November 11, 2014 |
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.
February 11, 2014 |
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.
October 16, 2013 |
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.
August 26, 2013 |
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.
July 31, 2013 |
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.
July 27, 2013 |
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.
July 10, 2013 |
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.
June 25, 2013 |
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?"
May 5, 2013 |
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.