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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.

The following incidents in the Midtown Village and Washington Square West areas were reported to the Sixth Police District between June 6-20.

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.

About 100 people participated in a protest outside City Hall June 30 to draw attention to the city’s HIV/AIDS housing crisis.

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.

University of Pennsylvania LGBT Center director Bob Schoenberg (from top right) and students Cory Lamoureux and Robert Fuss were among 100 people who turned out Tuesday night to hear LGBT activist Judy Shepard, mother of slain gay college student Matthew Shepard, talk about the transformations she’s undergone in the 12 years since her son’s murder.

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.

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