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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.

A Downington priest has been arrested and charged with stealing nearly $100,000 of church funds for a beach house at the New Jersey shore, travel, Grindr dates with other men and other “sexual relationships with men.”

The Chester County District Attorney’s Office announced the arrest of Father Joseph McLoone, 56, for the theft of $98,405.50 from St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. McLoone is alleged to have diverted parish funds into a secret account, misappropriating fees charged to parishioners and other fraudulent activity. McLoone has been charged with “theft by unlawful taking” and related offenses.

A traveling exhibit exploring the histories of Pennsylvania municipalities that have fought for LGBTQIA-plus nondiscrimination ordinances will be on display at the William Way LGBT Community Center’s Archives Gallery from Sept. 2-20. 

"The Long Road to LGBTQ+ Equality in Pennsylvania” was created by the Pennsylvania LGBT History Network, a coalition of individuals and organizations dedicated to preserving queer stories, in partnership with the History Project, an archiving initiative operated by the LGBT Center of Central PA. Launched in Harrisburg in March, the exhibit has snaked its way through towns including Lancaster, Carlisle, Erie and Allentown to inform people of more than 50 years of attempts to achieve LGBTQ equality in the Keystone State. 


Officials at the University of Pennsylvania have withdrawn their request for a judge to unseal the name of a trans woman who’s suing them.

“Jane Doe” is suing the Ivy League college, its hospital and various associates for medical malpractice, wrongful termination and a host of other claims.

After two years of production, TransWork, a job resource program built by Philadelphia’s LGBT Chamber of Commerce, Independence Business Alliance (IBA), launches this fall with a series of workshops and job fairs benefiting the city’s trans and nonbinary communities. The program kicks off Thursday afternoon at William Way LGBT Community Center. A job preparedness workshop will offer focus sessions on resumes, interviews, entrepreneurship, plus a legal segment outlining the workplace rights of trans employees.

At the end of her third year in high school, Ivy* sewed a quilt corresponding to the theme “belonging.” 

The creation’s perimeter is made of pink, purple and blue swatches — a nod to the bisexual flag. It surrounds a smaller, brown square that represents the African-American community and frames a rainbow-colored female symbol at the piece’s center. 

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