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On Nov. 20, transgender and nonbinary people — and our allies — across the world come together to honor those murdered due to anti-trans violence. This year marks the 20th since a group of people in San Francisco and another group in Boston decided to take to their respective streets, launching the Transgender Day of Remembrance.

We’re just about in the thick of the holiday shopping season, meaning many of us are running ragged looking for the perfect gifts for everyone on our list. If you’re anything like me, that’s a stressful proposition that may have you eventually giving up and just opting for the best-smelling candle you can find or the ever-reliable Wawa gift card. But if your list includes any parents of little ones, there may be a few gift ideas you didn’t think of (and that they don’t want to vocalize) but that would perfectly hit the spot. Here are a few suggestions from a weary parent of a 15-month-old:

By 2020, Pennsylvania will join a growing number of pioneering states, including Washington, Arkansas, Nevada and Maine, allowing driver’s license holders to choose from three gender options, male, female and the gender-inclusive option “X.” For those people who identify as gender nonbinary or transgender, this has been a long time coming and a massive win for gender equality.

In 2008, a woman named Jenna Karvunidis sliced open a cake, revealing pink frosting within the layers. With her, the “gender reveal party” entered the popular lexicon. A decade or so later, the gender reveal has gone a long way from those humble beginnings.

In the Jan. 3, 1976 issue of PGN, Harry Langhorne wrote an article about Bill 1275, which was introduced in City Council in the spring of 1974. The bill sought to amend the city’s Fair Practices Act to prohibit sexual orientation discrimination in housing, public accommodations and employment.

Q: I noticed in 2018, I wasn’t able to deduct my charitable contributions on my tax return.  Can you please explain to me what changed? And will that still be the same for 2019?

A: Many tax filers may have found they were not able to deduct their charitable contributions in 2018 due to the higher Standard Deductions in the new tax law.  And this WILL apply again for 2019.  Here’s what you need to know to make the most of your giving.

Stigmas surround many health conditions that may prevent individuals from seeking care, even when they are experiencing severe symptoms. These delays in seeking care can prevent a timely diagnosis and essential medical interventions. Alzheimer’s and related dementias remain some of the more stigmatized diseases in our society, with great fear of the impact that dementia has on the brain and an individual’s daily functioning.

This new column, which we’re titling Our History, Our Future, will focus on one story from GN archives and explore how the issues in the article are relevant to the community today. We believe that remembering our history and the people who shaped it is vitally important to preserve and strengthen our future. As the philosopher George Santayana said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Sometimes we have to look back in order to look forward.

Hallowe’en is a time of magic and mystery. It once served as the end of harvest season, when autumn gave way to the dark and dim days of winter. In that liminal space between the seasons, Hallowe’en marked a moment that pierced the veil between this world and another, between life and death itself.

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