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February 10, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, Staff Writer
In sentencing Kathryn Knott to jail time instead of probation in an attack on a gay couple in Center City in 2014, a Philadelphia judge said Monday that the victim "could have been any of us. " "While there were homophobic slurs that initiated this event, it could have been any type of hateful slur," Common Pleas Court Judge Roxanne Covington said. The judge sentenced Knott, 25, of Southampton, Bucks County, to five to 10 months in jail and ordered her "to surrender now. " Knott shook and wept upon hearing her sentence and the judge's order that she go to jail immediately.
NEWS
February 5, 2016
Veteran civil rights lawyer Mary L. Bonauto wants it known that "millions of ordinary people, gay and straight," helped her make - and win - the case for marriage equality in America. Bonauto's first-ever argument before the U.S. Supreme Court yielded a historic ruling that secured the freedom to marry for LGBT couples nationwide in 2015. On Tuesday, she delivered the annual Rutgers Law School State Constitutional Law Lecture. A crowd of about 150 in the Rutgers-Camden Campus Center's multipurpose room gave her a standing ovation as Distinguished Professor Robert Williams welcomed her to the lectern.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 2, 2016
DEAR ABBY: My friend "Steve" is in his mid-20s and became a father a few months ago. He's happy and excited about it, and he's good with the baby. He has been living with the mother, "Nina," who is a few years older, for a while now. Nina is also a friend of mine, and this is her second child. My problem is that Steve told me some time before his son was born that he thinks he is gay. He wants to wait until Nina recovers from the pregnancy and finds a job before he tells her. I know he intends on being as big a part of the child's life as possible.
NEWS
January 29, 2016
DEAR ABBY: After 27 years of marriage, my wife told me she is attracted to other women. To my knowledge, she has acted on this only once. Every day I wonder where our relationship stands. One day she can't see herself without me; the next, she says we should divorce. I don't know if I should end this or wait to see where it goes. I will need counseling if we divorce, but currently I can't afford it. Yes, I love her, but what matters most to me is that she is happy. I don't have anyone else to talk to about this.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 27, 2016 | Howard Gensler
With talk of Oscar boycott in the air over the Academy's monochromatic nominations process, we thought we'd mention that the Academy is not only negligent in presenting awards to African-Americans. The number of Puerto Ricans who've won acting Oscars? Three. Jose Ferrer , Benicio Del Toro and Rita Moreno . Del Toro is the only winner in the last 50 years. The number of Asians who've won acting Oscars? Four. Yul Brynner , Ben Kingsley , Haing S. Ngor and Miyoshi Umeki . None in the last 30 years.
NEWS
January 3, 2016 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Staff Writer
A28-YEAR-OLD gay man who was walking his dog with friends yesterday in Center City said he was attacked by a group of drunken Mummers, who punched him in the face and called him a "f----t. " John Holtz of Philadelphia said he and two of his friends were on Rodman Street near Broad Street about 2 p.m., taking his parents' dog for a walk. He said the group noticed four or five men in full Mummers gear who were wearing patriotic colors and face paint. Holtz said that some of the Mummers were urinating in the alley and that all of them were "very intoxicated.
NEWS
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NEWARK, N.J. A New Jersey nonprofit that was sued for offering to turn gays to heterosexuals has been ordered to close down. A judge's ruling Friday granted a permanent injunction against Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing, known as JONAH. A Hudson County jury in June awarded damages to several men who had sued JONAH, claiming it engaged in fraud and made claims it couldn't back up. An attorney for the men Friday said the decision sends a message to providers of so-called gay conversion therapy that the practice is fraudulent.
NEWS
December 20, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Staff Writer
A PHILADELPHIA JURY yesterday convicted Kathryn Knott of four misdemeanor counts, but acquitted her of felony charges of aggravated assault in an attack on a gay couple in Center City last year. Knott, 25, bit her lips when the jury forewoman announced the guilty verdicts against her for one count each of simple assault and conspiracy to commit simple assault and two counts of reckless endangerment. Afterward, Knott sat at the defense table and wiped away tears with a tissue before getting up. She and her parents tearfully embraced in the courtroom gallery.
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.
NEWS
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.
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