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A decade of working in city government and volunteering for community groups and nonprofits has given Lauren Vidas a valuable piece of insight that’s fueling her run for City Council: A lot of good can happen in communities when government is working properly.

And right now, she said, it’s just not.

First. Black. Lesbian. Mayor. Of. A. Major. U.S. City.

It is difficult to overstate the historic nature of Lori Lightfoot’s landslide victory to become the next mayor of Chicago. In a runoff that pitted two black Democratic women progressives against each other, Lightfoot’s win puts her not only in one of the highest-profile positions for a black woman, but also makes her one of the highest-placed LGBTQ people in U.S. politics.

Major companies in Pennsylvania are on the right track when it comes to meeting the needs of LGBTQ employees, according to a new survey by the Human Rights Campaign.

The 17th annual Corporate Equality Index rated more than 1,000 national companies and law firms on their commitment to providing equal and inclusive practices, policies and benefits to LGBTQ workers. Out of the 48 companies surveyed in Pennsylvania, half of them earned a perfect score of 100 and a spot on the HRC’s “Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality” list.

An organization that started helping vulnerable, abused and homeless young people more than 45 years ago is getting almost $3 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

HUD awarded Valley Youth House more than $2.9 million to renew and start more Rapid ReHousing programs around southeastern Pennsylvania. That’s an increase of $500,000 over last year’s grant.

 A national organization that promotes openly LGBTQ candidates for elected office just announced three additional endorsements in Philadelphia’s upcoming primaries.

The Victory Fund previously endorsed three candidates for the city’s judiciary and now is promoting Council candidates as well, citing a chance to make history.

As the Equality Act fails to move forward in Congress yet again, a new Pew Research study and a new Gallup poll show that a majority of Americans don’t think LGBT people face discrimination. Among young adults, the demographic traditionally most supportive of LGBT rights, perceptions of discrimination against gay and lesbian people dropped by 16 points.

Justices reject B&B owner who denied room to gay couple

The Supreme Court is rejecting an appeal from a Hawaii bed and breakfast that wouldn’t rent a room to a lesbian couple, The Washington Post reported.

A Philadelphia nonprofit that helps thousands of people deal with chronic illnesses just got a big reward so it can help even more.

Action Wellness received a Penn Medicine CAREs grant for $1,800 that executive director Kevin Burns said would be used to cover some “transportation expenses for clients who are unable to use public transportation to get to urgent or emergency medical and social service appointments.”

Chicago prosecutors dropped all charges on Tuesday in their case against “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett.

In a case that has had more plot twists than the “Empire” TV drama, an emergency court hearing was held in Chicago on March 26, after which Smollett’s attorneys announced that “his record has been wiped clean of the filing of this tragic complaint against him.”

Smollett reported being the victim of a racist and homophobic hate crime attack on Jan. 29. On Feb. 21, he was charged with disorderly conduct and for lying to the police, who alleged he had lied about the assault. Smollett was charged on March 8 with 16 felony counts of lying to police, one count for each time he told his story. He was held on $100,000 bail, the amount usually set for manslaughter.

Australian man contracts HIV despite taking PrEP drug

An Australian man has been diagnosed with HIV despite taking a pre-exposure prophylaxis medication known as PrEP.

Steven Spencer, 27, from Sydney tested positive for HIV in December, despite diligently using PrEP “on demand” before and after sexual encounters in line with the advice of doctors.

He is believed to be the seventh person globally to be diagnosed with HIV while adhering to a PrEP regimen.

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