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Philly’s Pride Flag to Get Two New Stripes: Black and Brown

Multiple sources closely connected with Thursday’s First Annual Pride Kick-Off at City Hall have confirmed to G Philly that the city’s Pride flag will add […]

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LGBTQ Event of the Week: First Annual Pride Month Kick-Off at City Hall

For its festive inclusion and momentous engagement, this week’s LGBTQ Event of the Week is the First Annual Pride Month Kick-Off at City Hall. The […]

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“It Was an Ambush”: Behind the Vote That Ousted Sharron Cooks as LGBT Commission Chair

The Mayor’s Commission on LGBT Affairs, a 23-member advisory board announced in October 2016 after several intense months of revelations about racial discrimination in the […]

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

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 […]

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Mazzoni Center CEO Nurit Shein, Board President Jimmy Ruiz Resign

This is a developing story and may be updated at any time. Following a walkout last week and a petition signed by more than 60 […]

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“Pop-Up Love Party” Counters Anti-Trans Bus’s Philly Stop

On Saturday, the Mayor’s Office of LGBT Affairs, in collaboration with GALAEI, Trans-health Information Project (TIP), Attic Youth Center, William Way, ACLU, Mazzoni Center, and […]

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Sharron Cooks Becomes the First-Ever Transgender Person to Chair a City Commission

The Mayor’s Commission on LGBT Affairs finished its internal election for board leaders this week, and G Philly was notified on Thursday that transgender advocate […]

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Office of LGBT Affairs to Host “Pop-Up Love Party” to Counter Anti-Trans Bus

The Mayor’s Office of LGBT Affairs, in collaboration with GALAEI, Trans-health Information Project (TIP), Attic Youth Center, William Way, ACLU, Mazzoni Center, and other community […]

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LGBTQ&A: Amber Hikes

Amber Hikes, the new executive director of the Office of LGBT Affairs, has served in community leadership positions at the Attic Youth Center, William Way […]

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Mayor’s Office Announces Appointments to the Commission on LGBT Affairs

A day after announcing Amber Hikes as the new director of the Office of LGBT Affairs, the Mayor’s Office has released its long-awaited list of […]

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Amber Hikes Named New Director of the Office of LGBT Affairs

The Mayor’s Office officially announced on Monday that Amber Hikes, a black queer woman, will be the new executive director of the Office of LGBT […]

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Nellie Fitzpatrick Is Leaving LGBT Affairs Office “Within the Next Few Weeks,” Sources Say

Two weeks after the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations (PCHR) released its report on Gayborhood racism, two sources have told G Philly that Nellie Fitzpatrick […]

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LGBTQ&A: Julie Chovanes

Julie Chovanes is the executive director of Trans-Help, a legal service provider for trans individuals. The lawyer and trans rights advocate talks to us about […]

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OPINION: It’s Time to Rethink the Office of LGBT Affairs

On Monday, the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations (PCHR) released its highly anticipated report on Gayborhood racism, whose findings confirmed that the city’s LGBTQ community […]

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PCHR Gayborhood Racism Report Recommends Bias Training for Bars, Nonprofits

On Monday, the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations (PCHR) released its long-awaited report on racism in the Gayborhood. In the report — “Inform, Monitor, Enforce: Addressing […]