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Trans attorney Julie Chovanes filed a notice of appeal this week in Commonwealth Court, challenging a lower court’s ruling denying her access to records at the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office relating to the Nizah Morris incident.


The second in a three-part series

“I can’t tell you how many times I have wanted to open a bottle of scotch in the middle of the day and start drinking, but I know I won’t stop.” Julie West, 75, retired three years ago after a 50-year career in social work. “I worked 12 to 15 hour days for decades,” she explained. “I never had enough time. Now time is all I have. It’s a little daunting.”

As Alexander Nicolas grew up, his relationship with his parents became increasingly tumultuous as a result of his LGBTQ identity. In middle school, his parents indicated they wished it was just a phase when their child expressed interest in pursuing a queer relationship. 

It’s been a stressful year, featuring plenty of attacks on the LGBTQ community. With 2019 winding down, we’re heading full force into the 2020 presidential election cycle and wondering what implications it will bring for queer folks. But we here at PGN want to remind readers of the accomplishments that have been made for our community in the Greater Philadelphia area. Sit back, push aside the visions of next week’s Thanksgiving meal and reminisce on these 10 pieces of positive news that rocked Philly’s queer-sphere this year (in no particular order). 

As part of Transgender Awareness Week, Queer Latinx social justice organization GALAEI announced the launch of a visual campaign that highlights the everyday experiences of 12 trans and gender-nonconforming Philadelphians. 

A critical and hidden emergency faces Pennsylvania's LGBTQ community: How will we care for the state's aging LGBT population and the myriad problems those Pennsylvanians are facing every day?

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