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On a sunny Super Bowl Sunday, a group of friendly associates were eating pepperoni pizza and drinking iced tea at the First Unitarian Church in Philadelphia. They weren’t there for the match-up between the Patriots and the Rams. “I could care less about this,” said Maria Watts Newman with a laugh. “Not without the Eagles.”

A special section focusing on older LGBTQ adults offers articles on care and services, housing, legal issues such as common-law marriage, momentum for Pennsylvania’s LGBTQ aging issues, recognizing who is a senior and more.

 

Pennsylvania poised to carry on momentum in LGBTQ aging

 

Common-law marriage opens doors to legal rights for LGBT elders

 

Advocacy and action for and by LGBT

 

Am I a senior?

 

Providing care and services to LGBT+ older adults: It’s a process and a journey

 

Vintage whine: Life as an LGBTQ senior

 

Daniel “Duke” Orsino, 32, a blue-collar worker and LGBT advocate, has jumped into the race for a seat on Philadelphia City Council.

Orsino, who joins the growing crop of LGBT candidates for council, hopes to not only be the first openly gay man to hold a seat, but is also looking to bring a healthy change to the city.

Most people know about the Mariel Boatlift in 1980. But many don’t realize that large number of the more-than 120,000 Cuban refugees that made the dramatic trek to Florida that year were gay.

The stories of how these gay Cuban refugees made their way to this country, and what happened to them once they got here, are the focus of a new exhibition at William Way LGBT Community Center called “With Open Heart and Open Arms.”

 

Planned Parenthood has long been known as a provider of reproductive healthcare and education for women. Recently, however, the organization has expanded its mission, inaugurating programs specifically for gay men and trans people.

Newer programs for gay men involve PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis), a therapy regimen of medication that serves as a preventative to HIV infection.

 

There’s a petition to recognize the LGBT community by repainting the Walt Whitman Bridge in rainbow colors in honor of its namesake’s 200th birthday.

Meanwhile, the rainbows painted onto an intersection of the Gayborhood are fading, with no plan to refresh their stripes.

After nearly 10 years of service, R Perry Monastero, the notable go-to on all things Mazzoni Center and its chief advancement officer, is leaving his post.

His departure comes at a time when the LGBTQ wellness center is still trying to rebound from the leadership changes and personnel losses of 2017 and 2018.

The bitter cold temperatures and unsavory forecast for Saturday didn’t keep thousands from taking to the streets of Philadelphia in unity for the third annual Women’s March, putting aside differences that had threatened to divide this year’s event.

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