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May 7, 2011 | By Wayne Parry, Associated Press
ATLANTIC CITY - For the first time in the 33-year history of legalized gambling, Atlantic City has a permanent gay nightclub in one of its casinos. Prohibition opened its doors Thursday at Resorts Casino Hotel, marking the city's strongest bid in a years-long effort to attract one of tourism's most sought-after groups. "It's long overdue for Atlantic City to have a club like this," said Joel Ballesteros, the casino's new director of marketing for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities.
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June 11, 1998 | by Theresa Conroy, Daily News Staff Writer
Neighbors opposed to granting a liquor license to a proposed "gay show bar" at the corner of 13th and Locust streets have won their court battle. Philadelphia Common Pleas Judge Stephen E. Levin, Jr. has reversed an earlier Liquor Control Board decision granting a license to a man who wanted to open a huge bar/restaurant in a rundown three-story building. The WashWest Neighbors Association had appealed the liquor license, claiming that Vincent Massarelli's club - proposed to share a building that houses the All in the Family go-go lounge - would increase area problems with crime, drugs, prostituion and loitering.
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October 28, 1999 | by Yvonne Latty, Daily News Staff Writer
Anthony McCullough devoted his spare time to working in AIDs education and helping gay black men cope with their special problems. "He had such a positive impact on our support groups," said Dorena Kearney, a supervisor of Colors, a group that McCullough worked with. Kearney and others who knew the 25-year-old dancer and activist were shocked and saddened yesterday by his violent death during an argument on 12th Street near Locust. McCullough, of Rodman Street near 16th, was shot and killed shortly after 2 a.m. when he and a friend became involved in a dispute with two other men, police said.
NEWS
May 7, 1991 | By Murray Dubin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Scenes from the mayor's race in the gay and lesbian community: Scene One: Frank L. Rizzo, appearing at the Gay and Lesbian Community Center on Camac Street, is politely greeted by a smiling man at the door. What Rizzo does not know is that the man became involved in politics in the 1970s just to get the former mayor out of office. Scene Two: Peter Hearn seeking votes on a Friday night in gay bars. "It was the first time I was in a gay bar, and I was apprehensive. But I was cordially received, and people went out of their way to say they appreciated a candidate coming by. " Scene Three: Sam Katz at the same mayoral forum as Rizzo, wowing the crowd with his wit and oratory until a final question about condoms in the schools.
NEWS
July 21, 1994 | Daily News wire services
GREENBELT, MD. 'TRIPLE WHAMMY' ON JUPITER BEGINS Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 pelted Jupiter with new intensity yesterday, kicking off a "triple whammy" of impacts on the planet's already battered southern hemisphere. A barrage of 20 or more collisions that began last weekend will end early tomorrow with giant Jupiter bruised but intact, and professional as well as amateur astronomers drained but pleased. A two-day flurry of nine comet shards began its assault early yesterday.
NEWS
June 20, 2016
ISSUE | MASS SHOOTING Set tone from pulpit Maybe if we straight priests, ministers, rabbis, imams, and anyone else who preaches morality preached that homosexuality is not a sin, we would be less complicit when a demented zealot takes an automatic weapon into a gay bar in God's name. For any actual sin to be sinful, one has to actually will or choose it. Psychologists say, however, that a child's gender identity is fixed by the age of 3, if not earlier. The familiar biblical injunctions were meant to stimulate responsible parenthood, to discourage sexual experimenting at a time when disease saw to a serious need to populate for the chosen people, and to condemn oppressive prostitution, especially of children.
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November 19, 1988 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
A former insurance executive who pleaded guilty to conspiring to bring young boys from the streets of Kensington to hotels in Cherry Hill for sex was sentenced yesterday to 10 years in prison by a Camden judge. William A. Dederick, 55, of West Caldwell in North Jersey, received a stern admonition from Superior Court Judge Leon A. Wingate, who told the former Travelers Insurance Co. executive that he should have realized that his actions would cause severe and permanent harm to the young boys.
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November 4, 1986 | By Christopher Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two former Philadelphia police officers who were acquitted of federal corruption charges have been ordered reinstated with back pay. Former Lt. John T. Nicklous and former Officer Frederick E. Daw, who were fired Feb. 22, 1985, after being accused of receiving payoffs from the operators of a Center City gay bar, were ordered reinstated by arbitrator David Weinstein after Weinstein received the transcripts of the two men's trials. Weinstein concluded that "there was no credible evidence of any misconduct by . . . Nicklous.
NEWS
February 3, 1993 | By CLAUDE LEWIS
Three U.S. Marines displayed their so-called valor last week by allegedly beating and kicking a man outside a gay bar near Camp Lejeune in Wilmington, N.C. The three, Colin Hunt, 20; Patric Gardone, 23, and Walter Watkins, 26, were arrested and each charged with four counts of misdemeanor assault. Each faces a maximum penalty of 30 days in jail, a $50 fine - or both. That punishment amounts to a slap on the wrist, a price many Marines, and others in uniform might well pay to carry out their frustrations over the possible lifting of the military ban against gays in July.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 6, 2011 | By Steve Rothaus, McClatchy Newspapers
MIAMI - When Vicki Brail divorced her husband of 20 years, the Kendall, Fla., mother of two assumed her next partner would be male. Then she met psychotherapist Jeanne Covert. "It was very strange, to say the least. I started having this flirtatious relationship with her," recalled Brail, now 65. "All my friends said this is very exciting. I used to see my friends for lunch and they would say it was like we were 16. I assumed this would be some midlife-crisis affair. We've been together since 1992.
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June 20, 2016
ISSUE | MASS SHOOTING Set tone from pulpit Maybe if we straight priests, ministers, rabbis, imams, and anyone else who preaches morality preached that homosexuality is not a sin, we would be less complicit when a demented zealot takes an automatic weapon into a gay bar in God's name. For any actual sin to be sinful, one has to actually will or choose it. Psychologists say, however, that a child's gender identity is fixed by the age of 3, if not earlier. The familiar biblical injunctions were meant to stimulate responsible parenthood, to discourage sexual experimenting at a time when disease saw to a serious need to populate for the chosen people, and to condemn oppressive prostitution, especially of children.
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January 22, 2016 | Joe Sixpack
A lot of bad decisions are made in bars. Dancing with your pants on your head . . . Bingeing on a second cheesesteak . . . Drunk dialing . . . Sex with your ex . . . But, c'mon, let's give barrooms their due, for without them there'd be no libraries, no credit cards and no NASCAR. Here are 10 great things that were born in bars. 1. The United States Marine Corps Jarheads, who have been known to pound a few beers, take special pride that their beloved USMC was founded at Tun Tavern near Philadelphia's waterfront on Nov. 10, 1775.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 5, 2013 | By Kellie Patrick Gates, For The Inquirer
Hello there Carol S. grew up in West Oak Lane, but spent much of her young adult life hopping the globe. In January 1983, back in Philadelphia after several years living in India, Sri Lanka, and other places, she decided to do some exploration of another kind. "I had always wondered if I were gay," she said. On a Friday night, Carol S. pulled up a bar stool at the now-defunct Sneakers in Old City, her first time ever at a gay bar. She nervously stirred her mixed drink, spilling ice from her glass.
NEWS
July 30, 2013 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
  David Ralston came out in the early 1990s the only way he knew how: He went to a gay bar. Not just any gay bar, but one in the suburbs, far from his Northeast Philadelphia home and the eyes of anyone in his large Irish Catholic family. "I would still feel funny going into gay bars in Philadelphia," Ralston, now 46, recalled. "I would wonder who's watching me going in and out? Who's going to tell my mother?" So he drove to Gatsby's in Cherry Hill, just one of a wide variety of gay bars tucked discreetly in the suburbs at the time.
NEWS
July 1, 2013 | By Mark Segal
This year's Gay Pride Month was capped off with a present on marriage equality from the Supreme Court. For me, a marshal at the first gay pride march in New York 44 years ago, this was an amazing moment. Back then, we didn't know if the city would give us a permit for a march. We didn't know if we'd make it through the day without violence. Then, there were no openly lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) characters on TV. No politicians supported gay rights; no elected gay officials were out. Churches called us sinners; police harassed us. Showing affection in public might result in arrest, the loss of your job, or physical violence.
NEWS
January 24, 2013 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Politics Writer
Mark Segal was watching television at his Philadelphia home Monday when President Obama equated the civil rights of homosexual Americans with the historic struggles of women and blacks, the first time a president had used the word gay in an inaugural address to refer to sexual orientation. Segal was mesmerized - but what really got to him was Obama's mention of Stonewall. "I just welled up and had chills going up and down my spine," Segal, a longtime activist and publisher of the Philadelphia Gay News, said Tuesday.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 16, 2012 | By Howard Gensler
HARLAN COBEN isn't sure when he decided to become a writer, but he thinks it has a lot to do with Marathon Man . As a teenager he was given William Goldman 's thrilling novel by his father and he so loved how he felt, holed up in his room reading, that he thought, "I want to give this experience to other people. " While critics sum up Coben's best-selling work (the Myron Bolitar series and standalone novels like Tell No One , Caught , and his latest, Stay Close )
ENTERTAINMENT
July 6, 2011 | By Steve Rothaus, McClatchy Newspapers
MIAMI - When Vicki Brail divorced her husband of 20 years, the Kendall, Fla., mother of two assumed her next partner would be male. Then she met psychotherapist Jeanne Covert. "It was very strange, to say the least. I started having this flirtatious relationship with her," recalled Brail, now 65. "All my friends said this is very exciting. I used to see my friends for lunch and they would say it was like we were 16. I assumed this would be some midlife-crisis affair. We've been together since 1992.
NEWS
May 7, 2011 | By Wayne Parry, Associated Press
ATLANTIC CITY - For the first time in the 33-year history of legalized gambling, Atlantic City has a permanent gay nightclub in one of its casinos. Prohibition opened its doors Thursday at Resorts Casino Hotel, marking the city's strongest bid in a years-long effort to attract one of tourism's most sought-after groups. "It's long overdue for Atlantic City to have a club like this," said Joel Ballesteros, the casino's new director of marketing for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities.
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