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*Editor's note: This story has been updated to clarify that Sharron Cooks organized this event. The original story stated that Equality Pennsylvania organized the event.

As the conversation about the rights and protections available for transgender students heats up across the county, activists, LGBT organizations and city officials came together last week in Philadelphia to re-affirm support for nondiscrimination policies and for transgender youth.

A local university included LGBT issues, with a focus on the transgender community, at a research forum Wednesday. Harper Jean Tobin, the director of policy for the National Center for Transgender Equality, and researchers presented findings at the Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership’s 2017 Helen I. Moorehead-Laurencin, MD Sex and Gender Research Forum. The event, held at Drexel University’s Gerri C. Lebow Hall, highlighted the college’s research on sex and gender.

We could all use a little good news these days, right? Well, our Spring Wedding Issue is chock full of it! From engagements to weddings to anniversaries, local couples share their love stories, and some tips on how we can all keep love alive. 


Malcolm Kenyatta said he recently felt like he was experiencing scenarios similar to the ones on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” in which correspondents interview people on the streets about topics such as whether they prefer Obamacare or the Affordable Care Act.

It was First Friday in Old City Philadelphia, November 2012, and the usual crowds were weaving in and out of the open storefronts, taking in original art, enjoying wine and cheese. William Ortiz, a fine artist and avid photographer from Lancaster, was exhibiting a couple of his paintings at one of the art galleries.

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