After a video of a bar owner using racial slurs surfaced in September of 2016, Philly’s LGBTQ community leaped into action to address discrimination from within. Responding to public outcry following the video, City Council passed an anti-discrimination bill to strengthen penalties against businesses that discriminate against their employees, tenants, or customers. In June, the city revealed a new Pride flag design with black and brown stripes as a symbolic step towards inclusion.

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