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Broadway stars unite against gun violence 

Several-dozen Broadway stars joined in song in tribute to lives lost to gun violence at Wednesday’s DNC. 
Indina Menzel, Kristen Bell and Rosie Perez were among the singers who assembled on stage for “What the World Needs Now.” The performers passed the microphone down the line throughout the song, many hugging as they sang.
Many people in the crowd joined the song, which finished with a lengthy chant of “Love trumps hate.” 

Mother of Orland victim calls for gun control 

Mother of Orland victim calls for gun control 

Christine Leinonen moved the crowd at the Democratic National Convention Wednesday to their feet, and many of them to tears. 

Leinonen’s son, Christopher, was killed along with his boyfriend and 47 others last month in the mass shooting at an Orlando LGBT nightclub. 

Christopher started a gay-straight alliance at his high school, for which he won an award. He was an avid Hillary Clinton supporter, his mother said. 

Leinonen said the weapon her son’s killer used fired 30 rounds per minute. 

“Where was common sense the day my son died?” she asked about the need for gun control. “I never want any of you to have to ask that about your child. That’s why I support Hillary Clinton.”

Gay filmmaker Lee Daniels, of Philadelphia, came before Leinonen, also calling for gun control, while Conn. Sen. Chris Murphy and the daughter of a victim of the Newtown mass shooting followed. 

Out PA delegate awaits Obama’s speech 

Out PA delegate awaits Obama’s speech 

From the floor of the Democratic National Convention, with a roster of state and federal lawmakers, out Pennsylvania delegate Malcolm Kenyatta effused energy. 

“It’s been amazing,” he said of his convention experience. “We’re having these conversations, talking about things that matter to Americans, to families, and why Hillary Clinton is going to be the one to get things done and not Donald Trump, who doesn’t seem to have a plan for anything.” 

Kenyatta, a delegate for Clinton, was eager to hear tonight from the man Clinton is looking to succeed. President Barack Obama is scheduled to take the podium around 10 p.m. 
“I’m looking for him to lay out what we all know: how hard it is to be president,” Kenyatta said. “I want to hear him talk about his experience and how he knows Hillary Clinton has the toughness, has the temperament, has the background to handle those really tough calls.”

Dustin Lance Black speaks at historic marker dedication

Dustin Lance Black speaks at historic marker dedication

Equality Forum hosted a conference to dedicate a historic marker at the Arch Street Meeting House, 320 Arch St., July 27. The marker commemorated the Philadelphia Conference, when 300 activists from around the country met in February 1979 to organize the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. The 100,000-person demonstration was a pivotal moment in LGBT history.

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