Dan Gross: Phils go to bat for LGBT youths

Porn stars Gina Lynn and Travis Knight aredivorcing.
Porn stars Gina Lynn and Travis Knight aredivorcing.
Posted: August 30, 2011

PHILLIES Chase Utley, Roy Halladay, Hunter Pence, John Mayberry Jr. and Michael Stutes just recorded an anti-bullying video for the "It Gets Better" campaign. The national project was developed in response to anti-gay bullying in schools that's been tied to a rash of recent LGBT teen suicides.

After seeing a similar video by members of the New York Giants, the Phillies decided to get involved, according to spokeswoman Bonnie Clark.

"We thought it was a worthwhile cause," she said.

Howard University grad student and lifetime Phils fan Jerome Hunt started a petition and media campaign several months ago on Change.org to get the Phillies to record an "It Gets Better" message, but Clark said the team was already in discussion with the project manager before the petition was brought to the team's attention.

Whether he inspired it or not, Hunt should still be proud of the Phillies' video, which you can view on our blog, PhillyGossip.com.

Porn stars uncouple

Local porn stars Gina Lynn and Travis Knight have separated after 13 years of marriage.

Lynn told her Twitter followers over the weekend that the pair "will always remain close and partners in business. I appreciate your concern, but assure you that we are both doing well and will remain close friends." The pair work together on GinaLynn.com and collaborate on a clothing company, Skin Industries.

Comedian comes home

South Philly-native stand-up Eleanor Kerrigan will be opening for West Philly native Dom Irrera this weekend at the Casba Comedy Club, in Wildwood, and for Andrew Dice Clay at the TLA (334 South) on Sept. 15.

Kerrigan and Dice were once engaged and remain great friends, touring together with his wife, Valerie. You may have seen Kerrigan in the poker scene of Sunday's episode of HBO's "Entourage."

Kerrigan has been doing stand-up for about four years but worked for nearly 20 years at the Comedy Store in Los Angeles, where she learned what does and doesn't work from hearing some of the biggest names in comedy perform.

The St. Maria Goretti grad, who jokes that there were probably more girls pregnant at the school when it was all-girls than there are now that it's merged with the all-boys St. John Neumann, says Dice has encouraged her. "He's not easy to open for," Kerrigan says. "He has a tough audience. He's the only one who has really believed in me."

Dice told us recently that he thinks Kerrigan is the funniest woman in comedy.Kerrigan is looking forward to seeing her six brothers and three sisters, as well as her parents, while she's in town.

WYSP reunion

With less than a week left as a rock station, 94 WYSP is welcoming back dozens of former hosts to say goodbye. Tommy Conwell and Greaseman visited yesterday, and this morning Bill Fantini, Sean McKay and Jerry Abear will be on at 8 a.m., with Anita at 1 p.m. and Denny Somach at 5 p.m. Tomorrow, Steve Trevelise, now on 610 WIP, will be on at 8 a.m., and Pam Merly will be heard at 1 p.m. Then Couzin Ed hosts from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday. Additional guests will be added and a lineup posted at 94wysp.

radio.com.

We're told that Howard Stern, who was lured to WYSP in 1986 by then-program director Andy Bloom, now the station's operations manager, might call in to the station where he was heard for 20 years.


Visit PhillyGossip.com for Dan's latest updates or follow @PhillyGossip on Twitter. Have a tip? Call 215-854-5963, or email grossd@phillynews.com. For recent columns, visit philly.com/DanGross.

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