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March 20, 2015 | By Steve and Mia
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.
NEWS
March 17, 2015 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
March 16, 2015 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer, medinar@phillynews.com, 215-854-5985
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 12, 2015 | By Howard Gensler
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.
NEWS
February 13, 2015 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
A New Jersey judge has ruled that describing homosexuality as a mental disorder in selling conversion therapy services violates the state's consumer-fraud protection laws. The ruling is the first time a judge in the United States has found that as a matter of law, homosexuality is a normal variation of human sexuality and not a disease or disorder, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, a prominent civil rights group whose lawsuit spurred the judge's order. "It's a tremendous moment in American law," said David Dinielli, the center's deputy legal counsel.
NEWS
December 31, 2014
ISSUE | MEDICAL POT For the children The arbitrary classification of cannabis as a prohibited drug because it is habit-forming prevents children with ravaging diseases from pursuing the happiness promised by the nation's founders ("Desperate to get pot for ill kids," Dec 22). Isn't it more humane to exchange a child's suffering from dozens of seizures daily for a child almost seizure-free when the only price is having a marijuana habit? The public must demand the national legalization of medical marijuana.
NEWS
December 18, 2014 | By Dylan Purcell, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Philadelphia judge Tuesday ordered two men and a woman to stand trial on charges that they assaulted a gay couple in Center City in a case that stirred national attention. Philip Williams, 24, of Warminster; Kevin Harrigan, 26, of Warrington; and Kathryn Knott, 24, of Southampton, will face charges of aggravated assault, conspiracy, and related offenses after a preliminary hearing before Municipal Court Judge Charles Hayden. According to testimony by Zachary Hesse, 28, one of the victims, the confrontation began around 10:45 p.m. Sept.
NEWS
December 18, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
DEFENSE ATTORNEYS for three Bucks County young adults accused of assaulting two gay men in Center City in September argued in court yesterday that their clients either threw a punch, pointed fingers or exchanged heated words. All claimed that their clients had no part in leaving one of the victims with a broken jaw, two broken cheek bones and barely conscious following the Sept. 11 clash at 16th and Chancellor streets. Assistant District Attorney Michael Barry vigorously argued that the defendants - Kathryn Knott, 24; Philip Williams, 24; and Kevin Harrigan, 26 - pelted the couple with anti-gay slurs before participating in the beating, which made international headlines.
NEWS
November 23, 2014 | By Wendy Rosenfield, For The Inquirer
A year ago this week, Methodist minister Frank Schaefer was defrocked for officiating at his oldest son Tim's same-sex wedding. Curio Theatre Company's The Matter of Frank Schaefer , a documentary theater-style look at the furor surrounding his trials, both literal and figurative, presents an imperfect, though compelling, account of a man asking "What would Jesus do?" Jesus, as we well know, put up with a whole lot of trouble for doing the right thing, and so did Schaefer. A choir director who resigned just before the story broke sent her son, Jon Boger, to investigate Schaefer's off-the-record activities and insinuate his involvement in some unseemly behavior with another congregant.
NEWS
October 23, 2014 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia could soon have laws that define attacks on gay and disabled people as hate crimes, ban the sale and possession of realistic-looking toy guns, and increase the penalties for selling BB guns to minors. Following a nearly three-hour meeting, City Council's Committee on Public Safety approved three bills and sent them for a vote to the full Council. The hate-crime addition to the City Code, triggered by the Sept. 11 assault on a gay couple in Center City, is expected to be approved by Council, and Mayor Nutter has been sympathetic to issues concerning the LGBT community in the past.
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