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According to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control, the rates of chlamydia and syphilis continue to rise and disproportionately affect several minority populations, including gay men.

Members of a virulently antigay organization arrived for a scheduled demonstration at a local high school this week and were met with throngs of LGBT and ally students and community leaders, who provided a united front against the protesters’ vitriol.

A city agency that enforces civil-rights laws is the target of a federal lawsuit by five African-American males who say they’ve been victimized by racism and sexism within the agency.

PAC keeps after Morris records

Members of the city’s Police Advisory Commission are continuing to discuss the possibility of signing a confidentiality agreement prior to reviewing records related to the Nizah Morris homicide, which are housed at the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office.

Portland’s gay mayor sworn in

The Advocate reports gay mayor Sam Adams was finally sworn in at 12:01 a.

Although LGBT-headed families might have to overcome many more obstacles than their heterosexual counterparts, nonprofit Philadelphia Family Pride has successfully worked for the past 15 years to alleviate those challenges by heightening the visibility and cohesion of the local LGBT parenting community.

HIV-positive judge appointed

An openly gay man living with HIV has been appointed to the Constitutional Court of South Africa by the country’s president.

A law went into effect this week that requires all employers in Philadelphia to provide unpaid leave for workers or their close family members — same-sex partners included — who have been victims of domestic or sexual violence.

As members of the Liberty Gay Rodeo Association look eagerly toward the warmer weather and this summer’s second annual Stampede, the organization now has several new leaders who are committed to seeing that the group has another successful ride this year.

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