Pa. Moves to Include LGBTQ Protections in Anti-Discrimination Laws

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As it stands right now, Pennsylvania is the only state in the Northeast that doesn’t address LGBTQ people in its hate crime laws – meaning crimes committed in the state based on someone’s sexual orientation or gender identity cannot be charged as hate crimes.

But the state’s Human Relations Commission – which enforces state laws that prohibit discrimination – wants to change that. The HRC has proposed a set of guidelines that would extend existing statewide education, employment and housing anti-discrimination protections to include LGBTQ individuals.  Read more »

LGBTQ&A: Clay Cane

Clay Cane

Clay Cane is a New York City–based award-winning journalist, author, television personality, documentary filmmaker, and CNN.com contributor. Cane is the creator and director of the critically acclaimed original documentary Holler If You Hear Me: Black and Gay in the Church. We chatted with the Philadelphia native on his career, identity, and debut memoir.

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LGBTQ Event of the Week: Daddy & Friends

Daddy & Friends is Friday, May 19th.

For its “boylesque” flair and body-positivity, this week’s LGBTQ event of the week is Daddy & Friends. Get ready to see lion cubs, furry tigers, and hairy bears — male queer performers in all shapes, sizes, and talents. This popular monthly series, produced by Josh Schonewolf, feature musical acts, dance numbers, and other surprises we can’t describe here. The opening act is Moses Cyrus, and you can expert tristate-area performers such as Matt Knife, Vic Sin, Baron Atomy, and more. The event kicks off at 8 p.m. on Friday, May 19th, at L’Etage, 624 South 6th Street. Cover at the door. Read more »

Sharron Cooks Announces Resignation From LGBT Commission After Being Voted Out as Chair

Sharron Cooks | Photo taken by Kelly Burkhardt

After having made history as the first transgender person ever to chair a city commission, Sharron Cooks was removed as head of the Mayor’s Commission on LGBT Affairs on Tuesday night in a 13-3 (with 3 abstentions) vote during an emergency meeting. G Philly was sent documentation from the meeting that raised concerns surrounding Cooks’s social media interactions with members of one of the commission’s committees.

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LGBTQ&A: Feminista Jones

Feminista Jones

Feminista Jones

Feminista Jones is a mental health social worker, sex-positive feminist writer, public speaker, and community activist. We got to chat with the popular social-justice advocate on her current movement work, social-media madness, and being openly pansexual. Read more »

LGBTQ Event of the Week: IBA’s 10th Anniversary Celebration

IBA's 10th Anniversary Celebration is Wednesday, May 10th.

IBA’s 10th Anniversary Celebration is Wednesday, May 10th.

For its celebratory spirit and expansive networking, this week’s LGBTQ event of the week is IBA’s 10th Anniversary Celebration. Enjoy an evening that plans to “celebrate and recognize the accomplishments of the local LGBT business.” IBA will be presenting their seventh annual PNC Bank $10,000 LGBT Business Award and honoring Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jonathan Capehart. Guests can expect an endless dinner buffet and top-shelf open bar while mingling with members of the LGBT and business communities, local and state government officials, and leaders from the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. The event kicks off at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 10th at The Down Town Club, located at 600 Chestnut Street. Tickets are available online. Read more »

UPDATED: Council Unanimously Passes Bill Prompted by Gayborhood Racism Complaints

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After passing out of City Council’s Health and Human Services committee in a unanimous vote last month, an anti-discrimination bill introduced by Councilman Derek Green that would strengthen penalties against Philadelphia businesses found to discriminate against their employees, tenants, or customers was passed, again unanimously, by Council on Thursday.

“I am thankful that Council has once again demonstrated its allegiance to a culture of inclusion and acceptance in the City of Philadelphia, and hope that businesses and residents alike are reminded that discrimination is unacceptable,” Green said in a statement. Since introducing this bill in November 2016, Green has consistently cited incidents of Gayborhood racism as the genesis of his interest in amending the Fair Practices Ordinance.

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Sims on Ethics Investigation: “My Appearances Are Consistent With State Law”

State Rep Brian Sims

State Rep. Brian Sims

The Pennsylvania State Ethics Commission has launched an investigation of state Rep. Brian Sims after a complaint was filed late last year alleging that he might have committed “potential Ethics Acts violations” by accepting honoraria for certain speaking engagements. The existence of the investigation was first reported by PGN. Read more »

LGBTQ Event of the Week: Dame Luz’s “Summertime: Outdoor ’90s Dance Party”

Dame Luz's "Summertime: Outdoor 90s Dance Party" is on Friday, May 5th.

Dame Luz’s “Summertime: Outdoor 90s Dance Party” is on Friday, May 5th.

For its seasonal vibes and throwback thrills, this week’s LGBTQ event of the week is Dame Luz’s “Summertime: Outdoor ’90s Dance Party”. Enjoy a late-night free dance party featuring the sounds of one of the city’s favorite queer DJs. It’s a ’90s-themed rave, so don’t hesitate to rock out your wide-leg pants, tie a hoodie around your waist, and flip that baseball cap backwards. The event kicks off at 10:30 p.m. on Friday, May 5th, at La Peg Brasserie at Fringe Arts. Free admission. Read more »

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