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While organizers of the Pride Festival are busy finalizing plans for next week’s celebration, another group of organizers is gearing up for a local tradition that is less celebratory in nature and more of a rallying cry for the LGBT community’s female members.

AIDS Thrift angles for funds

Philly AIDS Thrift, a local store that donates a significant portion of its revenue to area HIV/AIDS causes, will host a fundraising party from 5-9 p.

Cleric calls for eradication of homosexuality

A radical Shiite cleric has called for the “depravity” of homosexuality to be eradicated, but his spokesperson later said the remark should not be taken as a fatwa to kill gays.

Gloria Casarez (center), the city’s director of LGBT affairs, and members of the Anna Crusis Women’s Choir present Jane Golden (left), director of the city’s Mural Arts Program, with the choir’s inaugural Themis Award during the group’s May 30 “All Our Children Can Fly” concert.

Mayor Nutter shakes hands with members of the Philadelphia Firebirds women’s football team before the squad’s May 30 game against the D.

Longtime Philadelphia Inquirer staffer Gail Shister announced last week that she will leave the publication June 1.
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