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October 13, 2012 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Inquirer Staff Writer
As Chaz Bono recounted his transformation from cute little daughter of singers Sonny and Cher to the 43-year-old transgender man standing at the lectern, students at Penn State Abington recalled pieces of their own stories. For Richard Kirchenbauer, 60, it was the memory of seeing a 4-year-old Chastity Bono in Sonny Bono's arms during a performance at the old Valley Forge Music Fair. For Seonne Baylor, 23, it was coming out as a lesbian to her parents. For Erin Donnelly, 18, it was accepting a cousin who revealed that she was pansexual.
NEWS
September 10, 2012
In comedy, subtlety and timing separate what's raw from what's vulgar. Raw is the advice my dad gave me about loose women (date 'em). Vulgar is an anxiety-addled woman blurting out that she accidentally had sex with a chicken. The latter sort of line fills Jacqueline Goldfinger's Raw Stitch , where nine women hover around the stools in Quig's Pub at Plays & Players Theatre (rechristened the "bar of bad decisions") and deliver monologues on relationships and sex shared with men, women, priests, carloads of teenage boys, and, occasionally, farm animals.
NEWS
August 17, 2012 | By Eric Tucker and Ben Nuckols, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - A man who volunteered at a gay community center had a backpack full of Chick-fil-A sandwiches and a box of ammunition when he said "I don't like your politics" and shot a security guard at the headquarters of a conservative lobbying group, authorities revealed Thursday. The guard, Leonardo Johnson, 46, was resting comfortably at a hospital Thursday. Floyd Lee Corkins II, 28, was ordered held without bond on charges that he opened fire a day earlier inside the lobby of the Family Research Council, an influential conservative Christian group that has supported the president of the fast-food chain and his staunch opposition to same-sex marriage.
NEWS
August 15, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
BURLINGTON, VT. - A Vermont woman whose former lesbian partner fled the country with the daughter born while they were joined in a civil union is suing her and a Virginia pastor who helped them flee to Nicaragua. Janet Jenkins, of Fair Haven, filed the civil lawsuit Tuesday when a jury was announcing its guilty verdict against Mennonite pastor Kenneth Miller, who helped Lisa Miller and daughter Isabella flee. The Rev. Kenneth Miller of Stuarts Draft, Va., who is not related to Lisa Miller, says he's "willing to accept the consequences" of his actions.
NEWS
July 26, 2012 | By David Crary, Associated Press
NEW YORK - Pioneering astronaut Sally Ride, who relished privacy as much as she did adventure, chose an appropriately discreet manner of coming out. At the end of an obituary that she cowrote with her partner, Tam O'Shaughnessy, they disclosed to the world their relationship of 27 years. That was it. As details trickled out after Ride's death Monday, it became clear that a circle of family, friends, and coworkers had long known of the relationship and embraced it. For millions of others, who admired Ride as the first American woman in space, it was a revelation - and it sparked a discussion about privacy vs. public candor in regard to sexual orientation.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 13, 2012 | By Tirdad Derakhshani and INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Queer cinema finally has come into its own, says Ray Murray, cofounder of Philadelphia QFest, the region's leading festival of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender films, which opens Thursday night with director Terracino's romantic dramedy Elliot Loves.   "There are only a few films this year about coming out" of the closet, says Murray. "Those films have almost been retired, whereas 15 years ago they were the staple. " Adds Murray, "That is one of the greatest changes" since QFest was founded 18 years ago, "and it marks real progress.
NEWS
June 15, 2012 | By Pauline Jelinek, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - Last summer, gays in the military dared not admit their sexual orientation. This summer, the Pentagon will salute them, marking June as gay pride month just as it has marked other celebrations honoring racial or ethnic groups. In the latest sign of change since the military repealed the "don't ask, don't tell" policy, the Defense Department will soon hold its first event to recognize gay and lesbian troops. It comes nine months after repeal of the policy that had banned gays from serving openly and forced more than 13,500 service members out of the armed forces.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 5, 2012 | By Toby Zinman, FOR THE INQUIRER
So, what does the old misogynist have to say about lesbians? Surprisingly little. 1812 Productions gives us David Mamet's Boston Marriage, a mildly amusing comedy about two women whose relationship is discreetly termed a "Boston marriage," a 19th-century nicety of phrase. Anna (Suzanne O'Donnell) and Claire (Grace Gonglewski) are two wildly overdressed women who, as middle age creeps up on them, have strayed from each other. Anna has found a sugar daddy who has bestowed many goodies upon her, including a huge jewel hanging around her neck.
NEWS
April 8, 2012 | By Jessica Gresko, Associated Press
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Lawyers for a lesbian couple told Maryland's highest court that the state routinely grants divorces for couples who married in other states, and same-sex divorces should be no different. The case the judges heard Friday involves two women who married in California, but were denied a divorce in 2010 by a Maryland judge. The judge said the women's marriage was not valid under Maryland law, so he would not grant a divorce. Maryland does not currently allow same-sex weddings, but lawyers for the women told the seven-member court that it would be unprecedented for the state not to recognize gay marriages performed elsewhere and, therefore, to deny gay couples divorces.
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