At its annual meeting last Tuesday, local LGBT chamber of commerce Independence Business Alliance announced a new awards program that seeks to fuel the growth of local LGBT businesses.
Earlier this year, the Philadelphia Flyers joined such major-league teams as the Phillies and 76ers in hosting an LGBT night for their fans, and two more sports clubs are following in their lead this month.
Buoyed by this week’s Supreme Court decision affirming the right of a California university to deny funding to a student group that discriminates against gays, city attorneys were preparing legal papers to block a local Boy Scouts of America council’s permanent occupancy of a city-owned building.
Chief Inspector James Tiano, who served as the liaison between the LGBT community and Philadelphia Police for the past 12 years, is retiring at the end of the month, and his role will be filled by a longtime veteran who pledged to carry on his predecessor’s commitment to ensuring the safety of all LGBT Philadelphians.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 200,000 Americans are currently unaware they’re living with HIV, and local HIV/AIDS service organizations are planning a host of events next week to reduce that figure.
Throughout the summer, local seniors will have the chance to complete a survey that will assist both LGBT and mainstream agencies in becoming better equipped to handle the needs of the elder sexual-minority population.