News from within the borders of Pennsylvania and the fight for LGBT equality there. Learn more about past and present obstacles toward achieving equality in Pennsylvania, including hate crimes law, transgender rights, adoption, and other rights denied to same-sex couples and LGBT people. The Advocate also covers the campaigns of groups opposed to marriage equality and explores how gay marriage is covered in mainstream media. We stay on top of developments so that you can stay informed about this issue.
Remembering Our LGBT Heroes as One World Trade Center Opens

The LGBT View as 1WTC Opens in NYC

The tallest building in the western hemisphere is now open on the site where 2,753 people died, two dozen of them members of the LGBT community.

Philadelphia Man Charged with Murder of Trans Woman London Chanel

Philly Man Charged in Trans Woman's Murder

A day after her death, London Chanel's suspected murderer has confessed to fatally stabbing her in what police believe was a 'domestic' altercation.

Philadelphia Sees Eighth Murder of a Trans Woman in U.S. This Year

Philadelphia: 8th U.S. Trans Woman Murdered This Year

London Chanel, 21, was stabbed to death in an abandoned house after allegedly arguing with a man who then tried to perform CPR and contact police.

After Five Months Missing, Suspect Arrested in Pittsburgh Bisexual Black Man's Murder

Suspect Finally Arrested in Pittsburgh Murder of Bisexual Black Man

Andre Gray was last seen with a new man he was involved with but 'didn't entirely trust,' say friends and family. A motive for his killing will not be revealed until the trial.

Op-ed: Pushing Transgender Rights Bills in a Difficult State

Op-ed: Pushing Transgender Rights Bills in a Difficult State

What can the rise of transgender political power in Philadelphia can tell us about the fight in our state and elsewhere? How can trans folks keep the progress going?

Bryn Mawr Becomes Fourth U.S. Women's College to Accept Transgender Students

Women's College Becomes Fourth in U.S. to Accept Trans Students

The Pennsylvania school's president describes the decision as based on inclusivity and the awareness that gender is fluid.

Pennsylvania Trans Woman's Lawsuit Tests Exclusions in Americans With Disabilities Act

Woman's Lawsuit Challenges Trans Exclusions in ADA

Continuing her years-long battle, Kate Lynn Blatt has now argued that not having her gender identity accommodated at work violated her rights under federal disability laws.

Meet the Trans Woman Named Pennsylvania's Next Physician General

Meet the Trans Woman Named Pennsylvania's Next Physician General

With nearly three decades of medical experience, Dr. Rachel Levine is ready to become her state's next top doctor.

Three Philly Gay-Bashing Suspects Will Face Trial

Three Philly Gay-Bashing Suspects Will Face Trial

Judge Charles Hayden ruled that the prosecution had sufficient evidence to try the suspects beginning January 6.

WATCH: Brian Sims Slams Pa. Lawmakers' 'BS' on Hate-Crimes Bill

WATCH: Out Pa. Rep. Slams Lawmakers' 'BS' on Hate-Crimes Bill

'There is no place in Pennsylvania where people are pretending that [LGBT people] don't exist more than they are here in the capitol,' says the out lawmaker.

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