Drexel Study Shows LGBT Parents Still Face Bias in Child Custody Disputes

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Despite a plethora of studies showing that gay moms and dads are just as effective at parenting as their heterosexual counterparts, courts are not considering that in child custody dispute cases. That comes from a new study out of Drexel University that’s led by Emily Haney-Caron, and Kirk Heilbrun, PhD. More from a press release sent out this week:

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Man Crush Monday: Jeremiah Downes

Every week, Philly gay gents share their local picks for Man Crush Monday. This week, Jeremiah Downes, who you may recognize as the music director and headliner at the Walnut Supper Club.

Last Five Man Crush Mondays: 

Philly Gay News Reporter Wins Award for Trans Homicide Coverage

Big ups to Philadelphia Gay News (PGN) reporter Timothy Cwiek, who won the Society of Professional Journalists’ 2013 Sigma Delta Chi Investigative Reporting award for his coverage of the homicide of transgender woman Nizah Morris. Cwiek had been covering the story, which yet to be solved, for 11 years. More from PGN:

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Morris sustained a head injury Dec. 22, 2002, shortly after receiving a police courtesy ride in Center City Philadelphia. She died days later. For more than 11 years, Cwiek has pressed law-enforcement and city officials for transparency with case records, filing several Right to Know Law requests. His dedication to the case is largely credited with securing a reopened investigation by the city’s civilian-oversight committee, which last year issued a report calling the investigation “appalling” and urging state and federal probes.

Cwiek has been a PGN staffer since the late 1970s. He said the passion of Morris’ family and friends has kept him committed to the case. “It’s a great honor to be recognized by this distinguished organization,” Cwiek said. “If my coverage of the Morris case plays any role in securing a proper investigation, I’ll be very gratified.”

Read more of PGN’s profile on Cwiek — and the Norris case — here.


State LGBT Groups Get Behind Philly Lt. Governor Candidate Mike Stack

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A host of state LGBT organizations this week have endorsed Philadelphia State Senator Mike Stack‘s run for Lieutenant Governor. Among them is Philly’s Liberty City Democrats (LCDC), Pittsburgh’s Steel City Stonewall Democrats, and the Gertrude Stein Political Club of Greater Philadelphia (GSPC), which released a statement saying Stack, “has a strong organization, strong ties to our community, and has been instrumental to moving bits of progressive legislation through a government largely controlled by people who demonize our community.”

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EQUALITY TODAY: Dept. of Justice Stays Out of Marriage Fight, Major PA Group Backs ENDA, and More

We’re keeping you on your gay-game with this daily rundown of stories pertaining to Pennsylvania’s ongoing fight for equality. 

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MARRIAGE RECOGNITION: Dept. of Justice Stays Out Of PA Gay Marriage Fight

The U.S. Department of Justice … declined to intervene in a suit challenging a Pennsylvania law that bars recognition of same-sex marriages performed in other jurisdictions, after DOJ attorneys concluded that the case did not implicate the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

The government said that a suit challenging Pennsylvania’s same-sex marriage ban could be decided without the court weighing in on the constitutionality of a provision of DOMA, known as Section 2, that gives states the right to refuse recognition of same-sex marriages carried [out in other states.] —Law 360

ENDA news and a subtle citizen protest after the jump

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