In a speech before Pope Francis' remarks on immigration in front of Independence Hall, Mayor Michael Nutter spoke of rights, for all including the LGBT community. "'In America, everyone has rights. Our lesbian, gay and bisexual citizens continue to fight for equality," Nutter said. He added, to the community, "Keep fighting for your rights. It's a collective fight, and there are many others fighting with you."
In affirming his support for LGBT people, Nutter mentioned John C. Anderson, the former Philadelphia councilman, who Nutter credited for his political career.
So who was Anderson?
Anderson was a gay, one-term councilman from Wynnefield, who died at the age of 41 reportedly of AIDS, although his obituary reported he was being treated for sarcoidosis. Anderson has been described as "a liberal lion of the time," and a young Nutter was in the process of running Anderson's re-election campaign when Anderson passed away.