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 Longtime trans advocate Barbra “Babs” Siperstein is expected to be honored this month in New Jersey with the passage of groundbreaking legislation in her name. Under the proposed law, trans people born in New Jersey can change their gender on their birth certificates without undergoing gender-confirmation surgery.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of Philadelphia Pride. Over the last three decades, Pride Day has evolved from a small, impromptu march to the largest LGBTQ celebration in the region. Today, Pride offers more inclusive spaces to commemorate past LGBTQ victories while highlighting an ever-expanding spectrum of sexual orientations and identities.

Independent Business Alliance will host a Pride Brunch at Cuba Libre 1-3 p.m. June 10, giving Pride-goers a break from the festivities and the elements to network with members.

Tattooed Mom’s other-worldly green interior will host a full roster of queer small-business owners selling self-made goods that range from occult objects, tinctures and tchotchkes to trans portrait prints and Pride-positive embroidery hoop art.

Philly Queer Bazaar on Saturday, June 2, is a free event organized for the second time by Kisha Robinson, a queer person of color, and an artisan herself. Robinson runs Bomani Apparel, a handmade clothing company, also on the vendor’s list for Saturday’s bazaar.

Last week’s cuts to queer Latinx social-justice organization Galaei’s Trans Equity Project, a sexual-health and HIV-counseling program serving Philadelphia’s trans community, will not be reversed, said interim director Francisco Cortes.

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