May 4, 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.
January 22, 2013 |
WAY IN THE future, when Emily Kesselman would think back on Jan. 21, 2013, would she want to think, "I'm glad I went to work this morning" or "I'm glad I marched in the 2013 inaugural procession"? That was the question posed by her stepfather when she was on the fence about marching. She could make Jan. 21 an average day, or she could make it extraordinary. She chose the latter. Kesselman and 13 other members of the Philadelphia Freedom Band, the city's only lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender band, will be down in Washington, D.C., Monday to celebrate the second inauguration of President Obama.
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.
October 13, 2012 |
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.
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.
August 17, 2012 |
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.
August 15, 2012 |
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.
July 26, 2012 |
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.
July 13, 2012 |
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.