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A Philadelphia judge this week denied a prosecution request to exclude ballistics evidence in the upcoming trial of Matthew J. White, accused of murdering a trans woman’s boyfriend last year.

During a Sept. 17 court proceeding, Common Pleas Judge Barbara McDermott said she’ll allow the evidence, which defense attorney Eileen J. Hurley said raises the possibility that someone other than White killed Barry Jones.

Forty-three Republican members of Congress and officials representing eight states have filed amicus briefs in support of a local Catholic agency’s legal quest to resume foster-child referrals from the city, despite that the agency won’t place children with same-sex couples.

Bi Visibility Day promises to bring some well-deserved attention to an often-overlooked and occasionally misunderstood part of the LGBTQ community.

The event will be held 6 p.m. Sept. 23 at William Way LGBT Community Center, 1315 Spruce St. The Bisexual Pride flag will be raised and there will be brief remarks from community members, including Amber Hikes, director of the Mayor’s Office for LGBT Affairs, and Katie Schank, a therapist at Mazzoni Center.

 A campaign official for the Pennsylvania Republican gubernatorial candidate is defending one of his consultants, who shared a transphobic meme, saying he will not be fired after Democrats called for his resignation.

The candidate, Scott Wagner, came under fire last week for his lack of response to a transphobic image Ray Zaborney, his campaign consultant, sent via group text to several campaign staffers.  A Billy Penn reporter published screenshots of the meme after Zaborney mistakenly included the journalist on the group message.

Let’s face it, it’s tough to compete with the job Team Philadelphia did in the Gay Games in Paris, France, Aug. 4-12. In case you missed it, the 60 LGBT-identified athletes on the home team brought back 38 medals.

Local out comedian and performer James Bradford is hosting two film screenings to benefit Philly AIDS Thrift, Sept. 19 at PhilaMOCA and Sept. 26 at The Trestle Inn.

This isn’t Bradford’s first benefit for PAT. Last year he hosted a standup comedy benefit at Tabu.

The William Way LGBT Community Center will host a memorial for Ghosha D’Aguanno, local pop singer and songwriter, Sept. 16. She died in April from complications from cancer.

The memorial will be held from 1-4 p.m. and is open to the public. It will begin at the William Way, 1315 Spruce St., and progress to the Tavern on Camac, 243 Camac St.

 Wherever you are in parenthood — trying, expecting, raising, chasing — you’re busy. So, if you’re looking for advice, say, navigating IVF or your toddler’s terrible twos, it’s got to fit your schedule.

You should try a podcast. Over a quarter of Americans are listening to one monthly, and most of them are tuning in while they’re doing something else, like commuting, working, exercising,and parenting!

Ray Rachlin, certified professional midwife and owner of Refuge Midwifery, is celebrating the one year anniversary of her home-birth practice and its expansion. Refuge’s new office space open its doors in West Philly just this month.

Refuge Midwifery is one of four CPMs in city limits, and one of the only home-birth practices catering to LGBTQ patients.

If there’s a road less traveled, Jeff Guaracino probably traversed it more than once.

The seasoned tourism expert — who also wrote a travel column for this newspaper — is setting out to conquer new vistas in a place he knows well: Philly.

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