LGBTQ-rights

Starting this year school year, all Philly public schools to have gender-neutral bathrooms

BY: - July 29, 2021

The district is “committed to creating an inclusive culture where all students feel valued and know they are in a safe and nurturing learning environment," a spokesperson said.

Pa. Youth Congress hits Keystone State corporations for lack of LGBTQ support

BY: - July 10, 2021

Preston Heldibridle, the group's executive director, said that the organization has seen benefits from its work during Pride month.

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It’s far past time for Pa. lawmakers to pass comprehensive non-discrimination legislation | Opinion

BY: - June 30, 2021

We all deserve the chance to thrive in an environment where we have the safety and security to flourish in our identity. 

‘A sad loss for Philadelphians’: LGBTQ advocates react to Supreme Court ruling in Philly foster case

BY: - June 19, 2021

"Our tax dollars should be dedicated to securing good homes for these kids, not discriminating against those who want to help," one advocate said.

U.S. Supreme Court rules against Philadelphia in foster parents case

BY: - June 17, 2021

The ruling was "a blow to children and families in the foster care system within the city of Philadelphia," one LGBTQ advocacy group said Thursday.

Looking back at transgender progress one year after the murder of Rem’mie Fells | Analysis

BY: - June 5, 2021

“I’m so grateful that during her short life here on earth, she was able to touch your lives with her genuine and loving self," Fells' mother, Terri Edmonds, said.

Trans, Intersex and Nonbinary Alliance seeking public comment on expanding all-gender bathroom access in Allegheny Co.

BY: - May 25, 2021

By Amanda Waltz PITTSBURGH — Public bathrooms have become a battleground for trans rights in the U.S., as lawmakers across the country have targeted these necessary spaces as a way to either show support for or deny access to certain groups. As if the issue was not already fraught, one local group is raising awareness […]

Philly Council approves resolution opposing Pa. House GOP’s anti-transgender sports bill

BY: - May 16, 2021

By Michele Zipkin PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia City Council has approved a resolution sponsored by City Councilmember Katherine Gilmore Richardson asking Pennsylvania lawmakers to oppose a Republican-authored bill now before the state House prohibiting transgender athletes in Pennsylvania from participating in high school and college sports that correspond to their gender. At-large Councilmembers Kendra Brooks, Helen Gym, […]

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‘Some fights need more help than others’: NFL star adds his voice to battle against transgender sports bills | Frank Pizzoli

BY: - April 25, 2021

“I think we need to realize that some fights need more help than others and we all need to work together to create change." he said.

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Pa. House, Senate bills would update state’s outdated definition of marriage | Tuesday Morning Coffee

BY: - April 20, 2021

Same-sex marriage has been legal in all 50 states since 2015. Pennsylvania never updated its books.

Philly’s Office of LGBTQ Affairs welcomes a new deputy director

BY: - April 14, 2021

By Michele Zipkin PHILADELPHIA — Mayor Jim Kenney’s Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion has welcomed Erik Larson as the new deputy director of LGBT Affairs. Larson started working for the City of Philadelphia in 2018 as a part-time policy fellow, and previously worked as a coordinator in the Office of LGBT Affairs. He holds a […]

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‘No one is asking for this’: LGBTQ advocates lash transgender sports bill | Frank Pizzoli

BY: - April 7, 2021

And one member of the region’s transgender community also says she'll be mounting an electoral challenge to the bill’s prime sponsor.