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The Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau works each year to make Philadelphia a top destination for conventions, conferences and other large economy-stimulating events — including those that cater to LGBT audiences, an effort that will now be undertaken by a tourism professional with experience in attracting diverse visitors to the area.

The daughter of a late longtime City Councilman officially threw her hat into the ring last week, as she seeks to become the first openly LGBT City Council member in Philadelphia history.

Guests at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel were treated to a rousing rendition of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” Dec.

Help for the holidays

National LGBT agency The Trevor Project wants to ensure those struggling because of their sexual orientation or gender identity know they’re not alone this holiday season.

LGBT health facility Mazzoni Center will pay tribute to its namesake next week with an event that will look back on the late physician’s role in the progress of the LGBT and HIV/AIDS communities in Philadelphia.

More than 60 supporters of Riders Against Gender Exclusion added their names to the SEPTA Rider’s Bill of Rights, which RAGE presented to the transit agency at its public meeting Dec.

Following several highly publicized suicides by gay youth this fall, this year’s annual OutFest paid special tribute to LGBT young people, with dozens of students taking the stage to thunderous applause and choruses of “It gets better” from throughout the neighborhood.

A theater company that will be largely guided by a group of LGBT theater aficionados will celebrate its opening season this spring, providing Philadelphia with a new outlet for both overlooked theatrical pieces and actors.

Westboro to visit Philly

Antigay fringe group Westboro Baptist Church is set to visit Philadelphia next week to protest at two Catholic high schools and a Jewish community center.

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