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Pope denounces anti-gay ‘persecution’ as recalling Nazi era

Pope Francis has denounced anti-gay discrimination as reminiscent of Nazi-era persecutions and evidence of a “culture of hatred” that has re-emerged today.

 

The New Jersey Transgender Equality Task Force issued a report on the lived experiences of trans New Jerseyans on Wednesday. From a six-month mission of research and community conversations centered on assessing legal and societal barriers to transgender equality, the report provides recommendations to the governor and legislature on ways to improve the lives of transgender people and ensure equity.

 

The FBI has released its annual Hate Crime Statistics report, which concluded that LGBTQ people are targeted in nearly one in five hate crimes. In Philadelphia alone, the number of such reported crimes has doubled in just two years.

 

Trans attorney Julie Chovanes filed a notice of appeal this week in Commonwealth Court, challenging a lower court’s ruling denying her access to records at the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office relating to the Nizah Morris incident.

 

The second in a three-part series

“I can’t tell you how many times I have wanted to open a bottle of scotch in the middle of the day and start drinking, but I know I won’t stop.” Julie West, 75, retired three years ago after a 50-year career in social work. “I worked 12 to 15 hour days for decades,” she explained. “I never had enough time. Now time is all I have. It’s a little daunting.”

As Alexander Nicolas grew up, his relationship with his parents became increasingly tumultuous as a result of his LGBTQ identity. In middle school, his parents indicated they wished it was just a phase when their child expressed interest in pursuing a queer relationship. 

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