Last Thursday, two gay men, ages 27 and 28, were brutally gay-bashed allegedly by a group of young people who were dining earlier that evening at La Viola. Today, Philadelphia Councilman Jim Kenney sent a letter to the U.S. Attorney’s Office asking the Department of Justice to partner with the city’s D.A. and police to investigate. Kenney asked in his letter that authorities bring federal charges, under the Federal Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act. Read more »
Tune in to SpeakOUT, my LGBTQ radio show airing on Q102 Philly, Radio 104.5 and Mix 106.1 during the What’s going On show on Sunday mornings! Every week on SpeakOUT, I highlight LGBTQ topics ranging from cultural happenings and legal issues to poignant interviews with community leaders. SpeakOUT would not be possible but for the formidable Loraine Ballard Morrill who is producing the show! Read more »
Proponents of marriage equality have been kicking butt and taking names over the last year-and-a-half! These victories leave us with 19 states plus Washington, D.C., where LGBTQ individuals have the freedom to marry. In an additional 14 states, judges have issued rulings in favor of the freedom to marry, with many of these rulings now stayed as they proceed to appellate courts.
Three states offer broad protections short of marriage: Colorado allows civil union; and Nevada offers broad domestic partnership and Wisconsin has more limited domestic-partnership laws. Read more »
We just marked the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, which sparked the modern gay-rights movement, with Pride events in New York City and San Francisco. The events featured transgender celebrities Laverne Cox and Janet Mock as grand marshals; the symbolic inclusion was an attempt by Pride organizers to signal trans-inclusion. Read more »
Tune in to the FIRST official segment of my new LGBTQ specific radio show, SpeakOUT airing on Q102, 104.5 and Mix 106.1 during the What’s Going On show on Sunday morning!
SpeakOUT will highlight varying LGBTQ topics in our community ranging from cultural happenings, legal issues and poignant interviews with leaders in our community. SpeakOUT would not be possible if it weren’t for the formidable Loraine Ballard Morrill who is producing and engineering the show!
The next segment we’ll be releasing is a conversation between Loraine and I talking about our trip to Gay World Pride in Toronto and all of the eye-opening things that Loraine learned in just a few days with the GAYS!!
Here’s a question most of us haven’t pondered before: What’s a dad to do if he’s out and about with his baby who needs a new diaper and there’s no changing table in the men’s restroom? As the dynamics of the “modern family” (and no, I don’t mean families with iPhones!) evolve, lawmakers are considering two bills with similar intentions mandating businesses to grant men equal access to changing tables. Read more »
Last week marked the one year anniversary since the Supreme Court decisions on same-sex marriages were made from the Edie Windsor case.
In just on year so much has already happened and yet, there is much more to come!
Take a listen to my discussion on America Weekend for an update of the same-sex marriage rulings as they are now and what is predicted to happen next…
On Wednesday, June 25th I will be joining Andres Reyes, Mixto Philly’s bartender extraordinaire, as I flash back to my college days to guest bartend for a great cause! We’ll be slinging “Double A Mojitos” from 5-7pm!
A “Double A Mojito” is an awesomely random concoction I developed one night when Andres was patient enough to let me experiment behind the bar! Come taste a mojito like you’ve never experienced!
Mixto is kind enough to donate 5% of the proceeds raised to the GALLOP- Gay and Lesbian Lawyers of Philadelphia – an organization near and dear to my heart for years and of which I sit on the Board of Directors. So, please join Andres and I as we mix, muddle, and make drinks for the happiest happy hour you’ve ever had! We better see you there!
Look for the event here!:
The fight for marriage equality has entered into a new phase garnering a different perspective with respect to legal strategy. Pennsylvania joined the ranks (becoming the 19th state) on May 20 when U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III of the Middle District of Pennsylvania declared that Pennsylvania’s version of the Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional, ruling in favor of the plaintiffs in Whitewood v. Wolf, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 68937 (May 20, 2014). The elation was palpable in Philadelphia, as hundreds of LGBT individuals and their allies gathered on the steps of City Hall to celebrate no longer being second-class citizens in Pennsylvania, alongside the American Civil Liberties Union, the Whitewood legal team of Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller and several of the plaintiffs.
Of the same-sex marriage rulings that occurred in other states so far this year—Utah, Oklahoma, Texas, Virginia, Michigan, Oregon, Arkansas and Idaho—seven (except for Oregon) had their rulings stayed pending appeal, and thus those cases have been kicked up to their respective circuit courts. Unlike most other marriage equality cases, Pennsylvania’s decision was not appealed.