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Philadelphia Business Journal

  • Boy Scouts’ discrimination may affect local sponsorship (Published 4/12/2013)

    The Boy Scouts of America continues to drag its feet when pressed to amend its discriminatory membership policies. A meeting was planned for February to discuss admitting and retaining openly gay scouts… Read more

     

    The Boy Scouts of America continues to drag its feet when pressed to amend its discriminatory membership policies. A meeting was planned for February to discuss admitting and retaining openly gay scouts… Read more  
  • Poll shows wide support for LGBT rights in Pennsylvania (Published 3/15/2013)

    A poll showing that nearly seven in 10 Pennsylvanians support equal civil rights for LBGT citizens. The poll’s results indicate that practicing equal treatment of LGBT employees is not only the right thing to do, but can be good for Philadelphian business, as well… Read more

    A poll showing that nearly seven in 10 Pennsylvanians support equal civil rights for LBGT citizens. The poll’s results indicate that practicing equal treatment of LGBT employees is not only the right thing to do, but can be good for Philadelphian business, as well… Read more
  • In new index, Philadelphia gets top score for LGBT rights (Published: 1/18/2013)

    On Nov. 27, The Human Rights Campaign, the largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for LGBT Americans, released its first Municipal Equality Index… Read more

    On Nov. 27, The Human Rights Campaign, the largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for LGBT Americans, released its first Municipal Equality Index… Read more
  • Companies like Amtrak are wise to board diversity train: (Published 10/19/12)

    If the business world has learned anything since S. Truett Cathy’s recent “coming out,” it’s that discrimination is good for media, but bad for business. Instead of flocking to Chick-fil-A fast-food… Read More

    If the business world has learned anything since S. Truett Cathy’s recent “coming out,” it’s that discrimination is good for media, but bad for business. Instead of flocking to Chick-fil-A fast-food… Read More
  • ‘White shoe’ firms now more technicolor; good role models (Published: 10/5/2012)

    A group of young white men, hair parted on the side and slicked flat across their heads, sit posing with stony expressions. That is the image I conjure up when I think of the former face of “big law.”… Read more

    A group of young white men, hair parted on the side and slicked flat across their heads, sit posing with stony expressions. That is the image I conjure up when I think of the former face of “big law.”… Read more
  • Like Groupon? Consider the market reach of Gaypon (Published 7/27/12)

    Thanks to the flash deal revolution and today’s Internet-based consumer market, planning a social outing or finding a good deal takes less than five minutes. Daily deal websites… Read More

    Thanks to the flash deal revolution and today’s Internet-based consumer market, planning a social outing or finding a good deal takes less than five minutes. Daily deal websites… Read More
  • Getting the history straight on GPTMC’s gay tourism campaign (Published: 6/22/2012)

    It’s clear that the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corp. (GPTMC) has really done something special when even Philadelphia locals are affectionately quoting from its most recent “With Love, Philadelphia XOXO” campaign billboards… Read more

    It’s clear that the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corp. (GPTMC) has really done something special when even Philadelphia locals are affectionately quoting from its most recent “With Love, Philadelphia XOXO” campaign billboards… Read more
  • Tax credits for LGBT senior housing mark a watershed (Published: 05/04/2012)

    After years of waiting, Philadelphia’s proposed LGBT-friendly senior residences got one of their most important green lights recently. On April 12, the Housing Finance Agency notified backers of the proposed William Way Senior Residences that the proposal would be awarded low-income housing tax credits… Read more

    After years of waiting, Philadelphia’s proposed LGBT-friendly senior residences got one of their most important green lights recently. On April 12, the Housing Finance Agency notified backers of the proposed William Way Senior Residences that the proposal would be awarded low-income housing tax credits… Read more
  • City Council bill extends benefits to same-sex partners (Published: 12/16/2011)

    On Dec. 1, a milestone in LGBT employment equality was achieved in Philadelphia. Thanks to the work of Philadelphia Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds-Brown and local advocates, City Council passed the Equal Benefits Bill by a unanimous vote. The law… Read more

    On Dec. 1, a milestone in LGBT employment equality was achieved in Philadelphia. Thanks to the work of Philadelphia Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds-Brown and local advocates, City Council passed the Equal Benefits Bill by a unanimous vote. The law… Read more
  • Eye-opening: The economic impact of the LGBT dollar (Published: 11/18/2011)

    There are 1.4 million lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender business owners in the United States who employ tax-paying workers, extend benefits to those workers, and pay both federal and state taxes. But even as LGBT business owners contribute their hard-earned dollar to boost a struggling economy… Read more

    There are 1.4 million lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender business owners in the United States who employ tax-paying workers, extend benefits to those workers, and pay both federal and state taxes. But even as LGBT business owners contribute their hard-earned dollar to boost a struggling economy… Read more
  • All hail the power of the pink dollar (Published 9/30/11)

    Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered individuals represent less than 4 percent of the U.S. population, yet their total buying power is expected to exceed $835 billion by 2011 — a statistic that marketers overlook at their peril… Read More

    Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered individuals represent less than 4 percent of the U.S. population, yet their total buying power is expected to exceed $835 billion by 2011 — a statistic that marketers overlook at their peril… Read More
  • 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… Read More

    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… Read More
  • 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… Read More

    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… Read More
  • 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… Read More

    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… Read More

PGN (Philadelphia Gay News)

  • Supreme Court hears Prop 8, DOMA arguments (Published: 4/13/2013)

    The Supreme Court of the United States held hearings March 26 and 27 on the constitutionality of California’s Proposition 8 and Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act. The proceedings yielded few surprises… Read more

     

    The Supreme Court of the United States held hearings March 26 and 27 on the constitutionality of California’s Proposition 8 and Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act. The proceedings yielded few surprises… Read more  
  • Obama’s first term provided unparalleled rights for LGBT community (Published: 3/14/2013)

    In President Barack Obama’s Jan. 21 inaugural address, he stated, “[O]ur journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law — for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.” It was a speech indicative… Read more

    In President Barack Obama’s Jan. 21 inaugural address, he stated, “ur journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law — for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.” It was a speech ...
  • Boy Scouts reevaluate antigay policies (2/7/13)

    The Boy Scouts of America have an oath: “To keep [themselves] physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.” Emphasis on straight. More than 100 years after its founding… Read More

    The Boy Scouts of America have an oath: “To keep physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.” Emphasis on straight. More than 100 years after its founding… Read More
  • What’s next for marriage equality? (1/3/13)

    Let’s take a second to reflect on 2012 before looking ahead to 2013. Last year saw sweeping victories for marriage equality in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and the state of Washington. Another five states currently have civil-unions laws…Read More

    Let’s take a second to reflect on 2012 before looking ahead to 2013. Last year saw sweeping victories for marriage equality in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and the state of Washington. Another five states currently have civil-unions laws…Read More
  • DOMA: Which road will the Supreme Court choose? (12/9/12)

    November 30 came and went. December 3 came and went. The U.S. Supreme Court’s next and final conference of the year to consider the pending Defense Against Marriage Act… Read More

    November 30 came and went. December 3 came and went. The U.S. Supreme Court’s next and final conference of the year to consider the pending Defense Against Marriage Act… Read More
  • LGBT estate planning—not an option, it’s a must (Published 11/1/12)

    At the federal level, the law is quite clear: LGBT couples are strangers in the eyes of the law. The passage of the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996 codified this view. DOMA does two main… Read More

    At the federal level, the law is quite clear: LGBT couples are strangers in the eyes of the law. The passage of the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996 codified this view. DOMA does two main… Read More
  • Despite confusion, victories for voter (10/11/12)

    Pennsylvania’s controversial Act 18, otherwise known as the “voter-ID law,” has been in the news for months now. In a nutshell, Act 18 amended Pennsylvania’s voting rules to require individuals to… Read More

    Pennsylvania’s controversial Act 18, otherwise known as the “voter-ID law,” has been in the news for months now. In a nutshell, Act 18 amended Pennsylvania’s voting rules to require individuals to… Read More
  • Adoption vs. surrogacy/donation (Published 9/6/12)

    All across the United States, alternative families are queering the American dream. In a new take on traditional household arrangements, “Daddy” and “Papa” trade off walking the dog… Read More

    All across the United States, alternative families are queering the American dream. In a new take on traditional household arrangements, “Daddy” and “Papa” trade off walking the dog… Read More
  • Four steps to becoming a foster parent (Published 8/9/12)

    A brief review of LGBT-related law in all 50 states would not find Pennsylvania among the most LGBT-friendly places to live. Read More

    A brief review of LGBT-related law in all 50 states would not find Pennsylvania among the most LGBT-friendly places to live. Read More
  • Who’s your daddy, and what rights does he have? (Published 7/5/12)

    The conception and birth of a child is an adventure and a miracle for heterosexual and same-sex parents alike. However, the “adventure” to parenthood… Read More

    The conception and birth of a child is an adventure and a miracle for heterosexual and same-sex parents alike. However, the “adventure” to parenthood… Read More
  • What’s in a name? (Published 6/30/12)

    Generally, a name defines an individual. It is a sense of who you are and how you represent yourself in the world. However, when a person… Read More

    Generally, a name defines an individual. It is a sense of who you are and how you represent yourself in the world. However, when a person… Read More
  • Protecting our elders (Published 5/3/12)

    In the current social landscape, with the growing political power and visibility of the gay-rights movement, there is still a significant… Read More

    In the current social landscape, with the growing political power and visibility of the gay-rights movement, there is still a significant… Read More
  • HUD’s new LGBT rule explained (Published 4/5/12)

    In another groundbreaking victory for the LGBT community, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced a finalized version of a long-awaited rule against LGBT housing… Read More

    In another groundbreaking victory for the LGBT community, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced a finalized version of a long-awaited rule against LGBT housing… Read More
  • Marriage: Benefits or limbo? (Published 3/1/12)

    Marriage equality is happening at a painstakingly slow pace and, because of that, same-sex couples have flocked to states when they approve marriage-equality laws. In doing so… Read More

    Marriage equality is happening at a painstakingly slow pace and, because of that, same-sex couples have flocked to states when they approve marriage-equality laws. In doing so… Read More
  • Federal benefits for same-sex domestic partnerships (1/5/12)

    Starting this year, same-sex domestic partners of federal employees have expanded access to health-care coverage. Read More

    Starting this year, same-sex domestic partners of federal employees have expanded access to health-care coverage. Read More
  • Equal Benefits Bill will include contractors (Published 12/1/11)

    Thanks to the efforts of local constituents, advocates and, most notably, Philadelphia Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds-Brown… Read More

    Thanks to the efforts of local constituents, advocates and, most notably, Philadelphia Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds-Brown… Read More
  • Inheritance tax reform may be on the horizon (Published 10/6/11)

    In a short amount of time, Pennsylvania has seen two very important bills be introduced in the House: One would put same-sex relationships on par with heterosexual couples… Read More

    In a short amount of time, Pennsylvania has seen two very important bills be introduced in the House: One would put same-sex relationships on par with heterosexual couples… Read More
  • 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… Read More

    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… Read More
  • 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… Read More

    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… Read More
  • 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… Read More

    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… Read More
  • 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… Read More

    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… Read More
  • 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… Read More

    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… Read More
  • 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… Read More

    The Obama administration has taken another progressive step toward equality that has LGBT-rights advocates feeling victorious. On Feb. 23… Read More
  • 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… Read More

    This month, the LGBT community saw another pivotal advancement toward equality. On Jan. 18… Read More
  • Ensuring diversity in the financial services industry (Published 01/06/11)

    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… Read More

    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… Read More
  • 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… Read More

    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… Read More
  • 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… Read More

    The end of a relationship can wreak havoc on your emotions. But, with proper planning and familiarity with the law… Read More
  • 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… Read More

    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… Read More
  • 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… Read More

    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… Read More
  • 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… Read More

    While considering artificial insemination, individuals should understand the laws governing donor insemination in their state. Some states have laws that require donor insemination… Read More
  • 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… Read More

    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… Read More
  • 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… Read More

     

    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… Read More  
  • 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… Read More

    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… Read More
  • 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… Read More

    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… Read More

Edge

  • Suze Orman Urges “Gay Migration” To States With Marriage Equality (Published 5/1/2013)

    On April 15, in conjunction with Elda Di Re and Karyn Twaronite — two Ernst & Young LLP partners – CNBC host and financial advisor Suze Orman held a conference call organized by the Respect for Marriage Coalition…read more

    On April 15, in conjunction with Elda Di Re and Karyn Twaronite — two Ernst & Young LLP partners – CNBC host and financial advisor Suze Orman held a conference call organized by the Respect for Marriage Coalition…read more
  • DOMA Repeal Is Good Business for LGBT Families (Published 3/28/2013)

    Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is a federal law that defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman; its existence prevents same-sex couples from being legally recognized as married by the federal government and enjoying more than 1,138 federal rights…read more

     

    Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is a federal law that defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman; its existence prevents same-sex couples from being legally recognized as married by the federal government and enjoying more than 1,138 federal rights…read more  
  • Sidestepping Unseen Tax Pitfalls For Same-Sex Couples (Published 2/27/13)

    Not many people look forward to their annual tax deadlines. A process that is already riddled with confusing forms and statements has become increasingly convoluted for gay couples. As states are beginning to legally permit and recognize gay marriage, LGBT couples are forced to learn how to file their taxes in a manner that will appease agents on both state and federal levels...read more

    Not many people look forward to their annual tax deadlines. A process that is already riddled with confusing forms and statements has become increasingly convoluted for gay couples. As states are beginning to legally permit and recognize gay marriage, LGBT couples are forced to learn how to file their taxes in a manner that will ...
  • Retirement Planning for LGBT Couples (Published 10/16/2012)

    For many, retirement is a point on a perpetually receding horizon, some nebulous future event that may or may not ever happen. Planning for retirement in a lackluster economy can be even harder, especially for families outside the umbrella of legal protections… Read more

    For many, retirement is a point on a perpetually receding horizon, some nebulous future event that may or may not ever happen. Planning for retirement in a lackluster economy can be even harder, especially for families outside the umbrella of legal protections… Read more
  • Kickstarter Gives LGBT Entrepreneurs a Leg Up (Published 10/04/2012)

    Have the days of entrepreneurs sweating heavily and pacing while awaiting the arrival of potential investors passed us by? It sure looks that way… Read more

    Have the days of entrepreneurs sweating heavily and pacing while awaiting the arrival of potential investors passed us by? It sure looks that way… Read more
  • dotgay Seizes the Future of Internet LGBT Domain Names (Published: 8/18/2012)

    Rainbow flags. Gay cruises. Logo TV. And now, domain names? If the company dotgay LLC is successful in their bid, they will become the owner of the first Internet domain to provide an online space exclusively for gays that gives back two-thirds of its take to LGBT non-profits… Read more

    Rainbow flags. Gay cruises. Logo TV. And now, domain names? If the company dotgay LLC is successful in their bid, they will become the owner of the first Internet domain to provide an online space exclusively for gays that gives back two-thirds of its take to LGBT non-profits… Read more
  • Exxon Mobil Turns their Back on Gay Community (Published 6/9/2012)

    The battle for LGBT workplace equality rages on as politicians and activists ban together to convince the stragglers of “big business” to join the 85 percent of Fortune 500 companies already offering employment discrimination protection on the basis of sexual orientation… Read more

    The battle for LGBT workplace equality rages on as politicians and activists ban together to convince the stragglers of “big business” to join the 85 percent of Fortune 500 companies already offering employment discrimination protection on the basis of sexual orientation… Read more
  • “Let’s Reach One Million People” Campaign Goes Global (Published: 04/20/12)

    Many people in mainstream society would happily say that the LGBT community has generally gained societal acceptance and no longer faces discrimination based on their.. Read More

    Many people in mainstream society would happily say that the LGBT community has generally gained societal acceptance and no longer faces discrimination based on their.. Read More
  • What Does LGBT Certification Actually Mean? (Published 1/27/2012)

    I would venture a guess that few people reading this are aware of a national program to certify LGBT businesses. Before we explore what this means for a business, it would be better to explain what it is… Read more

    I would venture a guess that few people reading this are aware of a national program to certify LGBT businesses. Before we explore what this means for a business, it would be better to explain what it is… Read more
  • Victory Fund Keeps their Eye on the Prize (Published: 12/16/11)

    Founded in 1991, the Victory Fund continues to work tirelessly to ensure that LGBT Americans have a seat at the table in the halls of power on Capitol Hill and around the country… Read More

    Founded in 1991, the Victory Fund continues to work tirelessly to ensure that LGBT Americans have a seat at the table in the halls of power on Capitol Hill and around the country… Read More
  • The Repeal of ’Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’: An American Imperative (Published: 11/19/11)

    The end of ’don’t ask, don’t tell’ on Tuesday, Sept. 20, is an American imperative that will once again allow openly gay and lesbian service members to enjoy the freedom of self-expression for which they have fought… Read More

    The end of ’don’t ask, don’t tell’ on Tuesday, Sept. 20, is an American imperative that will once again allow openly gay and lesbian service members to enjoy the freedom of self-expression for which they have fought… Read More
  • Enhancing the Value of Employee Resource Groups (Published: 11/17/11)

    Employee Resource Groups have come a long way since the first formed in 1970, but a recent roundtable breakfast sponsored by the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce of New York and Neil Cerbone Associates showed how LGBTs can make them even better… Read More

    Employee Resource Groups have come a long way since the first formed in 1970, but a recent roundtable breakfast sponsored by the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce of New York and Neil Cerbone Associates showed how LGBTs can make them even better… Read More
  • Florida Attorney Helps LGBT Jamaicans Seek Asylum (Published: 11/15/11)

    Coral Gables, Fla., lawyer Grace Gomez helps LGBT Jamaicans and others seek asylum in the United States… Read More

    Coral Gables, Fla., lawyer Grace Gomez helps LGBT Jamaicans and others seek asylum in the United States… Read More
  • 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… Read More

    As some of you may know, I am passionate about the issue of suicide among LGBT teenagers. And among other things… Read More
  • 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… Read More

    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… Read More
  • 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… Read more

    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… Read more
  • 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… Read More

    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… Read More
  • 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… Read More

    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… Read More
  • 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… Read More

    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… Read More
  • 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… Read More

    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… Read More

Echelon

  • 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… Read More

    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… Read More
  • Feds Laggin on ENDA (Published May/June ’11)

    Recently, the LGBT community has had several wins with the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell HUD’s new non-discrimination policy as well as marriage equality in New York, Delaware and hopefully Maryland soon enough… Read More

    Recently, the LGBT community has had several wins with the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell HUD’s new non-discrimination policy as well as marriage equality in New York, Delaware and hopefully Maryland soon enough… Read More

Other Publications

  • Philly Weekly : What does Prop. 8 mean for LBGT couples in PA? (Published: 4/01/2013)

    Last week, the Supreme Court of the United States took up two cases that effect LGBT equality by way of same-sex marriage: Proposition 8 out of California and the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). After the Prop. 8 arguments on Tuesday, Philadelphia Weekly talked to Philadelphia-based attorney Angela Giampolo of Giampolo Law Group to make sense of what may happen… Read more

     

    Last week, the Supreme Court of the United States took up two cases that effect LGBT equality by way of same-sex marriage: Proposition 8 out of California and the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). After the Prop. 8 arguments on Tuesday, Philadelphia Weekly talked to Philadelphia-based attorney Angela Giampolo of Giampolo Law Group to ...
  • The Morning Call: Newsmaker Q&A: Angela Giampolo (Published: 3/30/2013)

    Angela Giampolo, who runs her own law firm specializing in LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) rights, paid close attention to the Supreme Court oral arguments last week. She had planned to go down to Washington, DC to participate but was sidelined by her advocacy work – and has some predictions of how the high court will rule on gay marriage… Read more

     

    Angela Giampolo, who runs her own law firm specializing in LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) rights, paid close attention to the Supreme Court oral arguments last week. She had planned to go down to Washington, DC to participate but was sidelined by her advocacy work – and has some predictions of how the high ...
  • Becoming Interview: Angela Giampolo – Passionate about Law and LGBT Advocacy (Published 3/10/2013)

    This week Angela Giampolo is in the hot seat! My partner Jon and I got to know Angela while she helped us with LGBT financial and estate planning. She is an attorney, author, avid entrepreneur, and advocate for the LGBT community.

    Tell us about a cool project you are currently working on… Read more

    This week Angela Giampolo is in the hot seat! My partner Jon and I got to know Angela while she helped us with LGBT financial and estate planning. She is an attorney, author, avid entrepreneur, and advocate for the LGBT community. Tell us about a cool project you are currently working on… Read more