June 23, 2016
By Jacquelyn Warr-Williams In the aftermath of the Orlando killings, there has been a tremendous outpouring of love and support for the victims and their families. But this tragedy has also brought to the surface the unbelievable hate that still exists for gay and transgender individuals. This hate is not anonymous, and it is not confined to one group of people. A California pastor openly commented that he was not going to mourn those who died in Orlando. He stated, "Are you sad that 50 sodomites were killed today?
June 22, 2016 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Atlantic City, a city with a gay mayor and a storied gay community that has long knit itself into the traditions of its beloved seaside resort, officially mourned for Orlando on Monday evening. It was at the edge of the sea that the city's mourning took place, at Iowa Avenue near the Tropicana, in a ritual common among surfers and others with lives so tied to the ocean: a casting off of a wreath, brought out by Mayor Don Guardian and lifeguards Vince Granese and Mac Mancuso, who rowed the mayor out in a boat that first rocked over high waves.
June 18, 2016
ISSUE | ORLANDO Hatred of gay people is all too real As a gay man now in my early 50s, I grew up in a time when gay people stayed deep in the closet, isolated and afraid; when images on film and television reflected a life filled with hopelessness and despair; when name-calling and physical threats and violence were as much a part of my everyday life as going to school (the two were often synonymous). In the decades since, thanks largely to President Obama and the strength and perseverance of the gay community, we have made significant gains in overturning discriminatory policies and achieving civil rights.
June 17, 2016 |
In recent decades, the LGBT community has mobilized for the AIDS crisis, the repeal of "Don't Ask Don't Tell," and same-sex marriage. In the wake of the massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando, some are now urging their gay and lesbian brethren to galvanize around the issue of gun violence. Others say they may support the cause, but must remain focused on equality battles still being waged. "Gun safety has not been a major issue for the LGBT community, but now it must be," wrote Eric Sasson, a columnist for the website The Daily Good . His article calls for action on both the national and grassroots levels targeting politicians, companies, investment funds and universities that support gun rights, as well as companies that manufacture weapons.
June 14, 2016 |
Leaders in Philadelphia's gay community were horrified and heartbroken Sunday by the pre-dawn shooting rampage at a gay nightclub in Orlando that killed 50 people and wounded 53 more, the worst mass shooting in American history. Through shock and anger, fears and resolve, they universally described the massacre as feeling personal and terrifying, like an attack on the entire LGBT community. "It's a reminder that as much progress as the gay community has made, there's still an incredible amount of pushback and hate in America," said Malcolm Lazin, founder of the Equality Forum, an LGBT civil rights group based in Philadelphia.
June 12, 2016 |
THEY'RE HERE, they're queer, and they're voting Trump. Donald Trump's legion of supporters in Philadelphia include a small band of openly gay voters who say the brash presidential candidate and the GOP represent their interests best. Indeed, the New York billionaire's LGBT backers are ready to throw shade on the media or anyone who says Republicans are a party of old, homophobic white guys. "Donald Trump isn't playing this game just to be pushed around by the liberal media," said Dr. Seth Kaufer, a delegate at this year's Republican National Convention and an openly gay GOP leader for Philadelphia's Second Ward.
September 7, 2015
Stephen Betts noticed the mailers and commercials aimed at the gay community becoming more frequent, especially in the last year. "Definitely, I'm seeing more targeted advertising for gay and lesbian couples in bigger company ads," said the Center City resident, who works for a law firm. "It feels like they are going after different family types. " With good reason. In June, the U.S. Supreme Court recognized the legality of same-sex marriages. Gays and lesbians have evolved into a formidable financial bloc and are wielding their purchasing power with renewed gusto, experts say. Their spending clout is estimated at $884 billion.
July 8, 2015 |
Don't look for light cinematic fare for the opening Tuesday of the Philadelphia gay film festival qFLIX. Its second annual iteration, which runs through Sunday, will lead with a moody romantic drama, Beautiful Something , set here and shot by local director Joseph Graham. And the weighty stuff continues, with documentaries whose titles speak to global LGBT struggles, among them A Sinner in Mecca andthe savage, Ugandan-made Outed: The Painful Reality . One film being buzzed about in Philadelphia's gay community, however, has a comic streak as wide as the United States: Be Who You Are , a deceptively simple, charming, buoyant documentary to premiere at 7 p.m. Thursday at Prince Music Theater.
September 24, 2014 |
Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey said Monday that the department has concluded its investigation into a Center City assault that left a gay couple seriously injured - and that the District Attorney's Office is now reviewing the case. "We feel that there is sufficient evidence to have charges placed against some of the individuals there," Ramsey said in an interview. As prosecutors review differing accounts of the Sept. 11 incident, the case has spurred calls for changes to the state's hate-crime statute, which does not cover crimes motivated by sexual orientation.
May 25, 2014 |
Lucy is one of the oldest surviving examples of zoomorphic architecture (building in the shape of animals), a male elephant (tusks) who identifies as female. But that only begins to get at the hollow by enduring and evolving heart of Lucy the Elephant, who will host her first same-sex wedding June 7. If Lucy the Elephant is the unofficial mayor of Margate, then Rich Helfant would have to be her chief of staff. "Janitor," he asserts when asked his title. It's also executive director, CEO, all of which sounds ridiculous when you're talking about a wooden roadside elephant 100 feet from the ocean.