For the first time, the city’s Office of LGBT Affairs is seeking a deputy director.
Hours after President Donald Trump unleashed a tweetstorm announcing a ban on transgender people from serving in the military “in any capacity,” his administration declared a second rollback on LGBT rights. The Department of Justice argued Wednesday that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 does not provide protections based on sexual orientation.
In a surprise move, Philadelphia District Attorney R. Seth Williams entered a guilty plea June 29 to a single count of bribery and will resign his post as the city's top law-enforcement official.
Mayor Jim Kenney performed a ceremonial signing for a bill Thursday that will strengthen penalties for local businesses that discriminate. This bill amends the Fair Practices Ordinance by giving the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations authority to issue cease-and-desist orders to businesses violating the LGBT-inclusive nondiscrimination ordinance.
A Pennsylvania senator last week re-introduced a bill that would prevent individuals convicted of misdemeanor hate-crimes from purchasing and possessing firearms. Sen. Bob Casey co-introduced the Disarm Hate Act along with Congressman David N. Cicilline of Rhode Island.