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Pa. is overdue in passing statewide law protecting LGBTs (Published: 9/02/11)
Despite taking an early lead, Pennsylvania has fallen behind in protecting the rights of its lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered citizens. Pennsylvania was the first state to ban, through Governor Milton Shapp’s executive order in 1975...
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Still waiting for federal protection of LGBT employees (Published: 08/05/11)
Current federal law makes it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetic information. Sexual orientation and gender identity...
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Hidden cost of domestic partner benefits for LGBT workers (Published: 06/17/11)
Many businesses recognize the value of diversity and equality in the workplace and have begun offering domestic partner health benefits to attract LGBT employees. Roughly 58 percent of Fortune 500 companies...
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Transgender workplace policies (Published: 9/01/11)
Equality advocates continue to push for the passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, a proposed federal bill that would prohibit discrimination against employees on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. Currently, only 15 states and the District of Columbia...
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Immigration and LGBT platforms: united or divided? (Published: 08/04/11)
The modern gay-rights and current immigration movements may seem like two dissimilar issues; however, the two issues have much more in common than what initially meets the eye. The push for human dignity...
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Using 'heightened scrutiny' for sexual-orientation discrimination (Published: 06/02/11)
For those who are underrepresented in the political process, there are channels and avenues available to them so they can have their voices heard and affect change. But what happens with the LGBT community...
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E-marriage: A simple trend or the future of marriage as we know it? (Published: 05/05/11)
Getting married used to be a simple trip down to the city clerk’s office, handing in some paperwork and (maybe) blood tests, paying a fee and then waiting for the license in the mail. The process could be done without a ceremony...
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First Amendment shouldn't include hate speech (Published: 03/31/11)
Evelyn Beatrice Hall once famously quipped, “I do not agree with a word you say but will defend to the death your right to say it.” This quote has been used for centuries...
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President and AG challenge DOMA (Published: 03/03/11)
The Obama administration has taken another progressive step toward equality that has LGBT-rights advocates feeling victorious. On Feb. 23...
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A step forward for LGBT hospital-visitation rights (Published: 02/03/11)
This month, the LGBT community saw another pivotal advancement toward equality. On Jan. 18...

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Ensuring diversity in the financial services industry (Published: 01/06/11)
Though the equality divide seems to be inching closer with the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and other protective enactments, provisions are continuously being made to seal the gap for the LGBT community. These changes are not an accessory...
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Hate-crimes law: What it means to you (Published: 12/02/10)
On Oct. 28, 2009, President Obama signed the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009 (18 U.S.C. Section 249) into law. The act is named after two victims...
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Breaking up is hard to do, especially when you have stuff (Published: 11/04/10)
The end of a relationship can wreak havoc on your emotions. But, with proper planning and familiarity with the law...
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Answers to common legal questions (Published: 10/07/10)
Because gays and lesbians do not have equality under federal or state law, it’s important to know what legal protections you do have and what precautions you can take to protect you and your loved ones. Here are some of the more frequently asked LGBT legal questions...
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Status of employment and rights (Published: 09/02/10)
As an employee, it is essential to know exactly what your employment rights are and whether you fall within a category granted special protections under the law. This is difficult for the LGBT community...
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Insemination and the law (Published: 08/05/10)
While considering artificial insemination, individuals should understand the laws governing donor insemination in their state. Some states have laws that require donor insemination...
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Adoption for same-sex couples: a patchwork quilt (Published: 07/01/10)
Deciding to start a family is an exciting and significant decision for many couples; however, same-sex couples face unique legal hurdles with respect to adoption once this decision is made. There are several forms of adoption...
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Business succession for LGBT businessowners (Published: 06/03/10)
As same-sex marriage is not legal in most states, proper estate planning is particularly important for the LGBT community. Even in states where it is legal...
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Domestic partnerships, civil unions and gay marriage (Published: 05/06/10)
While the quest for marriage equality goes forth, many wonder (justifiably) what the differences are among domestic partnerships, civil unions and marriage. Throughout the years...
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Out Law: The pre-prenup (Published: 04/08/10)
As states move slowly to adopt same-sex marriage, couples are turning to other legal mechanisms to govern their relationships. One such tool is the cohabitation agreement...
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Coming Out: LGBT Teenagers in Their Own Words (Published: 08/23/11)
As some of you may know, I am passionate about the issue of suicide among LGBT teenagers. And among other things...
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Let the Wedding Bells (and Cash Registers) Ring in N.Y. (Published: 07/19/11)
On Friday, June 24, New York City’s West Village erupted in celebration as hundreds gathered outside the historic Stonewall Inn to celebrate one of the most significant victories in the modern gay rights movement-the legalization of same-sex marriage. The New York State Senate...
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Going Beyond the Predictable PR Exercise (Published: 07/01/11)
On Feb. 25, Christian Dior fashion designer John Galliano was arrested in Paris on charges of assault and for making anti-Semitic remarks directed towards a couple in a Marais café. Under French law...
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N.Y. Republicans Put Their Money Where Their Mouth Is (Published: 06/17/11)
The tides for marriage equality may be changing. The "New York Times" recently reported a coalition of gay rights organizations received a large financial donation from an unlikely source: wealthy donors to the Republican Party. The small, yet highly influential group of donors...
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Harrisburg City Council passes partnership registry (Published: 12/31/08)
The Harrisburg City Council unanimously approved a bill on Dec. 22 that would create a registry for unmarried, committed couples. Openly gay City Council Vice President...
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Life partnership registry bill introduced in Harrisburg (Published: 07/22/08)
Openly gay Harrisburg City Council Councilmember Dan Miller proposed a bill on Tuesday, July 15, that would create a "life-partnership registry" for same-sex and opposite-sex unmarried couples in the city. City Council Vice President Dan Miller...
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Philadelphia: A haven within a hell? (Published: 07/03/08)
Those of us who are lucky enough to live in the city of Philadelphia are shielded (practically speaking) from the harsh realities of the discrimination that runs rampant in the rest of Pennsylvania-both socially and legally. Lawmakers recently introduced legislation...
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Business Succession: Planning for LGBT Business Owners (Published: Aug/Sep '11)
Proper estate planning is particularly important for the LGBT community due to the fact that same-sex marriage is not legal in most states and even in those states, same-sex couples are not afforded the privileges and benefits of federal law. With that said...
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