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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.
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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.
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.
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October 23, 2014 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia could soon have laws that define attacks on gay and disabled people as hate crimes, ban the sale and possession of realistic-looking toy guns, and increase the penalties for selling BB guns to minors. Following a nearly three-hour meeting, City Council's Committee on Public Safety approved three bills and sent them for a vote to the full Council. The hate-crime addition to the City Code, triggered by the Sept. 11 assault on a gay couple in Center City, is expected to be approved by Council, and Mayor Nutter has been sympathetic to issues concerning the LGBT community in the past.
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October 20, 2014 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
An assembly of Roman Catholic bishops gathered to consider new ways their church might minister to families in the 21st century has backed away from the unprecedented message of welcome to homosexuals it had issued early last week. In the final report issued Saturday, the 183 bishops gathered in Rome discarded a statement from an interim document Monday that had declared that "homosexuals have gifts and qualities to offer to the Christian community. " Similarly, a section in Monday's document titled "Welcoming Homosexual Persons," was replaced in the final document with a title reading, "The Pastoral Care of Persons With Homosexual Orientation.
NEWS
October 17, 2014
A DRAMATIC evolution has occurred on the issue of gay marriage, both at the Supreme Court and among the public. Some opponents of the court's decision last week not to uphold state bans on gay marriage are calling it a disaster, even comparing it to the pro-slavery Dred Scott decision of 1857. In fact, it is the opposite. Gay marriage means more freedom for individuals and less intrusion of government into the home. As a nation, we are simply applying our fundamental American principles of liberty to the present day. We should be skeptical and cautious of judicial activism, but the Dred Scott decision - which held that a slave was property and not an American with rights - is an example of the court trying to artificially freeze the social and moral development of the nation.
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October 11, 2014 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
In May 2003, Melina Mazza Waldo went to Washington to lobby Congress as a member of the Philadelphia chapter of Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG). "I had an encounter on Capitol Hill with a clergyman, who loudly interrupted me and pushed me as I was being interviewed by a reporter," she later wrote in The Inquirer. She said her son, Craig, told her at the time: " 'You're their worst nightmare, Mom!' He explained that the last thing the far right wants people to see is a mother speaking up for her gay child.
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October 10, 2014 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
IF POLITICS MAKES strange bedfellows, among the strangest may have been made by the 1980s U.K. politics of Margaret Thatcher, as we see in "Pride. " Some of the bedfellows, if fact, would prefer that we use a term other than bedfellows. They would be striking coal miners in Wales, who for a time found common cause with gay activists - Thatcher's rhetoric targeted both camps, as did police harassment. "Pride" is essentially a comedy, but it makes homophobia a pronounced theme - the culturally conservative miners, we see, are slow to warm to the idea of solidarity with gay activists (some never do)
NEWS
October 8, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond and Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writers
Gay-rights advocates in Pennsylvania and throughout the country say they are encouraged by the U.S. Supreme Court's decision Monday not to take on five pending same-sex marriage appeals. The denial effectively legalized same-sex marriage in five states - Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin - and cleared the way for legalization in six others. Some advocates in the Philadelphia area viewed the court's action as a sign that nationwide legalization is just a matter of time.
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October 2, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
THE THREE BUCKS County residents arrested last month for allegedly attacking two gay men in Center City will have a joint preliminary hearing on Dec. 16, a judge ruled yesterday. Following that hearing, a judge will determine whether there is enough evidence to warrant a trial. The defendants - Kathryn Knott, 24; Philip Williams, 24; and Kevin Harrigan, 26 - were excused from having to appear at the status hearing under an agreement with the District Attorney's Office. But attorneys for Knott, of Southampton, and Harrigan, of Warrington, said their clients are not gay-bashers.
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October 1, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writerdeanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
The three Bucks County residents arrested earlier this month for allegedly attacking two gay men in Center City will have a joint preliminary hearing on Dec. 16, a judge ruled Tuesday. Following that hearing, a judge will determine if there is enough evidence to warrant a trial. The defendants - Kathryn Knott, 24, Philip Williams, 24, and Kevin Harrigan, 26 - were excused from having to appear at the status hearing by agreement with the District Attorney's Office. But attorneys for Knott, of Southampton, and Harrigan, of Warrington, said their clients are not gay-bashers.
NEWS
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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