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Last week the Pennsylvania Convention Center hosted the Philadelphia Trans Wellness Conference, a three-day affair, organized by the Mazzoni Center. The PTWC is the largest trans-specific conference in the world, and this year a preliminary count asserted over 11,000 people attended the event that ran Aug. 25-27, exceeding last year’s number, according to Larry Benjamin, spokesperson for the Mazzoni Center.

Judge Daniel Anders was the first openly gay man to run for office in Philadelphia and be elected as a judge in the state of Pennsylvania. Nominated in 2007 by Governor Ed Rendell and confirmed by the Penn. State Senate, he ran for judicial office in 2009 and won citywide. He followed Judge Ann Butchart, the first openly LGBTQ person to be elected to office in Philadelphia in 2005.  Anders currently serves in the civil branch of the Trial Division of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas.

The LGBT Bar Association announced that it will grant Tiffany Palmer the national Leading Practitioners Award at the Lavender Law Conference in Philadelphia. The conference, held Aug. 7-9, is the largest LGBTQ+ legal conference and career fair in the country. Palmer is a long-time participant.

Happy birthday to Philadelphia ballroom — 30 years young, and counting.

It was August 1989 when the city’s first ball — dubbed Onyx Ball for organizer Michael Gaskins, late mother of the House of Onyx — was held. The anniversary will be celebrated this weekend at Lithuanian Music Hall.

Before Aidan DeStefano came out as trans, he felt “trapped.” As a child, he kept his hair short and wore boys’ clothes.

“How could I possibly explain to somebody that I had a male brain but female body?” said DeStefano, who started testosterone at age 15 before later undergoing gender-affirming surgery.

 

A gay Jenkintown man has filed suit against Kelly Services Global LLC after being terminated from a job assignment for allegedly touching a male coworker inappropriately.

Kelly Services is a global employment agency based in Troy, Michigan that assigns people primarily to temporary employment.

First in a three-part series. Some names have been changed to protect privacy.

For centuries, being LGBTQ has been associated with mental illness, criminality and sociopathology. Laws against sodomy were established in the 17th century in the U.S. and only overturned fully in 2003 by the Supreme Court. Committing sodomy was often used as an example of mental illness, so the connection between homosexuality as both mental illness and criminality was constantly being made and reinforced.

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) of the American Psychiatric Association is the handbook used by healthcare professionals in much of the world as the authoritative guide to diagnosing mental disorders. The DSM categorized homosexuality as a mental disorder until 1973 and being transgender until 2013.

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