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Settlement reached in building dispute

A contentious dispute involving a building in Center City that formerly housed many LGBT businesses and nonprofits has been settled.

Local HIV/AIDS service organization Philadelphia FIGHT is starting the new year on the right foot with the relaunching of its highly popular and longstanding Project TEACH classes.

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.

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