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The City of Philadelphia released a report Tuesday that outlines priorities for improving care for youth in residential placements. The 19 recommendations, which detail how to strategically reduce the number of youth in residential facilities, were derived from The Youth Residential Placement Task Force that Philadelphia City Council established about a year ago to work on the issue. 

 

Penn Nursing — ranked as the best nursing school in the world — has received a $100,000 grant from the Robert I. Jacobs Fund of the Philadelphia Foundation for HIV research. The grant is for an investigation led by one of the top local experts in the field of HIV research, Dr. José A. Bauermeister. Bauermeister is a presidential professor of nursing and director of the Program on Sexuality, Technology and Action Research (PSTAR) at Penn Nursing. He also serves in the National Institutes of Health on Sexual and Gender Research.

 

The Human Rights Campaign has created a series of indexes and reports on the status of LGBTQ equality in the U.S. The latest, the Municipal Equality Index (MEI), details the rankings of cities in all 50 states. Philadelphia landed a perfect score. Using metrics in five main areas with subsets within those five areas, HRC ranks how well a city is doing for its LGBTQ citizens, with the top score being 100.

Queer Philadelphia couple Kate Austin and Sarah Sulsenti appeared on "The Ellen Show” last week after asking the talk show host in a viral tweet to attend their upcoming wedding.

 

Trans attorney Julie Chovanes filed a notice of appeal this week in Commonwealth Court, challenging a lower court’s ruling denying her access to records at the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office relating to the Nizah Morris incident.

 

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“I can’t tell you how many times I have wanted to open a bottle of scotch in the middle of the day and start drinking, but I know I won’t stop.” Julie West, 75, retired three years ago after a 50-year career in social work. “I worked 12 to 15 hour days for decades,” she explained. “I never had enough time. Now time is all I have. It’s a little daunting.”

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