News from within the borders of Philadelphia, the capital Pennsylvania and the fight for LGBT equality there. The city is recognized historically as the birthplace of the United States and the American Revolutionary War, and was also the setting of Philadelphia, the acclaimed film starring Tom Hanks as a gay lawyer dying of an AIDS-related illness. Learn more about past and present obstacles toward achieving equality in Philadelphia including hate crimes law, transgender rights, adoption, and other rights denied to same-sex couples and LGBT people. Learn about individuals—activists, politicians, and allies—who have helped us make strides toward equality. We also cover the campaigns of groups opposed to marriage equality and explore how gay marriage is covered in mainstream media. We stay on top of developments so that you can stay informed about this issue.

Kathryn Knott is a police chief's daughter, and accused of joining two friends in attacking a gay couple in Philadelphia. 

November 25 2015 11:17 AM

Ron Nyswaner gave a passionate speech at the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Vanguard Awards about the need to fight against the normalization of LGBT characters in film and TV.

November 09 2015 2:38 PM

Kevin Harrigan and Philip Williams pleaded guilty to assault and conspiracy charges for the 2014 attack of a gay couple. Kathryn Knott rejected the deal and will stand trial.

October 15 2015 12:51 PM

Pennsylvania's first out state lawmaker announced today that he is running in the 2nd Congressional District primary race.

October 06 2015 8:54 AM

Michael Nutter declared the visit by Pope Francis was 'completely successful' even though he was not able to deliver on a promise to personally press the pope on LGBT rights.

September 27 2015 11:23 PM

Queer Catholics, marriage equality supporters and allies gathered in the City of Brotherly Love, where the pope arrived Saturday for the last stop of his U.S. visit.

September 26 2015 11:13 AM Updated

'I will certainly seize the opportunity' to take a stand for LGBT equality, says Mayor Michael Nutter, whose city hosts Pope Francis this weekend.

September 22 2015 9:22 PM

Margie Winters and her wife don't expect to talk to the pope, but they say their presence at the reception will have symbolic importance.

September 22 2015 7:32 PM

The archdiocese calls on parents to promise they'll uphold church doctrine — a potential problem for LGBT Catholics and allies.

September 17 2015 7:48 PM

A Philadelphia officer is on administrative leave after a video of his highly unethical behavior surfaced.

August 25 2015 1:22 PM