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Center City is awash in pink, from the lit tops of the Rouse buildings to the fountains at Logan Circle, highlighting that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. But women who identify as lesbian and bisexual are both at higher risk from breast cancer and have a lower likelihood of getting the same standard of care as their heterosexual peers.

Two years ago, Dani Simmons was diagnosed with stage two breast cancer. “No one thinks of ‘luck’ when it comes to cancer,” Simmons explained. “But I was lucky.” Simmons had been shopping for sports bras with a friend, and the saleswoman discovered a small lump at the side of Simmons’ breast while fitting her. “It was devastating,” she said. “The saleswoman was so apologetic. I told her: ‘Hey, you probably just saved my life.’”

The largest National Coming Out Day event will be held in the streets of Philadelphia for the 29th year. On Oct.13 from noon to 7 p.m, spanning 12 square blocks of the Gayborhood, the beloved block party known as Outfest features drag shows, DJs, contests, food and drinks.

AIDS Walk Philly knows the battle with HIV/AIDS is not over.

After 33 years of raising awareness and funds, AIDS Fund, the organizer behind AIDS Walk, considers public perception of HIV 2019’s biggest challenge.

Last week The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania reversed two lower-court rulings and reinstated Sherrie Cohen to the Nov.  5 ballot as an Independent candidate for Philadelphia City Council.

“I am thrilled that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled in my favor and placed me back on the Nov. 5 ballot as an Independent candidate for City Council At-Large.” Cohen said, in an Oct. 3. email. “Though justice has been delayed, justice prevailed.”

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Philadelphia Gay News is one of more than 20 news organizations producing Broke in Philly, a solutions-oriented collaborative reporting project on poverty and Philadelphia's push for economic justice.

 

To increase access to housing services for patients of FIGHT's Y-HEP Adolescent and Young Adult Health Center, the HIV-prevention group has teamed up with social services organization Valley Youth House.

Philadelphia City Council passed three bills Thursday fortifying protections for trans and nonbinary people by strengthening gender-neutral bathroom requirements, expanding anti-discrimination policies for those working with queer youth and updating language in the city’s Fair Practices Ordinance to be more inclusive. 

The HIV epidemic in Philadelphia disproportionately affects Black people.

AIDSvu reports that the rate of Black men living with HIV is 10.1 times that of white men, and Black women live with HIV at a rate of 22.2 times that of white women. Latino/Hispanic men are living with HIV at 5.1 times the rate of white men, and the rate of Latina/Hispanic women living with HIV is 12.1 times that of white women.

 

William Way LGBT Community Center’s 17th-annual gala will honor Stonewall 50 with the theme of “Activism!” Celebrating the contributions of LGBTQ pioneers, the event will focus on those made by Black and Brown trans women and femmes while bringing together 280 business and community leaders, artists, activists, friends and neighbors.

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