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September 23, 2015 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer medinar@phillynews.com, 215-854-5985
THE NEWS, once received, prompted former Waldron Mercy Academy educator Margie Winters to scream. She told the Daily News that she "screamed with joy"when an official with the LGBT advocacy group Human Rights Campaign informed her yesterday afternoon that she and her wife would be guests at tomorrow's White House welcoming ceremony for Pope Francis when he arrives in Washington, D.C. "We're absolutely elated [and] overjoyed," her wife, Andrea Vettori, said last night. "You can't put into words something like that.
NEWS
September 19, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Three Bucks County residents charged with last year's attack on a gay couple walking in Center City have until Oct. 15 to decide whether to accept a plea deal or go to trial. The prosecution offers - details were not disclosed - were confirmed Thursday by Assistant District Attorney Michael Barry after a status hearing before Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Frank Palumbo. Barry said that if the three do not accept the plea deals at the next status hearing Oct. 15, the cases will be scheduled for trial.
NEWS
September 18, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
THREE YOUNG ADULTS from Bucks County charged with assaulting a gay couple in Center City last year are considering offers to plead guilty in the case, a prosecutor said Thursday. Kevin Harrigan, 27, of Warrington; Philip Williams, 25, of Warminster; and Kathryn Knott, of Southampton, who turns 25 Friday, are charged with aggravated assault, conspiracy and related offenses in the Sept. 11, 2014, clash at 16th and Chancellor streets. Michael Barry, chief of the district attorney's central division bureau, said Thursday that there have been ongoing negotiations with the defense attorneys.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 9, 2015 | By Alexander Kacala, For The Inquirer
On a hot summer day in July, Gene Robbins, the first openly gay man ordained an Episcopal bishop, recounted a story from Acts about John's healing a lame beggar. "Gay people," said Robinson, "are used to begging for scraps - until someone lifts us up and tells us God loves us beyond our wildest imagining. " Sunlight poured in through huge rainbow banners. The pews were packed at historic Christ Church in Old City, which was holding a special interfaith service as part of a weekend-long celebration honoring the 50th anniversary of the 1964 gay rights demonstration at Independence Hall.
NEWS
September 3, 2015 | By Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist
I DON'T THINK twice about taking my husband's hand in public. In fact, I don't think about it at all. We'll be walking together and I'll suddenly notice that our fingers are entwined. The habit is so ingrained, I don't know how I'd break it. Not that I want to. He's my husband; I love him. If our hand-holding tells the world we're together, that's because we are. During the eight years Margie Winters worked as the director of religious education at Waldron Mercy Academy in Lower Merion, she deliberately held back from publicly taking the hand of her wife, Andrea Vittori.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 2, 2015
D EAR ABBY: I was best friends with "Joanne" after we met in middle school. She comes from a conservative Christian family and has three successful siblings. This has made her quirky, media-driven pursuits and city life a disappointment to her family. When we were teens and she learned that I was a straight ally for gay rights, she came out to me as a lesbian, but for years only I and a few close friends knew. Once she was an adult and her family found out, they practically disowned her and made their disapproval and "shame" very clear.
NEWS
August 7, 2015
D EAR ABBY: I am a 50-year-old gay man, out of the closet for 10 years. Throughout my life I have had to deal with low self-esteem and other issues. When I came out, my life changed dramatically for the better. However, I have never been in any kind of relationship. I never had a girlfriend when I was trying to pass for straight, nor have I ever had a boyfriend. Outside of immediate family, no one has ever said "I love you" to me. I'm the type of person who is instantly "friend-zoned.
NEWS
July 31, 2015
ANY BOY SCOUT can tell you that there are a lot of different types of knots. Square knots. Slip knots. Rope knots. Figure Eight knots. They each have a different purpose, significance and importance, and they're not interchangeable. Kind of like men and women. Of course, these days you won't hear a lot of people talking about the uniqueness of the male/female dichotomy. It's not considered polite to point out that only women can have babies, with the complementary help from men. Beyond that, it's now illegal to tell two women they can't marry each other, and God forbid we slip and call Caitlyn by his/her former name: Bruce "Olympian" Jenner.
NEWS
July 30, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
Andrea Constand, the former Temple University employee at the center of a 2005 sexual battery lawsuit against Bill Cosby, pushed back Tuesday against his claim that he is adept at reading sexual cues from women. The basis for her argument? Cosby failed to realize she was gay and dating a woman at the time they had what he has since described as a consensual sexual encounter. "Despite his talent for interpreting female reactions to him, he did not realize [Constand] was gay until the police told him," her lawyer, Dolores Troiani, wrote.
NEWS
July 29, 2015 | BY ANNIE PALMER, Daily News Staff Writer palmera@phillynews.com, 215-854-5927
THE BOY SCOUTS of America last night moved to end a ban on gay leaders, with 79 percent of the Texas-based organization's executive board voting for the resolution. But some equal-rights activists weren't quite ready to rejoice. The resolution still allows religious charter organizations, which oversee 70 percent of local scouting programs, to make hiring decisions based on sexual orientation. Civic groups, such as rotary clubs and fire departments, can no longer discriminate based on sexual orientation.
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