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Judge Daniel Anders was the first openly gay man to run for office in Philadelphia and be elected as a judge in the state of Pennsylvania. Nominated in 2007 by Governor Ed Rendell and confirmed by the Penn. State Senate, he ran for judicial office in 2009 and won citywide. He followed Judge Ann Butchart, the first openly LGBTQ person to be elected to office in Philadelphia in 2005.  Anders currently serves in the civil branch of the Trial Division of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas.

The LGBT Bar Association announced that it will grant Tiffany Palmer the national Leading Practitioners Award at the Lavender Law Conference in Philadelphia. The conference, held Aug. 7-9, is the largest LGBTQ+ legal conference and career fair in the country. Palmer is a long-time participant.

Happy birthday to Philadelphia ballroom — 30 years young, and counting.

It was August 1989 when the city’s first ball — dubbed Onyx Ball for organizer Michael Gaskins, late mother of the House of Onyx — was held. The anniversary will be celebrated this weekend at Lithuanian Music Hall.

Before Aidan DeStefano came out as trans, he felt “trapped.” As a child, he kept his hair short and wore boys’ clothes.

“How could I possibly explain to somebody that I had a male brain but female body?” said DeStefano, who started testosterone at age 15 before later undergoing gender-affirming surgery.

 

Gavin Grimm is 20 now, but he has been fighting ongoing high school bathroom restrictions on trans students in Virginia.

Grimm returned to Norfolk Federal Court for a summary hearing on July 23, four years after he first petitioned the courts over using the boys bathroom in 2015, when he was a high school sophomore who had recently transitioned. He was banned from using the boys bathrooms post-transition. Grimm graduated in 2017.

Regulations to ban LGBTQ conversion therapy get early nod

The Daily Herald reports Utah psychologists would be prohibited from practicing so-called conversion therapy on LGBTQ kids under proposed new state regulations.

Ecuador has first same-sex marriage, following court ruling

A lesbian couple has married in Ecuador in the first same-sex wedding since a landmark ruling last month by the country’s highest court.

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