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We're a little late to this, but with a special election for PA's 95th House District taking place Tuesday, here's an election day tidbit to keep in the back of your mind. The Republican in the race--Bryan Tate--is the first openly gay GOP candidate ever to run for the general assembly. If he wins (he's a relative longshot in a blue area) he'll join the other two openly gay members of the state House, Democrat Brian Sims and Republican Mike Fleck. [Inquirer]
Over at G Philly, Josh Middleton interviews figure skater Johnny Weir, who will be in at the Hotel Monaco in Philadelphia this weekend to receive an award at the Delaware Valley Legacy Fund's Annual HEROES Event.Here are some juicy morsels of information to whet your appetite for the entire interview:Cheesesteaks. Always the cheesesteaks. Check out the full interview here.
Your skin is flawless. Share some beauty secrets? No matter how drunk you get, always wash your face before bed!I feel gayest when … I'm having sex.Describe what you love about Philadelphia in three words. Sophistication, tradition and cheesesteaks.
This is what comes of not obsessively Googling my own name: I missed that Fox News decided to quote me a week or two ago. Take a look at this video:Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.comWhat’s weird: The quote comes from a column I wrote more than year ago for Scripps Howard News Service, back at the height of the Tim Tebow craze. I wasn’t a fan of Tebow’s “Look At My Awesome God!” antics, and said so.“Most of us have learned to live with boundaries—to avoid thrusting our religion into arenas where it is unexpected or unwelcome,” I
Our colleagues at G Philly have the news:The term “inappropriate” has been bandied around the Martha Graham Cracker camp quite a bit this year. In February, officials at an after-school program in New Jersey disinvited the Philly cabaret drag queen from a Dr. Seuss reading at their school because they deemed her “too inappropriate” for kids. And just when the dust is beginning to settle from that rigamarole, she’s now being told she’s inappropriate for jazz, too. But this time another word is being tossed into the mix — and it ain’t one bit pretty.Center City Jazz Festival creator Ernest Stuart forwarded
One of the things I hate most about the Internet is the comments section under any posts that address some marker of identity, be it gender, race or sexuality. The Real America lives in those comment spaces, finding a safe haven for things they are socialized not to say aloud. On the Internet, the Real America is protected by the cloak of anonymity. I've stopped scrolling to below the articles I read online, careful not to fall into the abyss of the comments section.
Last week, Philadelphia City Council became a pioneer in the advancement of civil rights when it passed groundbreaking legislation that greatly broadens equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people living and working in the city.
Monday morning, NBA center Jason Collins came out of the closet in a Sports Illustrated cover story, making him the first openly gay male athlete in major U.S. sports history. The writer of the piece is 61-year-old Franz Lidz, who has written for Philly Mag and lives among roosters and llamas on a farm in Landenberg, Pennsylvania, 40 miles southwest of Philadelphia. I called him at home yesterday.Collins' agent Arn Tellem essentially pitched you the story.He was hinting about it earlier, but never formally asked me. We talk all the time—and he was just throwing out this hypothetical, that one of his athletes was gay. He didn't name the sport, didn't name the player I would be interviewing. He asked me if I'd be interesting in writing it. I said sure.
AP reports that Mariela Castro, the daughter of retired Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, will visit Philadelphia this weekend to accept a gay rights award from Equality Forum. The visit had been in doubt; the State Department initially denied her a visa to attend the event. Mariela Castro is the director of Cuba's National Center for Sex Education and, given her position, the country's most prominent gay rights activist.
He's here. He's queer. He's seven feet tall.You got a problem with that?Jason Collins, who until yesterday was a little-known journeyman in the NBA, has suddenly become the most famous jock in the world. More precisely, the most famous gay jock.