Equality Forum To Honor The Burkes Family And NHL For Helping To Change Homophobic Culture Of Locker Rooms
Equality Forum’s global summit on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender issues begins today. On Saturday, the group will honor a family that has helped to ensure equality and safety among all athletes– regardless of sexual orientation.
The four-day summit includes more than a dozen panel discussions on LGBT issues ranging from same-sex marriage to immigration reform and growing older.
Judges in two of the five Pennsylvania lawsuits challenging the state’s same sex marriage ban will have all the fuel they need to rule within the next few weeks.
The case involves two women who were legally married in 2005, when they lived in Massachusetts. But when they moved to Pennsylvania in 2009, their marriage was not recognized under state law.
But the visit almost didn’t happen.
The case attacks the Commonwealth’s refusal to recognize same-sex marriages performed legally in other states.
The US Supreme Court will close its term today with a ruling on a key section of the Defense of Marriage Act, which blocks gay married couples from federal benefits, as well as California’s Proposition 8 that bans gay marriage in that state.
When former Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank was a kid the idea of gay couples living openly and getting married was but a dream.
The exhibit is free and on display through May 7th at the William Way Community Center at 13th and Spruce Streets.
But even as the American public becomes more accepting of the LGBT community, Pennsylvania has been slow to make a move when it comes to same-sex marriage or to expand LGBT civil rights.
It was announced last week that the State Department would not allow Mariela Castro, daughter of Raul Castro and niece of Fidel, to travel from New York to Philadelphia for Equality Forum’s international LGBT civil rights summit.
Equality Forum executive director Malcom Lazin says Mariela Castro accepted an invitation several months ago to speak at the conference and receive an award on May 4.
October is LGBT History Month, and individuals and organizations are invited to explore an online trove of information about distinguished members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.
A community choir heralded the dedication of the block of Locust Street between 12th and 13th Streets as “Barbara Gittings Way.”
Just two days after hundreds of thousands of customers showed support for Chick-Fil-A restaurants, gay rights activists and supporters are having “National Same-Sex Kiss Day.”