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.
Philadelphia Unanimously Passes Hate Crime Law
November 01 2014 7:00 AM ET

Philadelphia Unanimously Passes Hate Crime Law

Sunnivie Brydum

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
October 20 2014 4:06 PM ET

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

Jorge Rodriguez-Jimenez

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
September 26 2014 12:18 PM ET

Hundreds Rally in Philadelphia in Support of Hate-Crimes Legislation

Jorge Rodriguez-Jimenez

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

Three Gay-Bashing Suspects Released on Bail Less Than 24 Hours After Arrest
September 25 2014 1:45 PM ET

Three Gay-Bashing Suspects Released on Bail Less Than 24 Hours After Arrest

Jorge Rodriguez-Jimenez

The three suspects arrested in the brutal attack on a same-sex couple in Philadelphia are out on bail.

WATCH: Brian Sims Slams Pa. Lawmakers' 'BS' on Hate-Crimes Bill
September 24 2014 2:45 PM ET

WATCH: Out Pa. Rep. Slams Lawmakers' 'BS' on Hate-Crimes Bill

Sunnivie Brydum

'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.

Police Chief's Daughter Among Three Charged in Philly Gay Bashing
September 24 2014 11:23 AM ET September 24 2014 6:29 PM ET

Police Chief's Kid Among 3 Charged in Philly Gay Bashing

Jorge Rodriguez-Jimenez

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.

Three Charged in Attack on Gay Couple in Philly
September 23 2014 4:19 PM ET

Three Charged in Attack on Gay Couple in Philly

Jorge Rodriguez-Jimenez

Two men and a woman from nearby Bucks County will be arrested, according to the district attorney's office.

Philly: Catholic High School Fires Basketball Coach for Connection to Antigay Beating
September 18 2014 10:37 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 1:38 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 11:31 AM ET October 30 2013 2:31 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.

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