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It’s Time for LGBT Affairs to Break Free of the Mayor’s Office

The executive director of the city’s Office of LGBT Affairs, Amber Hikes, announced last week that she is stepping down after two years of serving […]

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Amber Hikes on Leading the Office of LGBT Affairs in Tumultuous Times

Amber Hikes, who has led the city’s Office of LGBT Affairs for the past two years, announced her resignation earlier this week. Hikes, a black […]

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23 Questions With Amber Hikes, Director of Philly’s Office of LGBT Affairs

My full name is … Amber Jelena Hikes. It’s pronounced “Yelena,” and the only reason there’s a J is that my father’s name is Jeffrey […]

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City’s New Leadership Pipeline Program Is an Affront to Real Diversity

As a Black professional who has lived in Philadelphia for nearly nine years, I have seen more than my share of blatant racism. But there’s […]

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Alternative Pride Events: Our All-Inclusive Guide

Philly Pride weekend is upon us — that time of the year when the LGBTQ community gets together in a huge way. But for those […]

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LGBTQ Event of the Week: Queer Bodies

This week’s LGBTQ event of the week is Queer Bodies. Sponsored by the Office of LGBT Affairs and First Person Arts, this free workshop we will […]

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Kimmel Center to Host City’s First-Ever “LGBTQ State of the Union”

The Office of LGBT Affairs and Mayor’s Commission on LGBT Affairs are bringing back their “Community Conversations” initiative in an epic way through a partnership […]

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G Philly’s Top 10 Stories of 2017

It was an incredible year for LGBTQ news in Philadelphia, with both inspirational times and some very controversial moments. Here, we rank the top 10 […]

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City Hires Evan Thornburg as Deputy Director of the Office of LGBT Affairs

On Monday, the Office of LGBT Affairs officially announced the hiring of Evan Thornburg as its first-ever deputy director. Thornburg, a Philadelphia native, will assist, […]

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Racism in the Gayborhood: A Progress Report — and an Invitation

In a political climate where racism and hate incidents are on the rise, we at the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations (PCHR) and the Office […]

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LGBTQ Event of the Week: 3rd Annual Trans Flag Raising Over City Hall

For its solidarity with the local trans community, this week’s LGBTQ event of the week is the 3rd Annual Trans Flag Raising Over City Hall. […]

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Mayor’s Office of LGBT Affairs Seeks First-Ever Deputy Director

For the first time in the city’s history, there will now be two people in the Mayor’s Office leading the city on LGBTQ issues: The […]

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Petition Calling on Milan Christopher to Boycott ICandy Booking Gains Traction

Nearly a year after a video surfaced of iCandy Nightclub owner Darryl DePiano repeatedly referring to a former employee and black patrons as “niggers,” controversy […]

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Kenney Will Sign Bill Prompted by Gayborhood Racism Complaints Into Law

After unanimously passing out of City Council in May, today Mayor Jim Kenney will sign into law an anti-discrimination bill introduced by Councilman Derek Green […]

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OPINION: Complicity and the Gayborhood

Last Wednesday, June 14th, was just an odd day. Not only was it the birthday of our current president, but also a reminder that progress […]