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The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation recognized Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), Temple University Hospital, Penn Medicine, Mazzoni Center, Einstein Medical Center-Philadelphia and other Philadelphia-area health care facilities as "LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Leaders" and "Top Performers."

The Community Control of Health conference hosted by ACT UP Philadelphia was moved from August 31 to February 8. ACT UP Philadelphia Organizer Jose de Marco said the date change was to ensure the conference drew larger numbers. “This is a discussion about community-controlled health care and you need the majority of the community there to have that discussion.” He said that the projected turn out was not as big as he had hoped, likely due to Labor Day.

Sherrie Cohen has filed a lengthy appeal, challenging the ruling of a Philadelphia judge who disqualified her from running for a seat on City Council as an Independent candidate in the general election after having relinquished her primary run as a Democrat.

In an 11-page ruling issued Aug. 16, Common Pleas Judge Abbe F. Fletman opined that Cohen was too late in withdrawing from the primary election to run in the general election as an Independent.

In the days leading up to her boyfriend’s alleged death by suicide, North Philadelphia trans woman Faith Palmer was denied a restraining order against him by the District Attorney’s Office and misgendered by police officers in a domestic violence report she filed. 

The Aug. 16 report, taken by Police Officer Tigue, details that around 7:30 that morning, “he was in an argument with his boyfriend, his boyfriend picked the [complainant] up and slammed them to the ground. [Complainant] made previous Domestic Violence Reports and was denied a [Protection From Abuse Order] by the DA’s Office.”

Palmer showed Tigue both state and federal identification that uses her correct name and gender, she said. While “Faith Palmer” and “female” were denoted by the officer when taking down her general information on the report, the written description of the incident misgenders Palmer, according to documents obtained by PGN. 


Philadelphia Gay News is one of more than 20 news organizations producing Broke in Philly, a solutions-oriented collaborative reporting project on poverty and Philadelphia's push for economic justice.


A new app aimed at connecting LGBTQ Philadelphians with queer-competent, affordable health care providers is launching early next month, just in time for OutFest, the nation’s largest National Coming Out Day event on Oct. 13.



The Federal Communications Commission released an analysis Aug. 15 recognizing young LGBTQ Americans as a high-risk population for suicide attempts.

The findings in the report are based on the results of the National Suicide Hotline Improvement Act that Congress passed in August 2018. In the publication, the group calls for an increase of “specialized services” to better support LGBTQ youth and veterans. 

The HRC Corporate Equality Index ranks 23 Pennsylvania-based companies on its 2019 list of “Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality.”

Most of those companies are based in Philadelphia or suburban Main Line. Twelve of the top 20 Fortune 500 ranked companies received 100 percent ratings and nine of those companies are also employers in the Philadelphia area.


A Philadelphia man was found allegedly dead by suicide on Aug. 18, after a video showing him being bullied while defending his relationship with a trans woman was widely circulated online earlier this year. 

The clip shows a group of people surrounding Maurice “Reese” Willoughby, 20, and berating him about dating his girlfriend, Faith Palmer. 


Palliative care is a 21st-century growth market.

From 2000-16, the care model — which focuses on humanistic treatment for patients living with a life-threatening illness — expanded its hospital services by 178 percent, adding at least 1,100 programs nationally, according to the Center to Advance Palliative Care.

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