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Catholic school says coach tied to Philly beating of gay couple has ‘resigned’

| Thursday, September 18, 2014
A group of about a dozen young adults are alleged to have attacked a gay couple in Philadelphia on Sept. 11, 2014.
PHILADELPHIA -- An assistant coach at a Roman Catholic high school has resigned over his role in a beating that left two gay men injured, church officials in Philadelphia said Thursday. About a dozen young adults were linked to the Sept. 11 encounter after police released surveillance video Tuesday and social media users mined online posts, including a group ...

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Internet sleuths identify possible suspects in Philly gay bashing incident

| Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Internet sleuths appear to have identified many of the suspects wanted in connection with a brutal attack on a gay couple in Philadelphia last week, and the alleged attackers are making arrangements to surrender to police for questioning. The Philadelphia police department on Tuesday released surveillance video of the large group of suspected attackers as they walked along...

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Friends, witnesses say Philadelphia attack on gay couple was a hate crime

| Monday, September 15, 2014
Caryn Kunkle posted this image on Facebook of injuries one of her friends sustained in an attack in Philadelphia last week.
PHILADELPHIA — Police in Philadelphia continue to investigate a brutal attack on a same-sex couple that left the victims with shattered cheek bones and other facial injuries. Friends and witnesses said there is no question the men were targeted because they are gay.

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Attack on gay Philadelphia couple leaves man with broken facial bone

| Saturday, September 13, 2014
PHILADELPHIA -- Police in Philadelphia are investigating a downtown attack on two gay men that left one with a broken facial bone. Police are investigating the assault blocks from Rittenhouse Square as a potential hate crime.

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Nation’s oldest gay bookstore to reopen in Philadelphia

| Monday, August 25, 2014
Shown is a historical marker outside of Ed Hermance's Giovanni's Room, the nation's oldest gay bookstore on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, in Philadelphia.
PHILADELPHIA -- The nation's oldest gay bookstore will reopen next month in Philadelphia after closing three months ago due to financial problems. Philly AIDS Thrift says it's taking over the shop called Giovanni's Room. It had closed in May after 41 years, citing competition from online outlets. Philly AIDS Thrift already operates a secondhand store whose proceeds ...

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‘Exciting discovery’ could potentially eradicate HIV from human cells

| Thursday, July 24, 2014
PHILADELPHIA -- Researchers at Temple University announced this week that they completely eliminated a dormant strain of HIV embedded in human cells, an advance that researchers on the project called a possible “game changer” by raising hopes that science is closer to not only suppressing but actually curing the virus that causes AIDS.

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Complaint filed against 36 Methodist pastors for blessing same-sex wedding

| Thursday, July 10, 2014
Bishop Peggy Johnson
PHILADELPHIA -- A complaint has been filed against 36 United Methodist ministers who blessed a same-sex wedding in Philadelphia in defiance of church law. The pastors blessed the Nov. 9 ceremony at Philadelphia's Arch Street United Methodist Church to show support for a colleague who faced church discipline for presiding over his gay son's wedding...

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Arrest made in robbery, rape of tourist who met his attacker on Grindr

| Tuesday, June 10, 2014
PHILADELPHIA -- An arrest has been made in an April attack on a Canadian tourist who says he was held at gunpoint and raped in his hotel room by a man he met using the gay hook-up app Grindr. Police arrested 26-year-old Douglass Casey and set bail at $1 million.

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Wedding weekend: Same-sex couples celebrate marriage equality in Pa.

| Friday, May 23, 2014
[cap]Christopher DiCapua, left, and Oscar Cabrera kiss after saying their wedding vows Friday, May 23, 2014, at City Hall in Philadelphia. (Matt Rourke, AP)
PHILADELPHIA -- The first same-sex marriages are now in the history books at City Hall in Philadelphia. Eight couples were married Friday in the mayor's reception room, days after a federal judge lifted the state's same-sex marriage ban.

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Mayors, judges open marriage equality era in Pennsylvania

| Friday, May 23, 2014
[cap]Lindsay Vandermay, right, and Ashley Wilson say their vows during a wedding ceremony atop the Philadelphia Museum of Art steps just after midnight on Friday, May 23, 2014. (Joseph Kaczmarek, AP)
PHILADELPHIA -- The Memorial Day weekend will get off to a festive start as gays and lesbians begin to marry across Pennsylvania. The state could see scores of weddings following a federal judge's decision to throw the state's 1996 ban on "the ash heap of history."

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