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.

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

LGBT groups planned events surrounding Pope Francis's visit in September, but now they'll have to move to another venue.

August 19 2015 6:00 AM

Lawyers for three suspects accused of attacking two gay men in Philly are haggling with prosecutors over the terms of a deal to avoid trial.

August 14 2015 8:40 AM

Democratic candidate Jim Kenney says Margie Winters, fired by a Catholic school for being in a same-sex marriage, should get her job back.

July 10 2015 4:29 PM

A year after Andy Goodling's boyfriend died, he is telling their story in a YouTube video, hoping to inspire others to be out and proud.

July 09 2015 1:19 PM