Activism: Fighting For Transgender Rights In Philadelphia

Activism: Fighting For Transgender Rights In Philadelphia

During the Obama administration, federal guidelines released called on public schools to allow transgender students to be able to choose the bathroom facility according to their self-professed gender identity. On Feb. 22, 2017, President Trump’s administration notified the U.S. Supreme Court that they would be withdrawing this guidance and felt that this was a focus for state-level governments rather […]

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LGBTQ: Five Welcoming Places for the Community

LGBTQ: Five Welcoming Places for the Community

Intersecting at 13th and Locust streets, the rainbow crosswalk represents more than lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgenders and queers. It embodies the boundaries and obstacles crossed and overcome by the LGBTQ community in Philadelphia. In neighborhoods across the city, there are LGBTQ facilities that provide affordable medical treatments and education, encourage the exploration of self-expression, and promote a confident life. […]

 

LGBTQIA: Five Moments in Philadelphia’s LGBT History That You Should Know

LGBTQIA: Five Moments in Philadelphia’s LGBT History That You Should Know

Everyone knows that Philadelphia as a city full of American history. Although it also has a rich and important history with the LGBTQIA community, Philadelphia is often overshadowed in that respect by such cities as San Francisco and New York. In preparation for LGBT History Month in October, Philadelphia Neighborhoods worked with Bob Skiba, the […]

 

LGBTQIA: Support Groups in the Transgender Community

LGBTQIA: Support Groups in the Transgender Community

The transgender community has seen many changes throughout the years. One of those changes has been the rise in the number of support groups that are available to the community. “There were no support groups,” said Elizabeth Coffey Williams, an artist and former actress who came out as a transgender woman in 1972. “There was […]

 

LGBTQIA: Experiences of the Transgender Community

LGBTQIA: Experiences of the Transgender Community

Being transgender in Philadelphia is still something that incites violence and discrimination, but not nearly as much as it used to, according to Elizabeth Coffey Williams. “I lived the white-picket fence, husband, dog, swimming pool and garden club life for many, many years,” she said, ” and now I find myself in the center of […]