August 23, 2014 |
On the day Mark Segal saw the house in Society Hill, he knew instantly that he would buy it - and did, that very day. Few real estate deals happen that way, but this was back in 1994, and Segal, founder and publisher of the Philadelphia Gay News and a national leader in the gay rights/LGBT movement, had a life filled with drama and constant challenge. Segal admittedly needed a sanctuary, and he instantly found it in the 1970s, three-story house with a contemporary look and feel. "Every time I walk into the den, I feel myself decompressing," said Segal, who shares the house with his husband, Jason Villemez.
July 25, 2014 |
B RAD HURTADO , the organizer of gay weekend getaway Sand Blast, sent out an email yesterday saying that the people of Atlantic City were no problem for the massive three-day event, but the security at Harrah's during a Sunday party called Riptide were not as kind. "Their aggressive behavior and homophobic comments to some of our guests really damaged what was a great day at Riptide and I won't stand by and let them get away with it," Hurtado wrote. Hurtado asked for attendees to supply any other documented examples of harassment.
July 22, 2014 |
The question that hung in the overcast sky over Atlantic City was counterintuitive. Could this part-glitz, part-seedy, all-camp metropolis measure up to its tiny seashore neighbor Asbury Park? (In terms, that is, as host to one of the biggest gay beach parties on the East Coast.) Judging from the fierce crowd of men who gathered Saturday on the sand outside the Claridge Hotel - where the sunglasses were mirrored, the pectorals sculpted, and the bathing suits practically dermatological - and partied on through Sunday, the answer was, "Yes, girl!"
July 14, 2014 |
WHEN JANIS Geraghty, of Bridesburg, speaks of her son Michael, her eyes well up with tears of pride. "You meet him, you will love him; everybody loves him. But if you mention he's gay, some people back off," she said. "As a mother, I will do whatever I can to support him . . . anything. " Yesterday, part of that support meant standing in for her son at a blood drive, where she donated for the first time. At the Philadelphia Donor Center, on Spring Garden Street near 7th, gay and bisexual men from across the city came with allies to donate blood in their places as a part of the National Gay Blood Drive.
June 26, 2014 |
Frank Schaefer on Tuesday was reinstated as a Methodist minister by a church panel that found the Pennsylvania pastor was wrongly defrocked in December for officiating at his son's gay wedding. A committee of lay church members and clergy said Schaefer's sentence unjustly required a promise to uphold the church's laws in the future if he wished to receive back his ministering credentials at the end of a suspension. "Our clergy can only be punished for what they have been convicted of doing in the past, not for what they may or may not do in the future," the decision stated.
June 26, 2014 |
Kevin McNeal plans to honor his recent marriage proposal to partner Scott George traditionally - with a diamond ring. The bauble is platinum and rose gold, and the bling - a tiny piece of black ice in each of the squarish band's four corners - is understated. "It symbolizes my eternal love for my fiance," said McNeal, 50, a real estate agent who lives in Center City. "I think we needed something that tied us together; it shows our commitment. " Since a federal judge overturned Pennsylvania's 18-year-old ban on same-sex marriages last month, local jewelers have reported an uptick in so-called mangagement rings - engagement rings for men that are more masculine than the traditional diamond band worn by women.
June 22, 2014 |
BALTIMORE - A Methodist church panel on Friday weighed whether to reinstate Frank Schaefer, the Pennsylvania pastor defrocked after he officiated at his gay son's wedding, with some members making clear they questioned the penalty's legality under church law. During the hearing, the members grilled the pastor who prosecuted Schaefer's case about the punishment and how it was imposed, including whether Schaefer, of Lebanon, Pa., could be disciplined for...
June 11, 2014
Michael J. McMonagle has gotten his pro-life mixed up with pro-marriage ("Appeal ruling on marriage," June 5). To be sure, pro-life voters might want to punish Gov. Corbett for deciding not to appeal the ruling overturning Pennsylvania's gay marriage ban. But it's hard to imagine they'll do so by voting for a pro-choice Democrat. And that's the potentially rational part of McMonagle's jeremiad. Whether one approves of gay marriage or not, McMonagle's other arguments can only be termed drivel.
June 10, 2014 |
Violette Carb and Noelia Rivera got married - for the first time - two and a half years ago. "It wasn't legal, obviously," Carb said. But the two Philadelphia women had been together for seven years, and they wanted to commit. At Sunday's Pride Day festival, less than a month after a federal judge struck down Pennsylvania's ban on same-sex marriage, the 24-year-old women tied the knot again. This time, Carb will be covered by Rivera's health insurance. Fourteen couples - who had been together 119 years - were wed on Independence Mall during a glitter-filled parade.
May 31, 2014 |
A federal ruling last week legalized same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania, and was hailed as an eloquent manifesto on the right to marriage equality. But for more than 100 couples, it didn't go far enough. Another court battle could be looming, entangling the same county - and the same couples - who helped turn the tide in Pennsylvania. Gov. Corbett's office announced Wednesday that it won't validate the 174 marriage licenses handed out in Montgomery County last summer - before the federal judge's ruling.