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Pa. health secretary denounces transphobic attacks: ‘Our children are watching’

As the face of the state’s COVID-19 response, Health Secretary Rachel Levine has been the subject of numerous personal attacks.
By Sara Simon/Spotlight PA

Despite landmark ruling, Pa. GOP leaders in no hurry to extend LGBTQ protections under state law

Advocates say action is necessary to close gaps in equality, but a House Republican committee chair said he'll have "to see where this ranks” with other issues.
By Cynthia Fernandez/Spotlight PA

Updated: June 16, 2020 | 2:05 pm

What does the Supreme Court’s ruling on sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination mean for Pennsylvania?

"This ruling may well shape the way that the federal courts interpret other federal statutes that outlaw discrimination based on sex."
By Benjamin Pontz

By two-vote margin, Pa. House rejects protections for gender identity, sexual orientation

"When employers are having smaller staff, are they going to go out of their way to hire folks who already weren't being hired before this, or are they going to overlook them?"
By Benjamin Pontz

Senate Dems say they’re tired of some Republicans resisting pro-LGBTQ measures

Over the past three sessions, at least a dozen Democratic-sponsored resolutions related to honoring LGBTQ+ people have failed to pass the state House or Senate.

By Katie Meyer

Pa. law lacks protections for LGBTQ individuals and some demand change

Only 21 states and the District of Columbia have their own laws that prohibit job discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

By Jan Murphy/PennLive

Philly marks 20th Transgender Day of Remembrance with flag raising at City Hall

This is the 20th Transgener Day of Remembrance in the U.S. and the fifth year Philadelphia raised the trans flag at City Hall. Mayor Jim Kenney attended the ceremony.

By Tom MacDonald/WHYY

Swing those partners: Gay square dancers gather in Philadelphia

For the first time, Philadelphia is hosting the annual conference of the International Association of Gay Square Dancing Clubs. Now in its 36th year, it attracts about 800 people from across the country and the world, including Japan and parts of Europe.

By Peter Crimmins/WHYY

Wolf pushes for LGBTQ protections in face of ACA changes

The Democrat renews an effortfor broader nondiscrimination laws on the state level.
By Katie Meyer