May 22, 2000 |
Shelly Komito had been married for 23 years and had had two children before she openly acknowledged that she was gay. That was 1995, and one of the first things she did, she said yesterday, was to call Congregation Beth Ahavah in Old City - a Reform congregation serving gays, lesbians and bisexuals from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. "I told them my story," said Komito, 49, of that day five years ago. "And I asked if they could have some of their members call me. And they did. . . . And looking back on it now, I don't know what I would have done without their support.
January 28, 2003 |
I HAVE NEGLECTED gay culture for months. Most of the music tapes in my car are by straight performers. I gave up on Virginia Woolf's "Mrs. Dalloway" in frustration and am reading a book with a straight woman as the main character, although she does have a lesbian mom. So I feel somewhat guilty that the Oscar Wilde Bookshop in New York, the nation's oldest gay bookstore, is about to shut its doors. Not personally responsible, of course, since I don't live in New York, but I can't remember the last time I spent money in Philadelphia's counterpart, Giovanni's Room.
February 15, 2005 |
THE RELIGIOUS right is going after TV cartoons, for crying out loud, and can't Lynne Cheney just say what she truly thinks? These two thoughts fill my mind these days as the gay community becomes a target in some new, interesting ways. First, James Dobson, the leader of the myopic Focus on the Family, criticizes a video promoting tolerance in schools that features, among others, Spongebob SquarePants and Winnie the Pooh. No, he didn't imply that either was gay; he merely said they must not be allowed to use their considerable influence to say gay is OK. Then, U.S. Education Secretary Margaret Spellings denounces PBS for spending good tax dollars on a program featuring another animated character - Buster the bunny - that depicts a lesbian couple during Buster's visit to Vermont to learn about maple syrup.
September 16, 1997 |
My friend Bill, rest his soul, was pretty traditional when it came to the British monarchy. He had a strong regard for the royal family and admired the pomp and circumstance surrounding the Windsors. But I suspect he admired Princess Diana not only because she brought charm and glamour to the monarchy, but because she worked to fight AIDS, which eventually counted him among its victims. It has not been lost on the gay community that Diana - in life and in death - was a great friend of ours.
March 31, 1998 |
You know, I was just thinking: When is the last time I got together with a million or so of my closest friends? It was in 1993, when people from across the gay spectrum gathered in Washington and turned the nation's capital into a gay capital. It was exhilarating, empowering and enriching to be together with so many people who were out - or came out - for one thing: seeking our full civil rights. With a major increase in gay visibility and key victories in workplace, family and other arenas since the march, it's been a whirlwind five years - we're not in Kansas anymore.
May 5, 2000 |
They called him Mother. Members of New Hope's gay community revered feisty drag queen Joseph Cavellucci, 74, for nurturing gay pride since the day he arrived in town in 1949, looking for work as a female impersonator. Mother Joseph "Josie" Cavellucci, famous for strutting the streets with a pocketbook and stiletto heels, died Tuesday in a Bucks County nursing home after a long struggle with cancer. He leaves a legacy as a gay icon - a man whose sassy attitude defied sexual stereotypes long before any laws were enacted to protect against sexual discrimination.
April 2, 2003 |
The Vatican this week issued a provocative new lexicon that explains official Roman Catholic teaching on sex, marriage, abortion, AIDS and related topics. But just a day after the release, gay groups were calling the 900-page glossary "vicious" and "irresponsible. " Among other things, the Lexicon on Ambiguous and Colloquial Terms about Family Life and Ethical Questions asserts that homosexuality is "without any social value," and that legislation permitting gay marriage is the product of "deeply disordered minds.
July 6, 1998 |
It could have been the jilted lover who left threatening messages on the answering machine and shouted angry words in public. It could have been a trusted friend, someone he allowed into his apartment, someone he knew for months, or years. Or, the murderer who bound and strangled Keith Matthews may have been a one-night stand, a violent end to a night of drinking and revelry among friends. On Feb. 25, Matthews, 32, was found strangled and gagged in his Washington Avenue apartment near 7th Street.
September 20, 2004 |
I'm an executive in the fashion world, where bags are either Hermes or Gucci. But when I was in college 36 years ago, bag was slang for the things that a person was "into. " It may have been music or modeling, bricklaying or baking, warrior or hippie, straight or gay. The latter was a really heavy bag to carry in those days. It still can be today, but I'm happy that in my enlightened community of New Hope, the word bag has far different connotations for gays and lesbians. This fall the borough is proudly presenting Somewhere Over the Rainbow: New Hope, Pa., Celebrates!
April 26, 2012 |
Brian Sims, a 33-year-old lawyer, appears to have defeated Center City's longtime representative in the state House, setting himself up to become the first openly-gay state lawmaker in Pennsylvania. Sims held a 233-vote lead over his fellow Democratic opponent Babette Josephs, with 51.6 percent of the vote, according to unofficial returns. Returns from seven voting divisions in the 182d District were still described as incomplete, but Philadelphia election officials said Wednesday that this was likely the result of blank cartridges from voting machines that were not used on primary day. The election results in the Sims-Josephs race are unlikely to change, they said.