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Philadelphia Pride Firemen

Queer folk in Philadelphia have more reason than ever to feel pride.

Tonight’s musical selection is “Your Body is a Weapon” by The Wombats, another great suggestion by Jessica Garcia.

Philadelphia became the latest city to enhance their protections for LGBTQ people, including mandating gender neutral restrooms in public places. While the idea of trans-welcoming restrooms was used to stir up dissent in San Antonio recently, NBC 10 Philadelphia reports the mayor embracing the notion:

When Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter signed legislation Thursday to afford equal rights to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, he said he hoped Philadelphia would become ‘the most LGBT-friendly’ city in the world.

One piece of that comprehensive legislation will forever alter the restroom options in city-owned buildings. The legislation requires that new or renovated city-owned buildings include gender-neutral bathrooms in addition to traditional men’s and women’s restrooms.

‘It can be an awkward and embarrassing situation’ for anyone who may ‘feel more like a woman, but can’t use the women’s room,’ said Councilman Jim Kenney, the bill’s sponsor.

There is more to the bill than just a neutral place to relieve oneself. Nutter, city and state lawmakers and gay rights advocates said the legislation makes Philadelphia the first city in the U.S. to offer tax credits to companies that extend the same health care coverage to LGBT employees’ domestic partners and their children as they provide to heterosexual spouses and their children.

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Kit OConnell

Kit O’Connell is a gonzo journalist and radical troublemaker from Austin, Texas. He is the Associate Editor and Community Manager of Shadowproof. Kit's investigative journalism has appeared in Truthout, MintPress News and