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September 19, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
This story has been updated. AN ASSISTANT basketball coach at Archbishop Wood High School resigned late Wednesday because of his alleged involvement in last Thursday's savage attack on two gay men in Center City, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia said Thursday. The coach, identified by a source close to the team as Fran McGlinn, had been "serving as a coach on a contract basis," said Kenneth Gavin, a spokesman for the Archdiocese. McGlinn, 25, along with several other former Wood students, allegedly participated in an attack on a gay couple as the men were walking near Rittenhouse Square.
NEWS
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.
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September 21, 2014 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
For any indie filmmaker in these parlous times, loving a challenge is an almost requisite trait. Financing production, marketing the movie, finding distribution avenues - all onerous steps in an often-lonely process. But Rob Williams, like a growing number of auteurs who work in LGBTQ leitmotifs, sees a potentially significant audience at the end of the struggle. "There's vastly increased viewership and demand for gay-themed films in our community," says the Los Angeles-based director/writer.
NEWS
September 20, 2014 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
Gays still a target after all this time. Kevin Riordan, A2. A hate crime in everything but the law. Editorial, A22. The Twitter partnership between @fansince09 and Eagle Evan Mathis. C2 .
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September 19, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
This story has been updated. AN ASSISTANT basketball coach at Archbishop Wood High School resigned late Wednesday because of his alleged involvement in last Thursday's savage attack on two gay men in Center City, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia said Thursday. The coach, identified by a source close to the team as Fran McGlinn, had been "serving as a coach on a contract basis," said Kenneth Gavin, a spokesman for the Archdiocese. McGlinn, 25, along with several other former Wood students, allegedly participated in an attack on a gay couple as the men were walking near Rittenhouse Square.
NEWS
September 19, 2014 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO & VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writers difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
CITY COUNCILMAN Jim Kenney has a clear message for federal authorities: Help Philly punish the people who savagely beat a gay couple. Kenney told his colleagues yesterday that he has asked the feds to investigate the alleged attack on Sept. 11 near Rittenhouse Square, because Pennsylvania's hate-crime law does not cover acts motivated by a victim's sexual orientation. He noted that the suspects in the case appear to be from the suburbs: Sources have told the Daily News that several "persons of interest" in the case are alumni of Archbishop Wood High School in Warminster, Bucks County.
NEWS
September 18, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
Police released surveillance video Tuesday showing the attackers in the apparent hate-crime beating and robbery of a gay couple in Center City last week. The video shows a group of about a dozen white men and women in their early 20s who are "clean cut" and well-dressed, police said. About 10:45 p.m. Thursday in the 1600 block of Chancellor Street, two men, ages 27 and 28, were approached by the group, police said. The group made disparaging remarks about their sexuality, police said.
NEWS
September 18, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA & WILL BUNCH, Daily News Staff Writers vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
A GROUP OF well-dressed college-age men and women apparently dined at an upscale Center City restaurant Thursday night before some of them brutally assaulted two gay men on the sidewalk just two blocks away. Internet sleuths yesterday joined Philadelphia police and reward-givers in a hunt for the group of clean-cut twentysomethings linked to the shocking assault. The chase heated up after cops released video of about a dozen white men and women wanted for questioning in the attack on the two men, ages 27 and 28. That attack, at 10:45 p.m. Thursday on Chancellor Street near 16th, took place in front of stunned onlookers and sent the couple, together for six years, to Hahnemann University Hospital with bruises and, for one of them, severe facial fractures.
NEWS
September 14, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two gay men were attacked by a group Thursday night in Center City in what might have been a hate crime and robbery, police said. The victims, ages 27 and 28, were walking in the area of 16th and Chancellor Streets around 10:45 when they were confronted by two males and six or seven females, said Capt. Frank Banford, commanding officer of Central Detectives. Someone in the group asked whether the men were a couple, Banford said. "Yes, do you have a problem?" one of the men replied, Banford said.
NEWS
September 13, 2014 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld New Jersey's ban on so-called gay conversion therapy for children, finding that the law, signed by Gov. Christie last year, does not violate the free speech or religious rights of counselors. In its opinion, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia upheld a federal court ruling, citing the state's "substantial interest in protecting its citizens from harmful or ineffective professional practices. " The law bans licensed counselors from using "sexual orientation change efforts" with clients under 18. The federal court disagreed with the lower court's finding that the law didn't affect speech, only conduct.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 23, 2014 | By Sally Friedman, For The Inquirer
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.
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