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An initiative to increase the number of LGBTQ people of color, trans people, youth and seniors in board leadership at Philadelphia’s queer organizations drew to a close Thursday evening as the inaugural cohort of 20 people received their placements.

For Congregation Rodeph Shalom’s LGBTQ-plus connection group, pRISM, it was a busy spring — with an even-busier autumn on tap.

And while the North Philly synagogue group is on summer hiatus, facilitators aren’t on vacation from planning.

 

Not every synagogue has a community as tightly knit and accepting as the one at Or Hadash, a Reconstructionist synagogue in Fort Washington.

Rabbi Alanna Sklover will begin her tenure as senior rabbi at the congregation next month, after leaving her role as director of lifelong learning at the Germantown Jewish Centre. 

 

Vigil and pray. More than thoughts and prayers. Resistance. This is what can be expected from the Philadelphia Trans Wellness Conference’s spirituality track this year.

Running July 25-27 and programmed by Transfaith, Philly’s multi-tradition, multi-faith organization run for and by trans people, this year’s spirituality offerings are wide-ranging. The conference sessions vary from a Shabbat dinner to the Muslim prayer Jumu’ah, spiritual practices in the Latinx community to a seminar on mindfulness.

 Local transgender and gender-nonbinary folks who can’t afford the cost of legally changing their names now will have legal services at their disposal.

In collaboration with Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund, law firm Blank Rome and in-house lawyers at PECO — An Exelon Company, William Way LGBT Community Center will host a name-change clinic on July 24, with plans for more such forums.

Part three of a three-part series on the challenges faced by LGBTQ individuals with disabilities.

“When President Trump talks about the economy and unemployment being way down, he is not talking about disabled people, he is not talking about Latinx people and he is definitely not talking about disabled Latinx people.”

Amber Hikes, executive director of the Office of LGBT Affairs, is taking her vision for advancing diversity, equity and inclusion national in a newly-accepted position at the American Civil Liberties Union, she announced Tuesday.

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