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Mayor Jim Kenney signed an “inclusivity package” expanding protections for trans, nonbinary and gender-nonconforming Philadelphians into law Thursday morning at City Hall. 

The three bills, introduced by Councilmember Helen Gym, amend the city’s Fair Practices Ordinance with modern, inclusive definitions of “sexual orientation” and “gender non-conforming”; require youth organizations to implement policies ensuring nondiscriminatory treatment of trans and gender-nonconforming youth; and ensure City and public buildings provide accessible, gender-neutral bathrooms, including on each of floor of City Hall. 

Nearly 6,000 people participated in more than 450 conversations Oct. 17 as a part of On The Table Philly —  an engagement initiative designed to “elevate civic conversation” and foster community.


Last week, State Rep. Brian Sims hosted a legislative policy hearing in Center City about comprehensive sex education for Pennsylvania’s youth. The hearing spoke to HB1586, the Comprehensive Sex Ed Bill, introduced into the State House last February and referred to the Committee on Education last June.

After hearing 20 minutes of oral arguments last week, a Philadelphia judge denied trans attorney Julie Chovanes' request for records at the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office relating to the Nizah Morris incident.

Klayton Fennell, a Comcast Corp. executive, recently filed suit against the media giant, claiming a hostile work environment caused him to be passed over for promotions, subjected to antigay slurs, denied equal pay and pressured to leave the Philadelphia headquarters.

Inspired by a lack of LGBTQ representation among members of Philadelphia City Council, Daniel “Duke” Orsino wants to shake up the legislative body — and his political party. 

Sherrie Cohen describes herself as a life-long fighter for the LGBTQ community. 

In 1975, she joined radical lesbian group DYKETACTICS! in filling Philadelphia’s City Council Chambers to protest the impending denial of Bill 1275, which would have outlawed anti-gay discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations. Cohen, along with other organizers, was dragged from the room by police and kicked down four flights of stairs. The activists became one of the first LGBTQ groups in the nation to sue law enforcement officials for excessive use of force.

Of the seven at-large seats available on Philadelphia City Council, two are reserved for minority party or Independent candidates. A voter who steps into the booth on election day can pick five candidates, the same number each party is allowed to nominate under the Home Rule Charter, thus clearing the way for members of a rival political party to step up to the legislative plate. 

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