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December 18, 2015 | By Jeff Gammage, Staff Writer
The chairperson of Valley Youth House reiterated the group's support for its new CEO on Wednesday, following a news conference to formally introduce Tom Harrington. Harrington previously led the Cradle of Liberty Council of the Boy Scouts of America, a group the city once sought to evict because its policy then banned gay members and leaders. Youth House does extensive work with gay youths, particularly those who are homeless. "We intend to keep doing what we're doing," serving youths in need, said chairperson Lesley Fallon.
NEWS
December 18, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Staff Writer
NO VERDICT YET for Kathryn Knott, the 25-year-old woman accused of inciting and participating in an assault on a gay couple in Center City last year. Jurors deliberated for a second day Thursday, and about 4:15 p.m. they wanted to go home. The Philadelphia Common Pleas panel of eight women and four men will resume deliberations Friday morning. Knott, 25, of Southampton, Bucks County, faces two counts each of aggravated assault, simple assault and reckless endangerment. She also faces one count of conspiracy to commit aggravated assault.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 17, 2015 | By Samantha Melamed, Staff Writer
It's been a tough year for proponents of gay-conversion therapy: In 2015, 18 state legislatures considered or enacted laws against ex-gay therapy for minors, a program promising to turn gay men straight was deemed a fraud by a New Jersey civil court, and even President Obama condemned the practice. So it's fitting that, in its twilight, the ex-gay movement is now the subject of a new history, by Temple University sociologist Tom Waidzunas. The Straight Line: How the Fringe Science of Ex-Gay Therapy Reoriented Sexuality , released by the University of Minnesota Press, documents the evolution and decline of "reorientation" - which began with early experiments like induced seizures, electroshock, and aversion therapy, and continued in the mainstream psychology community well into the 2000s.
NEWS
December 17, 2015 | By Jeff Gammage, STAFF WRITER jgammage@phillynews.com 215-854-4906 @JeffGammage
The former head of the Cradle of Liberty Council Boy Scouts, a group the city sought to evict because its policy banned gays, has been hired to lead a nonprofit that helps gay youths. Thomas Harrington will be introduced Wednesday as the new CEO of Valley Youth House, an Allentown-based organization with offices and initiatives in Philadelphia. In an interview, Harrington said the policy that disallowed gay scouts was set by the national Boy Scouts of America and had no bearing on his new role at Youth House, which, among other programs, helps gay, lesbian, and transgender youths find jobs, housing, and comfort in their own identities.
NEWS
December 8, 2015
A LOT CAN happen in a year. Just ask Braeden Lange. Twelve months ago, he was a typical sixth-grader working on his lacrosse game and getting picked on by his older brother. Now he's a role model, having received thousands of letters and texts from people who say his bravery in the face of adversity has inspired them. It all started back in February. Braeden, 12, was in a group-texting session with a large group of friends, one of whom kept cracking gay jokes. Suddenly, he'd had enough.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 26, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Joe Jonas on his gay fans Joe Jonas says he's been to gay dance clubs - quite by accident - but always had a great time. "We went out with some of our friends who are gay," Jonas tells Pride Source. "I just think we live in a world where obviously it's not a big deal . . . you can have fun wherever you go. " Jonas, whose former lovers include Victoria's Secret model Gigi Hadid , is fully aware his new disco band, DNCE , draws plenty of gay fans. "A lot of guys come out to the shows, some gay guys as well, and I love that," he says.
NEWS
November 25, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer
REMEMBER THOSE alleged anti-gay tweets posted by Kathryn Knott, one of the three Bucks County defendants charged in last year's assault on a gay couple in Center City? Well, they can be introduced at Knott's assault trial next month, a judge ruled Tuesday. A Common Pleas jury is expected to hear that Knott, 25, of Southampton, had posted the following on her @kathryn_knott Twitter account: * "@krisssstenxoxo the ppl we were just dancing with just turned and mafe out with eatch other #gay #ew" * "jazz flute is for little fairy boys" * "@g0_nads he's gonna rip me today for my hair..just wait.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 21, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
It is perhaps no surprise to learn that matinee idol Tab Hunter, the clean-cut, clean-living boy-next-door who drove young female fans into fits of ecstasy, was a fabrication created by the Hollywood image machine. No such man existed. Or could exist, as we learn from Tab Hunter Confidential , an engaging, if uneven, new film from the remarkably prolific documentarian Jeffrey Schwarz ( I am Divine , Vito , Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story ). Tab Hunter was the real-life fictional role foisted on a young, shy, gay New Yorker named Andrew Kelm.
NEWS
November 4, 2015
HE LIED. We suspected as much, but now Philly boxer Yusaf Mack is outright admitting that he lied about being drugged into doing gay sex for a XXX-rated porn flick. "I was ashamed," the former champ told me yesterday. "I'm sorry for lying. I've always been curious. " By now, you've probably heard about Mack and the infamous "Holiday Hump'n" sex tape circulating that shows him engaging in a steamy threesome with two other hunky men. It's been the talk. Not just in Philly but nationwide.
NEWS
October 27, 2015 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
CLAUDIA Brenner survived five gunshot wounds from a deranged mountain man near the Appalachian Trail - only to be humiliated on the witness stand by a defense lawyer who wanted to portray Brenner and her dead girlfriend as reckless lesbians who might've brought the shooting on themselves. Brenner's girlfriend, Rebecca Wight, 28, was killed that day in 1988 along the Rocky Knob Trail in south-central Pennsylvania. The gunman, Stephen Roy Carr, was convicted of first-degree murder and is serving a life prison sentence.
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