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The Philadelphia Bar Association chose Rue Landau, executive director of the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations, to receive the 2019 Cheryl Ingram Award — an honor recognizing individuals who have worked to advance the issues of LGBTQ people in Philadelphia.

Landau was presented with the prize at an intimate ceremony at the Field House on April 2 among friends, family and a who’s who of local LGBTQ community leaders, including Amber Hikes, executive director of the Mayor’s Office of LGBT Affairs, Judge Dan Anders and the SeniorLAW Center’s Larry Felzer.

Lucy Flores could be any woman — straight, bisexual, lesbian trans. That she’s a well-known Nevada politician with the kind of life story that elevates her to star status is why former Vice President Joe Biden was in Nevada to endorse her for a Lieutenant Governor run in 2014. At that time, Flores alleges, Biden put his hands on her shoulders, smelled her hair and then kissed her on her head.

Flores described the incident and how it made her feel in an op-ed in The Cut on March 29. Several presidential candidates have spoken out in support of her including Sen. Elizabeth Warren and former Obama HUD Secretary Julián Castro.

George Clooney calls for boycott of hotels over anti-gay law

George Clooney is calling for a boycott of nine hotels in the United States and Europe with ties to the sultan of Brunei, which next month will implement Islamic criminal laws to punish gay sex by stoning offenders to death.

The Hollywood actor wrote March 28 in Deadline Hollywood: “Are we really going to help fund the murder of innocent citizens?”

Sen. Sanders displays transgender pride flag at office

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is showing his support for transgender Americans by displaying the new transgender pride flag placed outside his Burlington office, The Burlington Free Press reported.

The independent senator said in a social-media post that discrimination has no place in society and he was displaying the flag as a show of support for transgender people across the United States.

The major Jewish holiday of Passover is coming up, and there will be an LGBTQ community seder on the festival’s third night.

It’ll take place April 21 at Calvary United Methodist Church, 801 South 48th Street, from 5:30 to 9 p.m.

Passover commemorates the ancient Hebrews’ liberation by God from slavery in Egypt, and their freedom as a nation under the leadership of Moses.

While Pennsylvania residents await a statewide Fairness Act to be passed, another area municipality passed its own nondiscrimination ordinance to protect LGBTQ and other people.

The Upper Moreland Township Board of Commissioners (VIII. A. 4.) on April 1 unanimously passed legislation which calls for “Establishing a Human Relations Commission, and to adopt an official policy of nondiscrimination in Upper Moreland Township, which prohibits discrimination in employment, housing, commercial property and public accommodations within the Township.”

LGBTQ groups are claiming victory following Google’s March 28 decision to stop offering an app by a ministry that included material considered “ex-gay” involving conversion therapy, which is the practice of trying to change a person’s sexual orientation.

The group Truth Wins Out, based locally, has been at the forefront in the fight against the practice.

The Trump administration’s ban on transgender people serving openly in the military is set to start on April 12, unless the president has a change of heart. The only thing left is the wait, preparation and anxiety among service members who will be affected.

On March 26, a three-judge panel on the D.C. Circuit Court lifted the last of four injunctions that had stopped the ban.

Two days later, the House of Representatives passed a nonbinding resolution formally condemning the Trump administration’s transgender military ban. The vote was 238-185. Every Democrat backed the measure, but only five Republicans did. Bucks County Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick was among them.

Independence Business Alliance has something for everyone in April

Make new connections with Professional Women’s Roundtable and Independence Business Alliance members at an informal happy hour. Network with local professionals in a variety of industries; learn more about the educational, developmental and volunteer opportunities available to members; and about the IBA’s Women in Business event series.
5:30-7:30 p.m., April 6 at Porta, 1216 Chestnut St.

DOJ Pride, a group representing the Department of Justice’s LGBTQ employees and contractors, has delivered a letter to U.S. Attorney General William Barr about the “declining morale” of, and outright discrimination against, LGBTQ workers.

The group cited two main concerns: the lack of a DOJ-issued Equal Employment Opportunity statement, and the results of an October 2018 survey that showed only 31 percent of respondents felt the department valued its LGBTQ employees.

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