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Women Who Moved to Pa. Ask US Court To Force State To Recognize Their Marriage

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.

01/13/2014

(Mariela Castro, in Feburary 2013.  Credit: Adalberto Roque/ AFP/ Getty Images)

2013 IN REVIEW: Fidel Castro’s Niece Visits Philadelphia For LGBT Event

But the visit almost didn’t happen.

12/31/2013

(Actress Megan Cavanagh, left, and her wife, filmaker Anne Chamberlain, kissing at a West Hollywood bar earlier this year.  They were married in 2008.   File photo by Robyn Beck/ AFP/ Getty Images)

Federal Lawsuit Aims To Sink Pa. Gay Marriage Ban Once and For All

The case attacks the Commonwealth’s refusal to recognize same-sex marriages performed legally in other states.

09/27/2013

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Gay Rights Activists Eagerly Await SCOTUS Ruling

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.

06/26/2013

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Former Congressman Speaks On Change In Attitude Toward LGBT Community

When former Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank was a kid the idea of gay couples living openly and getting married was but a dream.

05/04/2013

Artist Vuth Lyno along with two portraits of gay Cambodian men who painted their face, in part, to hide their identity. (Credit: Cherri Gregg)

Equality Forum Art Exhibit Zooms In On Gay Male Experience In Cambodia

The exhibit is free and on display through May 7th at the William Way Community Center at 13th and Spruce Streets.

05/03/2013

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Annual LGBT Rights Conference Opens in Philadelphia

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.

05/02/2013

(Mariela Castro, in Feburary 2013.  Credit: Adalberto Roque/ AFP/ Getty Images)

US State Dept. Relents, Will Allow M. Castro To Visit Philadelphia From Cuba

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.

04/30/2013

(Mariela Castro, in Feburary 2013.  Credit: Adalberto Roque/ AFP/ Getty Images)

Castro’s Daughter Denied Permission To Visit Philadelphia For Upcoming Conference

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.

04/25/2013

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Local Organization Happy To See Wider Observance of LGBT History Month

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.

10/02/2012

(A City of Philadelphia street sign pays homage to a gay rights pioneer.  Credit: Mike Dunn)

In Philadelphia’s ‘Gayborhood,’ Testimony To A Gay Rights Pioneer

A community choir heralded the dedication of the block of Locust Street between 12th and 13th Streets as “Barbara Gittings Way.”

10/01/2012

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Gay Rights Activists Declare ‘National Same-Sex Kiss Day’ At Chick-Fil-A

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.”

08/03/2012

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Equality Forum Addresses Issues Facing LGBT Community

Dozens packed into an auditorium at the National Constitution center for an Equality Forum panel discussion on the issues facing the LGBT community.

05/04/2012

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Equality Forum Begins Wednesday

Known as the Global Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) summit, The Equality Forum, held every year in Philadelphia celebrates its 20th anniversary.

04/30/2012

(Pres. Obama shakes hands with gay rights activist Frank Kameny on June 17th  after signing a memorandum on federal benefits and non-discrimination.  Credit:  Alex Wong/ Getty Images)

Pioneering Gay Rights Activist Frank Kameny Dead at 86

The man credited as being this country’s first gay rights activist, and who made Philadelphia a base for his fight, has died.

10/12/2011

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