Out Law by Angela Giampolo

Angela D. Giampolo, principal of Giampolo Law Group, maintains offices in New Jersey and Pennsylvania and specializes in LGBT law, family law, business law, real estate law and civil rights. Her website is www.giampololaw.com and she maintains a blog at www.phillygaylawyer.com. Reach out to Angela with your legal questions at 215-645-2415 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Rainbow flags. Gay cruises. Logo. Domain names?

The LGBT community has carved out plenty of homes for itself, but it has yet to officially claim a stake in the virtual one. While the Internet has played a central role in

The LGBT communities had a lot to celebrate in 2014, with amazing legislative, judicial and cultural victories. While there are truly countless victories I could mention, here are some of the highlights:

We recently saw some of the quickest and most efficient action I’ve seen in a while when Philadelphia’s City Council unanimously voted (17-0) to pass an ordinance that imposes punishments for violent attacks based on gender identity, sexual orientation or disability status. Mayor Michael Nutter summarily signed it

The conception and birth of a child is an adventure and a miracle for heterosexual and same-sex parents alike. However, the “adventure” to parenthood upon which same-sex parents bravely embark is more like something out of “Indiana Jones” than TLC’s “A Baby Story.” In the quest for second-parent

Philadelphia is still reeling from the Sept. 11 gay bashing in which two gay men were brutally beaten by a group of young people. Both men went to the hospital with injuries, one with a broken jaw that needed to be wired shut. The police said the incident was preceded by disparaging remarks about their sexual orientation. After a nearly two-week investigation, three of the alleged 15 assailants were charged with simple assault, aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person and conspiracy. But, shockingly, hate crimes are missing among the charges listed.

Proponents of marriage equality have been kicking butt and taking names over the last year-and-a-half! These victories leave us with 19 states plus Washington, D.C., where LGBTQ individuals have the freedom to marry. In an additional 14 states, judges have issued rulings in favor of the freedom to marry, with many of these rulings now stayed as they proceed to appellate courts.

Diaper-changing tables are currently not required by state or federal law in any restroom. But many family-friendly businesses provide them as a courtesy and convenience, most commonly in the women’s restroom.

Here’s a question most of us haven’t pondered before: What’s a dad to do if he’s out and about with his baby who needs a new diaper and there’s no changing table in the men’s restroom? As the dynamics of the “modern family” (and no, I don’t mean families with iPhones!) evolve, lawmakers are considering two bills with similar intentions mandating businesses to grant men equal access to changing tables.

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