Op-Ed

    One of the most important changes in how the world sees diversity is the recognition that our variety of thoughts, desires and perspectives demand more than “acceptance.” They are fundamental assets that must be embraced.
    At the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB), our definition of diversity would not be complete without this essence of “inclusion.” Recognizing this early on, the PHLCVB became the first convention and visitors bureau to establish a Multicultural Affairs Congress (MAC), founded by A. Bruce Crawley and State Rep. Dwight Evans, and known today as PHLDiversity.

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As recently as the late 1980s, an HIV infection usually meant an early death. Within a few years or even a few months of contracting the virus, people would develop AIDS, a disease that destroys the body’s ability to defend itself from threats including viruses, bacteria and some types of cancer cells.

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The announcement that Pope Francis will be visiting Philadelphia next September for the World Meeting of Families is a chance for Catholics and non-Catholics alike to have an honest, open discussion about what it means to be part of a family. Unfortunately, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia announced last

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The heat and humidity of summer in the Gayborhood has exploded into the brisk colors of fall. The celebrations and vibrancy of Pride and OutFest and the Trans* March are over. And now, for me, is the annual emotional turmoil of International Transgender Day of Remembrance, a celebration of life, but of lives ended in tragedy and brutality.

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George Orwell would have been perfectly at home at the 2014 general membership meeting of Pride coordinators who plan events “for people identifying as Lesbian, Gay Men, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and/or other emerging sexual identities.” The recent Interpride Conference in

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