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Two years after Tommy Berner proposed to Anthony Reto on vacation on the island of Mykonos, they vowed to spend the rest of their lives together on May 9, 2019, in a ceremony officiated by their friend Ian Morrison in Charleston, South Carolina.

For years, if same-sex couples wanted a religious commitment ceremony or wedding, they had only one option, UFMCC — the United Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches. Founded in 1968, the church has 222 member congregations in 37 countries. A mainline Protestant denomination, UFMCC has special outreach to LGBTQ people as part of its ministry and has long been called “the gay church.”

Angela Zhong was 16 when she organized the South’s first Peace Conference.

The two-day event, held at Zhong’s high school outside of Houston, Texas, in February, educated students about human trafficking and hypersexualization as threats disproportionately affecting minorities and LGBTQ youth.

Second in a three-part series on mental health.

President Trump blamed mental health conditions for the latest wave of mass shootings in an Aug.5 speech delivered at the White House when he said,  “Mental illness and hatred pulls the trigger, not the gun.”

Officials at The University of Pennsylvania want a federal judge to unseal the real name of a trans woman who’s suing the university and its hospital for medical malpractice, wrongful termination and other wrongdoing.

Last week the Pennsylvania Convention Center hosted the Philadelphia Trans Wellness Conference, a three-day affair, organized by the Mazzoni Center. The PTWC is the largest trans-specific conference in the world, and this year a preliminary count asserted over 11,000 people attended the event that ran Aug. 25-27, exceeding last year’s number, according to Larry Benjamin, spokesperson for the Mazzoni Center.

Judge Daniel Anders was the first openly gay man to run for office in Philadelphia and be elected as a judge in the state of Pennsylvania. Nominated in 2007 by Governor Ed Rendell and confirmed by the Penn. State Senate, he ran for judicial office in 2009 and won citywide. He followed Judge Ann Butchart, the first openly LGBTQ person to be elected to office in Philadelphia in 2005.  Anders currently serves in the civil branch of the Trial Division of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas.

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