June 16, 2016 |
ORLANDO - From the moment massacres like the one Sunday morning at Pulse occur, we try to decipher what lay in the heart of the murderers who commit them. We search for motive because motive helps fit these tragedies into categories. We think we can understand them if we can check the right box. Which particular warped worldview did our latest mass killer subscribe to? Sometimes it's clear. Most of the time it's not. Sometimes you get a case like this one, which lies at the very intersection of many of our country's darkest ills.
June 15, 2016 |
Deirdre McLaurin was horrified by the mass shooting at the gay nightclub in Orlando - but, at the same time, not terribly surprised. At 64, she grew up when being open about her sexuality could endanger a friendship, a job, or her safety. Even as gay people gained civil rights, she saw the lingering threat and reality of anti-LGBT violence. "Yes, we've made strides," she said Monday, but added, "The hate is still there. " McLaurin, a former dance teacher, lives at the John C. Anderson Apartments in Center City, the first housing development in the state specifically designed for low-income LGBT seniors.
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.
June 12, 2016 |
Philadelphian R. Eric Thomas can spin one heck of a story. Whether he's speaking on local podcasts, hosting storytelling competitions, or writing fiction, his narratives engage and entertain with his humor and wry musings. (Full disclosure: I worked as an editor when Thomas wrote for Thinking Dance, where his side-splitting commentary enlivened staff meetings.) Simpatico Theatre Project's staging of Thomas' new play Time is on Our Side shows that, beyond just telling a tale, Thomas understands how a story can affect the lives of all who hear it. Annie (Kristen Norine)
June 3, 2016 |
A growing number of Americans are having gay sex, or at least admitting to it. And that's OK with more and more of us. "People over time are reporting more same-sex sexual experiences than ever before," said Brooke Wells, a social psychologist at Widener University's Center for Human Sexuality Studies. The behavioral trend, reflected in an annual survey conducted between 1973 and 2014, was fueled largely by people who had sex with both men and women. There has been little change in the number of people reporting exclusively homosexual behavior.
June 1, 2016
DEAR ABBY: I'm a 51-year-old gay male. I have a sweet, dear friend I'll call "Samantha" who is slightly older. The problem is, she wants more than friendship. She insists on spending time with me and calls me daily. She hugs me repeatedly when she goes to leave, and kisses my neck or cheek - whichever she can get to. Samantha has touched me in a way that makes me uncomfortable. She places herself so her body touches my hand or arm. When she does, I quickly remove it. She says I remind her of her brother, but I'm not feeling a sibling relationship here.
May 30, 2016 |
WASHINGTON - After long targeting South Jersey, national Democrats are looking north this year as they try to chip away at Republicans' congressional majority. The party's national arm is focusing on unseating North Jersey Republican Rep. Scott Garrett, prioritizing a race in the New York suburbs rather than the Burlington and Ocean County-based Third District, which Democrats have spent years trying to capture. The change reflects how missteps and money can reshape races. Garrett has drawn national attention for views that have riled the gay and lesbian community and fueled a fund-raising surge for his Democratic challenger.
May 21, 2016 |
The two men who were insulted by anti-gay slurs and viciously attacked in Center City Philadelphia nearly two years ago filed a lawsuit earlier this week against the three Bucks County defendants who were criminally charged in the assault. Andrew Haught, 28, and Zachary Hesse, 30, filed the suit in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court on Tuesday against Kathryn Knott, 25; Philip Williams, 25; and Kevin Harrigan, 27. Andrew Youman, one of the plaintiffs' attorneys at the Center City firm Kline & Specter, said Thursday that the lawsuit is not just about getting compensation for medical expenses.
April 29, 2016 |
Q: I've always admired former U.S. Sen. Harris Wofford, but why in the world did he wait until age 90 to admit he was gay? He's planning to marry a guy and, before his wife died, he was married to her for decades. Was he a big fraud? This troubles me. Steve: A lot of people think sex is two stops on the opposite sides of the highway. One hetero, one homo. Wrong! It's not a highway, it's a hallway. Human sexuality flows steady along the full hallway. Some men like only men. Some like men and women.