Living: February 2013


Isn't Today a Journalism Holiday?

Filed by Bil Browning | February 28, 2013 | 12:35 PM | comments

If you could create a new holiday, what would it celebrate?Read More


What You Need To Know for 2/27/12

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | February 27, 2013 | 10:00 AM | comments

Seeking info on pictures from a gay wedding in the 50s, Katie Couric does a show on trans* kids, marriage equality advances in IL, and more. Read More

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Santa Monica High School Students Protest Westboro Baptist Church

Filed by Karen Ocamb | February 26, 2013 | 2:00 PM | comments

When a handful of Westboro Baptist Church members showed up to picket Santa Monica High School Monday to protest "brutal teachers & hateful parents" who "have broken the moral compass of this generation," hundreds of students protested back.Read More

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Mahony Heads to Rome as Catholic Church Scandals Widen

Filed by Karen Ocamb | February 25, 2013 | 4:30 PM | comments

The Roman Catholic Church seems to be coming apart at its brocade seams - thanks to the seemingly unending child sexual abuse scandal, another revelation of "inappropriate" behavior by a priest and allegations of a gay underground at the Vatican.Read More


Can We Get Better Gay Web Series Please?

Filed by Viktor Kerney | February 25, 2013 | 12:00 PM | comments

While it's a good thing to see LGBT stories and actors at work, it's almost painful to watch these mini-episodes about nothing exciting or entertaining.Read More


Oscar Afterglow Edition [What You Need To Know]

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | February 25, 2013 | 10:00 AM | comments

CNN runs a decent trans*-related piece, Texas may move against schools offering DP benefits, Ecuador's president apologizes to LGBT people, more Ugandans our outed in the paper, and more. Read More


One Year Sick & Then Not: On the Social Construction of Homosexuality as 'Disease'

Filed by Guest Blogger | February 24, 2013 | 3:00 PM | comments

Our intent: to declare war on the psychiatric profession for the atrocities, the colonization, the "professional" malpractice it had perpetrated over the preceding century in the name of "science," the biological and psychological pathologizing of sexual and gender transgressive people. Read More

I Whip My Hair... & Burn It Off

Filed by Mark S. King | February 22, 2013 | 1:00 PM | comments

If you'd like to add to your Friday joy -- or jump start your weekend with a good laugh -- you just got it. Read More


You'll Get Goosebumps

Filed by Bil Browning | February 22, 2013 | 11:30 AM | comments

I found this after my friend, Adam, posted it on Facebook. His comment about the video sums it up completely... "Goosebumps. Fucking goosebumps. Tears in my eyes. Beauty."Read More

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Playing Catch Up Edition [What You Need To Know]

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | February 22, 2013 | 10:00 AM | comments

Jon Huntsman argues that the GOP has to embrace mariage, a gay man is attacked on a New York subway, the Oscars could use some more gay, and more. Read More


Where Would I Be Without the Library? [Part 2]

Filed by Terrance Heath | February 21, 2013 | 2:30 PM | comments

I can't imagine a world without public libraries, and I don't want to. So, it disturbed to read that a best-selling author in Britain says that libraries have "had their day,""have been around too long," and are "no longer relevant."Read More


Time Well Spent

Filed by Mark Segal | February 21, 2013 | 11:30 AM | comments

This has been an exciting time to be gay in Philly - even if it's been a lot of work. From a large LGBT media gathering to the new LGBT senior center, it's been a long road worth every drop of sweat.Read More

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Top Papal Candidate Blames Child Sex Abuse Scandal on Gays

Filed by John M. Becker | February 21, 2013 | 10:00 AM | comments

As far as Cardinal Turkson is concerned, the Catholic Church's worldwide sexual abuse crisis isn't caused by pedophilia, but by homosexuality.Read More


Where Would I Be Without the Library?

Filed by Terrance Heath | February 20, 2013 | 2:10 PM | comments

Libraries have always been important to me. So, it disturbed to read that a best-selling author in Britain says that libraries have "had their day," "have been around too long," and are "no longer relevant."Read More


On Being a Pagan in America

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | February 19, 2013 | 1:00 PM | comments

Classical paganism encourages people to question everything (which is how our ancients made so many key scientific discoveries). So my definition of paganism may differ from others.Read More


The Increasingly Strange Case of Uncle Poodle

Filed by Mark S. King | February 19, 2013 | 11:00 AM | comments

In the course of a few short months, Lee Thompson ("Uncle Poodle" to reality TV watchers) has managed to personify a variety of hot button issues among gay men today.Read More


The Economics of Risky Sex & Love

Filed by Alex Blaze | February 18, 2013 | 5:00 PM | comments

Instead of assuming irrationality, maybe the benefit to sex and love is bigger than we generally imagine. If people were just looking for some fun or to pass the time, they'd choose activities with a lower cost. Like sky-diving or yachting or alligator-wrestling.Read More


My Stonewall Story

Filed by Mark Segal | February 18, 2013 | 3:30 PM | comments

Sitting down at his desk he leaned towards me and said, "Read in the Inquirer that you were at Stonewall. What was it like?"Read More

The Greatest American President [Open Thread]

Filed by Bil Browning | February 18, 2013 | 12:30 PM | comments

It's President's Day, the holiday where Americans nationwide celebrate the fact that some workers have the day off while the rest of us plug away at the daily grind. Or is that Labor Day?Read More


Flash Mobs Do 'Condom-Style' Dance for International Condom Day

Filed by Karen Ocamb | February 17, 2013 | 12:30 PM | comments

If you were in a high-trafficked part of a major city in one of 26 countries last Wednesday, you might have caught a "Condom Flash Mob" dancing to a safer sex version of PSY's international hit "Gangnam Style."Read More


The 'You Have a Purpose' Project

Filed by Annette Gross | February 17, 2013 | 10:00 AM | comments

Once again, Indiana is embroiled in a situation that leaves our LGBT kids wondering if they really matter. Those of us in LGBT and allied groups in and around Indianapolis discussed how best to approach this issue. Rev. Marie Siroky came up with a perfect solution.Read More

The Floor Is Yours: Playing Hooky

Filed by Bil Browning | February 15, 2013 | 12:24 PM | comments

Technically I should be working on the site all day today to make up for my lack of attention over the past couple of weeks. But it's 60 degrees outside.Read More


Scream If You Love Me!

Filed by John M. Becker | February 14, 2013 | 7:15 PM | comments

I'm willing to bet most of us probably hadn't thought of expressing our love for our significant other by walking on a stage, screaming at the top of our lungs in front of a crowd of total strangers, curious passersby, and a fleet of television cameras, amirite?Read More


The Love That Dare Not Speak Its Name Is Shouting Now

Filed by Karen Ocamb | February 14, 2013 | 12:30 PM | comments

The love that dare not speak its name is shouting now. And everyone is listening.Read More


Valentine's Day: Thirteen Years to Mt. Vernon

Filed by Bil Browning | February 14, 2013 | 10:30 AM | comments

The fact that Jerame and I ever went on a first date is practically miraculous. I spent months trying to shake him and his advances; I actively discouraged him, in fact. I wanted nothing to do with him.Read More


Killer Chris Dorner Believed Dead: Lesbian Cops Were 'High Value' Targets

Filed by Karen Ocamb | February 13, 2013 | 4:52 PM | comments

The LAPD told reporters Wednesday morning that they believe suspected murderer Christopher Dorner died Tuesday in a burned out cabin where he was believed holed up following a deadly shootout with police in the Big Bear area.Read More


Lightning Strikes After Pope Benedict Announces His Resignation

Filed by Karen Ocamb | February 13, 2013 | 12:00 PM | comments

The first thing I thought of when I saw the news crawl under file footage of Benedict was that his health was just a PR cover for deeper problems - specifically the ongoing Catholic Church child sex abuse scandal.Read More


From Altar Boys to Boy Scouts [Part 2]

Filed by Terrance Heath | February 12, 2013 | 4:00 PM | comments

For a while it seemed the court of public opinion might accomplish what the Supreme Court could not.Read More


Let's Get Jen Tyrrell on the Ellen Show

Filed by Sue Kerr | February 12, 2013 | 3:00 PM | comments

So here's the deal - we need your help to encourage the Ellen Show team to invite Jen Tyrrell for a guest appearance.Read More


It's Freedom to Marry Day (Again)

Filed by Davina Kotulski | February 12, 2013 | 1:30 PM | comments

Today is Freedom to Marry Day again and we still don't have marriage equality in the United States.Read More


EEOC File 13: Waiting for Godot

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | February 12, 2013 | 10:42 AM | comments

If you want to file a federal lawsuit for employment discrimination, you first have to go through the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission process, which takes around two years, and usually results in nothing, except the loss of your witnesses' memories. Read More


From Altar Boys to Boy Scouts

Filed by Terrance Heath | February 11, 2013 | 4:30 PM | comments

Not only is Benedict stepping down, but he's leaving so fast that he's likely to leave skid marks on his way out. The question is: Why? Why resign? Why resign so quickly?Read More


Doing Something About Anti-Gay Lobbying in Africa

Filed by Mercedes Allen | February 11, 2013 | 2:30 PM | comments

If you've frequented any LGBT media at all, you've heard about Uganda's proposed Anti-Homosexuality Bill, and possibly other anti-gay legislative bills that have been debated in African nations.Read More


Justus Plumbius Tuckered Outum

Filed by Kate Clinton | February 11, 2013 | 1:30 PM | comments

When a CEO of a major multinational quits and gives just two weeks' notice, everybody pricks up their ears. Those who can hear through the deafening and tasteless "Ding dong the witch is dead," remix are wondering why the sudden papal exit?Read More


Time to Start Looking Back at Our LGBT Pioneers

Filed by Mark Segal | February 11, 2013 | 12:00 PM | comments

You may ask where I might find the time for this. These are the people who taught me and gave me the passion for this community. I will find the time. Read More

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Future of the WYNTK Edition [What You Need To Know]

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | February 11, 2013 | 10:00 AM | comments

Help decide the fate and shape of the What You Need To Know. Plus: NPR ignores trans* people again, the Turks implement DADT, a Catholic school VP looses his job for supporting marriage, and more. Read More


So What've You Been Doing?

Filed by Bil Browning | February 08, 2013 | 4:30 PM | comments

I've been working on the preparations for my yearly convening of LGBT media journalists. I'll be hosting 66 newspaper, online, radio, television and freelance journalists in Philadelphia this year; this year's convening will be even bigger and better than ever.Read More


How Gay Marriage Is Reinvigorating the Love Story for Everyone

Filed by Guest Blogger | February 08, 2013 | 2:30 PM | comments

I hope that at some point in your life, you get to see a gay-rights foe become a gay-rights supporter. This Valentine's day, don't take for granted how very special your relationship is not only for you but for the greater good of this world.Read More


Four Bean, Kale, & Fire Roasted Tomato Stew [VAAB]

Filed by James Holmes | February 07, 2013 | 1:30 PM | comments

It's cold outside, it's your only night off, and you and your partner passed out on the couch when he got home from work and slept until 9:00pm - what is one to do for dinner? Read More


Gay Men's Bodies, Online Dating, and Performance Art With Lucas Brooks

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | February 07, 2013 | 10:00 AM | comments

Most people would laugh at the thought of a short guy being a top, but Lucas is here to tell you that the way he looks doesn't mean a thing about what he likes. Read More


You're Right: I'm Gay, Jewish, & Old

Filed by Mark Segal | February 06, 2013 | 11:30 AM | comments

Remember those three words. They are each me, and I appreciate that. So feel free to call me any one of them, or all three.Read More


Accountability Edition [What You Need To Know]

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | February 06, 2013 | 10:00 AM | comments

CNN holds bigots accountable, UK's House of Commons passes marriage equality, a gifted trans* pianist recounts her transition journey, Christian students at Swarthmore College affirm LGBT equality, using art for activism and more. Read More


A Bitter Valentine This Year

Filed by Jesse Monteagudo | February 05, 2013 | 5:30 PM | comments

February 14 is St. Valentine's Day; a day when couples and other romantic units celebrate their love, loyalty and devotion. This year, for the first time since 1985, I will sleep alone on Valentine's Day.Read More


Cute Ex-Gay Guy Caught Doing What Gay Guys Do

Filed by Bil Browning | February 05, 2013 | 4:00 PM | comments

He was cruising for sex on Grindr. Maybe if he was actually getting laid regularly, he wouldn't be so damn uptight. Or, if disobedience and punishment is your thing, there's always Scruff.Read More


Will Gay Disney World Prez Help LGBT Inclusion in Disney Media?

Filed by Dana Rudolph | February 05, 2013 | 10:30 AM | comments

I'm hard-pressed to think of a classic Disney film that doesn't have a main character who is an orphan, has only one parent, or has a step-parent, there's no reason they shouldn't add some additional "non-traditional" families to the mix. It's a small world, after all.Read More

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Leslie Feinberg in Court for Cece McDonald Action

Filed by Toshio Meronek | February 04, 2013 | 5:00 PM | comments

Leslie Feinberg, the activist and author of the trans coming-of-age classic Stone Butch Blues, was back in court on February 4 as a result of a June solidarity action for Cece McDonald.Read More


Where to File an Employment Discrimination Lawsuit

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | February 04, 2013 | 12:45 PM | comments

What happens if you can't find a lawyer, and you need to consider filing the complaint yourself? Read More


Our Kids Are Still Dying Edition [What You Need To Know]

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | February 04, 2013 | 10:00 AM | comments

Bullying and suicide continues to claim LGBT youth, France move one giant leap closer to marriage equality, President Obama supports GBT Boy Scouts and LGBT Scout leaders, LGBT asylum seekers in the UK have a Sisyphean task and more. Read More


All We Are Saying Is 'Give Pot a Chance'

Filed by Norm Kent | February 03, 2013 | 2:00 PM | comments

It is time for courageous community leaders and politicians to speak out against unjust marijuana laws, especially since most of them have smoked pot themselves. Let's get real about pot.Read More


Blackface: Still Racist Y'all

Filed by Guest Blogger | February 03, 2013 | 10:00 AM | comments

Thank you for inviting me to be humiliated so you can further erase me by telling me how I should feel about your racist bullshit. Couldn't you just cut to the chase and spit in my face?Read More


Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch Dead at 88

Filed by Karen Ocamb | February 01, 2013 | 2:30 PM | comments

Former Mayor Koch and Bella Abzug co-sponsored the first gay and lesbian rights legislation introduced in Congress, but as a response to the persistent rumors that he was gay, he explicitly denied he was one of those dreaded homosexuals.Read More


'Don't Say Gay' Redux Edition [What You Need To Know]

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | February 01, 2013 | 10:00 AM | comments

"Don't Say Gay" returns, the 49ners have LGBT-related image problems, Brian Brown brings in the big bucks, and more. Plus: Stephen Colbert dissects DOMARead More