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  • 22 Jun 2020 4:01 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    As you likely have heard by now, Philadelphia is looking ahead to the green phase of reopening. COVID-19 daily case counts are falling, residents are wearing masks, and hospitalizations are dropping.
    This Friday, we’ll reopen more businesses and restart more activities—still as part of the yellow phase. If our progress continues, we will be ready to carefully enter the green phase in early July.
    Even in the green phase, we will still restrict some activities that are allowed by the state, and we’ll have stricter guidance. We don’t want to see a second wave, as many states are now experiencing.
    Philly: You didn’t just flatten curve—you suppressed the virus and saved thousands of lives. Thank you for your perseverance. Let's continue our progress.
    Yours in service,
    Jim Kenney
    Mayor of Philadelphia

  • 19 Jun 2020 12:33 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    While the City will move green ahead of Mayor Kenney's July 3 target date, Wolf says Philly residents and businesses will still follow the plan laid out by the city officials. 

    Counties in the green phase will enjoy the return of indoor entertainment and recreation businesses, such as movie theaters, casinos and shopping malls.  Restaurants and bars can reopen indoor dining with a 50% capacity cap.

    Salons and barbershops, gyms, spas, and other personal care services will be allowed to reopen under the green phase.  All health and wellness facilities must operated at 50% capacity. 

    Outdoor gathering size will be limited to 250 people under the green phase. 

  • 18 Jun 2020 4:31 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    City offices and facilities will be closed to the public on Friday, June 19 to observe Juneteenth, which celebrates the end of slavery in the United States. This designation comes from an executive order signed by Mayor Jim Kenney.

    Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, the date when Union troops arrived in Galveston Bay, Texas to ensure that enslaved people were freed. The troops arrived two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed by President Lincoln.

    Learn more about Juneteenth in Philadelphia, and be sure to join us tomorrow for some special events commemorating this important moment in American history! 

    Happy Juneteenth!

  • 17 Jun 2020 3:21 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Facebook announced this week that users will be able to disable political and social issue ads amid criticism of its policy that allows politicians like President Donald Trump to post false information.

    The feature, on both Facebook and Instagram, will allow people to turn off “all social issue, electoral or political ads from candidates, Super PACs or other organizations that have the ‘Paid for by’ political disclaimer on them,” according to a blog post by Naomi Gleit, VP of product management and social impact at Facebook.

  • 16 Jun 2020 9:38 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Gov. Wolf announced for more than 42 days, COVID-19 cases in PA have been on a downward trajectory. 

    Wolf added that this is a huge accomplishment and it's all thanks to the tremendous sacrifices made by Pennsylvanians in the last few months.

    Source: CDC

  • 16 Jun 2020 8:15 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Mayor Jim Kenney announced that the City of Philadelphia will designate Juneteenth as an official city holiday.  City offices and facilities will be closed to the public to observe Juneteenth, which commemorates the end of slavery in the United States.  Juneteenth is celebrated on June 19.

  • 15 Jun 2020 2:47 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    The following is an open letter from the City’s Office of LGBT Affairs to Philadelphia’s LGBTQ communities and allies regarding 2020 Pride celebrations in the wake of COVID-19 and civil unrest in response to police violence. 

    To Philadelphia’s LGBTQ Communities and Allies,

    Every year, June marks an important opportunity to honor the resilience of the many intersections of our LGBTQ family. 

    Through Pride, we celebrate our right to love who we love and be who we are as our true, authentic selves. We also observe Immigrant Heritage Month, a national effort to bridge the divides across communities through the power of storytelling. We recognize disability pride, and challenge the systemic ableism and stigmatizing definitions of disability. We also commemorate Juneteenth, honoring to the end of slavery in this country. 

    All of these occasions are opportunities to honor and recognize the lives and work of our diverse communities, without which, Philadelphia would not be the dynamic city it is.

    The celebration of Pride has changed over many years, and as we adapted to changes from the global COVID-19 pandemic, we understood that this year’s Pride celebrations would look different than many in our community have grown accustomed to.

    Although it has been half a century since the fateful protests over many hot summer nights at the Stonewall Inn, we as LGBTQ communities know that the fight began long before and has endured much beyond that day. We see, with renewed clarity, the similarities between that summer 51 years ago, and the ongoing demonstrations across the globe today.

    Today, we say again, unequivocally, that Black Lives Matter. Not just during times of injustice, but every day. Always. 

    As we stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and demonstrations for racial justice here in Philadelphia and across the country, we understand that these calls to action represent the complex overlapping struggles of many marginalized identities—queer and trans and Black and Indigenous people of color and beyond.

    Protest and activism has long been an essential part of LGBTQ Philadelphians’ identity. At the Dewey’s lunch counter in 1965, our communities boldly fought for our rights–years before that first brick (or shot glass) was ever thrown at Stonewall. We have persisted through years of revolution and evolution, challenges and victories, and now, we must again rise to the occasion.

    Too many people today are familiar with painful experiences of discrimination simply because of who they are—as a trans person, a person of color, an immigrant, a person with a disability, or any intersection of identities therein.

    In the face of continued racial injustice, and amidst a global pandemic, these experiences of historical and systemic oppression have been more pronounced while also feeling the pain and hardship of collective grief and loss. 

    We are called on again to be resilient in the face of adversity. Our community has persevered through crises before—from the indifference of many during the early days of the AIDS epidemic, to the ongoing acts of violence committed against our trans siblings of color, and yes, the acts of brutality committed against those in our community at the hands of law enforcement. 

    Just as we owe our present to the struggles of our elders and our ancestors fighting before us, we too, must do our part to ensure the path forward together, for the future of our LGBTQ family. We must also fight this battle alongside those of us who are most marginalized within our community. We carry on our ancestors’ legacy through Pride, and this year we weave another vitally important thread in the inclusive rainbow of the More Color More Pride flag. 

    This year—more than ever—we celebrate Pride as protest. This year, we have the opportunity to build community, to share in our collective experiences, to innovate, to adapt, and grow together as we have always done despite ongoing hardship and challenges. 

    This year, we honor and uplift the voices of those within our community who continue to be most marginalized; transgender and non-binary individuals, people of color, immigrants, people with disabilities, elders, youth, and those who live at the intersections of these many complex identities.

    Celebrate Pride Month in Solidarity

    Join the Office of LGBT Affairs as we celebrate #SolidarityPridePHL. In the eternal refrain of our community—we’ve come so far, but we know there is much yet left to do. Today, we recommit to the work of building a more just future for us all. 


    In Solidarity,

    The Office of LGBT Affairs

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