Gloria Casarez was the first appointed LGBT liaison for the city of Philadelphia by Mayor Michael Nutter.
Hundreds gathered in Love Park despite the rain to demonstrate the need for hate-crimes law revisions.
The three suspects arrested in the brutal attack on a same-sex couple in Philadelphia are out on bail.
'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.
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.
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia fired a high school assistant coach suspected of being involved in a violent attack that left two gay men hospitalized.
A gay couple attacked by a large group say they were definitely singled out for their sexual orientation.
The legislation, signed by Mayor Nutter Thursday, mandates that all new city-owned buildings be equipped with gender-neutral restrooms and offers tax credits to businesses that offer LGBT-inclusive benefits.