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Few figures in the Philadelphia LGBTQ community are more evocative of the words “road to Stonewall” than Kiyoshi Kuromiya.

Born in the Heart Mountain Relocation Camp for Japanese Americans in Wyoming in 1943, Kuromiya would later tell gay historian Marc Stein in an interview, “I don’t remember a thing about Heart Mountain, although in 1983 my mother and I visited the site of this concentration camp, which the government called a relocation center for Japanese Americans during World War II, two-thirds of whom were American citizens.”

 

At 114 cases per 100,000, Philadelphians are living with HIV at five times the national average rate.

Currently, 19,199 residents are living with HIV, according to a Department of Health report on the most recent data. Youth ages 13-24 accounted for more than 26 percent of new diagnoses in 2017.

To help combat the high rate of infection, health services nonprofit Philadelphia FIGHT Community Health Centers will hold the HIV Prevention and Education Summit on June 11 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The conference, part of the organization’s 25th-annual AIDS Education Month event series, aims to inform people about the disease and issues those living with it experience.

 

Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) attended a roundtable discussion this week with a group of LGBTQ seniors at the John C. Anderson Apartments.

The roundtable, held May 28, was conducted r to receive feedback on issues impacting LGBTQ seniors that could inform the senator’s efforts to pass the recently-introduced Inclusive Aging Act.

 

Healthcare for transgender, gender nonconforming and nonbinary people is increasingly under threat from the Trump Administration. Philadelphia’s Mazzoni Center wants TGNCNB folks to know their Gender Affirming Services program welcomes all TGNCNB people, with services designed to provide both the best care and environment for the TGNCNB community.

Mazzoni Director of Communications Larry Benjamin told PGN the Center’s policy utilized inclusive hiring and staffing practices and focuses on making all members of the LGBTQ-plus community feel welcome.

 

Jonathan Katz’s participation in a gay liberation organization during the 1970s spurred his passion for researching LGBTQ history.

A native of New York City’s Greenwich Village, Katz joined the Gay Activists Alliance in 1971. He then wrote the documentary play “Coming Out!” which was performed the following year at the group’s firehouse.

Katz’s interest fueled his recent discovery at Philadelphia’s Presbyterian Historical Society. There, the LGBTQ historian found new evidence supporting the theory that Rev. Carl Schlegel, a German immigrant to the United States, publicly defended gay rights in New Orleans in 1906-07 — making him the earliest-known gay rights activist in the country, Katz said.

The U.S. Supreme Court this week declined to hear an appeal filed by students at Boyertown Area Senior High School who object to transgender students using restrooms and locker rooms that correspond to their gender identity.

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