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The new crop of city councilmembers known as the “Freshman Four” are excited to start tackling some of Philly’s most pressing issues, including those affecting LGBTQ+ communities. At-large Councilmembers Kendra Brooks, Isaiah Thomas and Katherine Gilmore Richardson, and District Councilwoman Jamie Gauthier are between the ages of 34 and 40 and are vying to bring a younger perspective to city government. 

Valley Youth House is organizing the annual Philadelphia Youth Count in conjunction with the Office of Homeless Services. On Thursday, Jan. 23, Valley Youth House volunteers will work on the street to count homeless youth and survey them about their housing situation. This will occur during two shifts, from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m., and again from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. 


The Community Control of Health, a local committee of Black and Brown LGBTQ and Poz folks are holding a symposium “focused on the liberation of queer and trans Black and Brown persons centering their experiences of sexual and racial oppression in a safe, confidential environment, designed specifically for that community.”


As of Jan. 8, out State Rep. Brian Sims has a Democratic challenger for the 2020 primary. Public education advocate and Ward 5 Committee Person Marisa Shaaban announced her candidacy for Pennsylvania House District 182.

In a new year so fraught with gun violence in Philadelphia, and in which hate crimes against various communities, including LGBTQ folks, are way up, former Portland, Oregon Chief of Police Danielle Outlaw has been hired as Philadelphia’s new commissioner.

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