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The Philadelphia Bar Association chose Rue Landau, executive director of the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations, to receive the 2019 Cheryl Ingram Award — an honor recognizing individuals who have worked to advance the issues of LGBTQ people in Philadelphia.

Landau was presented with the prize at an intimate ceremony at the Field House on April 2 among friends, family and a who’s who of local LGBTQ community leaders, including Amber Hikes, executive director of the Mayor’s Office of LGBT Affairs, Judge Dan Anders and the SeniorLAW Center’s Larry Felzer.

The major Jewish holiday of Passover is coming up, and there will be an LGBTQ community seder on the festival’s third night.

It’ll take place April 21 at Calvary United Methodist Church, 801 South 48th Street, from 5:30 to 9 p.m.

Passover commemorates the ancient Hebrews’ liberation by God from slavery in Egypt, and their freedom as a nation under the leadership of Moses.

While Pennsylvania residents await a statewide Fairness Act to be passed, another area municipality passed its own nondiscrimination ordinance to protect LGBTQ and other people.

The Upper Moreland Township Board of Commissioners (VIII. A. 4.) on April 1 unanimously passed legislation which calls for “Establishing a Human Relations Commission, and to adopt an official policy of nondiscrimination in Upper Moreland Township, which prohibits discrimination in employment, housing, commercial property and public accommodations within the Township.”

A decade of working in city government and volunteering for community groups and nonprofits has given Lauren Vidas a valuable piece of insight that’s fueling her run for City Council: A lot of good can happen in communities when government is working properly.

And right now, she said, it’s just not.

 A national organization that promotes openly LGBTQ candidates for elected office just announced three additional endorsements in Philadelphia’s upcoming primaries.

The Victory Fund previously endorsed three candidates for the city’s judiciary and now is promoting Council candidates as well, citing a chance to make history.

A Philadelphia nonprofit that helps thousands of people deal with chronic illnesses just got a big reward so it can help even more.

Action Wellness received a Penn Medicine CAREs grant for $1,800 that executive director Kevin Burns said would be used to cover some “transportation expenses for clients who are unable to use public transportation to get to urgent or emergency medical and social service appointments.”

With survey evidence that the LGBT population has grown, New York-based advocacy organization Family Equality Council has joined forces with Reproductive Medicine Associates to expand parenting opportunities for the community.

“As the only national LGBTQ organization focused specifically on supporting LGBTQ families and those who seek to form them, Family Equality Council is uniquely positioned to assist RMA in its care of LGBTQ patients,” said The Rev. Stan J. Sloan, CEO of Family Equality Council, in a press statement.

It was supposed to be a celebration of the annual Trans Day of Visibility. Philadelphians were to gather at City Hall at midday Tuesday to raise the Trans Pride Flag and hear speakers from the trans community.

But the ceremony took a different turn when an audience member verbally attacked one of two out transgender candidates running in the May 21 primary election, Deja Lynn Alvarez.

If a recently inaugurated crowd-funding effort doesn’t succeed in raising adequate capital, a local HIV-services agency will be forced to close its doors within two months.

The board of Siloam Wellness has initiated a GoFundMe campaign in an attempt to raise $500,000, which would give the agency enough money to continue operations for the next two years. The group is also trying to buy time to pursue plans aimed at stabilizing the beleaguered agency’s finances in the long term.

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