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Three new transgender-rights bills to pass in New Jersey State

The New Jersey State Assembly gave final legislative approval last week for three transgender-rights bills. Gov. Phil Murphy is expected to sign the bills, which impact how gender identity appears on certain records.

Tattooed Mom’s other-worldly green interior will host a full roster of queer small-business owners selling self-made goods that range from occult objects, tinctures and tchotchkes to trans portrait prints and Pride-positive embroidery hoop art.

Philly Queer Bazaar on Saturday, June 2, is a free event organized for the second time by Kisha Robinson, a queer person of color, and an artisan herself. Robinson runs Bomani Apparel, a handmade clothing company, also on the vendor’s list for Saturday’s bazaar.

Last week’s cuts to queer Latinx social-justice organization Galaei’s Trans Equity Project, a sexual-health and HIV-counseling program serving Philadelphia’s trans community, will not be reversed, said interim director Francisco Cortes.

Diversity, inclusion and community involvement were the hot-button topics at Philadelphia’s first-ever LGBT State of the Union, hosted by the Mayor’s Office of LGBT Affairs at the Kimmel Center.

The SOTU brought together the executive directors of 10 organizations to address the public with TED Talk-style presentations. Those organizations included the William Way LGBT Community Center, The Attic Youth Center, Mazzoni Center, COLOURS Organization, Galaei, Philly Pride, Philly Black Pride, Independence Business Alliance, Delaware Valley Legacy Fund and LGBT Elder Initiative.

 LGBT advocates are praising a recent order by a three-judge panel of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals that allows trans students at Boyertown Area Senior High School to access restrooms, locker rooms and other facilities consistent with their gender identity.

“This case has always been about ensuring a fair and equal educational environment for transgender students,” said Mary Catherine Roper, deputy legal director of the ACLU of Pennsylvania, which was involved in defending the case. “We are grateful that the court understood that, and we are especially grateful to our clients who bravely stood up in defense of the school’s practice.”

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