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April 15, 1997 | By Debbie Woodell
Where would you have wanted your teen-age kids on a Saturday night a couple of summers ago - racing up and down country roads in souped-up cars and trucks or home watching "Truman" with the neighborhood lesbian couple? I like to pose that question when I hear how perverted the so-called gay lifestyle is. No, we weren't engaging in behavior that would make the Lord send down his wrath; my partner and I - history buffs - watched the drama about our 33rd president. Just one more example that gay families are no different from most folks.
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June 22, 1991 | By Idris M. Diaz, Inquirer Staff Writer
More than 300 people turned out last night for a $150-a-plate black-tie dinner to raise money to help secure full civil rights for gay men and lesbians and to push for stronger federal policies to combat AIDS. Last night's event is one of a series of similar affairs that will be held around the country to raise money for the Human Rights Campaign Fund. The organization is the largest lesbian and gay political organization in the country. The money raised last night will help the organization lobby Congress and support political candidates that support its goals.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 11, 2004 | By Carrie Rickey INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
In the frantic and farcical spirit of Pedro Almod?var, My Mother Likes Women is about three grown daughters of a Madrid concert pianist who comically conspire to break up their mother's affair with a classical musician young enough to be their sister. The eldest and youngest of the siblings are merely disapproving of their elegant mother's new liaison. But middle sister Elvira (Leonor Watling, the comatose lovely of Almod?var's Talk to Her), plunges into an emotional tailspin.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 12, 2003 | By Howard Shapiro INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Suddenly is an exceedingly long, 94-minute lesbian rampage movie, sort of, in Argentinian Spanish, and we are to think that somewhere in its gritty black-and-white footage there are nuggets of Meaning and several rings of Truth. I didn't find any of these, although the film kept asking me to try. I found, instead, a fabulous cast trapped in Diego Lerman's desultory movie about a sad and sincere Buenos Aires woman named Marcia (Tatiana Saphir) who works in an underwear shop and is accosted on the street by two aimless, horrid women named Mao (Carla Crespo)
ENTERTAINMENT
April 16, 1993 | By Carrie Rickey, INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
Like a certain celebrated TV taproom about to make its last call, Maud's was a place where everyone knew your name. Not to mention your sexual preference. On the fringe of San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury district, itself on the fringe of the Bay Area social carpet, Maud's was a gals-only bar - a Sapphic Cheers that from 1966 to 1989 catered to San Francisco's lesbian community. The pretext of the affectionate documentary Last Call at Maud's is to chronicle the 23-year history of this watering hole where everyone from singer Janis Joplin to San Francisco Police Commissioner Gwenn Craig tossed back a few. But the subtext of this modest production is to provide a thumbnail sketch of the civil rights indignities endured and protests waged by the lesbian community since the postwar period.
NEWS
February 12, 2008 | By Toby Zinman FOR THE INQUIRER
Somewhere between a Jewish wedding and a very small circus, Sara Felder's June Bride, now at the Painted Bride Art Center, is an entertaining and good-natured one-woman show. Like Felder's Out of Sight last year, June Bride is autobiographical. Felder's m.o. is to tell a story about a major event in her life while punctuating the narrative with some impressive juggling (balls, cleavers, scarves, boxes). The event this time is her marriage to Dev, and the complications of two women planning a traditional Jewish wedding, chuppah and all. "I always wanted a wedding," Felder says "- a big, beautiful, loud, happy, traditional, lesbian, Jewish wedding.
NEWS
January 8, 1993 | by Sasha Alyson, From the New York Times
Two books published by my company, "Daddy's Roommate" and "Heather Has Two Mommies," are in the middle of the controversy surrounding New York's the "Children of the Rainbow" first-grade curriculum. The controversy, of course, is coming from adults. Many New York school boards, led by Queens District 24, have rebelled against Chancellor Joseph Fernandez' call for a curriculum that includes references to lesbians and gay men - and that includes our books on a suggested reading list.
NEWS
September 17, 2003 | DEBBIE WOODELL
RED. That's the first color I think of when I think of the Man in Black. Red was the color of the Columbia Records labels on my grandparents' Johnny Cash records. You might wonder what a lesbian who was born and raised in South Jersey has to do with Johnny Cash, the country music superstar who died Friday at 71. Well, my story probably is like that of a lot of kids who lived through the '60s, gay and straight. Growing up, my brother and I often slept over at my grandparents' while my parents went off and did whatever parents do when the kids aren't around.
NEWS
March 26, 2007
DEBBIE WOODELL says in her op-ed that author Kittredge Cherry did not write her novel "Jesus in Love" to advance the cause of lesbian and gay rights. But the evidence says otherwise. What other reason would there be? There is no evidence to prove Jesus was gay, straight or attracted to others. This is fiction, just like "The Da Vinci Code" and the anti-Christian left swallows it hook, line and sinker. What rights are the gay community lacking? After all, they can get married, have health benefits, even their own parade.
NEWS
August 31, 2011
RE columnist Ronnie Polaneczky's "Store Dresses Down Bride for Being a Lesbian" : How can anyone make such a staunch claim of identity based upon something as precarious, if not frivolous, as the human sexual appetite? Worse yet, why should anyone support those who have estranged themselves from the rest of humanity? That's right. I said "estranged. " If that weren't the case, then why do gays use the term "straight allies"? Moreover, if gays see us as enemies, why don't they just fight to win our minds by engaging in intelligent dialogue about what makes a person gay?
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November 11, 2014 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
Terry Mutchler, executive director of Pennsylvania's Office of Open Records, has spent the last decade working to increase transparency in government - a paradoxical position for a woman who spent the most formative years of her life hiding deep, dark secrets. As a young journalist in Illinois, Mutchler fell in love with a state senator. It was a clear ethics breach, but the larger problem was that they were both women at a time when homosexuality was far less accepted. They moved in together, began working together, and considered themselves married - all while going to extraordinary lengths to hide their relationship.
SPORTS
February 11, 2014 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
AUSTRIA'S DANIELA Iraschko-Stolz wants to focus on the women's normal hill ski-jumping event that starts tomorrow. But people keep asking her questions about being gay in a country that doesn't tolerate homosexuality. Yesterday, she tried to put the issue to rest. The 30-year-old Iraschko-Stolz, who married her partner, Isabel Stolz, last year, was asked if she was treated differently in Sochi. "No, on the contrary, I think everything is being blown up bigger than it is," she told reporters.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 16, 2013 | By Jim Rutter, For The Inquirer
Director Krista Apple undertook no easy task in her lesbian version of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet now being presented by Curio Theatre Company. Unlike Joe Calarco's Shakespeare's R&J , which rewrote the plot to introduce budding homosexual affections between students at an all-boys school, Apple changed little. Romeo is a woman, Juliet falls in love with her, both suffer from the war between their families. The problems here don't lie in the performances. Rachel Gluck delivers a lovable Romeo, her throaty voice and aggressive mannerisms a nice foil to Isa St. Clair's lovely portrayal of innocence.
NEWS
August 26, 2013 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Sophie Forge and Leigh Braden settled down to start a family, they knew they would be living on a legal tightrope. In the United States, the two women could not marry, but they could have a child together and share full parental rights. In Forge's native France, they would enjoy expansive domestic-partnership rights, but she could not be recognized as the mother of their child, who was born to Braden. In 2008, while Braden was pregnant with their son, Benjamin, there was talk of bankruptcy at the software company that employed Forge.
NEWS
July 31, 2013 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
A federal judge in Philadelphia ruled Monday that the lesbian spouse - and not the parents - of a deceased city lawyer should receive the proceeds of her firm's profit-sharing plan. U.S. District Judge C. Darnell Jones II said the nearly $49,000 payment that Sarah Ellyn Farley earned at Cozen O'Connor belonged to her spouse as a result of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision last month to invalidate the federal Defense of Marriage Act. "Following the court's ruling," Jones wrote, "the term spouse is no longer unconstitutionally restricted to members of the opposite sex, but now rightfully includes those same-sex spouses in 'otherwise valid marriages.' " Farley worked six years at the firm's Chicago office and never in Pennsylvania.
NEWS
July 27, 2013 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
An update to Rutgers University's online biography of its new athletic director, Julie Hermann, caused a stir Thursday as media outlets began to pick up on its last sentence: "Hermann and her partner Dr. Leslie Danehy are the proud parents of a 7-year-old son, Aidan. " Danehy is an emotional-intelligence coach and consultant, according to an online biography. Asked by ESPN about the relationship, Hermann said she was "really blessed to have a wonderful family, and we're excited to become part of the Rutgers community.
NEWS
July 10, 2013 | By Alfred Lubrano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Maria Aviles believes she's poor because she's a lesbian. The pharmaceutical firm where she was a data-entry worker fired her several years ago, he said, because bosses weren't comfortable having her and her lover on the same staff. Now Aviles, 50, a mother of two teenagers, is unemployed and living in poverty in North Philadelphia. Her lover is long gone. "It's harder if you're a lesbian," said Aviles. "And my children are depressed. We're really struggling. " In the movies and on television shows that shape how people see American culture, lesbians and gays are often portrayed as middle- and upper-middle-class people, sophisticated and secure.
NEWS
June 25, 2013 | By Jeff Gammage, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Carol Wolf and Ana Maria Garcia went shopping for wedding outfits, they effectively outed themselves at every store. Yes, they were getting married - to each other. "And I have to say," Wolf said, "we met nothing but joy and happiness. " Which was something of a relief. To be gay, she said, can be to live in wait of the next insult or poor joke. It took years for Wolf's church, the Quaker meeting in Abington, to endorse the concept of same-sex marriage. When it did, people immediately turned to her and Garcia: "So when are you getting married?"
NEWS
May 5, 2013 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
State Rep. Brian K. Sims, the first openly gay candidate to win a legislative election in Pennsylvania, recently was asked by another lawmaker to explain a proposed antidiscrimination measure. " 'Tell me about your gay bill,' " Sims recalled Rep. Mario Scavello, a Monroe County Republican, asking him on the floor of the House. Three other Republicans who were nearby listened as Sims argued that it was overdue for Pennsylvania to add sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of protected categories such as race, religion, age, and disability.
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