Amber Hikes

Amber Hikes
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Cherri Gregg
July 13, 2019 - 4:00 am
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Earlier this week, the Kenney administration announced that the executive director of Philadelphia's Office of LGBT Affairs has resigned. When Amber Hikes stepped into the role it was March of 2017 and the been reeling from the aftermath of protests and complaints...
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Amber Hikes
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Rachel Kurland
July 09, 2019 - 2:02 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Amber Hikes, executive director of the city's Office of LGBT Affairs, has announced she will resign after more than two years in the position. Hikes shared the news on social media Tuesday, noting she will leave at the end of the month. "When I stepped into this role...
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Amber Hikes
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Cherri Gregg
June 25, 2019 - 2:05 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Philadelphia Police Department announced a new policy Tuesday that will guide interactions with transgender and non-binary individuals while in police custody. During a press conference at City Hall, city officials explained the new Directive 4.15 , which requires...
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Amber Hikes, executive director of Philadelphia's LGBTQ affairs.
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Andrew Kramer
June 04, 2019 - 4:00 am
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — What's happening in Philadelphia's LGBTQ community? For the second year in a row, a State of the Union was held in Center City Monday night to answer that question. Amber Hikes, executive director of Philadelphia's LGBTQ affairs, put this event together. "It's an...
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Philly selects diverse team of LGBT residents to change face of local boards, commissions
Courtesy of The Office of LGBT Affairs
Pat Loeb
November 28, 2018 - 2:46 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia's Office of LGBT Affairs has selected the first group of 20 people to go through its Community Leadership Pipeline. The six-month program seeks to get younger, more diverse people actively engaged in the community. Congrats to those selected to...
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LGBTQ pride flag
Kristen Johanson
October 11, 2018 - 8:39 am
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Oct. 11 marks the 30th National Coming Out Day, a day to help and encourage those in the LGBTQ community to be open and honest about who they are. In recent years, an increasing number of young people have been coming out as non-binary in gender. Most people identify...
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Love Park statue
Credit: Pat Loeb
Rachel Kurland
October 03, 2018 - 8:15 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Looking for somewhere to get married within the next week? Look no further. The Mayor's Office of LGBT Affairs — in collaboration with Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, the Fairmount Park Conservancy and the Office of the City Representative — is looking for LGBTQ+...
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Mayor Jim Kenney signed two bills Wednesday removing gender language from two key city tax laws.
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Mark Abrams
June 20, 2018 - 6:09 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Mayor Jim Kenney signed two bills Wednesday removing gender language from two key city tax laws. The mayor's signature on the two bills eliminates the designation of "husband" and "wife" or "widow" or "widower" and replaces them with the gender-neutral term, "spouse...
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Amber Hikes, executive director of Philadelphia's Office of LGBT Affairs
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Cherri Gregg
May 30, 2018 - 8:07 am
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia made history Tuesday night with its first ever LGBT State of the Union at the Kimmel Center. The event comes more than a year after protests calling out racism in Gayborhood nightclubs. "There is nothing greater in this nation that striving for the...
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LGBTQ pride flag
Eric Walter
May 08, 2018 - 11:10 am
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Given the complicated relationship world religions have had with the LGBTQ community, not everyone would have felt at home wearing a rainbow flag at Monday nights' Catholic Church-inspired Met Gala. However, Lena Waithe, a writer and actress on Netflix's "Master of...
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