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Marriage

Look: Gay Pride Flag Raised At Philadelphia City Hall After Marriage Ruling

by David Badash ● 5:30 PM May 20, 2014
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Just a few hours after a federal judge ruled that Pennsylvania’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, a rally at the Philadelphia City Hall featured a gay pride flag raising and Democratic state Rep. Brian Sims.

News

Watch: Stun Gun Used In Shocking Black Friday Mall Fight

by David Badash ● 1:52 PM November 30, 2013
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A fight broke out on Black Friday and apparently a stun gun was used by one of the participants at the Franklin Mills Mall in Northeast Philadelphia.

Actions

Philadelphia Becomes First City To Offer Tax Credits For Gay-Friendly Companies

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 3:49 PM October 29, 2013
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“My goal is for Philadelphia to be one of, if not the most, LGBT-friendly cities in the world and a leader on equality issues.” – Mayor Michael Nutter

Civil Rights

Breaking: Philadelphia Mayor Signs Most Extensive Gay Rights Bill In US

by David Badash ● 5:32 PM May 9, 2013
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Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter today signed into law the most extensive civil rights protections and benefits for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the nation.

Bigotry Watch

Donohue Gloats His Pedophile Priest Enabler Convicted Of Only One Felony

by David Badash ● 7:38 PM June 22, 2012
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In one of the most tone-deaf, disgusting press releases of the year, Catholic League’s Bill Donohue responded to the historic conviction of a Philadelphia priest.

News

Breaking: Historic Conviction In Catholic Church Pedophile Priest Case

by David Badash ● 3:42 PM June 22, 2012
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In an historic conviction, William Lynn has been found guilty in the Catholic Church pedophile priests scandal for how child sex abuse cases were managed.

Discrimination

Equality Forum: Transgender Panel Members ‘Still Have To Do These 101s’

by John Culhane ● 7:34 PM May 4, 2012
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Equality Forum’s transgender panel asked, Are gay and lesbian advocates the natural advocates of the trans-community?, and What is the teaching role of transpeople?

Equality Forum

Equality Forum: ‘Pink Wash’ Of Human Rights Abuses Decried By Protesters At Israel Panel

by John Culhane ● 2:43 PM May 4, 2012
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Protesters at Equality Forum’s “Featured Nation: Israel” panel barged into the room and began shouting about Israel’s inhumane treatment of the Palestinians.

Civil Rights

Law, Unwrapped: Philadelphia LGBT Seniors Set To Get Community Housing

by John Culhane ● 8:29 AM April 19, 2012
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Philadelphia city officials this week announced the approval of plans to build a 56-unit, affordable housing complex dedicated to LGBT seniors.

Bigotry Watch

God Hates Fags To Picket Funeral Of Philadelphia Cardinal Who Died Amid Pedophile Priests Trials

by David Badash ● 3:14 PM February 1, 2012
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God Hates Fags announced they will picket the funeral of Philadelphia Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua who died amid sex abuse cases of priests on trial for pedophile rape.

Civil Rights

Shocking Video: 14-Year Old Girl Tasered In Groin By Police Officer

by David Badash ● 1:08 PM December 15, 2011
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A 14-year old girl is tasered by police in Allentown after school classes ended because officials claimed they were having problems with students being “disorderly.”

Religion

New Archbishop: Gay Marriage Stops Kids From Knowing Parents Love Them

by David Badash ● 6:14 PM July 19, 2011
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The man who will become the new Archbishop of Philadelphia in September, Charles Chaput, came out swinging against same-sex marriage equality today.

Bigotry Watch

Stoned To Death 70-Year Old’s Killer Anti-Gay Schizophrenic Mormon Priest

by David Badash ● 1:41 PM April 1, 2011
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John Thomas, a Philadelphia schizophrenic Mormon priest admitted he stoned to death 70-year old Murray Seidman, because the Bible says to stone gays.

culture

Exclusive World Premiere! From the City of Brotherly (and Sisterly) Love: It Gets Better

by J. Rudy Flesher ● 9:31 AM December 7, 2010
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This September marked a sad but important landmark in our struggle for LGBT acceptance and equality. We heard of one gay teen after another bullied to death, and it finally garnered national media attention. We can also safely assume that, in addition to these (mostly white) boys, other suicides and even murders, particularly of trans [...]