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DOJ argues civil-rights law does not protect sexual-orientation discrimination

DOJ argues civil-rights law does not protect sexual-orientation discrimination

Jeremy Rodriguez    July 27, 2017

Hours after President Donald Trump unleashed a tweetstorm announcing a ban on transgender people from serving in the military “in any capacity,” his administration declared a second rollback on LGBT rights...

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Mark Segal    July 26, 2017

There is a belief in the newspaper biz that summer is the time for columnists to step away from issues of the day and have a conversation with their readers...

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Former administrator at vets’ home claims antigay bias

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Former administrator at vets’ home claims antigay bias

Tim Cwiek    July 26, 2017

Michael J. Semian, a former top administrator at the Gino J. Merli Veterans’ Center in Scranton, recently filed a federal antibias lawsuit, claiming that homophobia contributed to his firing.

Penn’s LGBT Center to be renamed in honor of retiring director

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Penn’s LGBT Center to be renamed in honor of retiring director

Jeremy Rodriguez    July 26, 2017

The LGBT Center at the University of Pennsylvania will bear a new name this fall upon the retirement of its longtime director. On Oct. 14, the university will honor Bob...

ACT UP member arrested after act of civil disobedience in D.C.

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ACT UP member arrested after act of civil disobedience in D.C.

Jeremy Rodriguez    July 26, 2017

Jose DeMarco told a group of protesters outside Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey’s office in Washington, D.C., about living with HIV since 1987. After telling the group about the medications that...

Hearing scheduled in New Jersey antibias case 

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Hearing scheduled in New Jersey antibias case 

Tim Cwiek    July 26, 2017

Thomas Vandergrift, a gay man wrongfully suspected as a child molester, is fighting to clear his name. This week, a judge will consider whether Vandergrift may access records that could...

Sale in jeopardy for LGBT-friendly youth facility   

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Sale in jeopardy for LGBT-friendly youth facility  

Jen Colletta    July 26, 2017

A judge last week green-lighted a bidding war for land that had been slated as the site of an LGBT-friendly youth-housing facility.

Assaulted inmate released to halfway house

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Assaulted inmate released to halfway house

Tim Cwiek    July 26, 2017

Kenneth J. Houck Jr., an openly gay federal inmate who was brutally assaulted while detained in Philadelphia, last week was released to a halfway house in New York. 

Next Community Conversation to focus on Mazzoni Center

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Next Community Conversation to focus on Mazzoni Center

Jeremy Rodriguez    July 26, 2017

The Office of LGBT Affairs and the Mayor’s Commission on LGBT Affairs next month will host their second Community Conversation.

PA teens testify in trans-bathroom case 

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PA teens testify in trans-bathroom case 

Jeremy Rodriguez    July 19, 2017

Students at a Berks County school district testified Monday in a federal court case in which students are claiming the school’s transgender-inclusive policies violated their privacy. Two of four students...

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