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Philly leaders and organizations set for Trans Day of Remembrance

Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR), which takes place annually on Nov. 20 is a time when the community unites to remember and honor those who lost their lives to transphobic violence. Each individual or community might celebrate TDOR differently, through social events, vigils, information sessions, speakouts, or a combination. “Too often, community is left out Read More

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Local groups collaborate to address LGBTQ intimate partner violence

When it comes to providing care and resources for people who experience domestic violence or intimate partner violence (IPV), the unique needs of the LGBTQ community sometimes get overlooked. Collaboration between organizations is one way to ensure that the right services get to the people who have experienced IPV. Nhakia Outland, founder and executive director Read More

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LGBTQ leaders weigh in on midterm success: “It’s not enough to vote anymore”

The midterm elections might have been better than expected for the Democratic party in Pennsylvania, but activists are cautioning the LGBTQ community from getting complacent and encouraging a continued effort for equality. While incoming Pa. Gov. Josh Shapiro and U.S. Sen. John Fetterman support equality and bodily autonomy, other lawmakers in Pennsylvania and across the Read More

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What to do to make sure your mail-in, absentee ballot counts on Election Day

By Marley Parish With Election Day only one week away, Pennsylvania voters planning to cast their ballot by mail or absentee should return them by hand to make sure it arrives on time, the state’s top election official reminded on Tuesday. County election offices must receive mail-in and absentee ballots by 8 p.m. on Nov. Read More

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Pennsylvania candidates — and their stances on LGBTQ issues — take the national stage

With mere weeks till Election Day, more than ten percent of Pennsylvania voters remain undecided in two of the most critical races in the country: John Fetterman and Mehmet Oz for the U.S. Senate, and Josh Shapiro and Doug Mastriano for governor. Whoever wins Pennsylvania’s Senate race could determine which party holds a majority in Read More

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Analysis: Iran protests for women, but not for lesbians

Mahsa Amini didn’t have to die. While visiting Tehran, Iran with family, Amini was dragged off the street for not wearing her hijab properly and taken to the police station for some “re-education.”  She was never seen alive again. Amini’s death on September 16 has propelled protests throughout Iran, with women illegally removing their hijabs Read More

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Local advocates say Texas PrEP ruling will impact preventative care

A federal judge in Texas ruled last week that employers in the state are no longer required to provide coverage for the HIV prevention medication PrEP, as mandated by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). A Christian-owned company called Braidwood Management is one of the plaintiffs in the suit against the federal government, claiming that compulsory Read More

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Does Brittney Griner’s guilty plea mean conviction or release?

As her trial on drug smuggling charges continued on July 7, Olympic gold medalist and WNBA all-star Brittney Griner shocked the world with a surprise guilty plea. Griner has been in what the U.S. State Department calls “wrongful detention” since February 17. Griner’s Russian lawyers, Alexander Boykov and Maria Blagovolina told media that the guilty Read More

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Two “Don’t Say Gay” bills pass Pa. Senate education committee

On June 21, the Pennsylvania Senate Education Committee passed two wide-ranging anti-LGBTQ+ bills that LGBTQ advocates are calling worse than Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” legislation. The first bill, SB 1277, sponsored by Sen. Ryan Aument (R-Lancaster), would require parents to be notified and have the option of opting out of their child having access to Read More

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Pa. House votes to remove ‘homosexuality’ from state crimes code

One of the lesser known pieces of statewide LGBTQ-related legislation in Pennsylvania, HB 2125, passed the state house 198-0 on June 8. Sponsored by Republican Representative Todd Stephens (R-Horsham), HB 2125 amends Title 18 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statute and removes discriminatory language concerning homosexuality from the title. Title 18 regulates crimes and offenses. The Read More

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DOJ files suit to protect Trans youth healthcare

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has filed a lawsuit against the state of Alabama after Republican Gov. Kay Ivey signed a law criminalizing medical care for trans youth. The lawsuit is the first the DOJ has filed against any state over restrictions on gender-affirming healthcare. Bills threatening trans healthcare are being proposed nationwide in record Read More