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LGBTQ: Serving the LGBT Community as a Unified City

LGBTQ: Serving the LGBT Community as a Unified City

An anonymous letter landed on the Philadelphia District Attorney’s desk in 2012. It described an experience from a member of the Philadelphia Police Department. Two police officers on the job, away from three individuals — a male defendant, a trans woman and another male complainant — making misgendered statements and slurs. “They [the trans woman] […]

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Immigration: Five Organizations Offering Community Services

Immigration: Five Organizations Offering Community Services

An influx of Latino and Asian immigrants have added to the city’s sizable black population and new ethnic neighborhoods have emerged in Philadelphia during the past several years. According to a 2008 report from the Brookings Institution, the most recent data measuring immigrant population in Philadelphia, the city had one of the fastest-growing immigrant populations among similar-sized cities. […]

 

LGBTQIA: Transgender Health Project Aims to Empower Youth

LGBTQIA: Transgender Health Project Aims to Empower Youth

One of Bella Santos’ fears was that she would never be loved. It may not be a common fear for most 17-year-old girls, but it’s one that was even echoed by Santos’ mother. “Gay men want men and straight men want women,” she would say. “Where do you fall?” It’s been a difficult journey for […]

 

Latino Philadelphia: 5 People Making a Difference

Latino Philadelphia: 5 People Making a Difference

Father Bruce Lewandowski (above), Vicar for Cultural Ministries, Archdiocese of Philadelphia. For the past three years Father Bruce Lewandowski has overseen the Office for Hispanic Catholics as the Vicar for Cultural Ministries at the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. His primary goal is to make sure the estimated 200,000 Hispanic Catholics of Philadelphia know that the church […]

 By Jaime R. Joseph and Isabel B. Garcia

Al Dia: Latino LGBT Organization Spreads The Word At Philly Pride

Al Dia: Latino LGBT Organization Spreads The Word At Philly Pride

Philly Pride held its 25th annual Parade and Festival on Sunday. Over 160 groups, organizations and vendors were present at the festival, which had over 10 thousand attendees. Pride organizers predicted this year would have a record turnout. Among the organizations present was Galaei, an organization that calls itself the home of the Philadelphia lesbian, […]

 By Christie Francis and Stephanie Klock

Al Dia: Award Highlights Latino LGBT Leaders

Al Dia: Award Highlights Latino LGBT Leaders

The David Acosta Revolutionary Leadership Award is presented to a member of the Latino lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community who displays the same revolutionary leadership as the founder of the award, David A. Acosta. This year, Galaei, an organization that raises awareness about Latino LGBT issues, especially HIV/AIDS, will honor Jose de Marco. Elicia […]

 By Christie Francis and Stephanie Klock

Al Dia: Raices Latino Pride Celebrates Anniversary

Al Dia: Raices Latino Pride Celebrates Anniversary

On April 6, Raices Latino Pride, an organization that promotes awareness and educates the community about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues, will celebrate its anniversary. One year ago, Philadelphia did not have an umbrella organization that supported the Latino LGBT community so a board of volunteer activists created Raices. Terri Cotto and Adriana “Andi” […]

 By Christie Francis

Al Dia: Latino LGBT Community Faces Challenges

Al Dia: Latino LGBT Community Faces Challenges

Caught between two identities. That’s how Elicia Gonzales described one of the largest issues facing the Latino lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Gonzales works as an executive director for Galaei, a non-profit organization in Philadelphia that raises awareness about the issues the Latino LGBT population face. The organization primarily focuses on health related issues […]