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  • TransWork, Philadelphia airport team up for job fair aimed at increasing trans employment - TransWork, an employment program for trans, nonbinary and gender nonconforming job seekers and entrepreneurs, held its inaugural job fair Tuesday in partnership with Philadelphia International Airport.
  • ‘On the Table Philly’ project kicks off 3rd year of community engagement and civic action - A local engagement project focused on finding solutions to issues that affect diverse communities through facilitated conversations kicked off its third year on Friday.
  • Upcoming Philadelphia-based app connects LGBTQ folks with informed, affordable health care - A new app aimed at connecting LGBTQ Philadelphians with queer-competent, affordable health care providers is launching early next month, just in time for OutFest, the nation’s largest National Coming Out Day event on Oct. 13.
  • Social group creates ‘a sense of home’ for Philly’s LGBTQ Asian residents - A community organizer founded Philadelphia Asian & Queer, a volunteer-run social organization that aims to create a sense of community among LGBTQIA-plus Asian Pacific Islander people.
  • William Way history exhibit explores local PA nondiscrimination ordinances - August 29, 2019 A traveling exhibit exploring the histories of Pennsylvania municipalities that have fought for LGBTQIA-plus nondiscrimination ordinances will be on display at the William Way LGBT Community Center’s Archives Gallery from Sept. 2-20.  “The Long Road to LGBTQ+ Equality in Pennsylvania” was created by the Pennsylvania LGBT History Network, a coalition of individuals...
  • New Philly ‘Host Home’ program aims to slash LGBTQ youth homelessness, shelter costs - LGBTQ nonprofit Attic Youth Center / Brendan Taliaferro, founder and CEO of The Homeward Initiative July 25, 2019 A new intervention for LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness  In honor of turning 17, Jennifer Roman* enjoyed a celebration at a bowling alley — the first birthday party she’d ever had, hosted by a woman she calls “Mom.”...
  • After-school LGBTQ art program provides community for queer youth - Photo: Ivy, a Young Artist Program participant, made a quilt symbolizing identifying as bisexual, African-American and female. August 22, 2019 At the end of her third year in high school, Ivy* sewed a quilt corresponding to the theme “belonging.”  The creation’s perimeter is made of pink, purple and blue swatches — a nod to the...
  • Philadelphia Police Commissioner resigns after lawsuit alleges harassment, discrimination in department - August 21, 2019 Philadelphia’s Police Commissioner Richard Ross, Jr. resigned Tuesday amid allegations of sexual harassment and race and gender discrimination within the law enforcement department that were waged in a federal lawsuit. The plaintiffs, Corporal Audra McCowan and Officer Jennifer Allen have each served on the city’s police force for more than 15 years. The...
  • Eastern State Penitentiary showcases incarcerated artists’ films - Paul, a participant in the Hidden Lives Illuminated project, watches his animation sequence play in a zoetrope cylinder during class at the Pennsylvania State Correctional Institution at Chester. Photo: Richard Patterson, courtesy of Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site. August 19, 2019 Through Sept. 12, the facade of the historic Eastern State Penitentiary will flicker with...
  • University of Pennsylvania launches national initiative to document trans, nonbinary and gender-nonconforming experiences - August 19, 2019 The University of Pennsylvania’s Alice Paul Center for Research on Gender, Sexuality and Women is launching an initiative to document the oft-overlooked stories of trans, nonbinary and gender-nonconforming individuals in Philadelphia and across the country.  The Alice Paul Center Trans, Non-binary and Gender Nonconforming Oral History Archive will be completed in partnership with the...
  • Rainbow House: Stockholm’s ‘safe haven’ for LGBTQ older adults - Regnbågen, Sweden’s first elderly home for LGBTQ people, in Stockholm’s Ladugårdsgärdet neighborhood. Photo: Laura Smythe August 15, 2019 Special assignment: PGN went to Stockholm for Pride and to learn about LGBTQ issues in Sweden. The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association ranks Sweden among the most LGBTQ-friendly European countries. But some older adults...
  • Philadelphia police to undergo increased LGBTQ competency training - Members of the Philadephia Police LGBT Liaison Committee at its Aug. 8 meeting at the Kensington Storefront. Photo: Laura Smythe August 15, 2019 In 2020, every police officer in Philadelphia will receive LGBTQ competency training, Sergeant Nicholas Tees announced last week at a Philadelphia Police LGBT Liaison Committee meeting.  While recruits and detention unit staff...
  • Upcoming midwifery conference in Lancaster County allegedly prohibits LGBTQ speakers - Photo: Midwifery Today Facebook / Camp Andrews Facebook August 9, 2019 Midwifery Today, a quarterly magazine for midwives that was founded in 1986, is taking on hot water after booking a Lancaster County venue for an upcoming conference that allegedly bars LGBTQ speakers from presenting at the event.  Nearly 4,000 people have signed an online petition calling...
  • Stockholm Pride draws 500,000 from across the globe - Members of the Association for Transgender People march in Stockholm Pride on Aug. 3. Photo: Laura Smythe August 8, 2019 Special assignment: PGN spent last week in Stockholm for Pride and to learn about LGBTQ issues in Sweden. When, as a child, Swedish Parliament member Barbro Westerholm first saw two gay men holding hands, her...
  • City officials, LGBTQ community attend fifth-annual trans flag raising at City Hall - The trans flag was raised for the fifth year in a row at City Hall. Photo: Office of LGBT Affairs Facebook July 26, 2019 Before Aidan DeStefano came out as trans, he felt “trapped.” As a child, he kept his hair short and wore boys’ clothes. “How could I possibly explain to somebody that I...
  • Local LGBTQ pipeline project helps diversify board leadership - LGBTQ Leadership Pipeline participants Katrina Robinson, Jay Alston and Bri Golphin accept their certificates of completion at the program’s graduation ceremony on July 18. Photo: Laura Smythe July 19, 2019 An initiative to increase the number of LGBTQ people of color, trans people, youth and seniors in board leadership at Philadelphia’s queer organizations drew to...
  • Working toward a cure: scientists eliminate HIV in mice - Dr. Howard Gendelman (left) and Dr. Kamel Khalili July 18, 2019 A research team led by investigators at Temple University and the University of Nebraska Medical Center have eliminated HIV from living animals for the first time, the scientists announced this month. The study was published July 2 in the scientific journal “Nature Communications.” Since...
  • Netroots Nation conference explores LGBTQ economic justice - Left to right: Office of LGBT Affairs Executive Director Amber Hikes and Netroots Nation panelists and LGBTQ rights activists Tyrone Hanley, Joan Jones and Andy Bowen July 15, 2019 About 20 people from across the country gathered Thursday to discuss the importance and how-tos of creating a national LGBTQ movement for economic justice. The talk,...
  • Amber Hikes to join ACLU - Amber Hikes, executive director of the Office of LGBT Affairs, speaks at a Pride flag raising ceremony at LOVE Park in June. Photo: Kelly Burkhardt July 7, 2019 Amber Hikes, executive director of the Office of LGBT Affairs, is taking her vision for advancing diversity, equity and inclusion national in a newly-accepted position at the...
  • Resolution honoring Stonewall goes unheard in PA House - Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta speaks on the floor of the Pennsylvania House in support of a resolution commemorating Stonewall. July 3, 2019 On the 50th anniversary of Stonewall, Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta expected to speak on the floor of the Pennsylvania House about a resolution he introduced that commemorates the historical riots. Instead, feeling “deflated,” he left...
  • New trans-inclusive LGBTQ medical center to emerge from pending Hahnemann University Hospital closure - Despite Hahnemann University Hospital announcing it will close by Sept. 6 due to “financial difficulties,” an LGBTQ-focused health center will open and the medical center’s Transgender Fellowship Training Program — among the first of its kind in the United States — will live on at a new home.
  • App brings self-guided LGBTQ history walking tours to NYC - A map of LGBTQ historical sites in New York City. Photo: NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project June 24, 2019 A tennis club where several LGBTQ players competed in the U.S. Open prior to its 1978 relocation. The family home of Bronx native and transwoman Christine Jorgensen. Crazy Nanny’s, the lesbian bar that operated from 1991-2004...
  • LGBTQ-focused therapy center offers scholarships for transpeople of color - HERE TO HELP: (Left to right) Danna Bodenheimer, Walnut Psychotherapy Center founder and director, Gabriel Snell, practice manager, and Biany Pérez, clinical coordinator. Photo: Laura Smythe June 20, 2019 The need for LGBTQ-centered mental healthcare  When her therapist went on maternity leave, Jourdan Porter pressed pause on her sessions after the therapist’s temporary replacement said...
  • After controversy, NJ school embraces LGBTQ-inclusive studies - June 20, 2019 A New Jersey charter school has volunteered to pilot the state’s upcoming LGBTQ-inclusive curriculum after a controversy last month resulting from covering up a student’s Pride mural at the request of its Catholic-church landlord. Bergen Arts and Science Charter High School, in Hackensack, will join about 10 other public schools in testing...
  • Local org documents Presbyterian LGBTQ history - June 20, 2019 When David Smith was a kid, his pastor asked him to read Psalm 139 in front of his congregation, inspiring Smith to become ordained himself. The scripture serves as a mantra for some LGBTQ people, as it describes being “fearfully and wonderfully made” by God, said Smith, a gay man. He struggled...
  • Out deputy sheriff, LGBTQ liaison and activist found dead - Dante Austin at the 2018 Delaware Valley Legacy Fund HEROES Awards Brunch, where he won the Individual Hero award. June 7, 2019 Out Deputy Sheriff Dante Austin, 27, was found dead at his desk in the Philadelphia Sheriff’s Office last Friday morning. He died by suicide, the Philadelphia Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed Monday. “Deputy Austin is...
  • Suspect in slaying of transwoman and activist to stand trial - June 5, 2019 The North Philadelphia man charged with murdering transwoman and activist Tameka Michelle Washington last month signed a statement saying he shot her during an altercation surrounding an alleged gun sale, Homicide Detective John Harkins testified at a preliminary hearing Wednesday. Troy Bailey, 28, gave police the statement in the evening of May...
  • Vigil commemorates Michelle ‘Tamika’ Washington, transwoman and activist - Mikal Woods holds a candle at the vigil for Michelle “Tamika” Washington. Photo: Laura Smythe May 24, 2019 When Michelle “Tamika” Washington’s younger sister, Crystal Davis, was sad she couldn’t visit the aquarium as a kid, Washington brought her a stuffed white and purple penguin — her sibling’s favorite color. Mikal Woods regularly talked on...
  • Transwoman shot to death in North Philadelphia on Sunday - May 20, 2019 Michelle Washington, a transwoman of color, was shot to death in the early hours of Sunday, May 19. The incident took place on the 3400 block of North 11th Street in North Philadelphia’s Franklinville neighborhood. Police responded to the scene at approximately 5:07 a.m. Washington, who was in her 30s, suffered gunshot...
  • S. Philly college student receives the Biden Award for stopping sexual assault after off-campus party - Adrianna Branin, a South Philadelphia native and 2016 graduate of Franklin Learning Center in the city’s Spring Garden section said she was “honored, starstruck..." by the award, which celebrates students who help combat sexual assault.
  • Garage workers make poverty wages, go without health insurance, report says - Workers at privately owned garages poverty wages, a report says. A parking executive disputes the findings.
  • ‘Meek Mill Weekend’ in Philly declared by City Council - Council served him with a congratulatory resolution for his criminal justice activism and declared March 15-17 as Meek Mill Weekend.
  • Drexel University to use $5 million donation to fund Honors College ‘living and learning’ hub - The funds, contributed by Greg S. Bentley, the CEO of Exton-based software development company Bentley Systems, and his wife, Caroline Bentley, will be used to transform Calhoun Hall, a student residence already under construction, into Greg and Caroline Bentley Hall, a dorm for honors students.
  • Spike in robberies near La Salle University has students worried, administrators scrambling - At least six robberies have happened on the edge of campus since Jan. 1, five more than in the previous two years combined. Students say they are scared to walk even in broad daylight.
  • Judge declares mistrial in 2015 slaying of Nicki Minaj’s tour manager - The deadlocked jury couldn’t make a unanimous decision on any of the charges facing Khaliyfa Neely, 37, including murder, possession of a criminal instrument with intent, and aggravated assault. Prosecutors intend to retry him.
  • 4 years later, murder trial begins in stabbing death of Nicki Minaj’s tour manager - But the defendant in the stabbing death outside an East Germantown bar is not the man originally charged with murder.
  • Friends honor Jenna Burleigh’s memory with fundraiser amid Hupperterz murder trial - Jenna Burleigh, a junior film and media arts major who was killed in August 2017, is remembered by friends and family for her passion for activism.
  • Temple professor’s podcast explores racial identity - “My American Meltingpot” explores the intersection of pop culture and identity through topics like racist technology.
  • Temple student organizes ‘sleep out’ event for youth homelessness - A student is organizing a semester-long fundraiser to benefit a local shelter for youth experiencing homelessness.
  • A group of incarcerated men funded a backpack drive for Frankford kids with their prison wages - Members of SCI Smithfield's Men of Action group, who earn about 19 cents per hour, partnered with Philadelphia FIGHT's Institute for Community Justice to orchestrate the drive benefitting students at Allen M. Stearne Elementary School.
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