The sun is shining (for now), birds are chirping (or is that a siren?), and another weekend is upon us in Philadelphia. And, per usual, whether you're staying in town or going down the Shore, we've got the guides to help make it a memorable Memorial Day weekend for you and yours. In other news, an appeals court quickly ruled yesterday to allow transgender students in Boyertown to use bathrooms and locker rooms corresponding to their gender identity, and joining a growing chorus of courts affirming rights of transgender individuals.
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Whether you're heading down the Shore, to the Poconos or staying in town this Memorial Day weekend, we've got the details on a bevy of events to ensure you kick off the unofficial start of summer right.
Pack an umbrella no matter where you're headed, though – it looks like thunderstorms may also drop in for a holiday visit.
Going out of town? You're not alone.
More than 2.3 million motorists are expected to take to the turnpike this weekend (that's more than the population of New Mexico), and traffic's already expected to be anything but smooth sailing …or, driving. If you're looking to get to the Shore without the headache of the highway, we've got tips for that.
Gas prices are also predicted to surge, and you may be better off waiting to fill up after crossing the Ben Franklin Bridge into New Jersey.
If you're headed down the Shore…
We've got a guide for that.
If you're staying in Philly…
Don't fret, we've got a guide for that, too.
From fireworks to garden parties, tango to tall ships, it appears there's something in town for everyone this weekend. The Devon Horse Show is also going on, and Hall and Oates will be making dreams come true (if your dreams happen to involve sandwiches and 80s pop duos) at Penn's Landing during HoagieNation.
In a rare decision from the bench, a federal appellate court on Thursday upheld the policy of the Boyertown Area School District allowing transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms that correspond to their gender identity.
It took less than 20 minutes for a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia to unanimously reject arguments made by a conservative legal organization representing six students, who sued the district last year saying they felt uncomfortable after spotting transgender teens using the restrooms of their choice.
The decision upheld a lower court ruling in August and joins a growing body of federal court decisions from across the country affirming the rights of transgender individuals.
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