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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.

*This story has been updated with the next leadership steps for the LGBTQ Home For Hope.

The director of the first LGBT-specific homeless shelter in Pennsylvania stepped down from her position Wednesday. Deja Lynn Alvarez confirmed to PGN her resignation for the LGBTQ Home For Hope.

The lead sponsor of a bill to ban LGBT discrimination statewide is urging the Pennsylvania House Speaker to not assign the newly re-introduced measure to the committee helmed by virulently anti-LGBT Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-12th Dist.).

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