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Philadelphia school-district officials have settled the lawsuit filed by Amanda  Wible, a former public school student who maintains she suffered severe bullying because she’s gender nonconforming.


Valley Youth House organized the annual Philadelphia Youth Count in conjunction with the Office of Homeless Services. On Thursday, Jan. 23, Valley Youth House volunteers worked on the street to count homeless youth and survey them about their housing situation. This occurred during two shifts, from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m., and again from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. 



The 2019-20 Philadelphia Resident Survey details responses to city services such as public safety, healthcare, community programs and education, among other services that impact quality of life. It also breaks down Philadelphia demographics, including race, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, education level and other identifying factors.  


On Jan. 21, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation banning the use of an LGBT-panic defense to get a reduced penalty for committing a homicide in the state. The New Jersey Senate unanimously passed the legislation last month. With Murphy’s signature, the Garden State has become the ninth state in the nation to pass such legislation, along with New York, Hawaii, California, Rhode Island, Illinois, Maine, Nevada and Connecticut.

Carlton Raye Bell, Jr., 27, met "Jake Doe," 14, on Grindr, where Jake was known by the user name "UnderageTwink," and Bell was known as "CJ." After their initial exchange, Bell allegedly asked that the two move their conversation to Snapchat, so that there would be no record of their talk, because he was nervous about the boy's age, which Jake had told Bell was 15.

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