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The last week leading up to the inauguration of the new president has brought several LGBT-related political developments: Following the announcement that openly gay Episcopal Bishop V.

Members of a virulently antigay organization arrived for a scheduled demonstration at a local high school this week and were met with throngs of LGBT and ally students and community leaders, who provided a united front against the protesters’ vitriol.

A law went into effect this week that requires all employers in Philadelphia to provide unpaid leave for workers or their close family members — same-sex partners included — who have been victims of domestic or sexual violence.

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.

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