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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.
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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.
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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?
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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...
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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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September 26, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan and Mike Newall, Inquirer Staff Writers
While the three suspects in the assault of a gay couple in Center City were awaiting arraignment Wednesday, an affidavit revealing new details about the incident emerged, as did social-media postings by one of the accused that contain antigay sentiments. According to an affidavit of probable cause reviewed by The Inquirer, the victims identified all three suspects - Philip Williams, 24, of Warminster; Kevin Harrigan, 26, of Warrington; and Kathryn Knott, 24, of Southampton - as their assailants.
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September 26, 2014 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO & VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writers difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
KATHRYN KNOTT thinks "jazz flute is for little fairy boys," #gay is #ew and whiskey is awesome. Those Twitter musings are part of what may cost her a job at Lansdale Hospital, according to a statement from Abington Health System. Knott, 24, of Southampton, Bucks County, was suspended yesterday from her position as an emergency-room technician at the hospital, where she has worked since May 2011. Hours before she was suspended, Knott and two other suspects in an attack on two gay men near Rittenhouse Square allegedly fueled by homophobia turned themselves in to police to face charges of aggravated and simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and criminal conspiracy.
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September 25, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
THE DISTRICT Attorney's Office issued arrest warrants yesterday for three graduates of Archbishop Wood High School in the alleged savage beating of two gay men in Center City earlier this month. Philip Williams, 24; Kevin Harrigan, 26; and Katherine Knott, 24, all face two counts of aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and criminal conspiracy, District Attorney Seth Williams said. "I would like to thank the police for their thorough investigation and the public for the outpouring of information and tips in this case," Williams said.
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September 25, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan and Mike Newall, Inquirer Staff Writers
Update: Two men and a woman surrendered to police Wednesday morning to face charges in the Sept. 11 beating of a gay couple in Center City. Accompanied by their lawyers, Philip Williams, 24; Kathryn Knott, 24; and Kevin Harrigan, 26, turned themselves in at Central Detectives, 401 N. 21st Street in Franklintown. The three, all from Bucks County, are to be charged with two counts each of aggravated assault, simple assault and related offenses, officials say. Earlier story: The Philadelphia District Attorney's Office has approved charges against two men and a woman in an assault in Center City that seriously injured a gay couple, sparking outrage in Philadelphia and across the country.
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September 24, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
THE OUTCOME of the investigation into an attack on two gay men in Center City is now in the hands of the District Attorney's Office. Yesterday, detectives from Central Division submitted their final report on the case to the office, according to Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey. "It's in their hands now," he said. "They will review what we've given them and decide what charges, if any, are appropriate. " Ramsey called the file "extensive," adding that it contained all the statements taken from the victims, witnesses and several "persons of interest" in the incident, which took place Sept.
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September 24, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan and Mike Newall, Inquirer Staff Writers
Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey said Monday that the department has concluded its investigation into a Center City assault that left a gay couple seriously injured - and that the District Attorney's Office is now reviewing the case. "We feel that there is sufficient evidence to have charges placed against some of the individuals there," Ramsey said in an interview. As prosecutors review differing accounts of the Sept. 11 incident, the case has spurred calls for changes to the state's hate-crime statute, which does not cover crimes motivated by sexual orientation.
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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.
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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.
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