Office of LGBT Affairs

Serving the LGBTQ residents of Philadelphia through advocacy and inclusion.

Office of LGBT Affairs

What we do

The Office of LGBT Affairs works to foster equal working and living conditions for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people and to advocate for LGBTQ issues in all areas of City government. Created in 2008 by mayoral executive order, the Office of LGBT Affairs became a permanent part of the City’s charter in 2015. The office aims to:

  • Develop City policy regarding civil rights issues affecting LGBTQ people.
  • Help enact policies and programs to meet the City’s diversity and equality goals.
  • Coordinate among City departments, agencies, and offices to improve LGBTQ access to services, and to promote equality and safety for LGBTQ people.
  • Support the growth and development of the City’s LGBTQ communities and serve as liaison between the area’s LGBTQ communities and the City.
  • Provide education about the needs of the LGBTQ community.

LGBTQ Police Liaison, Deputy Commissioner Joe Sullivan, works to improve safety and communications between LGBTQ communities and the Philadelphia Police Department. You can email him at DC_Patrol_Operations@phila.gov.

Greater Philadelphia GOAL represents all LGBTQ officers in the area.

Connect

Address
City Hall
Room 115
Philadelphia, PA 19107

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Events

  • Jun
    20
    Nia Clark - Best Practices for LGBTQ Youth in Foster Care
    2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
    McNeil Science and Technology Center, Philadelphia, PA 19143, USA

    Nia Clark - Best Practices for LGBTQ Youth in Foster Care

    June 20, 2019
    2:00 pm to 3:30 pm, 2 hours
    McNeil Science and Technology Center, Philadelphia, PA 19143, USA
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    Join us for our final speaker in the Spring 2019 Speaker Series "Best Practices for LGBTQ Youth in Foster Care" at the University of the Sciences from 2-3:30pm. This event is free.
  • Jun
    20
    Queering the Lens: "Tongues Untied"
    7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
    Lightbox Film Center, 3701 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA

    Queering the Lens: "Tongues Untied"

    June 20, 2019
    7:00 pm to 8:00 pm, 1 hour
    Lightbox Film Center, 3701 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA
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    The seminal documentary on Black gay life, Emmy Award-winning director Marlon T. Riggs’ 1989 Tongues Untied uses poetry, personal testimony, rap and performance (featuring poet Essex Hemphill and others), to describe the homophobia and racism that confront Black gay men. The stories are fierce examples: the man refused entry to a gay bar because of his color; the college student left bleeding on the sidewalk after a gay-bashing; the loneliness and isolation of the drag queen. Yet they also affirm the black gay male experience: protest marches, smoky bars, “snap diva,” humorous “musicology” and Vogue dancers. Price: Free for Members and IHP Residents $8 for Students & Seniors $10 for General Public
  • Jun
    21
    Queering the Lens: "Nitrate Kisses"
    7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
    Lightbox Film Center, 3701 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA

    Queering the Lens: "Nitrate Kisses"

    June 21, 2019
    7:00 pm to 8:30 pm, 2 hours
    Lightbox Film Center, 3701 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA
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    Nitrate Kisses explores eroded emulsions and images for lost vestiges of lesbian and gay culture in this first feature by a pioneer of lesbian cinema, Barbara Hammer. A forbidden and invisible history of a marginalized people are put in context by the contemporary sexual activities of four gay and lesbian couples. The role of sexuality in the historic present underscores the resistance of two cultures, gay and lesbian, struggling to survive in the complex interaction of power and domination of a dominant heterosexist ideology. Price: Free for Members and IHP Residents $8 for Students & Seniors $10 for General Public

Leadership

Amber Hikes
Executive Director
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Staff

Name Job title Phone #
Evan Thornburg Deputy Director for Mayor’s Office of LGBT Affairs
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