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The LGBT Bar Association announced that it will grant Tiffany Palmer the national Leading Practitioners Award at the Lavender Law Conference in Philadelphia. The conference, held Aug. 7-9, is the largest LGBTQ+ legal conference and career fair in the country. Palmer is a long-time participant.

Happy birthday to Philadelphia ballroom — 30 years young, and counting.

It was August 1989 when the city’s first ball — dubbed Onyx Ball for organizer Michael Gaskins, late mother of the House of Onyx — was held. The anniversary will be celebrated this weekend at Lithuanian Music Hall.

Before Aidan DeStefano came out as trans, he felt “trapped.” As a child, he kept his hair short and wore boys’ clothes.

“How could I possibly explain to somebody that I had a male brain but female body?” said DeStefano, who started testosterone at age 15 before later undergoing gender-affirming surgery.

 

A gay Jenkintown man has filed suit against Kelly Services Global LLC after being terminated from a job assignment for allegedly touching a male coworker inappropriately.

Kelly Services is a global employment agency based in Troy, Michigan that assigns people primarily to temporary employment.

First in a three-part series. Some names have been changed to protect privacy.

For centuries, being LGBTQ has been associated with mental illness, criminality and sociopathology. Laws against sodomy were established in the 17th century in the U.S. and only overturned fully in 2003 by the Supreme Court. Committing sodomy was often used as an example of mental illness, so the connection between homosexuality as both mental illness and criminality was constantly being made and reinforced.

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) of the American Psychiatric Association is the handbook used by healthcare professionals in much of the world as the authoritative guide to diagnosing mental disorders. The DSM categorized homosexuality as a mental disorder until 1973 and being transgender until 2013.

 

Leading up to the Philadelphia Trans Wellness Conference, which will take place July 25-27 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, the Mazzoni Center has launched a creative ad marketing campaign that can be seen on the sides of SEPTA buses and the vehicles’ awnings.

In light of this year’s “Trans Joy” conference theme, Minnesota native Grace Schleisman’s artwork appears at the heart of the campaign —sprawling the back of a fully-wrapped SEPTA bus.

 

For the second time, a Philadelphia judge has dismissed all criminal charges against Brandon W. Bostian, the openly-gay train engineer involved in a deadly Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia.

During a July 23 court proceeding, Philadelphia Common Pleas Judge Barbara A. McDermott cleared Bostian, 36, of one count of risking a catastrophe, eight counts of involuntary manslaughter and 246 counts of reckless endangerment.

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