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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.
NEWS
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
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
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
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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NEWS
August 24, 2015
D EAR ABBY: I am a lesbian, still in high school, who has not yet come out to any friends or family. I want them to know, but I'm afraid to tell them. I'm pretty sure this is who I am, and I don't want them to dismiss my identity. I also don't want them to think of me differently - I want to be the same person in their eyes as I was before I came out. They aren't homophobic to my knowledge, but I feel "stuck. " I have fairly bad social anxiety, so it's difficult for me to say anything.
NEWS
July 16, 2015 | By Mike Newall, Inquirer Columnist
"Character and common sense. " Those are the words Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput used to praise Waldron Mercy Academy's firing of a lesbian teacher for being married to her partner. Nothing controversial about it, Chaput said in a statement Monday. Nothing at all. Indeed, the archbishop is "very grateful" that the Sisters of Mercy canned Margie Winters, the Merion school's director of religious education, last month after a few parents complained about her marriage.
NEWS
July 15, 2015 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer medinar@phillynews.com, 215-854-5985
THE SISTERS OF Mercy order and Waldron Mercy Academy officials "showed character and common sense" in their decision to fire a school staffer who is in a same-sex marriage, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput said yesterday. The Archbishop was not alone in his support for Waldron Mercy Academy's dismissal of Margie Winters after eight years of employment. The Sisters of Mercy, which sponsors the Montgomery County Catholic school, also issued a bluntly worded letter to parents, telling them the Waldron Mercy decision is final.
NEWS
July 10, 2015 | Regina Medina, Daily News Staff Writer
THE LIKELY next mayor of Philadelphia has urged administrators at a Montgomery County Catholic elementary school to reinstate a gay teacher who was fired for her marriage to a woman. "Discrimination and hate have no place in the Church's teachings and certainly not in its schools," Democratic mayoral candidate Jim Kenney said in a statement released by his campaign yesterday. "I urge the school administrators to reinstate Margie Winters. " Winters, the popular religious education and outreach director at Waldron Mercy Academy in Merion Station, was fired last month after complaints about her marriage were lodged with the school and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
NEWS
July 9, 2015 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer medinar@phillynews.com, 215-854-5985
A RELIGIOUS-EDUCATION director at a Montgomery County Catholic school has been dismissed because, parents say, she is lesbian wedded to a woman. Many parents have voiced support for the educator, Margie Winters, director of religious education and outreach, calling her "inspirational" and "dedicated. " Now they're directing their ire not at the school and its sponsor, the Sisters of Mercy, but at the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and Archbishop Charles Chaput. "It's time to get the attention of the Archdiocese and the Catholic hierarchy and let them know this is illegal," said Katie Culver, who has three children at the school.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 24, 2015
D EAR ABBY: My mom turned 60 last month, and I hosted a party at her house for friends and family. As things were winding down, I took a break from cleaning up to look over the birthday cards from well-wishers that were displayed on a living-room table. Among them was a big, gorgeous card from "Cassie," a woman around my mother's age who I always thought was nothing more than an acquaintance. As I read the message she had written inside, my jaw dropped. While not pornographic, her message made clear that she and Mom have an intimate physical relationship that has been going on for a while.
NEWS
January 30, 2015 | By Steve and Mia
Q: My wife and I have been married for five years. We're in our mid-30s. I recently discovered that she has been viewing lesbian porn on our shared home computer. I was stunned. Our sex life is pretty good, but I feel there is plenty for me to be concerned about. Why wasn't my wife comfortable in sharing this with me? Is it possible that deep inside she may be dangerously close to trying a woman? Is it normal for women to fantasize about other women? How should I deal with this issue?
NEWS
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.
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