April 23, 2016 |
Mayor Kenney has banned nonessential business travel by city employees to North Carolina and Mississippi after the states enacted controversial laws that critics say discriminate against LGBT people. "They're going to learn as a state that the powers of good and decency are well overpowering those of discrimination and hate," Kenney said Thursday. "And they're going to lose a lot of money as a result of making this stupid decision. " The mayor notified employees of the change in an email Wednesday, according to his spokeswoman, Lauren Hitt.
April 12, 2016
DEAR ABBY: I have a friend, "Ed," who dated a woman who put him down regularly. He was often depressed, and we would discuss what was wrong. Eventually I told him I didn't think she was good for him and he should end it. Instead, he became reluctant to tell me if anything was wrong. When they got engaged, everyone was shocked. Ed explained it by saying they had been dating for several years so an engagement seemed "logical. " Although many of his friends thought he was making a mistake, we offered our congratulations and support.
March 16, 2016 |
When Cape May County's LGBT organization was asked to sponsor a needleworking group, Craig van Baal was reluctant. "He said it might perpetuate a stereotype - a bunch of queens sitting around knitting," recalls fiber artist Francesca Geores. But she persisted, and van Baal, vice president of GABLES, came to realize that knitting for charity was an endeavor that could attract all sorts of people. "I went back to our mantra," he says. "We are the gay group doing good things for the entire community.
March 8, 2016
ISSUE | CAMPAIGN 2016 Lincoln a Democrat? Signe Wilkinson's editorial cartoon depicted Abraham Lincoln dangling Donald Trump distastefully at arm's length (Wednesday). The Republican Party hasn't been the party of Lincoln for a long time. Republicans still use him as their claim to fame; however, if Lincoln were alive today, he would surely be a Democrat. He would want a higher minimum wage; health care for everyone; protections for the planet; respect for all people, including the LGBT community; and equal opportunity for all. Sherry Milke, Harleysville
February 22, 2016 |
Edwin "Ed" Bomba, 61, of Philadelphia, an advocate for the disabled, people with AIDS, and those with alternative lifestyles - especially as they aged - died of complications from surgery Wednesday, Feb. 17, at Pennsylvania Hospital. Mr. Bomba was "there from the very get-go" for those fighting AIDS, said longtime friend Heshie Zinman. Diagnosed with HIV in the 1980s, Mr. Bomba had hearing loss and was partially blind. He used a cane to get around and in the last year was aided by a service dog named Cooper.
February 19, 2016 |
A lawyer for Kathryn Knott on Wednesday asked a judge to reconsider the Bucks County woman's jail sentence for a 2014 attack on a gay couple in Center City that drew national attention. As an alternative to being locked up, attorney William Brennan suggested that 25-year-old Knott could perform a public-service announcement "where she could take the infamy of the arrest and maybe heal some wounds. " Knott was sentenced Feb. 8 to five to 10 months in county prison by Common Pleas Court Judge Roxanne Covington after being convicted by a jury in December on four misdemeanor counts but acquitted of felony aggravated assault.
January 4, 2016 |
A Mummers brigade that itself stirred criticism for a New Year's Day act that made fun of transgender celebrity Caitlyn Jenner apologized Saturday for one of its members, who was caught on video yelling a profane slur about homosexuals. "I find myself, as do many many members of Finnegan NYB, wholeheartedly apologizing for the abrasive, gross, and disturbing action of one of our members who, unfortunately, took it upon himself to embarrass us all with his conduct," Finnegan NYB captain Michael J. Inemer Sr. told Philly.com in an email.
November 5, 2015 |
Philadelphia voters approved two changes to the City Charter on Tuesday, making a permanent city post to advocate for LGBT issues, and reorganizing the departments that handle planning and development. The Mayor's Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Affairs has been a temporary city office since Mayor Nutter created it by executive order in 2008. The ballot question, introduced as legislation by City Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown, will make that office permanent. "Like the voters' decision last spring to make the Office of Sustainability a permanent part of our government, I am excited that voters today have decided to make permanent the Office of LGBT Affairs," Nutter said in a statement.
October 28, 2015 |
Two changes to the city's Home Rule Charter approved this year by City Council and Mayor Nutter will be put before Philadelphia voters on Tuesday. One would make the mayor's Office of LGBT Affairs a permanent fixture; the other would create a cabinet-level Department of Planning and Development to oversee functions now handled by a host of bodies. Voters will also be asked whether the city should borrow $155.9 million to cover capital expenses. LGBT Affairs. The Mayor's Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Affairs, created by a Nutter executive order in 2008, would become a permanent city office if this ballot question passes.
October 23, 2015 |
RUTH WOODS is always polite, but increasingly I've picked up a tinge of dread in her voice when I call. Hi, Ruth. Hiii , Helen. Woods knows why I'm calling. It's the same reason I've called on and off for two years: Diamond Williams, the transgender woman she insists on referring to as her grandson, Mark Woods. By many accounts Williams did not have an easy life. By all accounts, her last few hours on Earth were hell. Williams, 31, was killed in July 2013 by a john who used a hatchet and screwdriver to dismember her and then dumped her remains in a vacant lot in North Philadelphia.