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Philadelphia remains the poorest of the top 10 most populous cities in the United States, according to census data released in September. While poverty rates have decreased in the nation overall, Philly holds that dubious designation for the 10th consecutive year, with 25.99 percent — more than 400,000 Philadelphians — living in poverty and 36.4 percent earning $25,000 or less.

The human body experiences many changes as it ages. The immune system weakens, chronic illnesses can develop and the body takes longer to recover from illness or injury. Yet it can be hard to talk about these changes, especially if we don’t have safe places to discuss our health with providers who are knowledgeable and sensitive to the unique needs of LGBT people.

This year has been a taxing one for the LGBTQ community. In 2018, the nation has seen the Trump administration’s unwavering attack on the transgender community, a halt in research methods that could delay finding a cure for HIV and the appointment to the Supreme Court of an anti-LGBT justice.

But here in Philadelphia, great things are happening. As we bid farewell to the final days of 2018 and embrace the holiday season and the spirit of giving, we bring you a list of worthy local nonprofit organizations that do the hard work behind the scenes of promoting LGBTQ equality and providing an array of services to vulnerable people. Join in and help these pioneering organizations doing forward-thinking work. It’s how society writ large moves forward, and most donations are tax deductible to boot. How’s that for a sell?

Mill Hill, once considered a drug-ridden, rundown slum in Trenton, N.J., is now an upscale residential neighborhood that’s attracting more artists, big-city professionals and, now, more LGBTQ couples and families to the area. The six-block neighborhood — about 35 minutes north of Philadelphia — is a burgeoning community “that offers more than meets the eye,” said Gregory Rollins, a recent Mill Hill transplant.

U.S. Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon fulfilled the promises she made while campaigning to fight for LGBTQ equality: She recently joined the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus and signed on as a cosponsor of the Equality Act — moves that have local LGBTQ-rights advocates looking to other elected officials to make good on their promises.

Color guard: if you’ve heard of it at all, chances are you’ve heard the people involved dubbed the “reject cheerleaders,” or simply seen them with the band at football halftime shows. The guard is a team of people who use flags, sabres, rifles and dance to tell a story with music. In the band world, they’re dubbed “the auxiliary,” or simply referred to as the visual component of the show. As years have passed and guard has advanced, the “sport of the arts” has found other venues away from the band, creating its own community to showcase technical skill, athletic ability and artistry. While guard remains a cornerstone of half-time performances all over the country within marching bands, guards operating independently from scholastic programs can be found in regional and worldwide competitions as well as exhibition-only programs that participate in local events or parades.

Democrats delivered the biggest House win in 45 years in last month’s midterm elections.

And that, according to out TV mogul Ryan Murphy, gave him hope.

Speaking at the Trevor Project’s TrevorLive 2018 Gala in Los Angeles on Dec. 2, Murphy said, “In 2020, I’m going to create and fund, with corporate sponsorship, a multi-million dollar organization that targets anti-LGBTQ candidates running for office.”

Bebashi — Transition to Hope is aiming to be the city’s full-service, trans-specific resource center in the coming year.

To that end, the nonprofit, which provides a bevy of culturally sensitive services for Philadelphians, is opening the Trans Necessities Closet pilot program to provide the trans community with free binders, prosthetics and other gender-affirming resources.

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