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Pa. legislators hope to expand statewide protections for LGBTQ community

While GOP-led state legislatures are advancing a record number of anti-LGBTQ bills in 2023, the Pennsylvania Assembly’s LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus seeks to make significant pro-LGBTQ changes to state law. With two new bills, state lawmakers hope to formally codify marriage equality as well as expand anti-discrimination protections for the LGBTQ community. The intent by several […]

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The Attic launches new arts program to foster young LGBTQ performers

The Attic Youth Center (The Attic), Philadelphia’s only organization exclusively serving LGBTQ youth, announced the formation of the Jake Snipes Performing Arts Program, an initiative that will prioritize arts-based programming to provide LGBTQ+ youth with tools to build self-confidence, self- esteem, and growth. The program will also foster opportunities for creative expression to help LGBTQ+ […]

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Ada Bello, LGBTQ pioneer who made Philadelphia home, dies at 89

Living a life spanning nearly nine decades means you see many welcome and unwelcome changes that shape the life you know. Philadelphia resident, academic, and LGBTQ-activist Ada Bello, who passed away March 31 at Chestnut Hill Hospital after battling COVID and pneumonia, saw those changes firsthand. Born on November 6, 1933 in Havana, Cuba, Bello […]

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Local legal and business org centers LGBTQ entrepreneurs

Community Assistance Friends Enterprise (CAFE) is filling a gap in the business landscape that can be difficult to navigate for minority business owners. Founded by executive director Rebecca Emerson in 2020, CAFE provides free legal and business consulting to all who need it, but centers entrepreneurs and small business owners who are women, LGBTQ+, people […]

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Black and Brown LGBTQ community members to hold annual health symposium

In continued conversations about inequities in healthcare for Black and Brown, queer and trans people living with HIV, the organizers of Black and Latinx Community Control (BLCC) will hold their fourth annual symposium on Feb. 11, just a few days after National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. This year the series of conversations will be held […]

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Analysis: Did domestic terrorism groups target a North Carolina drag show?

The rumor started swift and unrelenting Saturday night when domestic terrorists shot out two electrical substations in Moore County, North Carolina, some 90 miles outside Charlotte. Had the power outage been fueled by white nationalists determined to stop a drag show in the area? Moore County Sheriff Ronnie Fields has said a motive for the […]

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LGBTQ leaders call for action after murder of trans woman of color

“Violence against trans people, especially our trans siblings of color, continues to be an epidemic in this country and we must all do our part to end it,” Office of LGBT Affairs Executive Director Celena Morrison said at a Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office (DAO) press conference held at Mazzoni Center. The conference was prompted by […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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