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Deja Lynn Alvarez, an LGBTQ advocate and trans woman, has announced her candidacy for an at-large seat on the Philadelphia City Council.

Alvarez is the city’s first trans candidate for an at-large seat on the council and said it is time for someone with a fresh perspective on important community issues.

As the newly appointed co-dean of Rutgers Law School in Camden, Kimberly Mutcherson’s goals include imbuing in each student a sense of how the law can improve people’s lives.

As the first black lesbian to be named co-dean, Mutcherson said her academic work advocating for reproductive justice and equality will continue alongside her high-profile position.

After two years of leadership changes, relocation to a new space and unfounded rumors of financial difficulties, the COLOURS Organization started 2019 with a new goal in mind: A reintroduction to the community.

A leadership change in Pennsylvania’s House of Representatives could mean LGBTQ people in the Keystone State will have a renewed chance for protections against discrimination at work, in housing and in business services.

A new mobile-testing van is letting Philadelphians take advantage of free HIV testing.

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation is making testing and treatment options more accessible with a specially equipped van that makes weekly stops around the city.

As 2019 begins, local LGBTQ-serving nonprofit organizations have big plans for the upcoming year including celebrating milestones, bolstering community-based programs and services, and changing some leadership roles.

Part two of a two-part series.

Daniela Porter is succinct:

“Let me say first that I am grateful for government aid. I was happy to pay taxes to support the safety net when I was able to work. I just didn’t realize then that poverty is a full-time job. Poverty means no errors, no emergencies, no extras, no energy.”

Porter, 59, represents one of the LGBTQ community’s most-hidden members: She’s a disabled lesbian.

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