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One of the most important things for a trans person is their identity. We live in a world that is constantly, doggedly, trying to strip that away from us. We face pressure over this throughout our lives — and often end up losing that battle after death.

In 1993, a transgender woman named Lauren Diana Wilson took her life. Her family claimed her body, and later held a funeral. From what I was able to learn about it, she was buried in male clothing, with her hair clipped. Her parents listed her as male and under her birth name — known in trans circles as one’s “deadname.” They kept the event private, so that no one in her life could attend.

The Office of LGBT affairs launched an inaugural leadership-training program aimed at developing the diversity of local LGBTQ nonprofit boards.

Applications are now being accepted for the Community Leadership Pipeline Initiative, the Office of LGBT Affairs’ pilot program that will train LGBTQ people of color, youth, seniors and trans people for leadership positions in the city’s LGBTQ nonprofit organizations.

A Philadelphia judge this week denied a prosecution request to exclude ballistics evidence in the upcoming trial of Matthew J. White, accused of murdering a trans woman’s boyfriend last year.

During a Sept. 17 court proceeding, Common Pleas Judge Barbara McDermott said she’ll allow the evidence, which defense attorney Eileen J. Hurley said raises the possibility that someone other than White killed Barry Jones.

Forty-three Republican members of Congress and officials representing eight states have filed amicus briefs in support of a local Catholic agency’s legal quest to resume foster-child referrals from the city, despite that the agency won’t place children with same-sex couples.

Bi Visibility Day promises to bring some well-deserved attention to an often-overlooked and occasionally misunderstood part of the LGBTQ community.

The event will be held 6 p.m. Sept. 23 at William Way LGBT Community Center, 1315 Spruce St. The Bisexual Pride flag will be raised and there will be brief remarks from community members, including Amber Hikes, director of the Mayor’s Office for LGBT Affairs, and Katie Schank, a therapist at Mazzoni Center.

 A campaign official for the Pennsylvania Republican gubernatorial candidate is defending one of his consultants, who shared a transphobic meme, saying he will not be fired after Democrats called for his resignation.

The candidate, Scott Wagner, came under fire last week for his lack of response to a transphobic image Ray Zaborney, his campaign consultant, sent via group text to several campaign staffers.  A Billy Penn reporter published screenshots of the meme after Zaborney mistakenly included the journalist on the group message.

Balls and house scene developed out of the Harlem renaissance, when all colors would compete in drag competitions. However, when Black and Latino drag queens begin to face discrimination, they started their own scene. In the ’70s and ’80s, they came together to form “houses”; a family network named after high-fashion street brands such as Dior and Lanvin. These houses were not just known for dance and fashion competition, the house leaders known as Mothers and Fathers offered protection and guidance to a population that needed it. This would become important during the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the ’80s when the Regan administration refused to respond to the disease, leaving LGBTQ communities to take care of themselves.

Let’s face it, it’s tough to compete with the job Team Philadelphia did in the Gay Games in Paris, France, Aug. 4-12. In case you missed it, the 60 LGBT-identified athletes on the home team brought back 38 medals.

Local out comedian and performer James Bradford is hosting two film screenings to benefit Philly AIDS Thrift, Sept. 19 at PhilaMOCA and Sept. 26 at The Trestle Inn.

This isn’t Bradford’s first benefit for PAT. Last year he hosted a standup comedy benefit at Tabu.

The William Way LGBT Community Center will host a memorial for Ghosha D’Aguanno, local pop singer and songwriter, Sept. 16. She died in April from complications from cancer.

The memorial will be held from 1-4 p.m. and is open to the public. It will begin at the William Way, 1315 Spruce St., and progress to the Tavern on Camac, 243 Camac St.

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