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As members of the Liberty Gay Rodeo Association look eagerly toward the warmer weather and this summer’s second annual Stampede, the organization now has several new leaders who are committed to seeing that the group has another successful ride this year.

Philadelphia’s revenue department is currently updating materials associated with the city’s real-estate transfer tax to raise awareness about a 2007 ruling that expanded the scope of the tax’s exemptions to include same-sex couples.

Gloria Casarez

Mayor Michael Nutter named Gloria Casarez, former executive director of the Gay and Lesbian Latino AIDS Education Initiative, as the city’s director of LGBT affairs in April.

President Bush signed a bill into law last week that, among other conditions, requires businesses to transfer retirement benefits to the same-sex partners of their employees in case of an employee’s death, like the procedure that is utilized for heterosexual married couples.

The world’s largest soup manufacturer refused this week to bow to pressure from right-wing, antigay groups who criticized its decision to reach out to LGBT consumers.

Two bills with the potential to have a tremendous impact on the local LGBT community had their days in the Pennsylvania legislature in 2008 — and failed.

A Philadelphia woman with HIV who says she was wrongfully prevented from enrolling in a training program of her choice due to her HIV status has received an undisclosed cash settlement from the school.

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