June 18, 2002 |
IT'S BEEN, what, 35 years since ours paths crossed? But with the passing of writer Mildred Wirt Benson at 96, it was time to renew acquaintances with George Fayne. George was one of Nancy Drew's best friends, created by Benson in the 1930s under the pen name Carolyn Keene. Those of us who were tomboys - and grew up to realize we were lesbians - identified with George before we even knew what we were identifying with. Benson, who still worked at the Toledo Blade as a columnist when she died, is on record as denying her Nancy Drew mysteries had any lesbian subtext.
October 12, 1991 |
In 1969, when Carol Victoria Moore announced that her date for the senior prom was a girl, her strict Baptist mother scolded, "Are you still in that stupid stage?" To Moore, it was not stupid and it was not a stage. She was and is a lesbian, and that moment 22 years ago was the approximate beginning of a continuum of self-discovery and revelation that for her - and for most gays and lesbians - never ends. It's called coming out. Yesterday was National Coming Out Day, a time for gays and lesbians around the country to let friends, family and co-workers know who they really are. It was celebrated all week in Philadelphia with lectures, films, conferences and comedy.
December 28, 2012
Q: I was wondering if you could answer a question for me. My niece is a lesbian. She tells me she does not find men attractive. I get that part and really do not have any objections. I love her for who she is, not who she chooses to love. Last week, I met her "girlfriend" and I am really confused. This women binds her breasts, dresses like a man and has a man's haircut. Honestly, if I was not told she was a woman, I would have thought she was a man. I don't understand why lesbians try so hard to look and act like men if other lesbians don't find men attractive.
July 21, 1998 |
I'm sincerely happy for Anne Paulk. The wife and mother appears sincerely happy - at peace, even - with having found God and leaving behind her life as a lesbian. She went to great lengths - a full-page newspaper ad - to tell us how she led a destructive life as a lesbian until she learned the "truth" about homosexuality and turned her life over to God. Well, if that is her "truth," I truly am happy for her. Who am I to judge her way of life? She shared her version of the truth in the first of a series of ads published in national newspapers and paid for by a host of conservative religious organizations.
August 18, 2011 |
THIS IS ONE of those stories that make me want to say "I'm sorry" to gay people for the nonsense they endure from some heterosexuals who give the rest of us straight people a bad name. So please, Alix Genter, accept my heartfelt apology that you were denied the chance to purchase the wedding gown of your dreams from Here Comes the Bride. The manager of the salon, in Somers Point, N.J., said she didn't want to be associated with your pending "illegal action. " Yep, that's actually how she referred to your wedding, next July, to your longtime partner (whose name you asked me to withhold in this column, as she's publicity-shy)
December 2, 2004 |
A high-profile United Methodist Church trial opened yesterday with the prosecution insisting that the church cannot allow non-celibate lesbians to serve as ordained ministers. Addressing a jury of pastors, the Rev. Thomas Hall said that church rules required them to defrock the Rev. Beth Stroud, an associate pastor at First United Methodist Church of Germantown. "This may well be one of the most painful days of my life," Hall, the lead prosecutor, declared in the makeshift courtroom at a church retreat center near Pottstown.
February 11, 2009 |
On a bitter cold Saturday at Vesuvio, more than 400 people - gay guys and girls, transgender kids, hipster straights willing to experiment - heat up the South Philly nightspot. There's dancing on the tables, kissing by the billiard tables, huddled gatherings in every dark nook and corner - pretty spicy stuff for a Bella Vista Italian restaurant and disco. This is Tracy Buchholz's doing. "It's freaking incredible," Buchholz said of the Scene - a once-a-month party she created where girls dance on tables at the same time kids play pool.
October 9, 1995 |
These days, when companies are scrambling for every dollar, the numbers can't be ignored: 25 million potential customers, many of them in the prized DINK (double income, no kids) demographic, with $514 billion in annual income. That's the size and scope of the gay and lesbian market, one increasingly attractive to mainstream business, say advertising-agency owners Pam Derderian and Nancy Becker, partners in life and business. But it can be difficult to navigate the waters of good taste, doing advertising that appeals to gay clientele without offending them or their straight counterparts.
July 17, 1998 |
Lesbian stand-up comics and a cross-dressing heroin addict, a whip-lashing Norse dominatrix and gay porn stars, an award-winning author/AIDS casualty, and an adaptation of Truman Capote's Other Voices, Other Rooms . . . if this be July, it must be time for the Philadelphia International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, 12 days and nights of politically minded documentaries and frothy "guppie" features, transgendered sci-fi, and a Greek antinuclear beach-party...
April 21, 2004 |
Using silence to make a statement, thousands of students will refrain from talking today to protest the harassment of gays and lesbians in schools. A record number of students are expected to participate in the ninth annual Day of Silence, which started at the University of Virginia and is being observed this year at 3,000 schools and colleges. According to the organizers, about 300,000 students, a third more than last year, are expected to join in the protest, which is sponsored by GLSEN - the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network - and the U.S. Student Association.