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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
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...
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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.
NEWS
July 25, 1990 | By Andrew Kirtzman, New York Daily News
Skeptical of police and the Guardian Angels, gays and lesbians have decided to patrol the streets themselves in response to the soaring rate of gay- bashings. The "Pink Panthers," as they call themselves, will start patrolling the East and West Village and Chelsea in a few weeks, an organizer said yesterday. They plan to walk in groups of five or six, armed with whistles and perhaps walkie-talkies. "The message out there is it's open season on gays and lesbians," said Gerri Wells, an organizer.
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August 12, 2016 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Staff Writer
Edward T. Gay Jr., 60, of Center City, lead broker in the firm of George Gay Real Estate Inc., died Thursday, Aug. 4, of respiratory failure at Penn Hospice at Rittenhouse. Known to friends as "Ted," Mr. Gay was born in Philadelphia and grew up in Willow Grove. He graduated from Upper Moreland High School in 1974 and the University of Pittsburgh in 1979 with a bachelor's degree in economics and political science. From age 16, he was employed in the business founded by his grandfather in 1923 - first as a gofer and later as the broker in charge of others in the office at 2029 Walnut St. in Center City.
NEWS
August 7, 2016
DEAR ABBY: I have been happily married to my husband, "Mark," for 20 years. My best friend, "Eric," is a gay man. For some reason, Mark is threatened by my friendship with Eric. Whenever Eric calls or texts, my husband becomes resentful. It has reached the point that I feel like I need to hide phone calls and texts, and sneak around in order to talk to my friend. I have always been faithful, honest and open with Mark about everything, and I am very uncomfortable having to hide my friendship with Eric from him. Mark does not feel this way about any of my female friends.
NEWS
July 15, 2016 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Staff Writer
Gay Gilpin Johnson, 91, whose life's work was preserving Awbury Arboretum, a privately held park in East Germantown, died of an infection Thursday, July 7, at Chestnut Hill Hospital. Mrs. Johnson not only volunteered at the 55-acre park, she also lived there for six decades, in one of the homes on the property near the Washington Lane SEPTA station. She provided management and fund-raising, and collected examples of the arboretum's rich history. She helped establish the Awbury Neighbors Association, and in 1985 pushed to make the Awbury Arboretum Association a nonprofit so that it could own and operate the park as a private entity.
NEWS
July 14, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Staff Writer
Kathryn Knott, the Bucks County woman convicted in a 2014 attack on a gay couple in Center City, was paroled Tuesday after five months in prison. Knott, 25, of Southampton, walked out of the Criminal Justice Center after the ruling by Common Pleas Court Judge Roxanne Covington. In February, Covington sentenced Knott to five to 10 months in prison after a jury found her guilty of misdemeanor charges of simple assault, conspiracy to commit simple assault, and two counts of reckless endangerment in the attack on Zachary Hesse and Andrew Haught.
NEWS
July 8, 2016 | By Howard Gensler
S TAR TREK helmsman Hikaru Sulu is going to be gay. And the original Sulu, George Takei , who is gay, isn't happy about it. "I'm delighted that there's a gay character," Takei told The Hollywood Reporter. "Unfortunately, it's a twisting of Gene [ Roddenberry ]'s creation, to which he put in so much thought. I think it's really unfortunate. " Takei said Roddenberry was very supportive of the LGBT movement, but envisioned Sulu as heterosexual. But not an active heterosexual like Captain Kirk.
NEWS
July 7, 2016 | By David O'Reilly, Staff Writer
Divorced and civilly remarried Catholics, as well as cohabitating unmarried couples, must "refrain from sexual intimacy" to receive Holy Communion in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput has asserted in a new set of pastoral guidelines. Released Friday, the guidelines instruct clergy and other archdiocesan leaders on implementing Amoris Laetitia , a major document on family that Pope Francis issued in April. His six-page instruction, which appears on the archdiocesan website, may be the first of its kind issued by the bishop of any American diocese in response to Amoris Laetitia , Latin for "the joy of love.
NEWS
June 27, 2016
Our Young Man By Edmund White Bloomsbury USA. 304 pp. $26 Reviewed by Chris Baltz Esteemed novelist and memoirist Edmund White's latest book, Our Young Man , centers on the aptly named Guy, a gay French model living in New York City. The novel follows Guy's life in the modeling industry from France to Manhattan, through hedonist parties and relationships with older, and then younger, men. Blessed with almost unnatural good looks, Guy remains exquisitely handsome, able to pass as 20 in his 40s. Defying clich├ęs of fabulously good-looking models or celebs, there are few hints of vapidness or vanity about him. As a narrator, he is always internally aware of how he looks and how he can use his gift to his benefit.
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June 26, 2016 | By Joseph Jaafari, STAFF WRITER
When Officer Jo Mason and his fellow LGBTQ cops marched down Market Street during Philly's Gay Pride Parade on June 12, they were cheered by thousands of parade-goers and offered high-fives by people lining the sidewalks. The officers felt vindicated, especially because just a few weeks before they were told they weren't welcome to lead the parade. But the admiration, as welcome as it was, grew out of tragedy: the mass shooting that left 49 dead and 53 wounded at a gay club in Orlando.
NEWS
June 25, 2016 | By Mari A. Schaefer, STAFF WRITER
"This case is not at all about a fence. " So said a Chester County Judge in his decision this week when he dismissed a claim by neighbors who sued to have a gay couple tear down their fence. Judge Jeffrey R. Sommer also gave the go-ahead for the couple to put in a backyard swimming pool which had been denied by a neighborhood association. "The setting for our play is Bucktoe Manor an idyllic vision of suburbia located in New Garden Township," wrote Sommer, who apparently has aspirations of being a writer.
NEWS
June 16, 2016 | By Mike Newall, Columnist
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.
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