Op-Ed

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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Now that the Pride festivities of June have officially ended, many people are looking back, evaluating the month’s events and making observations. A number of these observations have centered on the increased commercialization of the yearly celebration. Most recently, the conversation has been focused on Burger King’s introduction of the Proud Whopper during the San Francisco Pride march and festival. The burger, which is indistinct from other Burger King burgers in terms of ingredients, caught the eye of many because of its rainbow-colored wrapper, which contained the inscription: “We are all the same inside.”

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Now that the Pride festivities of June have officially ended, many people are looking back, evaluating the month’s events and making observations.

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The struggle for same-sex couples to access health-insurance benefits has been long-standing. Despite some employers offering same-sex benefits, Pennsylvania same-sex couples could not access the Affordable Care Act Marketplace as a family unless they were married in another state that allowed same-sex marriage. The federal District Court’s recent decision to overturn the ban on marriage equality now allows same-sex spouses in Pennsylvania immediate access to health care through the Affordable Care Act.

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Now in full effect, the Affordable Care Act is improving the quality of health care and providing health coverage for Pennsylvania’s uninsured. Moreover, those in the LGBT community have seen their rights expand tremendously.

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