By | March 14, 2013

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Admiration for LGBT civic leader Gloria Casarez on her passing

By | October 21, 2014

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Friends and family and the LGBTQ community at large are mourning the loss of a pioneer in LGBTQ civil rights. Gloria Casarez passed away this weekend after battling a long bout with an aggressive form of cancer. She was 42-years-old and is survived by her strong and compassionate wife, Tricia Dressel. Read more »

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Plan Well Before the Wedding Bell!

By | October 17, 2014

247787_10152427065016274_1055473440050213298_n  On October 28th join Richard Hand and Myself for an informative LGBT seminar to learn what living in a Post-DOMA world means for you.  Enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and great company while we discuss the progress that has been made over the last 18 months and what we have to look forward to ahead!

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By | October 13, 2014

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On October 21st join Jonathan Grode and I as we discuss immigration as it relates to same-sex couples after the fall of DOMA. Far too many LGBTQ individuals have been blocked from re-entering their native countries for years upon years. As we come closer to receiving full rights under the law this no longer has to be reality. Join us at the Noël Sy Art in Beauty at 7pm to learn more. Can’t wait to see everyone there!

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Pabst Brewing is being sold to a Russian company

By | October 6, 2014

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Now that Pabst Blue Ribbon is owned by a Russian Company, will the LGBT Community boycott Pabst and do away with the city-wide special?

Read more here: http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2014/09/19/pabst-brewing-sold-to-oasis-beverages/15894189/

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Changing the State of Hate-Crime Laws in Pennsylvania

By | September 29, 2014

tumblr_madb5cLO0b1rdh3oho1_500On Sept. 11, two gay men, ages 27 and 28, were brutally gay-bashed, allegedly by a group of young people who were dining earlier that evening at La Viola in Philadelphia. The two men went to the hospital with injuries, one with a broken jaw that needed to be wired shut, all of which police say was preceded by disparaging remarks about their sexual orientation. Since then, it has been a whirlwind; after two weeks of investigation and through the help of social media, three of the alleged 15 assailants were charged with crimes associated with the incident—simple assault, aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person and criminal conspiracy—but shockingly, hate crimes are missing among the charges listed. Read more »

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Charge the recent attackers of gay men with federal hate crimes

By | September 19, 2014

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Last Thursday, two gay men, ages 27 and 28, were brutally gay-bashed allegedly by a group of young people who were dining earlier that evening at La Viola. Today, Philadelphia Councilman Jim Kenney sent a letter to the U.S. Attorney’s Office asking the Department of Justice to partner with the city’s D.A. and police to investigate. Kenney asked in his letter that authorities bring federal charges, under the Federal Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act. Read more »

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What’s Going On? The Great Diaper Debate

By | September 15, 2014

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Tune in to SpeakOUT, my LGBTQ radio show airing on Q102 PhillyRadio 104.5 and Mix 106.1 during the What’s going On show on Sunday mornings! Every week on SpeakOUT, I highlight LGBTQ topics ranging from cultural happenings and legal issues to poignant interviews with community leaders. SpeakOUT would not be possible but for the formidable Loraine Ballard Morrill who is producing the show!  Read more »

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PhillyGayNews: Marriage equality is spreading like wildfire

By | September 9, 2014

 

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Proponents of marriage equality have been kicking butt and taking names over the last year-and-a-half! These victories leave us with 19 states plus Washington, D.C., where LGBTQ individuals have the freedom to marry. In an additional 14 states, judges have issued rulings in favor of the freedom to marry, with many of these rulings now stayed as they proceed to appellate courts.

Three states offer broad protections short of marriage: Colorado allows civil union; and Nevada offers broad domestic partnership and Wisconsin has more limited domestic-partnership laws. Read more »

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Trans*itioning the gay-rights movement

By | August 4, 2014

TransWe just marked the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, which sparked the modern gay-rights movement, with Pride events in New York City and San Francisco. The events featured transgender celebrities Laverne Cox and Janet Mock as grand marshals; the symbolic inclusion was an attempt by Pride organizers to signal trans-inclusion.  Read more »

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