Following the success of the Keystone Pride Conference on March 20, Philly Pride has listed all Pennsylvania and Delaware Valley events on our webpage (www.phillygaypride.org/keystone-pride-calendar).
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the founding of The COLOURS Organization, a nonprofit organization in Philadelphia that has provided social-justice initiatives, community-building programs and HIV/AIDS related services to Black lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons since 1991.
While rancor and posturing drives most of today’s political discourse at both the national and state levels, those of us in the real world are focused on the economic realities of growing our businesses, serving our clients and, in my case, nurturing my latest digital enterprise while writing another book.
Republicans and Democrats may continue to spar over the budget in Pennsylvania, but they have come together to pass medical marijuana. In a true spirit of bipartisanship, legislation that would help bring relief to tens of thousands of children, adults and senior citizens suffering from the effects of serious medical problems passed the Pennsylvania House of Representatives overwhelmingly last week and — when enacted — will be the first time in the country a Republican-dominated legislative body has passed medical-marijuana legislation.
The crimes committed against Zachary Hesse and Andrew Haught on Sept. 11, 2014, were heinous. As a community, we have the right to be outraged. Kathryn Knott, Kevin Harrigan and Philip Williams, all young suburbanites, came into our city and, on the outskirts of our neighborhood, these outsiders viciously assaulted two of our own while calling them faggots. This outrages me.
The budget isn’t the only thing the legislature didn’t get done in 2015. Because of the never-ending budget impasse, almost every other issue that Pennsylvanians care about was not addressed. One of those key issues is discrimination. Most Pennsylvanians are shocked to learn that it is still legal in the commonwealth to be fired from your job, turned away from a business or denied an apartment just for being gay or transgender.