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: Catholic High School Fires Basketball Coach for Connection to Antigay Beating
September 18 2014 11:37 AM ET

Catholic School Fires Coach for Connection to Antigay Beating

Jorge Rodriguez-Jimenez

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia fired a high school assistant coach suspected of being involved in a violent attack that left two gay men hospitalized.

WATCH: Philly Cops Search For Violent Group In Possible Hate Crime Against Gay Couple
September 16 2014 2:38 PM ET

WATCH: Cops Search for Violent Group in Possible Hate Crime

Trudy Ring

A gay couple attacked by a large group say they were definitely singled out for their sexual orientation.

Philadelphia Passes Sweeping LGBT-Inclusive Reform
October 28 2013 12:31 PM ET October 30 2013 3:31 PM ET

Philadelphia Passes Sweeping LGBT-Inclusive Reform

Sunnivie Brydum

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.