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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.

Black Trans Man Mar'Quis Jackson Killed in Philadelphia

Jackson had apparently suffered blunt force trauma to his head, and police are investigating his death as a homicide.

Black Trans Woman Shahere ‘Diamond’ Jackson-McDonald Fatally Shot

Jackson-McDonald was found shot to death Thanksgiving Day in Philadelphia.

Trans Woman in Critical Condition After Attack in Philadelphia

The assailant used homophobic slurs before pistol-whipping the trans woman, and he shot her two companions.

Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta Marries Fiancé Dr. Matthew Jordan-Miller

The two became engaged in 2020.


Philadelphia Pride Group Disbands, Cancels Event Amid Controversy

Philly Pride Presents had been criticized for a transphobic Facebook post that cast police as victims in the Stonewall riots.

Supreme Court Rules Against LGBTQ+ Rights in Foster Services Case

The ruling applies to the city of Philadelphia's contract with Catholic Social Services to provide foster care certifications. 

SCOTUS Could Rule in LGBTQ+ Rights Case as Early as Tuesday

The case revolves around whether a Catholic foster care agency contracting with the city of Philadelphia has to follow the city's antidiscrimination law.

Big Gay Ice Cream Shutters for Good in the East Village and Philly

The whimsical shop that gave the world Cheetos-flavored ice cream still has some remaining locations in New York City. 

Arrest Made in Killing, Mutilation of Philadelphia Trans Woman

Dominique Rem'mie Fells (pictured) was killed in June. Suspect Akhenaton Jones was arrested in Los Angeles Monday.

Remember (!) SCOTUS Hears Huge LGBTQ+ Rights Case Day After Election

In one of Justice Amy Coney Barrett's first cases, the court will consider whether faith-based groups that hold government contracts have a right to discriminate.

Trump Admin Supports Discrimination Against LGBTQ+ Families

The Department of Justice filed a brief in an upcoming Supreme Court case, urging the court to allow such discrimination if rooted in religion.

Benson Churgai Is Philadelphia Police Academy's First Trans Graduate

Officer Benson Churgai has made LGBTQ history in the City of Brotherly Love.

Anti-LGBTQ Archbishop Charles Chaput Fired in Philadelphia

Chaput, who has even questioned the existence of LGBTQ Catholics, will be replaced by a supposedly more liberal clergy member, Nelson Perez.

Old Navy POC Workers: We Were Segregated During 'Queer Eye' Filming

Three employees say black and brown workers were hidden from cameras, while white people were bused in for background shots.

Philly Sheriff's LGBTQ Liaison Dies by Suicide

Dante Austin, the first person to hold the job, is being remembered as a tireless advocate.

Trans Woman Michelle Washington Murdered in Philadelphia

Washington, who also went by the name Tamika, was shot to death on a city street.


Court Rules Against Antigay License to Discriminate in Foster Care

The city of Philadelphia was within its rights to end a contract with a foster care agency that won't place children with LGBTQ people, the court ruled.

Philadelphia Man Assaulted by Attackers Shouting Antigay Slurs

A 50-year-old was assaulted outside the Toasted Walnut, a Philadelphia gay bar. Social media users say similar attacks happened nearby.

A Few Twisted Pics of Philly's Halloqweens Bash

Rated as one of the best Halloween parties in the world, Philly's LGBTQ Halloqweens party is delightfully dope.