The City of Philadelphia named its fourth Youth Poet Laureate Thursday, and the youth is a member of the LGBT community.
Nick Greiner, a Center City veteran, first enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard in 1995. He served during “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” the law that barred openly gay people from the military, until it was repealed in 2010. Greiner thought the secret he was keeping was that he was a lesbian. But a few years ago, the 40-year-old came out as transgender.
The Philadelphia Department of Public Health was among three winners that will receive a shared total of 500,000 condoms. It plans to distribute them in a new program for men who have sex with men.
Philadelphia health department officials plan to meet with the Black and Brown Workers Collective, a spokesperson said after the group delivered a 13-page document with anonymous testimonials from employees and former employees of AIDS organizations in the city.