Pennsylvania

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.
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.

WATCH: Pa. State Senator: I'm Gay; Get Over It

WATCH: Pa. State Senator: I'm Gay; Get Over It

Outgoing Pennsylvania state senator Jim Ferlo says he's never hidden his sexuality — but now it's time to come out and pass hate-crimes protections in his home state.

Police Chief's Daughter Among Three Charged in Philly Gay Bashing
September 24 2014 7:29 PM ET

Police Chief's Kid Among 3 Charged in Philly Gay Bashing

Three suspects in a brutal antigay assault in Philadelphia earlier this month, have turned themselves in to police, including 24-year-old Kathryn Knott, the daughter of an area police chief.

WATCH: Pa. Trans Woman Sues Former Employer

WATCH: Pa. Trans Woman Sues Former Employer

More than seven years after Katie Lynn Blatt says she was fired from her job at sporting goods store Cabela's, she's filing a federal lawsuit alleging antitrans discrimination.

Philly-Area Trans Teen Commits Suicide on Train Tracks

Philly-Area Trans Teen Commits Suicide on Train Tracks

Riley Moscatel's highly public suicide is indicative of a troubling trend: Trans people have an exponentially higher rate of suicide attempts than nontrans folks.

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