June 16, 2015 |
Beverly Jordan, 70, vividly remembers how upset she was about the murder of University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard in 1998, one of the most notorious hate crimes against gays in American history. "Any kind of injustice, I have to fight," the West Philadelphia resident said Sunday. Jordan helped hold a banner for PFLAG Philadelphia at Philadelphia's 27th PrideDay LGBT Parade & Festival. It was her second year attending the event, as an ally and friend of LGBT people. An uncontainable energy swelled around the parade's starting location at 13th and Locust Streets in an area of the city known as "the Gayborhood.
May 23, 2015 |
While the president of the Boy Scouts of America made national news Thursday by saying that the organization should allow gay scoutmasters, local scout leaders were noncommittal about the idea. Daniel Templar, scout executive for the Cradle of Liberty Council, said his organization would abide by whatever decision was made nationally. "I'm not going to agree or disagree with those statements," Templar said of the remarks by Robert Gates that "we must deal with the world as it is, not as we might wish it to be," and that "any other alternative will be the end of us as a national movement.
May 22, 2015 |
PHILADELPHIANS are very protective of the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents. More so than any other city in America, including LGBT-friendly San Francisco and New York City, according to the Human Rights Campaign. For two years in a row, the national civil-rights group ranked Philadelphia No. 1 for its commitment to LGBT equality. And yet, voters here have never elected an openly gay candidate to City Council. Tuesday's primary election was supposed to be a watershed moment - or so LGBT leaders and supporters had hoped.
May 4, 2015 |
The former Lebanon, Pa., Methodist minister who was defrocked for officiating at his gay son's wedding and later reinstated says the issue does not seem as contentious in Pennsylvania now that gay marriage is legal in the state. Frank Schaefer, who became a national symbol for church reform on the issue, returned to the state Saturday to host an inclusivity conference at a Montgomery County church. "When the legislation changes, it changes people and attitudes," Schaefer said. He said that since gay marriage became legal in Pennsylvania, he had not seen protests when he speaks here, as he had in the past.
April 24, 2015 |
Q:I've always allowed my kids' friends to stay over. That's just the way I was raised. My parents let me and my sisters have sleepovers for our birthdays. My middle daughter, who is 17, came out to us late last year. We are close, but I wasn't expecting this. Her dad and I told her we still loved her and accepted her. But here's why I'm writing. She wants her girlfriend, who's a college freshman, to stay over after her prom because they plan on going to the beach the next day. It will save her a trip.
March 30, 2015 |
Sherrie Cohen, daughter of the late City Councilman David Cohen, is expected to receive the support of the Democratic City Committee in her bid for an at-large council seat, committee chairman Bob Brady said Saturday. The decision, made at a meeting Saturday afternoon, could be a significant differentiator in a crowded field to replace Councilman at-large Jim Kenney, who resigned his seat to run for mayor. Beyond the four Democratic incumbents running for reelection, 14 other Democrats are competing for an at-large seat.
March 20, 2015 |
Q: Why is there so much homosexuality on TV lately? I don't like it. But I feel like I can't say anything, because then people will say I'm homophobic. I'm not. I believe in equal rights, but those two guys going at it on "Empire" the other night really upset me. I don't want to see that. Mia: It's 2015. Turn the channel if you don't like what you see. And don't dis "Empire. " That sex scene was smoking! Steve: I was shocked at how much sex was in "Fifty Shades of Grey.
March 17, 2015 |
When Denise L. Eger was ordained in 1988, one could not be openly gay and a Reform rabbi. "I was very quiet about it," said Eger, a native of Memphis, Tenn. "My fellow classmates [at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York] knew, and some of my professors, but I didn't wave the rainbow flag. " On Monday, Eger, 55, will become the third woman and first openly gay president of the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR), the rabbinical arm of the Reform Judaism movement, which is holding is 126th convention at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel in Center City.
March 16, 2015 |
RABBI DENISE L. EGER has a long list of firsts in her 27 years of service. Eger was the first female and openly gay president of the Southern California Board of Rabbis. She was the founding president of the Lesbian, Gay & Bisexual Interfaith Clergy Association. She officiated at the first legal wedding in California for a lesbian couple. Another first will take place tomorrow morning at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel: Eger will be installed as the first openly gay president of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, the rabbinical arm of the Reform Judaism movement.
March 12, 2015 |
THE JURY sure didn't see any blurred lines. In Los Angeles, Marvin Gaye 's children were awarded nearly $7.4 million yesterday after a decision that Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams copied their father's music to create "Blurred Lines," the biggest hit song of 2013. Gaye's daughter Nona Gaye wept as the verdict was being read and was hugged by her attorney, Richard Busch . "Right now, I feel free," Nona Gaye said after the verdict. "Free from . . . Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke's chains and what they tried to keep on us and the lies that were told.