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As Alexander Nicolas grew up, his relationship with his parents became increasingly tumultuous as a result of his LGBTQ identity. In middle school, his parents indicated they wished it was just a phase when their child expressed interest in pursuing a queer relationship. 

It’s been a stressful year, featuring plenty of attacks on the LGBTQ community. With 2019 winding down, we’re heading full force into the 2020 presidential election cycle and wondering what implications it will bring for queer folks. But we here at PGN want to remind readers of the accomplishments that have been made for our community in the Greater Philadelphia area. Sit back, push aside the visions of next week’s Thanksgiving meal and reminisce on these 10 pieces of positive news that rocked Philly’s queer-sphere this year (in no particular order). 

As part of Transgender Awareness Week, Queer Latinx social justice organization GALAEI announced the launch of a visual campaign that highlights the everyday experiences of 12 trans and gender-nonconforming Philadelphians. 

A critical and hidden emergency faces Pennsylvania's LGBTQ community: How will we care for the state's aging LGBT population and the myriad problems those Pennsylvanians are facing every day?

A trans woman of color has filed suit against a Dunkin' Donuts shop in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, claiming a hostile work environment prevented her from doing her job correctly and resulted in her illegal firing.

The Jewish Family and Children's Service of Greater Philadelphia wants to highlight trans acceptance in Jewish communities with the event Transgender and Jewish: Conversations for a Changing Community. The event will take place on Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. at The Barbara and Harvey Brodsky Enrichment Center in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania.  


Philadelphia Gay News is one of more than 20 news organizations producing Broke in Philly, a solutions-oriented collaborative reporting project on poverty and Philadelphia's push for economic justice.



During his late teenage years, Julian* lived in foster care under the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services and experienced bouts of homelessness.

While living on the streets, he often sought refuge at Broad Street Ministries, a church and social services hub in Center City, before connecting with the West Philadelphia-based family resources organization Methodist Services, which offers 10 transitional housing units for LGBTQ young people ages 18-21 in its Quads on Lancaster supportive housing program. 

Resources for LGBTQ+ college students are continuously expanding. Some U.S. colleges and universities, such as Emory and the University of Maryland, have made lists of out LGBT faculty members visible online. Locally, the University of Pennsylvania LGBT Center announced the publication of its Faculty Out List on Oct. 31, closing out LGBT History Month. 

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