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Homeless Youth & LGBTQ Lions

On Wednesday, Project Home broke ground on the Gloria Casarez Residence, a four-story, 36,547 square foot new construction that will provide 30 LGBTQ+-friendly affordable homes for young adults (ages 18-23 at entry) who have experienced homelessness or are at risk of...

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World AIDS Day

I remember, it was many years ago now, probably in the ‘90s, when I joined my first World Aids Day observance here in Philadelphia.  We marched by candlelight from the Gayborhood to the Painted Bride in Old City where we heard people’s stories relating to HIV/AIDS. ...

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PA Senator Sharif Street, Shame on You

Words vs action, this is what we are looking at this week as Pennsylvania State Senator Sharif Street voted in committee to advance a proposal to ban essential health services to transgender children under the state’s Children’s Health Insurance Program. The vote was...

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Thanks Is Not Enough

From a small coffee shop to a $16,000,000 donation, Mel Heifetz has always put his community first. He has committed his time, talent, and treasure, for the betterment of the LGBTQ+ community, here are around the globe. On Thursday, after a “lifetime of work,” Heifetz...

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Thoughts of the Week!

What should we discuss this week?  So much has been in the news that it’s difficult to focus, however, I will press forward with these thoughts. This week the Trump under the guise of the Department of Justice reversed the Obama era ban on transgender discrimination...

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Aging Well?

As I am now two years from 60 and watching my parents age ever so quickly, we must face the fact that our seniors are at a greater risk of poor health conditions and hence extra precaution and care is required at that age. However, a recent study has found that older...

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It’s Time for Rizzo to Go

Let me lend my voice to those who are calling for the removal of the statue of Former Mayor Frank Rizzo from its place of prominence in Center City Philadelphia at the Thomas Paine Plaza across from city hall. I do not speak of the fact that Rizzo was a known racist,...

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ICandy Resurrection?

ICandy is in the news again.  You might remember that the owner, Darryl DiPiano, was caught on video last September repeatedly using the “n” word.  Outcries follows, with protests and calls of a boycott.  I myself called for a complete boycott of ICandy ‘til there was...

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Decriminalize HIV Now

In the early years of the HIV tragedy, laws were passed in many states pertaining to exposure to the virus, disclosure of viral status, and transmission of the virus to others. In many of these cases, the laws were based on inadequate or incomplete science, lack of...

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