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Before Methodists gathered in St. Louis last month to debate the future of LGBT people in the second-largest denomination of protestant Christians in America, it was the conservatives who were talking about leaving. Now it is the progressive wing of the United Methodist Church that is considering its options.

For years Pennsylvania Rep. Kevin Boyle (D-172nd Dist.) and Rep. Thomas Murt (R-152nd Dist.) have tried but failed to toughen the state’s hate-crime law. Now, they’re hoping their third try will be successful.

Their bipartisan bill, which was inspired by a high profile and vicious attack in 2014 on a young gay couple in Center City, is now in the hands of the State House Judiciary Committee.

Another legislative session means yet another attempt at making discrimination against LGBTQ people illegal in Pennsylvania, but things are a little different this time around.

The Pennsylvania Fairness Act — which would provide protection at work, in housing and in business services — has a fighting chance now that Rep. Garth Everett (R-84th Dist.) replaced Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-12th Dist.) as chairman of the House State Government Committee.

 Marc Coleman is a Philadelphia success story by any means. He grew up in North Philadelphia and went to high school in Willingboro, N.J. From there, it was on to Princeton and Temple universities.

Today, his digital agency The Tactile Group has 20 employees and he hopes to hire five more by the end of this year. And since he’s outgrowing his brightly-colored Gayborhood office, he plans to get a space that’s twice the size.

LGBTQ foster parenting session scheduled

There are many LGBTQ youth in Philadelphia in need of LGBTQ affirming foster parents as they navigate the road to finding a forever family. To that end, Philadelphia Family Pride is hosting an information session for interested, and even just curious, participants to help them make informed decisions about fostering a young person.

 While anticipation mounts for the 2020 presidential election, there are candidates for offices across the country who could start making an impact this year.

Those at LGBTQ Victory Fund — the only national organization dedicated to electing LGBTQ leaders to public office — are onboard with those 2019 hopefuls.

 Sleepaway camp is an American summer tradition — and one that, in numerous  communities, finally embraces and accommodates the diversity of LGBTQ campers.

Camp Harlam, an overnight camp with recreational and educational activities for Reform Jewish youth, is among the summer programs that evolved to  not only include LGBT youth, but also to celebrate them.

Virginia school board delays ending transgender bathroom ban

A school board in Virginia will not take any immediate action to overturn its transgender bathroom ban after some community members spoke in favor of keeping it, The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported.

The board’s announcement Feb. 21 came two days after it met some resistance at a public forum over changing the policy. A policy was proposed to allow transgender high school students to use bathrooms that correspond with their gender identity.

British Airways joins wave of airlines introducing “non-binary” gender options 

British Airways is the latest international airline to announce it will offer a non-binary gender option when booking tickets for passengers who identify outside of male or female.

The British carrier’s announcement follows similar moves from major U.S. airlines, as well as Air New Zealand, which recently said it was looking to introduce more gender options.

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