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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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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.
NEWS
June 15, 2016 | By Jeff Gammage and Jason Nark, STAFF WRITERS
Deirdre McLaurin was horrified by the mass shooting at the gay nightclub in Orlando - but, at the same time, not terribly surprised. At 64, she grew up when being open about her sexuality could endanger a friendship, a job, or her safety. Even as gay people gained civil rights, she saw the lingering threat and reality of anti-LGBT violence. "Yes, we've made strides," she said Monday, but added, "The hate is still there. " McLaurin, a former dance teacher, lives at the John C. Anderson Apartments in Center City, the first housing development in the state specifically designed for low-income LGBT seniors.
NEWS
June 14, 2016 | By Chris Palmer, STAFF WRITER
Leaders in Philadelphia's gay community were horrified and heartbroken Sunday by the pre-dawn shooting rampage at a gay nightclub in Orlando that killed 50 people and wounded 53 more, the worst mass shooting in American history. Through shock and anger, fears and resolve, they universally described the massacre as feeling personal and terrifying, like an attack on the entire LGBT community. "It's a reminder that as much progress as the gay community has made, there's still an incredible amount of pushback and hate in America," said Malcolm Lazin, founder of the Equality Forum, an LGBT civil rights group based in Philadelphia.
NEWS
June 12, 2016 | By Joseph Jaafari, STAFF WRITER
THEY'RE HERE, they're queer, and they're voting Trump. Donald Trump's legion of supporters in Philadelphia include a small band of openly gay voters who say the brash presidential candidate and the GOP represent their interests best. Indeed, the New York billionaire's LGBT backers are ready to throw shade on the media or anyone who says Republicans are a party of old, homophobic white guys. "Donald Trump isn't playing this game just to be pushed around by the liberal media," said Dr. Seth Kaufer, a delegate at this year's Republican National Convention and an openly gay GOP leader for Philadelphia's Second Ward.
NEWS
June 12, 2016 | By Jim Rutter, For The Inquirer
Philadelphian R. Eric Thomas can spin one heck of a story. Whether he's speaking on local podcasts, hosting storytelling competitions, or writing fiction, his narratives engage and entertain with his humor and wry musings. (Full disclosure: I worked as an editor when Thomas wrote for Thinking Dance, where his side-splitting commentary enlivened staff meetings.) Simpatico Theatre Project's staging of Thomas' new play Time is on Our Side shows that, beyond just telling a tale, Thomas understands how a story can affect the lives of all who hear it. Annie (Kristen Norine)
NEWS
June 3, 2016 | By Stacey Burling, Staff Writer
A growing number of Americans are having gay sex, or at least admitting to it. And that's OK with more and more of us. "People over time are reporting more same-sex sexual experiences than ever before," said Brooke Wells, a social psychologist at Widener University's Center for Human Sexuality Studies. The behavioral trend, reflected in an annual survey conducted between 1973 and 2014, was fueled largely by people who had sex with both men and women. There has been little change in the number of people reporting exclusively homosexual behavior.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 1, 2016
DEAR ABBY: I'm a 51-year-old gay male. I have a sweet, dear friend I'll call "Samantha" who is slightly older. The problem is, she wants more than friendship. She insists on spending time with me and calls me daily. She hugs me repeatedly when she goes to leave, and kisses my neck or cheek - whichever she can get to. Samantha has touched me in a way that makes me uncomfortable. She places herself so her body touches my hand or arm. When she does, I quickly remove it. She says I remind her of her brother, but I'm not feeling a sibling relationship here.
NEWS
May 30, 2016 | By Jonathan Tamari, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - After long targeting South Jersey, national Democrats are looking north this year as they try to chip away at Republicans' congressional majority. The party's national arm is focusing on unseating North Jersey Republican Rep. Scott Garrett, prioritizing a race in the New York suburbs rather than the Burlington and Ocean County-based Third District, which Democrats have spent years trying to capture. The change reflects how missteps and money can reshape races. Garrett has drawn national attention for views that have riled the gay and lesbian community and fueled a fund-raising surge for his Democratic challenger.
NEWS
May 21, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
The two men who were insulted by anti-gay slurs and viciously attacked in Center City Philadelphia nearly two years ago filed a lawsuit earlier this week against the three Bucks County defendants who were criminally charged in the assault. Andrew Haught, 28, and Zachary Hesse, 30, filed the suit in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court on Tuesday against Kathryn Knott, 25; Philip Williams, 25; and Kevin Harrigan, 27. Andrew Youman, one of the plaintiffs' attorneys at the Center City firm Kline & Specter, said Thursday that the lawsuit is not just about getting compensation for medical expenses.
NEWS
April 29, 2016 | By Steve & Mia, $util.encode.html($!item.bycredit)
Q: I've always admired former U.S. Sen. Harris Wofford, but why in the world did he wait until age 90 to admit he was gay? He's planning to marry a guy and, before his wife died, he was married to her for decades. Was he a big fraud? This troubles me. Steve: A lot of people think sex is two stops on the opposite sides of the highway. One hetero, one homo. Wrong! It's not a highway, it's a hallway. Human sexuality flows steady along the full hallway. Some men like only men. Some like men and women.
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