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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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NEWS
January 29, 2016
DEAR ABBY: After 27 years of marriage, my wife told me she is attracted to other women. To my knowledge, she has acted on this only once. Every day I wonder where our relationship stands. One day she can't see herself without me; the next, she says we should divorce. I don't know if I should end this or wait to see where it goes. I will need counseling if we divorce, but currently I can't afford it. Yes, I love her, but what matters most to me is that she is happy. I don't have anyone else to talk to about this.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 27, 2016 | Howard Gensler
With talk of Oscar boycott in the air over the Academy's monochromatic nominations process, we thought we'd mention that the Academy is not only negligent in presenting awards to African-Americans. The number of Puerto Ricans who've won acting Oscars? Three. Jose Ferrer , Benicio Del Toro and Rita Moreno . Del Toro is the only winner in the last 50 years. The number of Asians who've won acting Oscars? Four. Yul Brynner , Ben Kingsley , Haing S. Ngor and Miyoshi Umeki . None in the last 30 years.
NEWS
January 3, 2016 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Staff Writer
A28-YEAR-OLD gay man who was walking his dog with friends yesterday in Center City said he was attacked by a group of drunken Mummers, who punched him in the face and called him a "f----t. " John Holtz of Philadelphia said he and two of his friends were on Rodman Street near Broad Street about 2 p.m., taking his parents' dog for a walk. He said the group noticed four or five men in full Mummers gear who were wearing patriotic colors and face paint. Holtz said that some of the Mummers were urinating in the alley and that all of them were "very intoxicated.
NEWS
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NEWARK, N.J. A New Jersey nonprofit that was sued for offering to turn gays to heterosexuals has been ordered to close down. A judge's ruling Friday granted a permanent injunction against Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing, known as JONAH. A Hudson County jury in June awarded damages to several men who had sued JONAH, claiming it engaged in fraud and made claims it couldn't back up. An attorney for the men Friday said the decision sends a message to providers of so-called gay conversion therapy that the practice is fraudulent.
NEWS
December 20, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Staff Writer
A PHILADELPHIA JURY yesterday convicted Kathryn Knott of four misdemeanor counts, but acquitted her of felony charges of aggravated assault in an attack on a gay couple in Center City last year. Knott, 25, bit her lips when the jury forewoman announced the guilty verdicts against her for one count each of simple assault and conspiracy to commit simple assault and two counts of reckless endangerment. Afterward, Knott sat at the defense table and wiped away tears with a tissue before getting up. She and her parents tearfully embraced in the courtroom gallery.
NEWS
December 18, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Staff Writer
NO VERDICT YET for Kathryn Knott, the 25-year-old woman accused of inciting and participating in an assault on a gay couple in Center City last year. Jurors deliberated for a second day Thursday, and about 4:15 p.m. they wanted to go home. The Philadelphia Common Pleas panel of eight women and four men will resume deliberations Friday morning. Knott, 25, of Southampton, Bucks County, faces two counts each of aggravated assault, simple assault and reckless endangerment. She also faces one count of conspiracy to commit aggravated assault.
NEWS
December 18, 2015 | By Jeff Gammage, Staff Writer
The chairperson of Valley Youth House reiterated the group's support for its new CEO on Wednesday, following a news conference to formally introduce Tom Harrington. Harrington previously led the Cradle of Liberty Council of the Boy Scouts of America, a group the city once sought to evict because its policy then banned gay members and leaders. Youth House does extensive work with gay youths, particularly those who are homeless. "We intend to keep doing what we're doing," serving youths in need, said chairperson Lesley Fallon.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 17, 2015 | By Samantha Melamed, Staff Writer
It's been a tough year for proponents of gay-conversion therapy: In 2015, 18 state legislatures considered or enacted laws against ex-gay therapy for minors, a program promising to turn gay men straight was deemed a fraud by a New Jersey civil court, and even President Obama condemned the practice. So it's fitting that, in its twilight, the ex-gay movement is now the subject of a new history, by Temple University sociologist Tom Waidzunas. The Straight Line: How the Fringe Science of Ex-Gay Therapy Reoriented Sexuality , released by the University of Minnesota Press, documents the evolution and decline of "reorientation" - which began with early experiments like induced seizures, electroshock, and aversion therapy, and continued in the mainstream psychology community well into the 2000s.
NEWS
December 17, 2015 | By Jeff Gammage, STAFF WRITER jgammage@phillynews.com 215-854-4906 @JeffGammage
The former head of the Cradle of Liberty Council Boy Scouts, a group the city sought to evict because its policy banned gays, has been hired to lead a nonprofit that helps gay youths. Thomas Harrington will be introduced Wednesday as the new CEO of Valley Youth House, an Allentown-based organization with offices and initiatives in Philadelphia. In an interview, Harrington said the policy that disallowed gay scouts was set by the national Boy Scouts of America and had no bearing on his new role at Youth House, which, among other programs, helps gay, lesbian, and transgender youths find jobs, housing, and comfort in their own identities.
NEWS
December 8, 2015
A LOT CAN happen in a year. Just ask Braeden Lange. Twelve months ago, he was a typical sixth-grader working on his lacrosse game and getting picked on by his older brother. Now he's a role model, having received thousands of letters and texts from people who say his bravery in the face of adversity has inspired them. It all started back in February. Braeden, 12, was in a group-texting session with a large group of friends, one of whom kept cracking gay jokes. Suddenly, he'd had enough.
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