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.

'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.

September 24 2014 3:45 PM

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.

September 24 2014 2:32 PM

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.

September 24 2014 12:23 PM Updated

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.

September 06 2014 2:25 PM

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.

August 21 2014 6:54 PM

The Cake Pros bakery in Schuylkill Haven, Pa., refused to bake a cake for a local lesbian couple who wanted to celebrate the renewal of their wedding vows.

August 14 2014 4:42 PM

In the process of planning her wedding, a woman gets snubbed by a venue simply because she plans to marry her female partner.

July 11 2014 1:51 PM

The highest court in the U.S. will not hear a final effort to uphold Pennsylvania's marriage ban.

July 09 2014 7:41 PM

After two federal courts denied her request to same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania, a county official is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to step in.

July 08 2014 3:00 PM

In what she hopes will bring an end to a seven-year legal struggle, one Pennsylvania trans woman looks to put a history of discrimination behind her.

June 23 2014 2:04 PM