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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...
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.
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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NEWS
April 10, 2016 | By David O'Reilly, Staff Writer
Pope Francis on Friday issued a much-anticipated document on family that overturns no major teachings of the Catholic Church, but calls on its clergy to be compassionate and to welcome divorced-and-remarried couples, gays, and those who live in an "imperfect manner. " The church and its clergy have been "wasting pastoral energy on denouncing a decadent world without proactively proposing ways to finding true happiness," Francis wrote in the document, titled "Amoris Laetitia ," or "The Joy of Love.
TRAVEL
April 4, 2016
Name: MrHudsonExplores.com What it does: Showcase beautiful hotels in major cities around the world, including Berlin, Tel Aviv, Palm Springs, Calif.; London, Madrid, and Panama City. What's hot: The website focuses on gorgeous, welcoming hotels and stunning destinations. Its inclusive attitude is represented by a greeting for travelers who just like the look of its neat, refined online presence and are members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities.
NEWS
March 25, 2016 | By Howard Gensler
What happens in Georgia could be good for Pennsylvania. The Hollywood Reporter reports that Georgia's governor Nathan Deal has been sent a religious liberty bill by the state legislature which some claim would legalize anti-gay discrimination. Georgia has become a popular place to shoot movies over the past few years and you know which industry isn't a big fan of anti-gay discrimination? The movie industry. Disney and its Marvel Studios film unit said it will not shoot future movies in Georgia if the bill is signed into law. Viacom, 21st Century Fox, Lionsgate, CBS as well as the AMC Networks ( The Walking Dead shoots in Georgia)
NEWS
March 16, 2016 | By Kevin Riordan, Columnist
When Cape May County's LGBT organization was asked to sponsor a needleworking group, Craig van Baal was reluctant. "He said it might perpetuate a stereotype - a bunch of queens sitting around knitting," recalls fiber artist Francesca Geores. But she persisted, and van Baal, vice president of GABLES, came to realize that knitting for charity was an endeavor that could attract all sorts of people. "I went back to our mantra," he says. "We are the gay group doing good things for the entire community.
NEWS
March 16, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Staff Writer
The Bucks County woman convicted for her role in a 2014 attack on a gay couple in Center City will not get a reduced jail sentence, a Philadelphia judge ruled Monday. Common Pleas Court Judge Roxanne Covington called appropriate the five- to 10-month prison term she imposed on Kathryn Knott, and chided Knott for a "complete disconnection with the incident itself and a failure to take personal responsibility herself for the crimes she was convicted of. " Covington told Knott, 25, that she remained "in need of correction" and that a lesser sentence would "depreciate the seriousness of the crimes.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 10, 2016
DEAR ABBY: I've been with my fiance for three years, and I'm very much in love. A few months ago, I asked to use his phone to look up something on the Internet because my battery had died. It opened up to a gay porn site! I was shocked and asked him whether it was something he was looking at. He admitted that it was. Nothing like this has happened to me before, so I began asking whether that's what he likes and is into. He assured me the answer was no. He said he looked because he was simply curious about it. He told me he loves women and doesn't want to be with men. He said he was just looking.
NEWS
March 6, 2016 | By Michaelle Bond, Staff Writer
The football players at Conestoga High School had a nickname for the rituals they performed each week, according to prosecutors. No-Gay Thursday. Some players avoided the locker room that day, when players considered certain sexual behavior permissible. The hazing at the elite Chester County public school, routinely ranked near the top academically in national ratings, escalated into assault one day last fall, authorities said Friday. Three seniors, including a team captain, grabbed a freshman they didn't like, who was trying to leave the locker room during a hazing ritual.
NEWS
March 3, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
A Philadelphia judge Tuesday agreed to hear a resentencing motion in the case of Kathryn Knott, the Bucks County woman jailed for her participation in an attack on a gay couple in Center City in 2014. Common Pleas Court Judge Roxanne Covington set a 9 a.m. hearing on March 14 "to consider the merits" of a motion filed by defense attorney William J. Brennan. The motion asks Covington to reconsider the five-to-10-month jail sentence she handed down to Knott last month. The proceeding is not a resentencing hearing, but one in which the judge will consider the merits of the defense's request.
NEWS
February 19, 2016 | By Robert Moran, STAFF WRITER
A lawyer for Kathryn Knott on Wednesday asked a judge to reconsider the Bucks County woman's jail sentence for a 2014 attack on a gay couple in Center City that drew national attention. As an alternative to being locked up, attorney William Brennan suggested that 25-year-old Knott could perform a public-service announcement "where she could take the infamy of the arrest and maybe heal some wounds. " Knott was sentenced Feb. 8 to five to 10 months in county prison by Common Pleas Court Judge Roxanne Covington after being convicted by a jury in December on four misdemeanor counts but acquitted of felony aggravated assault.
NEWS
February 10, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, Staff Writer
In sentencing Kathryn Knott to jail time instead of probation in an attack on a gay couple in Center City in 2014, a Philadelphia judge said Monday that the victim "could have been any of us. " "While there were homophobic slurs that initiated this event, it could have been any type of hateful slur," Common Pleas Court Judge Roxanne Covington said. The judge sentenced Knott, 25, of Southampton, Bucks County, to five to 10 months in jail and ordered her "to surrender now. " Knott shook and wept upon hearing her sentence and the judge's order that she go to jail immediately.
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