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Wendy Forbes and son Dylan and Josh Young and daughter Alex were among the visitors at the second-annual Gay Day at the Philadelphia Zoo on April 17.

Mayor Nutter unveiled the slate of new members selected for the civilian oversight commission to the Philadelphia Police Department, and an openly gay attorney and leader in the HIV/AIDS community are on the list.

Participants at last year’s SundayOUT! braved the rain with ponchos and rainbow umbrellas as they perused the sodden offerings along Market Street, but the Equality Forum street festival is set to make an even bigger splash this year with a new location, new activities and a new atmosphere.

Penn to offer trans coverage

The University of Pennsylvania last week announced that it was expanding its student healthcare plan to allow coverage of gender-reassignment surgery.

Philadelphia FIGHT last week welcomed more than 100 service providers, criminal-justice workers and HIV/AIDS activists to celebrate the launch of its new Institute for Community Justice, which will provide resources and heighten awareness about HIV among those who were previously incarcerated.

The Philadelphia Association of the United Church of Christ voted unanimously April 18 to accept the Chestnut Hill United Methodist Church as its newest member church, one of several steps the Chestnut Hill congregation has pursued in recent years to open its doors even wider to the LGBT community.

The following incidents in the Midtown Village and Washington Square West areas were reported to the Sixth Police District between April 6-11.

A local law firm headed by an openly lesbian managing partner was recently recognized by a pro-bono legal-services agency for its longtime volunteer representation of underprivileged Philadelphians.

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