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Elections

Brian Sims Secures Path to Re-Election

by J. Rudy Flesher ● 2:18 PM April 8, 2014
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Pennsylvania state Rep. Brian Sims has secured the path to his reelection to a second term. Here’s why that’s great news!

Civil Rights

Watch: Rep. Brian Sims To Introduce Ban On Reparative Therapy In Pennsylvania

by J. Rudy Flesher ● 12:29 PM September 18, 2013
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At a press conference at Philadelphia’s Attic Youth Center for LGBT youth, state Rep. Brian Sims announced that he will introduce legislation to ban reparative therapy in Pennsylvania for LGBT youth.

Discrimination

WATCH And SIGN: Brian Sims Interview And Petition On Non-Discrimination

by J. Rudy Flesher ● 2:10 PM August 13, 2013
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Pennsylvania State Representative Brian Sims went on “The Ed Show” to talk about marriage equality in Pennsylvania, as well as the perennial LGBT non-discrimination bill.

Civil Rights

Gay Representative To Anti-Equality Senator Casey: Your Voice Is Silent. And I Am Angry.

by J. Rudy Flesher ● 2:01 PM March 28, 2013
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This week, as Facebook turned red with LGBT people and our allies supporting civil full marriage equality, it seems like Democratic Senators have been falling over themselves to finally come out in favor of marriage equality. Senators Begich (AK), Hagan (NC), McCaskill (MO) Rockefeller (WV), Tester (MT), Warner (VA) all announced their support this week. [...]

Elections

Ally Profiles: Will Sylianteng for Pennsylvania State Rep

by J. Rudy Flesher ● 12:09 PM October 16, 2012
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When Will Sylianteng is (hopefully) elected to be the Representative of Pensylvania’s 151st Ditrict of the state House this November he will represent several voices that are needed in the House.

Arts

Marriage Equality Takes Center Stage in ‘Always the Bridesmaid’

by J. Rudy Flesher ● 3:51 PM August 5, 2012
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R. Eric Thomas is a Philadelphia based playwright and storyteller and will be staging a new production, “Always the Bridesmaid.”

Elections

Out Gay Candidate Receives Second National Endorsement

by J. Rudy Flesher ● 10:13 AM June 1, 2012
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Chris Dietz is one of (at least) three out LGBT candidates that will be seeking election this November to the Pennsylvania’s General Assembly.

Elections

The Victory Fund: Making History, One LGBT Candidate At A Time

by J. Rudy Flesher ● 3:30 PM May 16, 2012
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After helping one LGBT candidate win election, New Civil Rights Movement writer J. Rudy Flesher wants to be next. Will you help him earn a Victory Fund scholarship?

J. Rudy Flesher

Opponent Of Openly Gay Candidate Accused Of Violating Campaigning Rules

by J. Rudy Flesher ● 3:23 PM April 24, 2012
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Babette Josephs, a Democratic incumbent in Pennsylvania’s House of Representatives, reportedly has been caught violating campaigning rules.

Elections

Openly Gay Candidate Brian Sims Victim Of Vicious, Lying Smear Tactics

by J. Rudy Flesher ● 4:45 PM April 17, 2012
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Democrat Babette Josephs falsely claims Brian Sims will disenfranchise voters, demand mandatory ultrasounds before abortion, and make drastic cuts to education.

Elections

Will Pennsylvania Elect Six Out LGBT Freshman Legislators In November?

by J. Rudy Flesher ● 12:42 PM April 5, 2012
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In 2013, Pennsylvania could have six out, proud, LGBT, qualified Representatives in our state House. Meet all six.

Actions

No LGBT Legislators Means No LGBT Equality

by J. Rudy Flesher ● 4:45 PM April 2, 2012
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States that don’t have LGBT officials are more likely to not have LGBT-inclusive laws, or anti-discrimination laws protecting LGBT citizens. But you can help.

Arts

I’m From Driftwood Adds New Community Spotlights — And An NYC Fundraiser

by J. Rudy Flesher ● 10:30 AM March 28, 2012
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I’m From Driftwood’s next two Community Spotlight series will focus on elders and homeless youth, and they’re holding a fundraiser in NYC – read for details!

culture

“I’m From Driftwood” Wins GLAAD Praise For Black Community Spotlight

by J. Rudy Flesher ● 9:00 AM February 19, 2012
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From Monday, February 6, to Friday February 10, I’m From Driftwood (IFD) ran their first ever Community Spotlight, highlighting nine stories from black LGBTQ people.