The long view……………..

With the passage of the Philadelphia LGBT Equality Bill by an overwhelming majority of 14 to 3; it seems appropriate to take a look back at local history, the community and lessons that need to be unlearned….

First – let’s take a look at what leaders around the country are saying about this bill:

From Wisconsin:

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Philly Wins
Really, the Philadelphia City Council just passed an amazing equality bill.
“This is very exciting stuff, a whole new plateau the rest of us have to catch up to.”

“April 27, 2013Leave a reply
Philly’s “Transiest Bill Ever”

Just to reiterate: this is great goddamn news: it will end discriminatory exclusion of health benefits for transgender City employees by Jan. 1, 2014 and allow employers offering health care to transgender employees to qualify for the “Equality Tax Credit”.
But I just have to point out the very last bit of this article:

There’s a whole bunch more, but you get the gist of it . . . State Rep. Brian Sims called it “a remarkable day in our city’s rich history,” and you know what? It is.

So there you have it: The world is not totally made of shit. Have you got some good news? If so, send it to tips[at]philebrity[dot]com with “GOOD MOTHERFUCKING NEWS!” in the subject header — we’d love to hear about it.”

From San Francisco:

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Philadelphia Passes Historic LGBT Health Equality Bill!

 Philadelphia passed a historic non-discrimination and equality health bill today in a sweeping 14-3 vote!
The transgender health provision would make Philly the largest city to remove trans health care coverage exclusions for city employees. It also institutes the first of its kind “transgender health tax credit” which would urge willing businesses to choose transgender inclusive health plans.


Philly is home to several political families – among them two from the Irish American Community; the Kelly’s and the Green’s.

John Brendan Kelly, Jr. (born May 24, 1927, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – died March 2, 1985, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), also known as Kell Kelly or Jack Kelly, was an accomplished oarsman, a four-time Olympian, and an Olympic medal winner. He was also the son of triple Olympic gold medal winner John B. Kelly, Sr. In 1947, Kelly was awarded the James E. Sullivan Award as the top amateur athlete in the United States.

Kelly's sister was the movie star Grace Kelly, who became Princess Grace of Monaco, which made him the maternal uncle of Monaco's current monarch Prince Albert II. Kelly's uncle George Kelly was a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright.

Kelly was actively involved in politics and served for 12 years as City Councilman-At-Large in Philadelphia (D). Kelly also served on the Fairmount Park Commission. He was a respected businessman as owner of "Kelly for Brickwork", a company started by his father, John B. Kelly, Sr.

Kelly Drive, Philadelphia, formerly East River Drive, was renamed in his honor after his death. Boathouse Row is located here.

In 1975 Kelly's well-publicized fling with a transsexual named Rachel Harlow - was a factor in his decision to drop out of the mayoral contest in Philadelphia when the opposition threatened to campaign with the slogan "Do you want Rachel Harlow as First Lady of Philadelphia?"[2]

-from Wikipedia

Bill Green is a Democratic Councilman-at-Large on the City Council of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He has served since 2008.[1]
Green's father, William J. Green III, was a member of the U.S. House, Chairman of Philadelphia's Democratic City Committee, and Mayor of Philadelphia, and his grandfather, William J. Green, Jr., was a Congressman and Chairman of Philadelphia's Democratic City Committee.
-from Wikipedia

Bill Green is one of the three Council Members to vote against the LGBT Equality Bill; and the lone Democrat to do so. It’s never a smart thing for politicians or generals to fight the last war’s battles and fall far, far behind the times.

His excuse for voting against the bill was incredibly weak – wanting to have people believe that he can get credit for being for equality while leaving the discrimination in place.

Bill Green had ambitions to run for Mayor in the 2015 race. From being a contender he’s fallen to a might have run. Former strong supporters are saying things like:

“Chris Bartlett @harveymilk 25 Apr
@green4philly True shame that you wrote your political obituary today w/that vote. You come from a distinguished political family. A loss.”

And people preparing window signs for the Gaybourhood: “I support Bill Green – But I won’t vote for him”.

And what of other Irish American politicians in Philly? Jim Kenney is being lauded as a hero; as a progressive leader around the country and as a man with a big future in this town.

Bill Green? Didn’t he used to be somebody?

Originally posted to poitbrain on Mon Apr 29, 2013 at 08:35 AM PDT.

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