Wednesday, May 15, 2013
A social group of LGBT friends offers good times, support and fun.
It isn't the city. Montgomery County is surely a suburb. Somehow, that difference in geography can make it harder for those in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered community, often known as "LGBT," to find support. Within Philadelphia, there are a multitude of support groups, meeting spaces and well-known centers of community, of friendships, of social organizations for the LGBT persons. But, what really is there in Montgomery County? Search no further. Meetup.com has the answer for you. With 109 members in a "peace-loving" social network, MontCo LGBT and Friends offers just that. "This group is being formed to bring together in a friendly, understanding and nurturing environment," explained the group's page on Meetup.com. "To my …
Thursday, March 21, 2013
The still-hypothetical ordinance would offer typical nondiscrimination protections on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. It's not yet clear whether Montgomery County can enact any nondiscrimination ordinance under state law.
Through an array of federal and state laws afford legal protections against discrimination on the basis of gender, race, religion, age, national origin and disability, a hypothetical Montgomery County ordinance would seek to afford similar protections to people who could suffer discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. "I believe it is critically important for our county to be at the leading edge of ensuring the rights of everyone in Montgomery County, in particular those who do not have certain protected rights right now in the LGBT [lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered] community," Montgomery County Board of Commissioners Chairman Josh Shapiro said in announcing the creation of a working group led by county …
Monday, February 4, 2013
A new poll shows Pennsylvania voters support same-sex marriage by a small margin.
Same-sex marriage is still a topic being debated in Pennsylvania. More voters (47 percent) support same-sex marriage than oppose it (43 percent), according to a January Quinnipiac University poll, but the margin is still small. The numbers were even closer among men polled, with 44 percent supporting and 46 opposing same-sex marriage. Women were less split with 50 percent supporting same-sex unions and 40 percent opposing them. When the voters polled were split by religion, 50 percent of white Catholics support same-sex unions with 40 percent oppose them. White Protestants were less accepting with 31 percent in support of same-sex unions and 60 percent opposing them. Of the Republicans polled, 23 percent support it, while 67 percent oppose…
Monday, November 5, 2012
The president of Equality Pennsylvania highlights races to watch for LGBT quality on Election Day
Monday, November 5, 2012
By Adrian Shanker/Equality Pennsylvania Every election is important. Every time we vote, we are deciding who will represent us, and which values are important to us at the time. This election could mark a turning point for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender equality. This election marks the first time a major-party nominee for President supports marriage equality. From the President on down, here are some races to watch for LGBT equality. The Presidential: For the first time in American history, a major party nominee for President supports marriage equality. Also for the first time in history, a majority of Americans support marriage equality. And for the first time in numerous election cycles, marriage has not been a major wedge …