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The state agency that enforces Pennsylvania’s nondiscrimination law has scheduled a first-ever session to explore public opinion about the proposed bill to incorporate sexual orientation and gender identity into the law.

Jennifer Tobits, a lesbian widow who’s been seeking the death benefits of her deceased wife for three years, won’t have to wait much longer.

In 1963, openly gay Pennsylvanian Bayard Rustin organized the March on Washington, which went on to become one of the nation’s most influential and well-known civil-rights events.

The Walmart Foundation announced this week that it will provide a $300,000 grant to Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders, which provides support and services for LGBT older adults across the nation.

A federal judge has ruled in favor of Jennifer Tobits, a lesbian widow who had petitioned for the death benefits of her deceased wife, Sarah Ellyn Farley.

The LGBT community has another victory to celebrate this week, as the federal Employment Nondiscrimination Act was voted out of a Senate committee, the first time it’s seen movement in several years.

The marriage-equality landscape changed indelibly last Wednesday as the Supreme Court struck Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act and invalidated Proposition 8, and reverberations from those rulings are starting to be felt.

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