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The Victory Institute celebrated Pride month with its 2019 Out for America report and news that the most LGBTQ elected officials in history are now in office.

As Mayor Pete Buttigieg stands on the presidential debate stage as the first openly gay presidential candidate, across the U.S., 698 LGBTQ officials represent the people.

 

Pete Buttigieg made history at the first round of Democratic debates. On the eve of Pride, Buttigieg’s presence was the first out gay candidate in a presidential debate. He is also one of the top contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination, rising in the polls over the past six months, now ranked fifth according to Politico. 

The Print Center in Philadelphia held a public panel with prominent local archivists whose job is to preserve and present LGBTQ history in honor of the Stonewall uprising’s 50th anniversary.

During the June 26 panel discussion, experts spoke about the process of gathering and preserving material that documents LGBTQ history and ways to present material that elucidates history and educates the public.

 

Philadelphia was out and proud in New York City this year during World Pride.

With a commitment of “around $500,000” for June, Visit Philadelphia, the city’s official tourism marketing agency, showed support for the LGBTQ community during this iconic month that celebrated the anniversary of the Stonewall riots.

 

Part one of a three-part series on disability in the LGBTQ community.

While LGBTQ people celebrated Pride and Stonewall 50 this month, many community members couldn’t join the party.

On social media, disabled LGBTQ people declared their frustration, anger and feelings of exclusion that many Pride celebrations were inaccessible to people with mobility disabilities, as well as to people who are Deaf, blind or have sensory sensitivities.

Three board members have resigned from their posts with Liberty City Democratic Club since April, the volunteer LGBTQ political action committee announced June 29.

The departures are those of Kristina Furia, the group’s treasurer, and co-chairs Alexander Olson and Anne Wakabayashi. Nine board members remain at the organization, for which bylaws require a leadership of 9-15 people, Olson said. 

On the 50th anniversary of Stonewall, Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta expected to speak on the floor of the Pennsylvania House about a resolution he introduced that commemorates the historical riots.

Instead, feeling “deflated,” he left the state chambers for an almost three-month summer recess alongside his colleagues with the resolution unheard, Kenyatta said.

Thousands join gay pride parades around the world

Thousands of people turned out for gay pride celebrations around the world June 29, including a boisterous party in the Mexican capital.

Vermont: Insurers can’t deny care for transgender youth

The State reported Vermont is clarifying that insurers cannot deny coverage of gender affirmation health care because of the individual’s age.

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