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To increase access to housing services for patients of FIGHT's Y-HEP Adolescent and Young Adult Health Center, the HIV-prevention group has teamed up with social services organization Valley Youth House.

Philadelphia City Council passed three bills Thursday fortifying protections for trans and nonbinary people by strengthening gender-neutral bathroom requirements, expanding anti-discrimination policies for those working with queer youth and updating language in the city’s Fair Practices Ordinance to be more inclusive. 

The HIV epidemic in Philadelphia disproportionately affects Black people.

AIDSvu reports that the rate of Black men living with HIV is 10.1 times that of white men, and Black women live with HIV at a rate of 22.2 times that of white women. Latino/Hispanic men are living with HIV at 5.1 times the rate of white men, and the rate of Latina/Hispanic women living with HIV is 12.1 times that of white women.

 

William Way LGBT Community Center’s 17th-annual gala will honor Stonewall 50 with the theme of “Activism!” Celebrating the contributions of LGBTQ pioneers, the event will focus on those made by Black and Brown trans women and femmes while bringing together 280 business and community leaders, artists, activists, friends and neighbors.

 

This year’s OutProud Awards honor eight Philadelphians dedicated to supporting the LGBTQ-plus community.

“We look to see who’s been more than just out and proud about who they are,” said Franny Price, executive director of Philly Pride Presents (PPP). “We want to make sure that people get recognized who traditionally don’t.”

ACT UP Philadelphia, a non-partisan group devoted to combatting HIV and AIDS, is sponsoring free buses to the U.S. Supreme Court on Oct. 8, when justices will hear three cases concerning whether LGBTQ people are protected from workplace discrimination under the 1964 Civil Rights Act. 

Dr. Sherman Leis, a pioneer of gender-affirmation surgery for trans people, has joined Delaware County Memorial Hospital, an Upper Darby institution that is part of the Crozer-Keystone health system, as an attending surgeon. 

This month, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia hosted and co-sponsored a conference "to address the challenges of gender and sexual identity problems" featuring an anti-gay group focused on conversion therapy and "curing" homosexuality.

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