May 23, 2014
GOV. CORBETT has said he won't appeal the judicial fiat legalizing same-sex bliss between the Alleghenys and the Poconos. He has done exactly what our long-tressed attorney general has done and abdicated his duty to Pennsylvanians who care about the rule of law. So it's fairly certain that Adam and Steve and Madame and Eve can start wiggling to the electric boogaloo. There is, I say with the manic certainty of Davy Crockett at the Alamo, hope to live and fight another day. But I gotta tell you, it's looking fairly grim at the moment.
May 19, 2014 |
Whatever the weather, graduation ceremonies at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J., will mark Christopher Jones' final steps from the darkness into the sunlight. In 2011, Jones transferred to Rutgers after two years at Delaware Valley College in Bucks County, where he was the target of abuse for being gay. Simply for being himself, in other words. The harassment had begun in the fall of 2010, shortly after Rutgers freshman Tyler Clementi committed suicide days after a straight roommate outed him on the Internet.
May 14, 2014 |
TWINS Taleon and Keyontyli Goffney had their first run-in with police at 13, when the brothers from Camden saw a horse, mounted it - bareback - and took it for a joyride together. "We were from Camden, we'd never seen a horse before," Taleon said. "It was like a unicorn to us. " The twins' last contact with police came in 2008, when they were arrested by a tristate Rooftop Burglary Task Force that was formed just to catch them breaking into businesses by cutting holes in the roofs.
May 1, 2014 |
CENTER CITY It has been a long, steady decline, one that Giovanni's Room owner Ed Hermance did not envision when his bookstore seemed headed toward $1 million in sales from its home at 12th and Pine Streets. The trailblazing niche retailer of gay-themed books was riding so high in 1992, it had $100,000 in inventory and wholesaled to Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. "In one year, we sold books to 88 bookstores in 17 countries," he said. The Internet, however, has been relentless in its gradual destruction of the store and cultural landmark.
April 25, 2014 |
TROY VINCENT yesterday reiterated remarks the NFL executive vice president of football operations originally made last month, saying that during his 15-year career as a defensive back, eight of which were spent with the Eagles, Vincent played with half a dozen openly gay teammates. After yesterday's roundtable discussion in New York between NFL officials and members of the Associated Press Sports Editors, Vincent told the Daily News some of those players were Eagles. He did not elaborate.
April 6, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA Bring out the drag. Saturday night, the Crystal Tea Room will come alive with song and dance and wild wigs for the 15th annual Black-Tie GayBINGO, a fund-raiser for HIV/AIDS awareness and education. Makeovers will be auctioned, awards will be given, and the "Bingo Verifying Divas" will keep the audience on its toes through midnight. And there will be drag. Lots of it. "It's not going to be your grandmother's bingo night," said Robb Reichard, executive director of the Philadelphia AIDS Fund.
March 19, 2014 |
IT TURNS OUT Steven Beisher is going on an unplanned date after all, first with a judge and then to a jail cell - and the Port Richmond resident won't be getting lucky. Authorities say Beisher, 42, set up a fake online ad seeking homosexual sex in 2012, then blackmailed the married man who responded, extorting nearly $2,000 from the man before the victim contacted police. The New Jersey Attorney General's Office said the victim responded to the Craigslist ad in August 2012, replying with a naked photo of himself.
March 13, 2014 |
Months after a Pennsylvania clergyman was defrocked in a similar case, the leader of the United Methodist Church in the New York City area has canceled the ecclesiastical trial of a minister who officiated at his own son's gay wedding. Bishop Martin McLee, who oversees 500 churches in New York and Connecticut, on Monday also announced a moratorium on church trials, opening the door for pastors to officiate at gay weddings without fear of reprisal. McLee said he hoped that avoiding a trial for the Rev. Thomas Ogletree, an 80-year-old retired pastor and a former dean of Yale Divinity School, would foster dialogue and healing.
March 5, 2014 |
Mega-selfie crashes Twitter!! They're calling it Mega-selfie !! Ellen DeGeneres , host of Sunday's Oscar knees-up, took a selfie with a constellation of stars, posted it to Twitter, and told the world to retweet it till it broke the record. Success! In 34 minutes , yo. Smashed the old mark, set by President Obama 's election night 2012 selfie (a measly 780K retweets). So thick did the retweets tweet that for many users, Twitter seized up. Fail screen!
February 26, 2014 |
HARRISBURG - The Commonwealth Court has blocked a Radnor Township man from intervening in two lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of Pennsylvania's same-sex marriage ban. In a hearing Monday, James Schneller, 58, said he wanted to provide a voice for "the more moral, ethical, and religious population" that opposes same-sex marriage and to present arguments that go beyond what the state's attorneys would say to defend the ban. Judge Dan...