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November 1, 1998
Tell us how your family reacted upon learning that a member of the family was gay, lesbian or bisexual. Looking back, is there anything you would change about the way it was handled? Send essays of 300 words by Nov. 20, including a phone number for verification, to Community Voices/Families at the addresses listed in the Where to Write box above. Questions? Call Kevin Ferris, readers' editor, at 215-854-4543.
NEWS
December 8, 2003
RE THE GREATER Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corp.'s new ad campaign targeting homosexuals ("New tourism ads: Come out and visit," Nov. 14) and Lisa Doan's letter in protest (Dec. 1): Funny, whenever someone tries to discriminate against gays, the phrase "It is not that I am against gays" always seems to pop up, to quote Ms. Doan's letter. Kudos to the GPTM for recognizing that gays are a viable tourism force! This campaign isn't about making gays feel good - it is about getting revenue to Philadelphia.
NEWS
June 13, 2003
BY DEFENDING Sen. Santorum in his letter of June 6 on the walkouts at the St. Joseph's commencement, T.A. Spina appears to suggest that bigotry and intolerance towards homosexuals are qualities to be admired and rewarded within a "venerable Catholic institution" - not protested. Shouldn't we, in this great nation, be above that sort of primitive, uncivilized bigotry? Didn't the Matthew Shepard incident teach us anything? Shouldn't we be working from the belief that all people truly are created equal, and be spending our time striving to protect the human rights and civil liberties of all our citizens?
NEWS
March 22, 2007
RE BRYAN M. Kilpatrick's response to Michael Ginsberg's March 12 letter on the Bible and homosexuality: It's my take that Ginsberg's use of the Old Testament examples were to refute another earlier letter-writer's comments. Therefore, Mr. Kilpatrick needs to take the earlier writers comments into account before criticizing Ginsberg's. As for the comment about people using the Bible to fit their own agenda: I agree. But it goes both ways. So-called devout Christians use the Bible's words to judge and persecute others.
NEWS
July 23, 2011 | Associated Press
WASHINGTON - The ban on gays in the military has stood for nearly a century. In 60 days, after decades of discharges, lawsuits and lobbying, that will change. President Obama fulfilled a 2008 campaign pledge yesterday, formally ending the ban. After meeting with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Adm. Mike Mullen, the joint chiefs of staff chairman, the president certified to Congress that repealing the ban would not jeopardize the military's ability to fight. "As commander in chief, I have always been confident that our dedicated men and women in uniform would transition to a new policy in an orderly manner that preserves unit cohesion, recruitment, retention and military effectiveness," Obama said in a statement.
NEWS
September 6, 2005
DEB Woodell's op-ed comparison of racism to the plight of gays and lesbians at the Phillies game is out of left field. African-Americans were denied the right to vote, the right to eat at the same restaurants as whites, the right to use the same water fountains and bathrooms. Tell me, Debbie, has this ever happened to you or your grandparents? Homosexuality is a lifestyle, and nobody should be discriminated against for this. The same goes for people who are obese. But please do not compare racism to your situation.
NEWS
March 15, 1991 | By W. Speers, Inquirer Staff Writer Contributing to this report were the Associated Press, Reuters and the New York Times
New York Mayor David Dinkins yesterday announced a settlement of the troubles between Irish-American homosexuals and organizers of the Big Apple's St. Patrick's Day parade. Dinkins, who had threatened to become the city's first mayor within memory to boycott the event if the issue wasn't resolved, said the gays and lesbians had been invited to march up Fifth Avenue tomorrow by a group already in the parade. In addition, Dinkins said he would march with the gays and give up his traditional post at the head of the parade.
NEWS
March 15, 2007 | MICHAEL SMERCONISH
ARENEWED debate on "don't ask, don't tell" is just what al Qaeda ordered. Somewhere in north Waziristan, there's a tall guy on dialysis laughing his turban off at our preoccupation with fighting ourselves instead of hunting him. And yet that is what Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, ignited when he told the Chicago Tribune that homosexual acts "are immoral," like a member of the armed forces conducting an adulterous affair with...
NEWS
February 1, 2007 | MICHAEL SMERCONISH
MIKE RICCHINI was still upset when I spoke to him a few days ago about something that happened just before Christmas. His daughter, Jenna, a 9-year-old third-grader at Vanzant Elementary in Evesham Township, came home and reported to her parents that her class would be watching a video the next day about children with "two mommies and two daddies. " Ricchini was angry and told the school principal so. "These are third-graders. There is no reason they should be watching videos on same-sex marriage," he told me. He also said he thought the parents were given insufficient notice of the showing of the video.
NEWS
July 31, 2006
PATRICK J. O'Leary's letter said that to compare the struggles of blacks and gays was inapt because "gays have never been treated as three-fifths of a person. And gays have never been lynched. " As a married suburban father of three, my experience with gay people is pretty much limited to an Elton John CD and reruns of "Will & Grace," but even I can tell you that those assumptions are false. Gays are forced to hide who they are all the time because they are treated as second-class citizens.
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April 6, 2014 | By Seth Zweifler, Inquirer Staff Writer
  PHILADELPHIA Bring out the drag. Saturday night, the Crystal Tea Room will come alive with song and dance and wild wigs for the 15th annual Black-Tie GayBINGO, a fund-raiser for HIV/AIDS awareness and education. Makeovers will be auctioned, awards will be given, and the "Bingo Verifying Divas" will keep the audience on its toes through midnight. And there will be drag. Lots of it. "It's not going to be your grandmother's bingo night," said Robb Reichard, executive director of the Philadelphia AIDS Fund.
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March 19, 2014 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
IT TURNS OUT Steven Beisher is going on an unplanned date after all, first with a judge and then to a jail cell - and the Port Richmond resident won't be getting lucky. Authorities say Beisher, 42, set up a fake online ad seeking homosexual sex in 2012, then blackmailed the married man who responded, extorting nearly $2,000 from the man before the victim contacted police. The New Jersey Attorney General's Office said the victim responded to the Craigslist ad in August 2012, replying with a naked photo of himself.
NEWS
March 13, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
Months after a Pennsylvania clergyman was defrocked in a similar case, the leader of the United Methodist Church in the New York City area has canceled the ecclesiastical trial of a minister who officiated at his own son's gay wedding. Bishop Martin McLee, who oversees 500 churches in New York and Connecticut, on Monday also announced a moratorium on church trials, opening the door for pastors to officiate at gay weddings without fear of reprisal. McLee said he hoped that avoiding a trial for the Rev. Thomas Ogletree, an 80-year-old retired pastor and a former dean of Yale Divinity School, would foster dialogue and healing.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 5, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mega-selfie crashes Twitter!!   They're calling it Mega-selfie !! Ellen DeGeneres , host of Sunday's Oscar knees-up, took a selfie with a constellation of stars, posted it to Twitter, and told the world to retweet it till it broke the record. Success! In 34 minutes , yo. Smashed the old mark, set by President Obama 's election night 2012 selfie (a measly 780K retweets). So thick did the retweets tweet that for many users, Twitter seized up. Fail screen!
NEWS
February 26, 2014 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
HARRISBURG - The Commonwealth Court has blocked a Radnor Township man from intervening in two lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of Pennsylvania's same-sex marriage ban. In a hearing Monday, James Schneller, 58, said he wanted to provide a voice for "the more moral, ethical, and religious population" that opposes same-sex marriage and to present arguments that go beyond what the state's attorneys would say to defend the ban. Judge Dan...
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February 15, 2014 | By Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA Amid news Monday of all-American defensive end Michael Sam's announcement that he was gay, Library Company of Philadelphia curator Connie King lifted the veil on an exhibition titled, coincidentally, "That's So Gay: Outing Early America. " King could not have known that a major gay rights story would be breaking just as she launched the eight-month exhibit of mostly 19th-century archives from the venerable library. The timing, however, underscored the timelessness of a cultural evolution and civil rights struggle that remains very much a work in progress.
SPORTS
February 11, 2014 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
AUSTRIA'S DANIELA Iraschko-Stolz wants to focus on the women's normal hill ski-jumping event that starts tomorrow. But people keep asking her questions about being gay in a country that doesn't tolerate homosexuality. Yesterday, she tried to put the issue to rest. The 30-year-old Iraschko-Stolz, who married her partner, Isabel Stolz, last year, was asked if she was treated differently in Sochi. "No, on the contrary, I think everything is being blown up bigger than it is," she told reporters.
NEWS
February 1, 2014 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
GLENSIDE Joey Kemmerling said he was 14 when a classmate threatened him with a knife. Because he was gay. About a year earlier, he'd come out to a few friends at school in Bucks County. Word got around. He was routinely shoved, harassed, belittled. But the knife incident stood out, Kemmerling recalled this week. "In that moment," he said, "I realized that I thought I really, truly didn't belong. " Kemmerling emerged from that incident physically unharmed. The bully, he said, decided to walk away.
NEWS
January 22, 2014 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
With same-sex marriage on the rise nationwide and celebrities coming out all over the place, one might suppose that young gay men's lives have become "easy, breezy, and free," says Jerome T. Pipes. This seems particularly true when compared with my own youthful emergence from the closet, back in the day when dinosaurs ruled the Earth. But what if a young gay man coming out in 2014 is African American or Latino and lives in Camden? Out come the stereotypes - particularly, but not exclusively, among outsiders.
SPORTS
January 16, 2014 | Daily News staff and wire reports
ACTOR Ian McKellen and 27 Nobel laureates have written an open letter urging Russia's president to repeal an anti-gay law and expressing their solidarity with critics of the legislation. The letter - published yesterday by the Independent, a British newspaper - comes in the run-up to the Sochi Olympics, which have been the focus of a backlash in the West regarding the law. Passed last year, Russia's law bans promotion of "non-traditional sexual relations" to minors and has prompted calls by gay activists and others for a boycott of the games, which begin Feb. 7. McKellan - known to millions as Gandalf in the "Lord of the Rings" and "Hobbit" films - wrote the letter with his friend, chemist Harold Kroto.
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