Op-Ed

When Megan Rapinoe kissed girlfriend Sue Bird after winning the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France on July 7, it was a kiss seen — and felt — round the world.

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June 28th marked the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots. The riots, which ensued after New York City police raided the Stonewall Inn, were not the first, nor were they the last. However, the Stonewall riots were a catalyst that marked the beginning of many important milestones in our Nation’s fight for LGBTQ-plus rights.

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Like millions of American women, I’ve been reading E. Jean Carroll for decades. Witty, incisive, uncompromising and very, very smart, her work has appeared in myriad venues, from Rolling Stone to Esquire, Elle to Playboy. She had a talk show on NBC and was nominated for an Emmy for her writing for Saturday Night Live.

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For 17 years, Traci Marie Curtis lived in an apartment at Fifth and Carpenter streets.

She rescued countless homeless cats, taking in a few and accommodating the rest in outdoor shelters after having them neutered or spayed. Curtis was a friend to the elderly — they often experience abandonment and loneliness, she noted. She put out her own money to help the needy, human or animal.

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On April 29, former Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, were having a sit-down interview onABC’s “Good Morning America.”

It’s two months until the first debate among the 20-plus Democratic candidates. The first primary vote isn’t until Feb. 3, 2020. So why is Biden being treated like a nominee instead of one of many candidates?

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Charles Rhines has already spent nearly half his life on death row. On April 15 the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear his appeal. Now, barring clemency from the governor, Rhines will be executed — because he is gay.

No one disputes the facts of Rhines’ crime, including Rhines. In 1993, while burglarizing the doughnut shop from which he’d been recently fired, a worker came in. Rhines stabbed the man to death.

He was convicted of first-degree murder. 

The circumstances of Rhines’ sentencing has been what’s raised questions for years, causing the editorial boards of major newspapers to call for clemency and The Marshall Project to take up his case.

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Black Prides came into existence because black queer leaders all over the country were raising awareness of HIV/AIDS and the effect it had on communities of color. They didn’t want to throw a party.

The genesis of Philly Black Pride came about in the fall of 1998 at the COLOURS Organization under Michael Hinson’s leadership. Hinson and other community leaders of color wanted to recognize and celebrate the duality of being black and gay. These LGBTQ leaders of color did not feel like mainstream Pride celebrations were reflective of the intersections of race, gender identity and sexual orientation. Hinson recalls accusations of a lack of inclusion and racist practices from mainstream Pride organizations, so he did what black people have always done: Start their own.

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On March 4, 2019, Woodbury Community Pride held its first economic development/business-attraction program geared toward LGBTQ business owners and entrepreneurs.

It was the result of a two-year, intentional and purposeful effort driven by two core beliefs. First, LGBTQ people must be given the opportunity to participate in the economy to build wealth and influence in order to erase systemic marginalization. Second, LGBTQ people must be allowed to be who they are, where they are.

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Deja Lynn Alvarez told OUTPour: “Being a trans woman is illegal in most of America’s eye, then you add the criminal-justice system. There will be no justice!”

I believe if you want to understand our criminal-justice system, all you need to do is look at trans women of color.

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There is a quote by advocate Zeke Thomas: “Everyone heals in their own time and in their own way. The path isn’t always a straight line, and you don’t need to go it alone.”

In this downpour of #MeToo hastags after Harvey Weinstein, Bill Cosby and Matt Lauer (where in the world is he, anyway?), Dr. Monique Howard is making sure all sexual-assault survivors in Philadelphia have all the support they need.

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