September 17, 2014 |
A GROUP OF well-dressed college-age men and women apparently dined at an upscale Center City restaurant Thursday night before some of them brutally assaulted two gay men on the sidewalk just two blocks away. Internet sleuths Tuesday joined Philadelphia police and reward-givers in a hunt for the group of clean-cut 20-somethings linked to the shocking assault. The chase heated up after cops released video of about a dozen white men and women wanted for questioning in the attack on the two men, ages 27 and 28. That attack, at 10:45 p.m. Thursday on Chancellor Street near 16th, took place in front of stunned onlookers and sent the couple, together for six years, to Hahnemann University Hospital with bruises and, for one of them, severe facial fractures.
September 14, 2014 |
Two gay men were attacked by a group Thursday night in Center City in what might have been a hate crime and robbery, police said. The victims, ages 27 and 28, were walking in the area of 16th and Chancellor Streets around 10:45 when they were confronted by two males and six or seven females, said Capt. Frank Banford, commanding officer of Central Detectives. Someone in the group asked whether the men were a couple, Banford said. "Yes, do you have a problem?" one of the men replied, Banford said.
September 13, 2014 |
A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld New Jersey's ban on so-called gay conversion therapy for children, finding that the law, signed by Gov. Christie last year, does not violate the free speech or religious rights of counselors. In its opinion, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia upheld a federal court ruling, citing the state's "substantial interest in protecting its citizens from harmful or ineffective professional practices. " The law bans licensed counselors from using "sexual orientation change efforts" with clients under 18. The federal court disagreed with the lower court's finding that the law didn't affect speech, only conduct.
August 23, 2014 |
On the day Mark Segal saw the house in Society Hill, he knew instantly that he would buy it - and did, that very day. Few real estate deals happen that way, but this was back in 1994, and Segal, founder and publisher of the Philadelphia Gay News and a national leader in the gay rights/LGBT movement, had a life filled with drama and constant challenge. Segal admittedly needed a sanctuary, and he instantly found it in the 1970s, three-story house with a contemporary look and feel. "Every time I walk into the den, I feel myself decompressing," said Segal, who shares the house with his husband, Jason Villemez.
July 25, 2014 |
B RAD HURTADO , the organizer of gay weekend getaway Sand Blast, sent out an email yesterday saying that the people of Atlantic City were no problem for the massive three-day event, but the security at Harrah's during a Sunday party called Riptide were not as kind. "Their aggressive behavior and homophobic comments to some of our guests really damaged what was a great day at Riptide and I won't stand by and let them get away with it," Hurtado wrote. Hurtado asked for attendees to supply any other documented examples of harassment.
July 22, 2014 |
The question that hung in the overcast sky over Atlantic City was counterintuitive. Could this part-glitz, part-seedy, all-camp metropolis measure up to its tiny seashore neighbor Asbury Park? (In terms, that is, as host to one of the biggest gay beach parties on the East Coast.) Judging from the fierce crowd of men who gathered Saturday on the sand outside the Claridge Hotel - where the sunglasses were mirrored, the pectorals sculpted, and the bathing suits practically dermatological - and partied on through Sunday, the answer was, "Yes, girl!"
July 14, 2014 |
WHEN JANIS Geraghty, of Bridesburg, speaks of her son Michael, her eyes well up with tears of pride. "You meet him, you will love him; everybody loves him. But if you mention he's gay, some people back off," she said. "As a mother, I will do whatever I can to support him . . . anything. " Yesterday, part of that support meant standing in for her son at a blood drive, where she donated for the first time. At the Philadelphia Donor Center, on Spring Garden Street near 7th, gay and bisexual men from across the city came with allies to donate blood in their places as a part of the National Gay Blood Drive.
June 26, 2014 |
Frank Schaefer on Tuesday was reinstated as a Methodist minister by a church panel that found the Pennsylvania pastor was wrongly defrocked in December for officiating at his son's gay wedding. A committee of lay church members and clergy said Schaefer's sentence unjustly required a promise to uphold the church's laws in the future if he wished to receive back his ministering credentials at the end of a suspension. "Our clergy can only be punished for what they have been convicted of doing in the past, not for what they may or may not do in the future," the decision stated.
June 26, 2014 |
Kevin McNeal plans to honor his recent marriage proposal to partner Scott George traditionally - with a diamond ring. The bauble is platinum and rose gold, and the bling - a tiny piece of black ice in each of the squarish band's four corners - is understated. "It symbolizes my eternal love for my fiance," said McNeal, 50, a real estate agent who lives in Center City. "I think we needed something that tied us together; it shows our commitment. " Since a federal judge overturned Pennsylvania's 18-year-old ban on same-sex marriages last month, local jewelers have reported an uptick in so-called mangagement rings - engagement rings for men that are more masculine than the traditional diamond band worn by women.
June 22, 2014 |
BALTIMORE - A Methodist church panel on Friday weighed whether to reinstate Frank Schaefer, the Pennsylvania pastor defrocked after he officiated at his gay son's wedding, with some members making clear they questioned the penalty's legality under church law. During the hearing, the members grilled the pastor who prosecuted Schaefer's case about the punishment and how it was imposed, including whether Schaefer, of Lebanon, Pa., could be disciplined for...