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This week the Philadelphia Bar Association released its final slate of judicial ratings, which includes candidates running for judicial seats and sitting judges running for retention in the Court of Common Pleas, leading up to the Nov. 5 general election.

Mayor Jim Kenney signed an “inclusivity package” expanding protections for trans, nonbinary and gender-nonconforming Philadelphians into law Thursday morning at City Hall. 

The three bills, introduced by Councilmember Helen Gym, amend the city’s Fair Practices Ordinance with modern, inclusive definitions of “sexual orientation” and “gender non-conforming”; require youth organizations to implement policies ensuring nondiscriminatory treatment of trans and gender-nonconforming youth; and ensure City and public buildings provide accessible, gender-neutral bathrooms, including on each of floor of City Hall. 

TransWork, an employment program for trans, nonbinary and gender-nonconforming people, will hold its second job fair Nov. 4 in collaboration with health insurance company Independence Blue Cross.

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California heard arguments Wednesday in a case, with plaintiffs that include two local LGBTQ organizations, challenging a proposed Trump administration rule that would allow health care professionals to refuse services on the ground of personal religious or moral beliefs.

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