking for the executive order on the basis that roughly 500 first responders and other municipal employees work 12 hours or more per shift or live 30 minutes or more from their workplaces, making it difficult for them to get to the polls.
NEWS
April 8, 2015 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
Pat Robertson shared a revelation last week. The LGBT agenda, he warned, will force straight people to "like" gay sexual practices. Regardless of Robertson's feverish fantasies - delivered on his 700 Club show - same-sex intimacies are unlikely to become all the rage. But gay people do seem to have attained an unprecedented level of acceptance. You might even call it popularity. Consider the heartening resistance to so-called religious freedom restoration legislation in states such as Indiana and Arkansas.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
April 6, 2015 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
GEORGE WAS the first openly gay man I knew. But over the years, I often wondered if the George I knew as a kid was the same man others did, the ones at the other end of a morning cab ride he'd take from my aunt's neighborhood in the Bronx to his job - in banking, I think - somewhere in Manhattan. I'd watch him as he got into the cab, always in a suit, serious and reserved as he folded his huge frame into the back seat and told the driver where to go. At the end of the workday, another cab would drop him off and I'd watch again as he'd disappear into his apartment only to emerge shortly after in the outfit he favored in the summer: jean shorts, a colorful tank top, and chancletas - sandals that punctuated every step as he made his way to my aunt's apartment.
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