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An initiative to increase the number of LGBTQ people of color, trans people, youth and seniors in board leadership at Philadelphia’s queer organizations drew to a close Thursday evening as the inaugural cohort of 20 people received their placements.

Bill allowing ‘X’ gender on licenses becomes law

The Argus-Press reported New Hampshire residents who don’t identify as either male or female will soon be able to express that on their driver’s licenses.

Irael’s prime minister condemns his minister’s remarks on gay people

Israel’s prime minister is condemning remarks by his education minister in favor of “conversion therapy,” a controversial psychotherapy technique that seeks to turn gay people straight.

For Congregation Rodeph Shalom’s LGBTQ-plus connection group, pRISM, it was a busy spring — with an even-busier autumn on tap.

And while the North Philly synagogue group is on summer hiatus, facilitators aren’t on vacation from planning.

 

Not every synagogue has a community as tightly knit and accepting as the one at Or Hadash, a Reconstructionist synagogue in Fort Washington.

Rabbi Alanna Sklover will begin her tenure as senior rabbi at the congregation next month, after leaving her role as director of lifelong learning at the Germantown Jewish Centre. 

 

Vigil and pray. More than thoughts and prayers. Resistance. This is what can be expected from the Philadelphia Trans Wellness Conference’s spirituality track this year.

Running July 25-27 and programmed by Transfaith, Philly’s multi-tradition, multi-faith organization run for and by trans people, this year’s spirituality offerings are wide-ranging. The conference sessions vary from a Shabbat dinner to the Muslim prayer Jumu’ah, spiritual practices in the Latinx community to a seminar on mindfulness.

 

On July 12, magazine, The New Republic, published an essay on presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg using gay tropes to argue against his presidency. 

In the piece titled “My Mayor Pete Problem,” Dale Peck referred to Buttigieg, who is affectionately known as “Mayor Pete,” as “Mary Pete.” Peck also referred to Buttigieg as a “gay Uncle Tom.” In the essay Peck claimed that Buttigieg, a Rhodes scholar and an Afghanistan vet, would be a disaster as president, cheating on his husband, searching for the sex he hadn’t had as a closeted adolescent.

 Local transgender and gender-nonbinary folks who can’t afford the cost of legally changing their names now will have legal services at their disposal.

In collaboration with Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund, law firm Blank Rome and in-house lawyers at PECO — An Exelon Company, William Way LGBT Community Center will host a name-change clinic on July 24, with plans for more such forums.

 

With community focus and affordable healthcare as her central platforms, the spokesperson for the nation’s largest civil-rights organization has launched an election bid in her home state.

 

Allentown’s Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center has joined 32 other LGBTQ rights organizations across the country in filing documents supporting trans woman Aimee Stephens in her U.S. Supreme Court case.

Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund, a nonprofit dedicated to achieving trans equality, filed the “friend of the court” brief, or amicus brief, July 2. In her case R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Stephens was fired from her job at a funeral home after beginning to live openly as her authentic gender.

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