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The U.S. Supreme Court this week declined to hear an appeal filed by students at Boyertown Area Senior High School who object to transgender students using restrooms and locker rooms that correspond to their gender identity.

After hundreds of anti-abortion activists held a rally against him outside the Planned Parenthood clinic at 11th and Locust Street on May 10, pressure has been put on Rep. Brian Sims to issue an apology for the actions that spurred the protests.

In a fundraising letter May 18, Sims issued his first apology since the furor began May 1. But the letter has only fueled more outrage from his critics.

 

Barbara Gittings is one of the single most important figures in American LGBTQ history.

Before Stonewall, Gittings was performing groundbreaking work for lesbian and gay people throughout the U.S. In one iconic photo of her, a 33-year-old Gittings pickets Independence Hall on July 4, 1966. She’s holding a sign that reads, “Homosexuals should be judged as individuals.”

A bill that would greatly enhance the rights of and the resources for LGBTQ elders passed its first major hurdle.

The bill, S3484, the Bill of Rights for LGBT Older Adults, was voted out of the state’s Senate Health Committee last week.

David Bielenberg will be the first-ever executive director in the organization’s 37-year history

In his teen years, David Bielenberg sang in school musicals and church choirs. He later grew into the LGBTQ choral movement.

“It became a way to tell the LGBTQ story, in addition to a hobby, he said.

 

A recent study found 63 percent of LGBTQ millennials are considering growing their families

Doctors using the wrong pronouns. Considering freezing eggs or sperm before transitioning. Deciding which person in a couple should carry the child.

Tuesday proved to be a difficult night for LGBTQ candidates in Philadelphia’s primary election.

Tiffany Palmer, a lesbian who lives in Mount Airy, prevailed in the Court of Common Pleas judgeship race. Meanwhile, Republican candidate Daniel “Duke” Orsino proceeds with his unchallenged District 1 bid.

 

Police arrested a suspect in last weekend’s murder of a transwoman and community advocate in the city’s Franklinville section. 

Michelle Washington, a transwoman of color, was shot to death in the early hours of May 19 on the 3400 block of North 11th Street. Police responded to the scene at approximately 5:07 a.m.

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