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It is great to celebrate how far black LGBTQ people have come, but to see us on screen, we must recognize that not all representations are good. Quality, not just quantity, matters, because 84 percent of Americans only learn about black LGBQ folks through the images they see in the media.

A New Jersey hospital has named a trans woman as its new LGBTQ health guide in response to the state’s high demand for specialized primary-healthcare services for the LGBTQ community.

Jackie Baras was appointed as Robert Johnson Wood University Hospital’s first LGBTQ health navigator, a new position that will connect LGBTQ-identified patients and staff to available resources. RJWUH is currently the only hospital in New Jersey that offers healthcare services specifically for the LGBTQ community.

This year’s Philadelphia Family Pride conference is taking a more stridently political tone this year.

The mission: to raise awareness of LGBTQ rights but, more importantly, to rally the troops in protecting those rights. 

A Northampton County nursing assistant is taking action against the Alzheimer’s patient-care facility that recently fired her, citing discrimination because she is a trans woman of color.

“Jane Doe” filed suit Sept. 18 against The Gardens for Memory Care at Easton, seeking an unspecified amount in damages and remedial measures at the facility. The case has been assigned to U.S. District Judge Wendy Beetlestone, who’s based in Philadelphia.

The Consulate of Mexico in Philadelphia has signed a memorandum to partner with Philadelphia FIGHT “to spread the culture of inclusiveness and the importance of diversity” for LGBTQ members of the Mexican-American community, said consulate officials.

Alicia Kerber, Philadelphia’s consul of Mexico, signed the memo with Philadelphia FIGHT CEO Jane Shull Sept. 25 at The Bourse building at Independence Hall. The partnership agreement will provide education for the LGBTQ immigrant community in Philadelphia, Kerber said.

Mazzoni Center’s board of directors issued an open letter outlining plans it says are in action to improve morale and create a healthier workplace after a series of internal crises.

The board acknowledged the “organizational challenges stemming from a period of controversies and leadership changes over the past two years” in the letter, posted on the center’s website Sept. 19.

Mental-health professionals are advocating for suicide-prevention education to begin as early as elementary schools.

The rate of suicide for LGBTQ youth has risen by more than 70 percent over the past decade, and is on the rise in all children aged 10 and under. 

While the vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh hits a snag amidst a credible accusation of sexual assault, it is worth noting that the process otherwise would have moved forward without a clear understanding of where he stands on LGBTQ rights.

The Office of LGBT affairs launched an inaugural leadership-training program aimed at developing the diversity of local LGBTQ nonprofit boards.

Applications are now being accepted for the Community Leadership Pipeline Initiative, the Office of LGBT Affairs’ pilot program that will train LGBTQ people of color, youth, seniors and trans people for leadership positions in the city’s LGBTQ nonprofit organizations.

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