Office of LGBT Affairs

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G Philly’s Top 10 Stories of 2016

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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Trans Musician Releases Single Remembering Gloria Casarez on Her 45th Birthday

Today would have been the 45th birthday of the late Gloria Casarez, a lesbian Latinx activist and the city’s first director of the Mayor’s Office […]

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Mayor Kenney, Don’t Shut Out the Press

Last week, Mayor Jim Kenney put up a blockade between his office and the press regarding what has turned out to be one of his […]

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LGBTQ&A: Abdul-Aliy Muhammad

Abdul-Aliy Muhammad is a black queer social-justice activist and member of the Black and Brown Workers Collective, a coalition of LGBTQ protestors of color who […]

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Change.org Petition Asks Kenney to Replace LGBT Affairs Liaison

A Change.org petition calling on Mayor Jim Kenney to replace Nellie Fitzpatrick, the head of the Office of LGBT Affairs, with Louie A. Ortiz-Fonseca, a […]

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Kenney Announces New Commission on LGBT Affairs

A week after Mayor Jim Kenney made his first-ever public statement addressing incidents of racism in the city’s LGBTQ community, his office has now officially […]

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Racial Justice Activists Call for Nellie Fitzpatrick’s Resignation

On Friday, September 23rd, the Black and Brown Workers Collective (BBWC), a recently formed intersectional LGBTQ/racial justice organization, released a list of public demands to […]

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LGBTQ Community Reacts To Recent Gayborhood Racism

Following the recent controversy surrounding the reveal and admittance of a video showing ICandy owner Darryl DePiano using the n-word repeatedly, Gayborhood community leaders have […]

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Activists to Protest “Racism in the Gayborhood” at City Hall

The Black and Brown Workers Collective (BBWC), an intersectional LGBTQ/racial justice organization, is planning a direct action at City Hall on Friday, September 23rd, at […]

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Nellie Fitzpatrick on the Next Steps in Addressing Gayborhood Racism

A month ago, after a number of stories detailing numerous complaints of alleged racism at Gayborhood establishments, I called on the Office of LGBT Affairs […]

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LGBTQ&A: Le Thomas

Le Thomas is the president of Philadelphia Black Pride. We got to chat with the leader on what’s new with the organization and what the […]

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LGBTQ&A: Nikki Lopez

Nikki Lopez is a Latinx queer activist who was recently been appointed the new executive director of GALAEI — A Queer Latin@ Social Justice Organization. […]

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OPINION: Mayor’s Office of LGBT Affairs Should Seriously Address the Gayborhood’s Racial Insensitivity

A little more than a year ago I first shared publicly my experience of dealing with racial insensitivity in the Gayborhood. After that, I took […]

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G Philly Projection: Office of LGBT Affairs is Now Permanent

G Philly is projecting that ballot question No. 1, which asked if the Office of LGBT Affairs should be made a permanent position, was approved by […]

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Opinion: Here’s Why Philly Needs To Vote “Yes” For the Office of LGBT Affairs

I was never formally introduced to Gloria Casarez, the City’s first Director of LGBT Affairs, but I did see her in what was, for many, […]