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April 3, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
District Attorney Seth Williams on Tuesday led the first of a series of forums to improve relations between law enforcement and the lesbian and gay community in Philadelphia. The focus of the forum, held at the District Attorney's Office, was safety and crime prevention, but it reflected a trend in law enforcement to better serve and be sensitive to the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) community. The Police Department recently established a policy to be more respectful to people who are transgendered.
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April 16, 2012 | By Melissa Dribben, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mark Segal had been biting his nails, waiting for the call. Thursday morning, he was drinking a mug of sweet vanilla coffee in his den above the offices of the Philadelphia Gay News when the phone finally rang. His dream project, an affordable housing complex welcoming to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender seniors, had won a competitive bid for an $11 million state tax credit. "I've been trying not to cry," Segal said Sunday, barely succeeding in holding back the kvell . For more than three years, the 61-year-old founder and publisher of PGN has been planning, lobbying, negotiating, collaborating, and cajoling every social-service agency, activist group, and political leader he knows to make Philadelphia one of the first cities in the nation to meet the needs of the aging LGBT community.
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February 2, 2012 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
With Center City's "Gayborhood" and such community institutions as the Giovanni's Room bookstore, Philadelphia Gay News and the Equality Forum that annually draws tens of thousands to issue-events affecting sexual minorities, some might feel crimes based on sexual orientation are part of the past. Helen "Nellie" Fitzpatrick says otherwise. "It hasn't been my whole lifetime that it's been OK to be gay," said Fitzpatrick, 31, a prosecutor in the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office named last month as liaison to the city's LGBT - lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender - community.
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August 28, 2011 | By Dianna Marder, Inquirer Staff Writer
NBC's Today coanchor Ann Curry was full of one-liners when she addressed the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association here Friday. Some of her lines were funny and others poignant, but in the end Curry, who coincidentally was named last week to Forbes' list of the 100 most powerful women in the world, had the crowd on its feet. "I'm the queen of stories nobody really wants to know about," she said, referring to her passion for stories about the suffering of women and children in Congo.
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June 29, 2012 | Marc Lamont Hill
ON JUNE 28, 1969, a series of protests by gays and lesbians following a police raid took place at the Stonewall Inn in New York City. The "Stonewall Riots" were the first organized, public resistance to the persecution of gays and lesbians in the United States. More importantly, the rioting helped to organize and mobilize what is now known as the gay-rights movement. Now, 43 years later, much work remains to be done. We must continue to protect the LGBT community from violence.
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April 26, 2013 | BY JAN RANSOM, Daily News Staff Writer ransomj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
This story has been updated. IN A MOVE that the LGBT community called "historic," City Council approved a bill yesterday that would require the city's health plan to pay for transgender city workers to complete "gender-confirmation surgery. " The bill also would require newly constructed or renovated city-owned buildings to have gender-neutral bathrooms. "We're continuing on the American road to full equality and civil rights for all of our citizens," said Councilman Jim Kenney, who sponsored the bill at the request of the LGBT community.
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March 6, 2014 | By Troy Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA Sometime between now and April 8, Philadelphia's Democratic ward leaders will get together and handpick a candidate expected to win a seat on City Council in a special election in May. In a city where being a Democratic incumbent often means having a job for life, the choice made by those ward leaders could be one residents will have to live with for a long time. But those are the rules for filling a vacant at-large Council seat, and there has been an empty chair since Bill Green resigned this year to lead the School Reform Commission.
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April 27, 2013 | By Troy Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia City Council passed a pioneering equal-rights bill Thursday offering tax incentives to businesses that expand health coverage for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender employees - a measure hailed as the first of its kind in the nation. The bill extends rights to "life partners" throughout the city code in a wide range of matters, such as medical decision-making; provides gender neutrality on certain city forms; and requires health insurance offered to city employees to cover the needs of transgender individuals, including sex-change surgeries.
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December 3, 2013 | BY DANA DIFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
PHILADELPHIA likes to tout itself as among the nation's gay-friendliest places. And in fact, Philly this year aced a "municipal-equality index" compiled by the LGBT-advocacy group Human Rights Campaign on almost 300 cities nationwide, a study that examined everything from hate-crime statistics to employee benefits for same-sex couples to the number of openly gay municipal leaders. Come next month, Philly will mark another LGBT milestone when the John C. Anderson Apartments open on 13th Street between Spruce and Locust.
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April 15, 2014 | By Stacey Burling, Inquirer Staff Writer
Dementia is terrible for everyone, but elderly people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) face extra problems, says Ed Bomba, communications chair for the LGBT Elder Initiative in Philadelphia. Many have spent much of their lives in the closet and fear discrimination by medical or social service providers or even the people they might live with in nursing homes. "We don't have children, as a rule. We don't have partners, as a rule, as we age," Bomba said. Many older LGBT people were rejected by their families and have created support systems of friends.
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April 3, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
District Attorney Seth Williams on Tuesday led the first of a series of forums to improve relations between law enforcement and the lesbian and gay community in Philadelphia. The focus of the forum, held at the District Attorney's Office, was safety and crime prevention, but it reflected a trend in law enforcement to better serve and be sensitive to the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) community. The Police Department recently established a policy to be more respectful to people who are transgendered.
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March 6, 2014 | By Troy Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA Sometime between now and April 8, Philadelphia's Democratic ward leaders will get together and handpick a candidate expected to win a seat on City Council in a special election in May. In a city where being a Democratic incumbent often means having a job for life, the choice made by those ward leaders could be one residents will have to live with for a long time. But those are the rules for filling a vacant at-large Council seat, and there has been an empty chair since Bill Green resigned this year to lead the School Reform Commission.
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December 20, 2013 | BY JENNY DeHUFF, Daily News Staff Writer dehuffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
CALLING IT a "major step in the right direction" for the gay community, state Rep. Brian Sims applauded the governor yesterday for siding with his anti-discrimination bill, which has been floundering in a state House committee for nearly three years. In a move considered atypical of his administration, Gov. Corbett has publicly backed two pieces of legislation that would put an end to discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in employment, housing and public accommodations.
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December 3, 2013 | BY DANA DIFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
PHILADELPHIA likes to tout itself as among the nation's gay-friendliest places. And in fact, Philly this year aced a "municipal-equality index" compiled by the LGBT-advocacy group Human Rights Campaign on almost 300 cities nationwide, a study that examined everything from hate-crime statistics to employee benefits for same-sex couples to the number of openly gay municipal leaders. Come next month, Philly will mark another LGBT milestone when the John C. Anderson Apartments open on 13th Street between Spruce and Locust.
NEWS
July 26, 2013 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
MAYBE IT'S BECAUSE there have been so many rallies lately - for Trayvon Martin, for victims of urban violence. But there was a familiar attitude among those who stood vigil for a transgender woman allegedly butchered by a john in Strawberry Mansion: The media ignore us, and when they don't, they disrespect and misrepresent us. Society views us as disposable, expendable. I didn't totally disagree. But, as I stood in the crowd listening to friends and advocates mourn Diamond Woods, I wondered: If we can't even manage to care about the deaths of people we should be able to relate to - children - what chance do people often viewed as spectacles and freaks have at getting our attention, let alone our sympathy?
NEWS
July 22, 2013
With the legal rights of gay couples in limbo in many states despite fast-growing acceptance of same-sex marriage, many LGBT patients want to know what their hospital experience will be like. Will same-sex partners have the same visitation rights as family, for example? At Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, they will. Jefferson was the only general hospital in Philadelphia to win top marks in an annual survey by the Human Rights Campaign, the educational arm of the largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender group in the country.
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July 1, 2013 | By Mark Segal
This year's Gay Pride Month was capped off with a present on marriage equality from the Supreme Court. For me, a marshal at the first gay pride march in New York 44 years ago, this was an amazing moment. Back then, we didn't know if the city would give us a permit for a march. We didn't know if we'd make it through the day without violence. Then, there were no openly lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) characters on TV. No politicians supported gay rights; no elected gay officials were out. Churches called us sinners; police harassed us. Showing affection in public might result in arrest, the loss of your job, or physical violence.
NEWS
June 28, 2013 | By Allison Steele and Amy Worden, Inquirer Staff Writers
Rae Theodore learned of Wednesday's Supreme Court decisions by refreshing a legal-news blog on her computer, over and over. She had read predictions that the justices would send the cases back, so when the announcements flashed, she had to read the words several times before they sank in. "I was shocked. I wasn't prepared for it," said Theodore, 46, a business writer from Royersford, Montgomery County, who had a commitment ceremony with her partner in 2011. "Honestly, I didn't think it would affect me that much, because it doesn't change the fact that I can't be legally married here.
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June 28, 2013 | BY BRIAN X. McCRONE, Philly.com
FOR THE FIRST time in decades, SEPTA TransPasses and TrailPasses will lack a controversial element: those "M" and "F" stickers identifying the gender of the person who bought them. Much attention has been given to the transit agency's fare increase that begins Monday - which includes the first increase to the system's base fare (from $2 to $2.25) in 12 years. SEPTA also is consolidating Regional Rail zones and eliminating those gender-identifying stickers in the agency's most recent preparation for its massive New Payment Technology overhaul.
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