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Douglas Spady

Police identify suspect they say raped, robbed Canadian visitor he met on Grindr

Saturday, April 12, 2014
PHILADELPHIA -- Police in Philadelphia have identified the man they say sexually assaulted, beat and robbed a Canadian tourist after the two men met on Grindr. [ Read more → ]

Canadian visitor assaulted, beaten, robbed after meeting man on Grindr

Friday, April 11, 2014
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -- A Canadian man visiting Philadelphia for an education conference says he was sexually assaulted, beaten and robbed after meeting another man on the gay hookup app Grindr. [ Read more → ]
Matt Rourke, APBob, left, and Bill Sullivan take off their wedding rings before entering the marriage license bureau at City Hall, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Philadelphia. The Sullivans were denied a marriage license along with an effort have their out-of-state marriage recognized.

Advocates pursue varying strategies to bring same-sex marriage to Pa.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014
PHILADELPHIA — Marriage bureau officials in Philadelphia expressed their support Tuesday for same-sex couples, but said they cannot grant them marriage licenses until the law changes in Pennsylvania. [ Read more → ]
Matt Rourke, APShown is the new John C. Anderson apartments building ion Philadelphia, an affordable housing complex aimed at gay seniors.

Affordable housing for LGBT seniors opens in heart of downtown Philadelphia

Tuesday, January 14, 2014
PHILADELPHIA -- Jerry Zeft was so excited to move into his new apartment that he slept on an air mattress for nearly a week while he waited for his bed and other belongings to catch up with him. No matter that he's 70 years old. [ Read more → ]

Philadelphia police revamps policy on how to treat transgender people

Tuesday, January 7, 2014
PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia police have issued new guidelines on how officers should treat transgender people, a policy that department officials say is to ensure everyone is treated with respect. [ Read more → ]
David Norse

Presbyterian church in Philadelphia to welcome openly gay pastor

Tuesday, December 31, 2013
PHILADELPHIA — A Presbyterian church in Philadelphia says it's welcoming an openly gay pastor. [ Read more → ]
State Rep. Brian Sims (D-Philadelphia)

Pa. lawmakers to introduce bipartisan bill to ban coversion therapy on minors

Tuesday, September 17, 2013
PHILADELPHIA -- Two Pennsylvania state lawmakers announced Tuesday they will introduce a bipartisan bill in the state House of Representatives that would ban mental health providers from engaging in controversial gay-to-straight "conversion therapy" on minors. [ Read more → ]
The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission's marker at Giovanni's Room, unveiled on Sunday, October 15, 2011.

Giovanni’s Room, nation’s oldest surviving LGBT bookstore is for sale

Friday, September 6, 2013
PHILADELPHIA -- The owner of nation's oldest surviving LGBT bookstore said that he is retiring after 37 years and is putting the shop and its building up for sale, potentially ending four decades of operation. [ Read more → ]

Same-sex couple marries outside Philly despite Pa. ban on gay marriage

Sunday, July 28, 2013
PHILADELPHIA — A suburban Philadelphia woman who tied the knot with her longtime partner Sunday with a county marriage license despite the commonwealth's ban on same-sex marriage said it was the day "that every committed couple waits for." [ Read more → ]

Philadelphia man accused of murder, dumping body of transgender lover

Friday, July 19, 2013
PHILADELPHIA -- A Philadelphia man is in custody on Friday after he allegedly murdered his transgender lover and then dumped her body parts in a vacant lot. [ Read more → ]
State Rep. Brian Sims (D-Philadelphia)

Gay Pa. lawmaker says he’ll introduce same-sex marriage bill

Thursday, June 27, 2013
HARRISBURG, Pa. — A gay Pennsylvania legislator says he'll introduce a bill to legalize same-sex marriages in his home state. [ Read more → ]

Philadelphia mayor signs broad LGBT rights legislation

Thursday, May 9, 2013
PHILADELPHIA -- Mayor Michael Nutter signed legislation Thursday to afford equal rights to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, saying he hoped Philadelphia would become "the most LGBT-friendly" city in the world. [ Read more → ]
The city-owned Boy Scouts headquarters in Philadelphia.

Boy Scouts to vacate Philadelphia home under settlement over anti-gay policy

Saturday, May 4, 2013
PHILADELPHIA — A Boy Scouts of America group will vacate its city-owned Philadelphia headquarters in return for $825,000 under an agreement that settles a long legal battle over the organization's ban on gays, Mayor Michael Nutter's office said Friday. [ Read more → ]
Mariela CastroEric Risberg, AP (File)

Mariela Castro cleared to attend Philadelphia to receive gay rights award

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
PHILADELPHIA -- The daughter of Cuban President Raul Castro will be allowed to travel to Philadelphia to accept an award for her gay rights advocacy, officials said Tuesday, reversing a previous decision to reject her visa request. [ Read more → ]

Philadelphia city council approves landmark LGBT equality bill

Thursday, April 25, 2013
PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia city council on Thursday approved a landmark LGBT equality bill that provides tax incentives to private employers who extend insurance to the same-sex partners of their employees, and strengthens legal rights and protections for LGBT citizens. [ Read more → ]

Philadelphia council member proposes gender-neutral restrooms

Sunday, April 21, 2013
PHILADELPHIA — A Philadelphia city council member wants to require new or renovated city-owned buildings to have gender-neutral restrooms in addition to men's and women's restrooms. [ Read more → ]
Brian Sims

Philly attorney becomes Pennsylvania’s first openly gay state legislator

Friday, November 9, 2012
HARRISBURG, PA -- Philadelphia policy attorney and civil rights advocate Brian Sims was elected Tuesday to represent Pennsylvania's 182nd District, and becomes the state's first openly gay state legislator. [ Read more → ]

Philly lawmaker introduces bill to ban reparative therapy for minors

Sunday, October 14, 2012
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Pennsylvania State Rep. Babette Josephs (D-Philadelphia) has introduced a bill that would ban mental health providers from offering "gay-to-straight" reparative therapy for minors. [ Read more → ]

Philadelphia honors LGBT rights pioneer at street naming ceremony

Monday, October 1, 2012
PHILADELPHIA -- A street naming dedication ceremony for Barbara Gittings Way -- named for the LGBT civil rights pioneer -- was held Monday in the heart of Philadelphia's gay neighborhood at the intersection of Locust and 13th Streets. [ Read more → ]
Kyra Kruz

Philadelphia police investigating murder of transgender community volunteer

Thursday, September 13, 2012
PHILADELPHIA -- Homicide detectives are investigating the killing of a well known member of Philadelphia's LGBT community, Kyra Kruz, a 27-year-old transgender woman who was found dead in a wooded area of the city’s Frankford area. She had suffered a gunshot wound to the head. [ Read more → ]

Philadelphia must pay Boy Scouts’ legal fees over eviction for anti-gay policy

Sunday, March 25, 2012
PHILADELPHIA -- A federal judge last week ordered the city of Philadelphia to pay nearly $900,000 in legal fees to the local chapter of the Boy Scouts of America, following the city's failed attempt to evict the Scouts from a city-owned building because of its anti-gay policy. [ Read more → ]

Gay couple allege police brutality in responding to domestic quarrel

Friday, January 21, 2011
PHILADELPHIA -- A gay couple has filed harassment and brutality charges against the local police department, and claim they were taken out of their homes and beaten in the snow by 10-12 officers with batons. Several neighbors reportedly have photographs and video. [ Read more → ]

Trial begins in gay rights dispute between Boy Scouts and city of Philadelphia

Monday, June 14, 2010
Jury selection got under way Monday in a gay rights case that could settle a long-running dispute between local Boy Scouts and the city of Philadelphia. At issue is whether the local scouts group, the Cradle of Liberty Council, should be allowed to stay rent-free... [ Read more → ]
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