Philadelphia council member wants to make LGBT affairs office permanent

Philadelphia Staff Reports

PHILADELPHIA β€” The Philadelphia City Council will consider asking voters to revise the city charter so that the Office of LGBT Affairs becomes a permanent part of city government.

KYW-TV reports that Mayor Michael Nutter created the Office of LGBT Affairs in 2008 during his first year in office.

But now that his term is coming to an end, councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown fears that another mayor could eliminate the office.

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β€œIt could fall prey to the whims and or lack of interest of a future mayor,” she says.

Reynolds Brown is pushing for a ballot referendum, asking voters to change the city charter and make the LGBT office permanent. If approved by the council, the question would go to voters on the November ballot.

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