June 18, 2014 |
ATLANTIC CITY - In a quest to get its historically gay vibe back, Atlantic City's first openly gay mayor on Monday designated an official gay beach. It's a familiar spot: Park Place, the site of the original gay beach in Atlantic City, the iconic second-most-valuable spot on the Monopoly board, and, now, a beach with a rainbow flag flying at its entrance off the Boardwalk. "It represents Atlantic City coming of age," Mayor Don Guardian, 61, said after placing the rainbow flag on the wooden archway.
May 23, 2014
GOV. CORBETT has said he won't appeal the judicial fiat legalizing same-sex bliss between the Alleghenys and the Poconos. He has done exactly what our long-tressed attorney general has done and abdicated his duty to Pennsylvanians who care about the rule of law. So it's fairly certain that Adam and Steve and Madame and Eve can start wiggling to the electric boogaloo. There is, I say with the manic certainty of Davy Crockett at the Alamo, hope to live and fight another day. But I gotta tell you, it's looking fairly grim at the moment.
April 16, 2014 |
Dementia is terrible for everyone, but elderly people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) face extra problems, says Ed Bomba, communications chair for the LGBT Elder Initiative in Philadelphia. Many have spent much of their lives in the closet and fear discrimination by medical or social service providers or even the people they might live with in nursing homes. "We don't have children, as a rule. We don't have partners, as a rule, as we age," Bomba said. Many older LGBT people were rejected by their families and have created support systems of friends.
April 3, 2014 |
District Attorney Seth Williams on Tuesday led the first of a series of forums to improve relations between law enforcement and the lesbian and gay community in Philadelphia. The focus of the forum, held at the District Attorney's Office, was safety and crime prevention, but it reflected a trend in law enforcement to better serve and be sensitive to the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) community. The Police Department recently established a policy to be more respectful to people who are transgendered.
March 6, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA Sometime between now and April 8, Philadelphia's Democratic ward leaders will get together and handpick a candidate expected to win a seat on City Council in a special election in May. In a city where being a Democratic incumbent often means having a job for life, the choice made by those ward leaders could be one residents will have to live with for a long time. But those are the rules for filling a vacant at-large Council seat, and there has been an empty chair since Bill Green resigned this year to lead the School Reform Commission.
December 20, 2013 |
CALLING IT a "major step in the right direction" for the gay community, state Rep. Brian Sims applauded the governor yesterday for siding with his anti-discrimination bill, which has been floundering in a state House committee for nearly three years. In a move considered atypical of his administration, Gov. Corbett has publicly backed two pieces of legislation that would put an end to discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in employment, housing and public accommodations.
December 3, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA likes to tout itself as among the nation's gay-friendliest places. And in fact, Philly this year aced a "municipal-equality index" compiled by the LGBT-advocacy group Human Rights Campaign on almost 300 cities nationwide, a study that examined everything from hate-crime statistics to employee benefits for same-sex couples to the number of openly gay municipal leaders. Come next month, Philly will mark another LGBT milestone when the John C. Anderson Apartments open on 13th Street between Spruce and Locust.
July 26, 2013 |
MAYBE IT'S BECAUSE there have been so many rallies lately - for Trayvon Martin, for victims of urban violence. But there was a familiar attitude among those who stood vigil for a transgender woman allegedly butchered by a john in Strawberry Mansion: The media ignore us, and when they don't, they disrespect and misrepresent us. Society views us as disposable, expendable. I didn't totally disagree. But, as I stood in the crowd listening to friends and advocates mourn Diamond Woods, I wondered: If we can't even manage to care about the deaths of people we should be able to relate to - children - what chance do people often viewed as spectacles and freaks have at getting our attention, let alone our sympathy?
July 22, 2013
With the legal rights of gay couples in limbo in many states despite fast-growing acceptance of same-sex marriage, many LGBT patients want to know what their hospital experience will be like. Will same-sex partners have the same visitation rights as family, for example? At Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, they will. Jefferson was the only general hospital in Philadelphia to win top marks in an annual survey by the Human Rights Campaign, the educational arm of the largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender group in the country.
July 1, 2013 |
This year's Gay Pride Month was capped off with a present on marriage equality from the Supreme Court. For me, a marshal at the first gay pride march in New York 44 years ago, this was an amazing moment. Back then, we didn't know if the city would give us a permit for a march. We didn't know if we'd make it through the day without violence. Then, there were no openly lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) characters on TV. No politicians supported gay rights; no elected gay officials were out. Churches called us sinners; police harassed us. Showing affection in public might result in arrest, the loss of your job, or physical violence.