Philadelphia

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.
Philly Boy Scouts to Allow Gay Adult Leaders and Employees

Philly Boy Scouts to Allow Gay Adult Leaders and Employees

The Cradle of Liberty Council has gotten out ahead of the national Boy Scouts by adopting a nondiscrimination policy.

Philadelphia Raises the Transgender Pride Flag for the First Time
June 04 2015 3:43 PM ET

Philly Raises Trans Pride Flag for First Time Today

Flying the trans pride flag in front of City Hall is a small gesture that sends a strong message, say organizers.

Philadelphia Man Charged with Murder of Trans Woman London Chanel

Philly Man Charged in Trans Woman's Murder

A day after her death, London Chanel's suspected murderer has confessed to fatally stabbing her in what police believe was a 'domestic' altercation.

Philadelphia Sees Eighth Murder of a Trans Woman in U.S. This Year

Philadelphia: 8th U.S. Trans Woman Murdered This Year

London Chanel, 21, was stabbed to death in an abandoned house after allegedly arguing with a man who then tried to perform CPR and contact police.

All Three Philly Gay Bashing Suspects ‘Maintain Their Innocence’
March 15 2015 1:36 PM ET

3 Philly Gay Bashing Suspects ‘Maintain Their Innocence’

Kevin Harrigan, Kathryn Knott, and Philip Williams are facing felony assault and conspiracy charges for the September 11 attack that left a gay couple hospitalized.

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.

Philadelphia Unanimously Passes Hate Crime Law

Philadelphia Unanimously Passes Hate Crime Law

With statewide legislation to add LGBT hate crimes protections stalled, Philadelphia's City Council takes a step to punish those who target victims because of their sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability status.

Philadelphia's First LGBT Liaison, Gloria Casarez, Dead at 42

Philadelphia's First LGBT Liaison, Gloria Casarez, Dead at 42

Gloria Casarez was the first appointed LGBT liaison for the city of Philadelphia by Mayor Michael Nutter.

Hundreds Rally in Philadelphia in Support of Hate-Crimes Legislation

Hundreds Rally in Philadelphia in Support of Hate-Crimes Legislation

Hundreds gathered in Love Park despite the rain to demonstrate the need for hate-crimes law revisions.

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