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A former student at Valley Forge Military Academy and College has filed suit against the prestigious Main Line institution, claiming he was sexually assaulted by other male students in a brutal hazing ritual known as “toothpasting.”

On April 17, attorneys for “John Doe” filed a 24-page lawsuit against the school in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court.

When Stormé DeLarverie died at age 93 on May 24, 2014, it was a mere month before the 45th anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion. Now the 50th approaches. The New York Times’ obituary of DeLarverie noted, she “threw the first punch” at the police who were harassing patrons of the Stonewall Inn in New York’s Greenwich Village in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, though this has not been confirmed. 

A federal judge dismissed the antibias lawsuit filed by an African-American lesbian against Parx Casino on the basis that anti-LGBT workplace bias isn’t prohibited by federal law.

On April 12, Judge Joel H. Slomsky of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania tossed out the case of “Michelle Doe.” But the judge said Doe could refile her lawsuit as a sex-discrimination case if she chooses to do so.

New Jersey LGBT Chamber of Commerce hosting event

The New Jersey LGBT Chamber of Commerce has partnered with TD Bank to host an event for the development of local businesses.

A Juniata Park man recently filed suit against Woody’s Bar and Voyeur Nightclub claiming he was served excessive amounts of alcohol at the establishments that caused him to sustain “life-altering” injuries, including a permanent injury to his left ankle.

The patron, Joamir Vazquez-Rios, filed a 16-page complaint on April 17 against the Center City venues, seeking damages in excess of $50,000.

With a record number of LGBTQ candidates running for office this year, Liberty City Democratic Club had its work cut out for it.

And after months of poring over candidate questionnaires and the last couple weeks of hosting the political hopefuls, the club has released its endorsements for the May 21 primary election.

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals this week said city officials acted within their legal rights when they stopped referring children to a Catholic foster-care agency that refuses to certify same-sex couples as foster parents.

In March 2018, city officials stopped referring foster-care children to Catholic Social Services after published reports disclosed the agency wouldn’t place children with same-sex couples.

The Gay Liberation Front has been named one of a few grand marshals for World Pride 2019/Stonewall 50 in New York City. The group represents LGBTQ community past, present and future. 

In the early hours of June 28, 1969, the Stonewall Rebellion began. Gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, drag queens and trans people refused to be subjected to one more police raid; one more night of lesbians being strip-searched to see if they were wearing three articles of women’s clothing; one more night of gay men being shoved apart with night sticks; one more night of lesbians and trans women being sexually abused; one more night of the worst verbal abuse and as much physical abuse as the police could get away with.

The nation’s newest culture war played out on the grounds of a Philadelphia library last weekend, marking the first such local demonstration over a Drag Queen Story Time. 

A Christian group from Hanover clashed with community members outside the Free Library’s Lovett Memorial Branch in Mount Airy during an April 20 DQST  reading.

The Attic Youth Center has named an acting executive director and launched two investigations following damaging allegations that a minor was sexually assaulted on its premises and that former employees had experienced racial discrimination while working at the LGBTQ youth-serving nonprofit.

Attic board member Shawnese Givens stepped into the acting executive-director role, replacing Carrie Jacobs, who was immediately relieved of her duties when the accusations surfaced in early March.

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