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The impact of bullying and cyberbullying: Nowhere to Hide

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Bullying: Seeking to harm, intimidate, or coerce (someone perceived as vulnerable).  Cyberbullying: The use of electronic communication to bully a person, typically by sending messages...

2019: LGBTQ YEAR IN REVIEW

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The fight for LGBTQ rights has been tougher than ever this year, and support for our community is stronger than it has ever been....

The Gender X license designation in Pennsylvania

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By 2020, Pennsylvania will join a growing number of pioneering states, including Washington, Arkansas, Nevada and Maine, allowing driver’s license holders to choose from...

The ongoing fight for LGBTQ equality

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In a time when equality for the LGBTQ-plus community is a distant dream, a few U.S. lawmakers are pushing legislation that aims to prove...

U.S. citizenship held hostage for the children of same-sex marriages

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The landmark Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell v Hodges granted marriage equality to all couples, regardless of gender, stating that same-sex couples “…ask for...

Supreme Court to Answer the Question of Whether LGBTQ People are...

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This column was one of the more emotional columns I’ve written for the Philadelphia Gay News.  I am writing this sitting in my hotel...

Conversion therapy: Not a new practice, but hopefully a new discussion

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While acceptance of LGBTQ individuals has been growing rapidly in the last decade, there are still subsets of people who abhor any orientation other...

Non-biological parental rights

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When the U.S. Supreme Court passed marriage equality in 2015, LGBTQ citizens and their allies rejoiced. But it did not mean full equality in...

Postnuptial agreements gaining favor in PA

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Most people are familiar with premarital agreements, designed to protect individuals entering a legal marriage. LGBTQ community members find themselves in...

Targeting transgender teens

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Ohio’s House of Representatives is considering legislation that forces educators, therapists and social workers to out transgender minors to their parents or face fourth-degree...

SCOTUS ruling for Masterpiece Cakeshop and Arlene’s Flowers requires increased vigilance...

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Earlier this month, the Supreme Court ruled narrowly in favor of Masterpiece Cakeshop owner Jack Phillips in his anti-LGBTQ discrimination case. In the 7-2...

Kansas and Oklahoma joining ranks denying adoption to LGBTQ couples

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Most children live with the expectation that they’ll grow up, get married, and have children. For members of the LGBTQ community, the certainty of...

The turning tide against workplace transgender discrimination

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Transgender rights are a hot topic in the news recently, from Trump’s slapdash ban on transgender soldiers in the military to the question of...

Trump’s aim at transgender troops sharpens

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The Trump administration announced a new-ish ban on transgender people serving in the military on March 23. But in reality, there’s not much difference...

Trump’s aim at transgender troops sharpens (2)

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The Trump administration announced a new-ish ban on transgender people serving in the military on March 23. But in reality, there’s not much difference...

The state of the LGBTQ union

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Much of our focus on LGBT rights centers at the federal level, but there are also several ongoing battles in several states concerning equality....

Masterpiece Cakeshop will change the way we do business

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In early December, SCOTUS heard oral arguments in the Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. The crux of the case is that bakery...

2017 LGBT year in review

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It has been quite a roller-coaster year for the LGBT community, with some pretty high highs and some equally low lows. We saw a...

The necessity of net neutrality

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On Nov. 22, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai, released a proposal to kill net neutrality in the United States —...

The trademark battle of Dykes on Bikes

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Earlier this summer in “Matal v. Tam” (formerly “Lee v. Tam”), the United States Supreme Court struck down the restriction on the registration of...

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