Stories tagged: "LGBTQ"

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - JUNE 29: People protest outside the Moms for Liberty Joyful Warriors national summit welcome reception at the Museum of the American Revolution on June 29, 2023 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The self-labeled "parental rights" summit is bringing school board hopefuls from across the country where attendees will receive training and hear from Republican presidential candidates which includes former U.S. President Donald Trump, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley. The summit, which is being held in an overwhelmingly Democratic Philadelphia, has drawn protestors since the event was announced due to their pushing of book bans accusing schools of ideological overreach, including teaching about race, gender, and sexuality. (Photo by Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images)
Not Just Parents: Who’s Really Behind the Moms for Liberty Conference

Moms for Liberty describes itself as a grassroots organization of concerned parents, but sponsors of their second annual conference paint a different picture.  The conference is sponsored by a network of far-right, dark money organizations that focus on pushing abortion bans, breaking unions, attacking LGBTQ rights and restricting voting rights.

Shown is City Hall in Philadelphia, Thursday, May 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
The City of Brotherly Love Will Greet Moms for Liberty Conference With Demonstrations

A weekend of demonstrations and actions are planned in Center City Philadelphia as the controversial right-wing group Moms for Liberty hosts their second annual conference at the Marriott Hotel.  Speakers at this weekend’s conference include former President Donald Trump, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and others. Sponsors of the event include right-wing organizations such as The Goldwater Institute, Freedom Foundation, Pennsylvania Family Institute and Vermillion Education.

Photo: Sean Kitchen
Sen. Steve Santarsiero (D-Bucks) speaking at a Fairness Act Rally on the Pennsylvania Capitol Steps
Pennsylvania’s LGBTQ+ Community Demands a State Senate Vote on Non-Discrimination Protections

It’s been seven weeks since House Democrats passed the Fairness Act, and LGBTQ activists and allies are tired of waiting. On Wednesday, they held a lobby day in Harrisburg demanding a vote on the bill

State Reps. Jessica Benham (D-Allegheny) and Malcolm Kenyatta (D-Philadelphia) during a hearing regarding the Fairness Act (H.B. 300) at the State Capitol in Harrisburg, April 24, 2023. (Photo: Sean Kitchen).
PA House Dems Advance Bill Protecting LGBTQ Pennsylvanians From Discrimination

The Fairness Act, which Democrats have been trying to advance for more than two decades, cleared a major hurdle Monday. A vote before the full House is expected Wednesday.

Pennsylvania state Sen. Doug Mastriano, R-Franklin, takes part in a state Senate committee hearing at the Pennsylvania Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa., Tuesday, April 5, 2022. (AP Photo/Marc Levy)
Extremist Doug Mastriano Wants to Limit Where Drag Shows Can Be Performed in Pennsylvania

In Doug Mastriano’s latest anti-LGBTQ+ crusade, he wants to restrict drag shows from being performed anywhere minors could be in attendance.

Vice President Kamala Harris applauds as President Joe Biden speaks during a bill signing ceremony for the Respect for Marriage Act, Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2022, on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
10 Accomplishments of the First Two Years of the Biden-Harris Administration

Over the past two years, the Biden-Harris administration and the Democratic-run House and Senate acted to lower healthcare and drug costs; fight climate change and reduce energy costs; invest in mental health care; and invest in American manufacturing and infrastructure.

Aparna Shrivastava, right, takes a photo with her partner Shelby Teeter after President Joe Biden signed the Respect for Marriage Act, Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2022, on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Biden Signs Respect for Marriage Act, Providing Federal Protections for Same-Sex and Interracial Marriages

The bill’s signing comes as Democrats and LGBTQ advocates have expressed growing fear over the possibility that the landmark 2015 Supreme Court case Obergefell v. Hodges—which legalized gay marriage nationwide—could be overturned following the Court’s decision to strike down Roe v. Wade earlier this year.