Trans Woman Victorious in Bucks County

Angela Giampolo with Christine Kitzler, used with permission.

Angela Giampolo with Christine Kitzler. Used with permission.

Christine Kitzler, a 48-year-old trans woman, has reigned victorious in a case over her own gender confirming surgery which was scheduled to take place at well-known Bucks County gender wellness clinic. The woman’s parents filed an injunction with local authorities on the eve of her surgery, claiming that she was “incompetent” and “unable to make decisions for herself.”

Ms. Kitzler was scheduled for surgery on September 1st by Dr. McGinn at the Papillon Center, a respected clinic in New Hope. Giampolo Law Group, which handled Ms. Kitzler’s case, claimed that on the evening of August 31st, Ms. Kitzler’s parents “filed the injunction… at Bucks County Justice Center in Doylestown, PA” asking to become Ms. Kitzler’s “emergency guardian.” Read more »

What’s Missing from the Gay Teacher Firing Debate

Waldron Mercy Academy via Google Maps

Waldron Mercy Academy via Google Maps

Waldron Mercy Academy in Merion, Pa., has come under fire this week for its decision to fire Margie Winters, one of its long-time teachers — allegedly because she’s a lesbian and married to another lesbian.

“Many of us accept life choices that contradict current church teachings, but to continue as a Catholic school, Waldron Mercy must comply with those teachings,” the school said in a letter to parents. Read more »

Woman Crush Wednesday: Angela Giampolo aka Philly Gay Lawyer

Every hump day a Philly person shares their local picks for Woman Crush Wednesday. Today, the always feisty, ever ambitious Angela Giampolo, who you may also know as local attorney Philly Gay Lawyer. We love her because she uses her law-book expertise to improve the lives of LGBT people in Philly and beyond. 

LGBT Philadelphia Remembers Gloria Casarez

The untimely death of Gloria Casarez, Philadelphia’s first director of the Mayor’s Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Affairs, has sent shockwaves through the city as her friends, family, and colleagues mourn her passing. At only 42, Ms. Casarez left a legacy that will continue to impact the community for years to come. We reached out to Philadelphians who were impacted by Gloria’s unwavering dedication to the city and the LGBTQ community to share their thoughts, memories, and pictures of the local legend.

6 Gay Things to Do in Philly This Week: Summer Kamp, Rob Smith Reading, NSFW in the Dark and More

Woman Crush Wednesday: Anna Aagenes

Every hump day, a Philly woman shares her local picks for Woman Crush Wednesday. Today, GO! Athletes Executive Director, and right hand woman to Philly State Rep. Brian Sims, Anna Aagenes.

Last Five Woman Crush Wednesdays

Edie Windsor Honored by Mayor, Community at Temple University

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Exactly 10 months after the historic ruling of United States v. Windsor, Mayor Michael A. Nutter proclaimed April 26, 2014 “Edie Windsor Day.” The accolade came during a special afternoon honoring Temple CLA ’50 alumna Edith S. Windsor, who, as you all know, successfully overturned the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in June of last year. Windsor was met with thunderous applause and a standing ovation as Nutter presented her with a miniature Liberty Bell under the bright lights of the Temple Performing Arts Center.

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WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Edie Windsor at Temple, Candela Sabados, and More Gay Black Pride

Photo by Andy Ryan.

Photo by Andy Ryan.

Marriage equality firebrand — and Temple alum — Edie Windsor will visit her alma mater this weekend in a special program entitled “Love Conquers the Law: One Woman’s Voice Silences DOMA.” Windsor, who was the plaintiff in the case that both reached the Supreme Court, and took down the Defense of Marriage Act (!), will be interviewed by Philly out attorney Angela Giampolo, and then stick around for a screening of the touching documentary Edie & Thea: A Very Long Engagement

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