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Philadelphia Gay News Vol. 34 No. 3

Honesty Integrity Professionalism

Jan. 15 - 21, 2010

Equal. Adv. names new director, board members

Judge holds injunction in Scouts case By Timothy Cwiek PGN Writer-at-Large

By Jen Colletta PGN Staff Writer Equality Advocates Pennsylvania announced this week that a three-year employee of the agency will guide the group through its transition period, following the resignation of its executive director last month. The organization announced Jan. 11 that Jake Kaskey, former policy and programs director, will become the managing director of the group and its 501(c)4 lobbying arm, Equality Pennsylvania. Board president Brian Sims said Kaskey will function similarly to an executive director, but the new position will allow him to work more closely with the board. “The managing director is very much like the executive director, with increased involvement with the board,” Sims said. “Jake has been at the organization through three executive directors, so he’s been there through a lot of change, but the board hasn’t, so the board needs to see how the organization operates and needs to be hands-on.” Sims said that on Jan. 7, the board, which at the time consisted of himself, vice president Mark Usry and Jeff Brauer, voted unanimously to appoint Kaskey to the position. “I think you’d be hard-pressed to find a young lobbyist in the state of Pennsylvania who has a better reputation or record than Jake,” Sims said. Kaskey joined the organization in 2007 after working as a lobbyist and on the campaigns for several state lawmakers and Congressmembers, as well as on the 2004 presidential campaign of Dick Gephardt. “When the board asked me last week if I’d be willing to step up into this role, I was happy to agree to it,” Kaskey said. “My passions really lie in legislative work and, having seen activists across the state step up and see bills pass across the state in the last few months, it made this an easy decision to take on this role.” Sims said he was unsure when the board would launch a national search for a permanent executive director, but added it would be the new director’s decision whether or not to retain the managing-director position. “We have in place a lot of plans and a lot of programming for the first quarter of the

throw it out in a couple months.’ But unfortunately that didn’t happen,” Sestak said. He added the U.S. military is “behind the times” in its treatment of LGBT servicemembers. “How can you ask someone that you went to war with to not have the same equal rights as you? It’s wrong. We’ve worked through the issue of African Americans in the military. We’ve worked through the issue of women in combat. I don’t care if you’re red, blue, green or GLBT. I want you to do your

A federal judge has denied a request by city attorneys to lift an injunction preventing a local Boy Scouts chapter from being evicted from a city-owned building. U.S. District Judge Ronald L. Buckwalter denied the request in a 12-page memorandum issued last week. At this stage of the litigation, Buckwalter noted, it’s still possible that the Scouts’ constitutional rights would be violated by the eviction. But Buckwalter granted the city’s request for a bond hearing, to determine whether the Scouts should post a bond for the duration of the injunction. The exact amount of the bond, if one is to be posted, also will be discussed at the hearing, Buckwalter said. The judge set the public hearing for 9:30 a.m. Jan. 19 in Courtroom 14A of the U.S. Courthouse, 601 Market St. City attorneys said a bond is necessary to protect the city’s financial interests in the event the Scouts ultimately are evicted from the building yet still haven’t paid any rent. The litigation has ensued for 20 months, and the Scouts are in rental arrears of about $320,000, according to court records. Also at the bond hearing, Buckwalter is expected to explain a prior association he had with the Boy Scouts of America. In 2008, Buckwalter volunteered information about this association in a private discussion with both parties in his cham-

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FOCUS ON THE FUTURE: Haneef Williams (left) and Tony Daniels lead a discussion about the youth of color community during Smoke, Lilies and Jade Arts Initiative’s “Dance & Discussion 2010” Jan. 9 at The Gershman Y. Participants were separated into discussion groups led by local activists and educators to analyze the challenges faced by this unique population. The event also featured dance performances by SLJ members that were meant to reflect the diverse community and provoke further discussion about its development. Photo: Scott A. Drake

Sestak backs gay marriage By Jen Colletta PGN Staff Writer

U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak (D-7th Dist.) is looking to unseat longtime U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter (D) in this spring’s primary election and is pledging to bring to the Senate a commitment to generREP. JOE SESTAK ate viable change Photo: Scott A. Drake for LGBT individuals in Pennsylvania and across the nation. Sestak, 58, a Delaware County native, has served in Congress since 2007, after a decorated military career: He served in the Navy from 1974-2005 and, as a three-star admiral, holds the distinction of the highestranking former military officer ever to have served in Congress. Sestak has made headlines in recent months for his strong opposition to “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” the military’s ban on openly gay servicemembers, a position he said he’s held since the bill’s 1993 passage. “I was a Navy captain at the time and, the day after it was passed, a two-star admiral came up to me and said, ‘What do you think about this?’ and I said, ‘It’s unconstitutional. See ADVOCATES, Page 6 I have no doubt that the Supreme Court will

NJ marriage fight not over By Jen Colletta PGN Staff Writer In one of its last actions in the lame-duck session, the New Jersey Legislature failed to pass a measure last week to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples. After a month of legislative limbo, the New Jersey Senate defeated the hotly debated marriage-equality bill in a 20-14 vote with three abstentions Jan. 7, killing the bill’s chances of passage this session and likely for at least four years: Gov. Jon Corzine (D), a strong proponent of samesex marriage, will vacate the office Jan. 19 to be replaced by Gov.-elect Chris Christie (R), who pledged to veto any marriage-

equality measure during his tenure. Although hopes for New Jersey to become the next state to welcome marriage equality appeared dim, Garden State Equality and national LGBT-rights organization Lambda Legal announced shortly after the vote that they will next take the issue to the courts. “We are not waiting out the term of any new administration to bring equality to same-sex couples in our state,” said Steven Goldstein, chair of Garden State Equality, at a news conference after the vote. Lambda Legal previously was successful with this effort in Lewis v. Harris, a case filed in 2002 on behalf of seven sameSee NJ MARRIAGE, Page 8



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News Briefing

Rockefeller descendant, now local resident, launches LGBT scholarship

FIGHT staffer says cabbie discriminated

By Jen Colletta PGN Staff Writer The name “Rockefeller” has long been associated with philanthropy, and an openly gay member of the famed family is continuing that legacy in Philadelphia. Rick Rockefeller-Silvia, 25, moved to the city this past fall and, recently announced plans to launch a scholarship fund that will allow local LGBT and ally students to pursue their educational goals while learning more about the world and themselves. The Rockefeller-Silvia Dream Endowed Scholarship, funded through the Rockefeller-Silvia Estate Trust, will enable college students from the Greater Philadelphia area to study for a semester in Europe, an experience Rockefeller-Silvia said he found beneficial. Growing up, Rockefeller-Silvia — whose mother, Donna Rockefeller Deyoung Simpson, is the great-great-granddaughter of billionaire oil entrepreneur John D. Rockefeller — spent summers in New York City and winters in Palm Beach, Fla., and attended boarding school in Geneva, Switzerland. During college, he lived in several places throughout Europe, and said he’s eager to assist other students in attaining the same personal growth he experienced during his travels. Rockefeller-Silvia said he came out to his family when he was an adolescent and didn’t see much resistance from either his father or mother — whom he noted had been married twice to gay men before she married his father. “I came out really young, just prior to ninth grade, and that was really just when I realized that there was a name for what I was,” he said. “But I told my parents right off the bat, it was never a secret, so for me it wasn’t really a traumatic experience at all.” Rockefeller-Silvia noted, however, that contending with the pressures of being gay in the classroom environment was more of a challenge. “When I was growing up and in school — and I think a lot of gay people can relate to this — I just felt like I didn’t fit. I was uncomfortable, and it made education hard and it was distracting. I went to a private, all-boys boarding school, which I think was a little bit easier, as co-ed learning in my opinion can actually cause more friction, but it was still a struggle,” he said. He noted that visiting different parts of Europe and being exposed to diverse populations helped him to more readily accept himself.

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“I really felt that with my studying abroad, I got a better sense of who I am and was more comfortable after seeing different cultures and how people interact,” he said. “So I thought it’d be fantastic to allow students to go to Europe and have that studying experience.” Rockefeller-Silvia said students applying for the scholarship will be asked to write a persuasive essay on a topic related to LGBT rights, and the winner will be selected by a panel of businesspeople and entrepreneurs. He said he’s compiling a list of recommended locales — such as Sardinia, Italy, where he studied for a semester and which he said was “one of the best experiences of my life” — to guide the student in his or her choice. “I’m sure their experience will be unique from mine, but I think they’ll be able to take something with them that will be valuable for the future,” he said. Besides overseeing the scholarship fund, Rockefeller-Silvia, a model and an awardwinning equestrian rider, is planning to continue to expand his sporthorse breeding company, Dream Street Stallions, which he relocated from Florida to Chester County, prompting his move to the city. “What we do is bring over stallions that Americans normally wouldn’t have access to their bloodlines and import them from Europe,” he said. “And in Chester County we have 500 acres, as opposed to 4 in Florida, which will be great.” Rockefeller-Silvia, who’s also a board member at Equine Rescue Fund, said

that before he moved to his penthouse on Sansom Street two months ago, he’d visited the city for the annual Devon Horse Show. He said he hasn’t had much chance to get involved in the local LGBT community, but was immediately struck by the Gayborhood and the rainbow street signs that identify the area. “It’s so unique that there’s this whole neighborhood,” he said. “It gives you that sense of community that wasn’t there in places I’ve lived before. I lived on the Upper East Side in New York as a child, as well as the metro area of Washington, D.C., which is just a melting pot of everything, and then in Europe I was always in an educational setting so it was a little different.” He said he’s still exploring his options for other LGBT or mainstream ventures to undertake, but added he’s “definitely interested” in getting more involved in the local community. “I know a limited amount of people right now, but it’s definitely something I’m open to. And, being in the city, I’d love to do something that’s also not just fundraising but more interactive with the community.” Applications for the RockefellerSilvia Dream Scholarship will be available in February. For more information, e-mail Shannon McCafrey at ■ Jen Colletta can be reached at jen@epgn. com.

Mark Seaman, development director at local HIV/AIDS service organization Philadelphia FIGHT, filed a complaint with the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations Jan. 4 contending that a local cab driver violated the city’s nondiscrimination law, which prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation in public accommodations. Seaman’s boyfriend, Daniel, met him at the airport shortly after midnight Dec. 30 after Seaman returned from spending the holidays with his family in Florida. The pair entered the first cab in the queue, which was from PHL Taxi, but were told to get out moments later. “I had my arm around Daniel and the cab driver looked in the rearview mirror and said, ‘You can’t do that in here,’” Seaman said. “And I said, ‘What is it that we’re doing that’s bothering you?’ and he said, ‘We don’t need to talk about it, I’m just going to let you out.’” Seaman said the driver pulled the cab over at the next taxi stand and, after the two got out, drove away with the passenger door still open. Seaman was able to copy down the cab number and included that in his complaint to PCHR, as well as in a complaint filed with the Philadelphia Parking Authority. Rue Landau, PCHR executive director, said the case has been docketed and an investigator has been assigned to it. She said the opposing party will be served with the complaint shortly.

New Hope fundraiser for local resident The Nevermore Hotel, 6426 Lower York Road in New Hope, will host “Friends Helping Friends,” a fundraiser to benefit Hugh Roman, a longtime area resident who has leukemia, at 9 p.m. Jan. 23. The event will feature live entertainment by Miss Pumpkin, a live and silent auction and a raffle that includes a grandprize package of a night’s stay at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City and two tickets to “Wicked.” Raffle tickets are on sale now at AKA Salon, 6610 Lower York Road.

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Media Trail

Historic Prop. 8 trial begins in California

Lesbian lawmaker becomes surrogate

By Jen Colletta PGN Staff Writer California’s same-sex-marriage ban was back in court this week with the start of a much-anticipated trial to determine the constitutionality of Proposition 8, the first step in a fight that is expected to reach the U.S. Supreme Court. The trial, the first ever in federal court on same-sex marriage, is a non-jury proceeding before U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker, who will consider whether the state’s same-sex-marriage ban violates the U.S. Constitution’s equal-protection and due-process guarantees. Previous cases challenging marriage inequality were all dismissed before making it to trial. The California Supreme Court initially overturned the state’s marriage-equality ban in May 2008 and same-sex marriages were legal in the Golden State until Nov. 4, when voters approved Prop. 8, which reinstated a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, by a slim margin. The suit was filed by two couples — Kristin Perry and Sandy Stier and Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo — in May 2009 after both attempted unsuccessfully to apply for marriage licenses. Named as defendants in the case are Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Attorney General Jerry Brown and Department of Public Health officials. Prior to the trial, Schwarzenegger filed a brief in which he refused to defend the constitutionality of Prop. 8, and Brown filed one in which he argued against its constitutionality. In their absence, several parties — such as the Alliance Defense Fund and representatives of Protect Marriage, the main proponent of Prop. 8 — have come on as defendant-intervenors to argue the case, and are tasked with demonstrating to the court that Prop. 8 serves a compelling government interest. The trial is expected to last up to three weeks. Shortly before the trial began Monday, the Supreme Court handed down a temporary order that prevented the live streaming of the proceedings on YouTube until at least Wednesday. Attorney Theodore Olson, who is representing the plaintiffs alongside David Boies — his opponent in the landmark Bush v. Gore U.S. Supreme Court case in 2000 — delivered his opening statements Monday morning before the full courtroom in San Francisco. “Proponents of Prop. 8 have insisted that the persons they would foreclose from the institution of marriage have suffered no harm because they have been given the opportunity to form something called a ‘domestic partnership.’ This is a cruel fiction,” Olson said, adding Prop. 8 “perpetrates irreparable, immeasurable, discriminatory harm for no good reason.” “Plaintiffs are being denied both the right to marry and the right to equality under the law,” Olson said. “The Supreme Court of the United States has repeatedly described the right to marriage as ‘one of the vital personal rights essential to the orderly pursuit of the happiness of free men.’” Charles Cooper, lead attorney for the defense, said in his opening remarks that granting marriage equality will destroy the institution of marriage, which he postured is meant to foster procreation, and will lead to “real societal harm.” All four plaintiffs testified Monday about their relationships and the ban’s effect on them Katami said referring to Zarrillo as his domestic partner is not enough to validate their relationship. “A husband is something definitive,” he said. “It’s something everyone understands. And it comes with a modicum of respect.” On Tuesday, plaintiff attorneys called two experts to testify: Harvard professor Nancy Cott and Yale professor George Chauncey. Cott, who has conducted extensive research on marriage, testified about the history of the institution and its changing definitions throughout the years, noting the ability to procreate was never

Yahoo News reports Rep. Christine Johnson will serve an additional role when the Utah Legislature convenes. The lesbian lawmaker announced she’s a surrogate mother, carrying a baby for two gay men. Johnson decided to become artificially inseminated with sperm from one of the men after the two close friends expressed frustration over the difficulty of adopting a child. Utah law prohibits unmarried couples from adopting and does not recognize gay marriage. Johnson, 41, who has a 17-year-old daughter, is four-months pregnant and expecting on June 21. Johnson offered to be a surrogate at no cost; the men, who were married in California when gay marriage was legal, will pick up the medical costs. Johnson said she’s aware that many lawmakers in conservative Utah think a child does best with both a mother and a father. However, she said, she predicts the men will be “wonderful parents.”

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FACING INEQUALITY: Paul Katami (from left), Jeff Zarrillo, Kris Perry and Sandy Stier stand together outside a home in San Francisco Jan. 11 before the start of a federal trial on the constitutionality of California’s voter-approved gay-marriage ban. The two same-sex couples, plaintiffs in the case, were denied marriage licenses last spring. AP Photo: Marcio Jose Sanchez

included in U.S. law as a prerequisite for marriage. Defense attorney David Thompson questioned Cott on cross-examination about the influence of Christianity on the common conception of marriage and asserted that allowing same-sex marriage would lead to polygamy. When, during the questioning, plaintiffs’ attorneys played a “Yes on 8” ad that called for the preservation of “biblical marriage,” Cott said she found the commercial “amusing,” as “the Bible is a situation where people are practicing polygamy.” Chauncey followed Cott, testifying about the history of discrimination LGBT people have faced in the nation, including from police and employers. Stephen Glassman, chair of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, expressed concern that the case would have negative repercussions on the marriage-equality movement. “If we are fortunate enough to win this case with this particular judge, it will definitely be appealed to the Supreme Court, and I think it’s unrealistic to assume that there would be a favorable ruling in the Supreme Court with its current makeup,” he said. Glassman said the case would have been more appropriate if it had come in the next few years, after President Obama has the opportunity to appoint one or two new Supreme Court justices and when more states potentially have achieved marriage equality. ■ Jen Colletta can be reached at reports New York state Sen. George Onorato, one of eight Democrats who voted against the marriageequality bill that failed in the chamber last month, announced Jan. 11 that he would not run for re-election in November. Onorato has served his Queens district since 1983. The move clears the way for assembly member Michael Gianaris, a staunch LGBT-rights supporter, to run for the seat.

Montana city consides law to protect gays The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports Bozeman city commissioners are considering a policy change to prohibit discrimination against people because they are lesbian or gay. If approved, the change would add sexual orientation and gender identity to the city’s antidiscrimination policy. The current policy prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex, age, marital status, national origin, political ideas and disability. Mayor Jeff Krauss said he hasn’t heard of any gay or lesbian discrimination issues with city workers, adding the policy change could save the city from future legal trouble. ■ — Larry Nichols




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NJ MARRIAGE From Page 1 sex couples in New Jersey that resulted in the 2006 state Supreme Court ruling that same-sex couples deserved all the rights afforded to heterosexual married couples. The state’s legislature that year enacted its civil-union law, but a 2008 report by the New Jersey Civil Union Review Commission found the law did not provide the same rights as marriage and that many employers or other institutions were not recognizing couples with civil unions as married. Lambda Legal spokesperson Lisa Hardaway said this week she could not release the specifics of the new suit, but said she expects it to be filed in the coming weeks. Goldstein said that prior to Corzine’s defeat last fall, marriage equality was on track for success. “After his win in November, Gov.-elect Christie persuaded a number of legislators to reverse their support of the bill. Before the election, nearly every neutral observer in New Jersey thought marriage equality was certain to become law,” Goldstein said. “Before the election, we had votes to spare in the Senate, including from a number of Republicans.” The Senate vote ran mostly along party lines, with one Republican, Sen. Bill Baroni, casting a vote for marriage equality. Also in favor were cosponsoring Sens. Raymond Lesniak, who is openly gay, and Loretta Weinberg, Senate President Richard Codey and Sens. Nia Gill, Jim Whelan, Bob Smith, Barbara Buono, Teresa Ruiz, Sandra Cunningham, Brian Stack, Robert Gordon, Nicholas Scutari and Joseph Vitale. Legislators opposed included Democrats Sens. John Girgenti, Nicholas Sacco, Fred Madden, Ronald Rice, Jeff Van Drew and Shirley Turner, along with Republicans Robert Singer, Joseph Pennacchio, Christopher Bateman, Tom Kean, Jennifer Beck, Joseph Kyrillos, Gerald Cardinale, Michael Doherty, Kevin O’Toole, Philip Haines, Christopher Connors, Anthony Bucco, Steven Oroho and Sean Kean. Incoming Senate President Stephen Sweeney, as well as Sens. Paul Sarlo and James Beach, all Democrats, abstained from voting. Sen. Diane Allen, who is battling cancer, and Sen. Andrew Ciesla, both Republicans, did not attend the session. The Fifth District Senate seat is vacant. ■ Jen Colletta can be reached at

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SESTAK From Page 1 job, and I’m going to hold you accountable for that, but we need the best of all of our communities in the military for the military to be its best.” Military action Sestak is a cosponsor of the Military Readiness Enhancement Act, a bill to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” that is being spearheaded by fellow Pennsylvanian Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-8th Dist.). Sestak has written letters to President Obama and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on the policy and, last year, advocated on behalf of Lt. Dan Choi to the Army’s Discharge Board, which is releasing Choi under the policy. Also last year, Sestak led a campaign to relaunch an investigation into allegations of abuse leveled by gay former Navy sailor Joseph Rocha, who said he endured emotional and physical abuse, such as being tied to a chair, forced to simulate oral sex with another man and locked in a dog kennel filled with feces. “I was at an event in town and a gentleman came up and asked if I’d heard about this situation, and I said no and he sent me the information, and to be honest at first I found this hard to believe. Dog feces? Handcuffs? I mean none of us were perfect when I was in the Navy, but that is just not the Navy that I knew,” Sestak said. He contacted the Chief of Naval Operations, who agreed to launch an investigation into the situation, which in the fall resulted in the censuring of the individual who allegedly spearheaded the abuse. Sestak said he’s still awaiting further action on the lack of oversight in the case. “I spoke to the Secretary of the Navy and said that there has to be a follow-up,” he said. “In the Navy, if a captain is sleeping at 2 a.m. and someone falls asleep steering the ship, the captain is accountable. There are people who saw this and knew what was going on, and they need to be accountable.” Sestak said Congress also needs to be held accountable for lifting “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” “Congress put this in there, and I think we have a constitutional responsibility to remove it. I think if you ask pretty much any Democrat if they individually think ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ should be repealed, they’ll say yes, but I’m worried there’s not a lot of courage right now,” he said.


Accountability Sestak noted that many legislators “ran to the hills” on the issue of the inclusion of the “public option” in the healthcare-reform bill, of which he is an advocate, a trend he said is all too prevalent in the political field. “We need a sense of accountability in our leaders in Washington, D.C. People should not be taking positions because they’re more worried about maintaining their legacy or their jobs rather than being willing to risk that for a principled compromise, as opposed to compromising their principles.” Sestak said Specter made such a move when he announced in the fall that he no longer supported the Defense of Marriage Act, the federal ban on same-sex marriage, which he originally voted for in 1996. Specter told PGN his position switch reflected the nation’s, as well as his own, progression on LGBT-rights issues, but Sestak said he doubted the veracity of that claim. “I was sent a letter by one of my constituents that had been sent to him in September by Sen. Specter in which he says he supports DOMA. And then a couple weeks later he came out in opposition to it,” he said. “The biggest difficulty the Democratic Party has right now is not the Republican Party, but rather a lack of trust from our constituents. This is why I’m running. I’m very fortunate; I’ve already done everything I’ve wanted to do in life — I commanded a ship, and that was what I’d always wanted to do. I didn’t even want to initially run for Senate, and I’m not craving to be president. So maybe it’s easier for me, but I’m not running for the job, I’m running to

give back.” Sestak said that, if and when DOMA is repealed, he would support legislation to legalize civil unions or marriage for same-sex couples at the federal level; he said he favors civil unions, as he believes marriage is more of a “church issue,” but said he would “not be opposed” to extending it to same-sex couples. “It’s an issue of national importance that shouldn’t be decided state-by-state, as it is, because then nobody wants to touch it. I don’t think it’s just a state issue. How can you be in one state and be discriminated against in another state? I do think civil rights have to have federal legislation.” Immigration reform In addition to the bills to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and DOMA, Sestak is a cosponsor of nearly every other pro-LGBT bill in Congress, except the Uniting American Families Act, a measure that seeks to eliminate discrimination in immigration laws for samesex couples. Sestak said he is a strong proponent of the idea of UAFA but believes that, to be successful, it should be part of a comprehensive immigration-reform bill. In addition, he said, if it proceeds as a stand-alone bill, the language of the current measure, introduced in February by U.S. Rep Jerold Nadler (D-N.Y.), needs to ensure that same-sex and heterosexual couples are treated equally. Sestak said he’s met numerous times with Rep. Louis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) to ensure inclusion of UAFA in the comprehensive bill Gutierrez is spearheading, and that he’s also drafting his own version of UAFA that provides further


clarification that same- and opposite-sex couples will have to follow the same procedures. If UAFA is not included in the comprehensive immigration measure, Sestak plans to introduce his bill as an amendment to the comprehensive legislation if and when it reaches the Rules Committee. Sestak — who has attended OutFest, Pride and numerous other LGBT events in Allentown, Reading and other locales, and served as a guest speaker at the 2008 Equality Forum and the keynote speaker at that year’s Human Rights Campaign Philadelphia Gala — said that throughout the

rest of the campaign, and if he’s elected to the Senate, the LGBT community should feel comfortable bringing their concerns to him and relying on him to take action on those issues. “I promise to be accountable, accessible, honest and working hard for the interests of everyone equally. The GLBT community does not have equal rights and simply we have to have that. This country stands for equal rights, and I want to fight for that principle every day.” ■ Jen Colletta can be reached at

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Editorial Marriage heats up Many are closely watching the debate over samesex marriage right now, particularly last week’s defeat of a marriage-equality bill in the New Jersey Senate and the start of the Proposition 8 trial this week in California. In both instances, gay-rights advocates differ on strategy. In New Jersey, activists plan to file a lawsuit claiming the state’s civil-union law does not afford the same treatment as marriage — which was the mandate of the original ruling of the state Supreme Court in 2006. After that ruling requiring equal treatment for gays and lesbians, the state legislature enacted civil unions — which aren’t always treated as “marriage” by a range of entities, such as insurance companies and healthcare providers. Some activists argued the Senate should not have voted on the gay-marriage bill if there weren’t enough votes to pass it, believing it would demonstrate that the issue doesn’t have popular — or at least legislative — support. Others argued that it was better to get senators’ positions on the record so that constituents can effectively lobby them — or withhold financial support. However, the activists’ strategy to go back to court — legislative defeat in hand — is a viable one. Particularly since they also have the 2008 report by the New Jersey Civil Union Review Commission, which found “that the separate categorization established by the Civil Union Act invites and encourages unequal treatment of same-sex couples and their children.” The report continues: “In a number of cases, the negative effect of the Civil Union Act on the physical and mental health of the same-sex couples and their children is striking, largely because a number of employers and hospitals do not recognize the rights and benefits of marriage for civil-union couples.” In California, some activists are concerned that no matter how the case is decided, it will be appealed through the federal court system — all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. The specific concern is, considering the current composition of the highest court, it might hand down an unfavorable decision for gays and lesbians — and that no ruling is better than a bad ruling. They argue that it would have been better to wait until President Obama had a chance to appoint a few justices to the court to improve the case’s odds. On the other hand, there’s always the chance that waiting won’t do any good anyway. Putting the case out there improves visibility — even if it solidifies the opposition. ■

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The day things change If you follow the news, you know that Jan. 1 was a big day in New Hampshire. That’s the day recreational fishermen had to begin to register to fish for smelt. Days don’t come any bigger. If you’re a smelt fisherman. Or a smelt. Jan. 1 was also the day same-sex marriage became legal in the Granite State. The fight for and against gay marriage was vitally important to many New Hampshirites, and the positive outcome a huge, happy deal to the LGBT community across the country. But from a statutory point of view, when New Year’s Day came around, the monumental change in marriage law didn’t stand alone. No indeed. Other alterations to state law kicked in that day, each important to, well, at least somebody. Take that fishy law. Seacoastonline. com reported that now most New Hampshire saltwater recreational anglers and spear fishermen must register to fish for “anadromous” species, like smelt, in tidal waters. I couldn’t find “anadromous” in the dictionary, my grasp of fish is slippery and my brain preferred to gloss over the dull facts and instead imagine the story of Jonah and the smelt. But I did get why this new law is

important: A registry will provide accurate data helpful in protecting shared marine resources. Makes sense to me. And since I doubt smelt marched to Concord to testify before the state legislature, the new law made sense to enough New Hampshire humans. So did the new rule mandating carbon-monoxide detectors in homes built after Jan. 1. That one surprised me, given the state’s libertarian tradition. I would’ve expected the bill to collapse as some flinty legislator intoned, “You’re infringing on personal freedom! If somebody doesn’t want a carbon-monoxide detector, it’s his right to die!” Similar concerns probably arose in the debate over distracted driving. As of New Year’s Day, drivers in New Hampshire may not send text messages while behind the wheel. Ditto for Twittering and typing on laptops. Getting caught will cost $100. So anyone who attends a lesbian wedding or fishes for smelt and becomes emotional over either must wait to get home to tweet about it. Another state law change likely had an emotional component: There’s no more statute of limitations on assisting or concealing a murder. If you hid a murder and texted about it while driving, you’re doubly in trouble.

Licensed physical therapists in New Hampshire saw their world expand as of Jan. 1. They can now get special certification to practice on animals. Whether most animals supported or opposed this measure is hard to say. The law naming the Chinook as the official state dog went into effect last August, but included the change in its roundup of laws kicking in on New Year’s Day. The folks behind the news site must still be giddy with the dog’s elevation. Who raised the dog to its present lofty status? A group of seventhgraders. Their lobbying got the job done. If we’d turned over the fight for same-sex marriage to students from the Ross Lurgio Middle School in Bedford, we’d have gotten it sooner. Now other students are advocating for apple cider to be named the official state beverage. Maybe on Jan. 1 of next year, that law will go into effect, and the gay couples who married this Jan. 1 will drink a tart toast to their first anniversary and their state. The kids are lobbying for regular cider, not hard cider. We got same-sex marriage, but we can’t have everything. ■ Leslie Robinson lives in Seattle. Email her at LesARobinson@gmail. com.


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Big changes in local nightlife/bar scene Let’s skip politics for a week: After all, aren’t we all tired of the state-by-state marriage road show? Here’s the scoop on changes coming to Philly’s nightlife scene. Two current bars are about to change ownership. Both are already in the legal/mortgage stage. Another is planning a major redo on decor. And we’re about to get our first sports bar with something called comfort food on the first of this complex’s two floors. Not enough? There’s also a group of investors looking for a space for a new dance club. They want to create a techno video club, similar to those in Los Angeles and San Francisco. That one, from what I’ve seen, is still in the iffy stage. All in all, this shows incredible positive growth coming. The nightlife scene in Philly is going to be hot come spring. I got a chance to take a peek at the new William Way LGBT Community Center’s archive exhibit space and its first major show, titled “Into the Streets.” It is first-rate museum quality. And it literally tells our community’s history from the 1940s to

the present with photos, publications and memorabilia from the archive’s amazing collection. Most people in Philadelphia are not aware that the city was the vanguard of the gay-rights struggle from the ’40s through the ’60s. Sure, there were pockets in New York City, San Francisco and L.A., but Philly ruled, with a constant stream of organizations and publications — and, of course, the first gay-rights demonstrations in the nation at Independence Hall. Did you know that Pennsylvania had the first statewide gay-pride resolution signed by a governor? And the first government committee to investigate the needs of the LGBT community? That was way back in 1975. Philly had a lot of firsts, but this exhibit concentrates on LGBT protest marches and political actions from 1948. Yes, 1948. The same year Alfred Kinsey published “Sexual Behavior in the Human Male.” The Mattachine Society didn’t even get its start until 1951 with Harry Hay. This is truly a pioneering exhibit and is even more entertaining due to its excellent design. For any of you who have had a part in creating this community, you will be proud. ■ Mark Segal is PGN publisher. He can be reached at

Letters and Feedback In response to “New Jersey votes against marriage equality,” Jan. 8-14: It’s just one person’s opinion, my own, but I think the gay community is approaching the problem of public support for marriage equality from the wrong direction. To this point, it has been painted to be like those struggles that brought equality to women and minorities ... and to this point it has failed. The reason it has failed, IMHO, is because we are talking apples and oranges here. This isn’t the same as those other events in history. This one is unique to itself and deserves to stand on its own foundation. The enemy of gay marriage isn’t the voter or state legislatures. It is the high and mighty insurance industry ... the same insurance industry that has been buying votes for the last three decades and restricting the rights of everyone. Again, just my opinion, but I do think that the gay community should openly identify the bad guys here as those insurance bar-

onies, where your rights come second to their profit margins. Tell the people not to buy the propaganda that is wholly bought and disseminated by that industry via their own elected officials. People understand that big insurance is not honest. They also know that their representation sells itself like a street-corner prostitute. Make the issue one of the gay community [and] the straight community against corruption in government and insurance. You might win a few hearts and minds along the way. Best :) — Mike Fredrick In response to “Equality Advocates leader resigns,” Jan. 8-14: Good riddance! — Imnot1ofURfans This organization has spun out of control and has done nothing to move the LGBT agenda forward


Should the U.S. Census include a specific question about sexual orientation?

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Austin Edwards administrative assistant Northern Liberties

“If you can guarantee some level of privacy, I don’t see a problem with it being asked. Ideally, it would all be done through the mail. If a census worker visits the home, they shouldn’t ask the questions. They should just give the questionnaire to the person. Let the person fill it out, and seal it.”

“Yes. That would help gays politically, and give them moral support. The right wing will be uncomfortable with the question — that’s to be expected. But [the right] can bypass the question. Gay people shouldn’t be overlooked just to placate the right wing.”

Matthew Kohlenberg administrative assistant South Philadelphia

Kendra Sledzinsky barrista South Philadelphia

“Yes. Conservatives are trying to stop the gays from marrying. At least the government can take this basic step of acknowledging their presence in the Census. We’re all Americans and should be counted.”

“No. It seems a little intrusive. And I don’t think you’d get accurate data. Probably there would be under-counting, and you’d get skewed results. That would be counterproductive to the efforts for pro-LGBT legislation.”

in Pennsylvania. As a matter of fact, it has moved us back at least two years. — Past Supporter Perhaps instead of complaining about the situation, you should get involved and work for the changes you want to see ... — For real ... In response to “Obituary: Bob ‘Brownie’ Brown, 66,” Jan. 8-14: It was nice to know when the world changed, some things remained constant, as with Brownie as your server, it was always a pleasant and relaxing dinner at the Venture. Bob always had time to make small talk with you during your dinner or, if he was too busy, while you enjoyed your coffee or after-dinner drink. I’m glad that Bob did get to enjoy a Phillies world championship, something he always hoped he would get to see. — john f.



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Scott A. Drake or children, as he likes to playfully nip and nibble on fingertips and sometimes grab fingers with his paws. He will solicit attention when he wants it but is not a constant lap-cat type. Occasionally he settles for some petting. Then and now I n 2 0 0 9 , PAW S r e s c u e d 2,762 homeless, abandoned and unwanted dogs and cats and began work on a new low-cost spay/neuter and wellness center in the Grays Ferry section of Philadelphia that is due to open early this year. The fifth annual Chef’s Dinner for PAWS raised more than $190,000 for the new center. The third annual PAWS Mutt Strut, held on Oct. 31, was the most successful to date, attracting more than 1,000 pet lovers to FDR Park and raising more than $110,000 for PAWS’ day-to-day lifesaving efforts. The PAWS 2010 calendars are still available at the shelter or

can be ordered online. There are versions for cat- and dog-lovers, each $15. All proceeds support the efforts to save Philadelphia’s homeless animals. Other PAWS adoption and fundraising events for January: — “Vegan Cocktails Philly,” with drink specials and veggie-friendly edibles, will be held from 5-8 p.m. Jan. 20 at Cantina Dos Segundos, 931 N. Second St. — “Top Dogs on the Catwalk,” a night of fashion, fun and fundraising, will be held from 5-7 p.m. Jan. 21 at Trust, 249 Arch St. Tickets are $50 and proceeds benefit PAWS’ new spay/neuter facility. Cold-weather reminders The staff and volunteers at PAWS are again suggesting some things to think about during this extremely cold weather. Remember to keep dogs on short

(10-20 minute) walks, depending upon their size, weight and type of fur. Smaller dogs and short-hair breeds do not tolerate the cold as well as large, heavier dogs or those with thicker, heavier fur. When in doubt, put some type of coat or blanket on your pet that wraps the body. If you have become responsible for feral cats, remember that they depend on you for fresh, drinkable water as well as food, especially if the temperatures stay below freezing. You should also provide some sort of shelter that blocks the wind and offers them protection from

rain, snow and ice. ■ PAWS is Philadelphia’s largest animal-rescue organization and only no-kill shelter. PAWS 100 N. Second St. (215) 238-9901 Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

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From Page 1 bers. But the nature of the association hasn’t yet been publicly explained. The injunction city attorneys objected to, issued by Buckwalter on Nov. 18, effectively prevents Common Pleas Judge Mark I. Bernstein from ordering the Cradle of Liberty Council’s eviction from 231-251 N. 22nd St. Prior to the injunction, the eviction case had been pending before both judges because of overlapping issues that both said they were capable of ruling on. In opposition to the injunction, city attorneys argued that Buckwalter over-extended his authority and unduly interfered with local rule. But in his Jan. 6 memorandum, Buckwalter said he clearly was acting within his scope of authority, and he reiterated his previous position that the Scouts also had rights that needed protection. Buckwalter said he recognized the “deference” owed to a state court, but said that “abandoning” the federal case at this juncture would be akin to “forum-shopping and judicial inefficiency.” The 22nd Street building is the only municipally owned building in the country that serves exclusively as a headquarters for a Scouts’ council. In a related matter, city attorneys on Jan. 5 asked Buckwalter to order the Scouts to produce documents and information needed by the city to complete discovery, and to grant a 30-day extension on the discovery phase. City attorneys asked Buckwalter to extend the discovery deadline to Feb. 8, adding the extension shouldn’t postpone the jury trial, scheduled to begin April 21. At press time, Buckwalter hadn’t ruled on the request. ■ Timothy Cwiek can be reached at (215) 625-8501 ext. 208.

NEWS BRIEFING From Page 5 St. in New York City, to raise funds for the agency. Singles, couples and groups are welcome at the dance, which is held three times a year and will feature music by DJ NancyB and a raffle with cash and other prizes. Tickets are $25 at the door or $20 in advance, and can be purchased at the SAGE office, 208 W. 13th St., Room 207, or by calling (212) 741-2247. ■ — Jen Colletta

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New McNally production debuts in Philly By Larry Nichols PGN Staff Writer In what is sure to be a hot ticket, Philadelphia Theatre Company presents the world premiere of the latest production by legendary gay playwright Terrence McNally, who has won almost every major award the theater world has to offer and penned classics like “Lips Together, Teeth Apart” and “Love! Valour! Compassion!” “Golden Age” uses the glamour and glitz of Paris circa 1835 as the setting for one of the most anticipated events of the day, the world premiere of Vincenzo Bellini’s latest opera, “I Puritani.” The production follows the action and drama behind the scenes with the composer and the four greatest singers in the world, the legendary Puritani Quartet.

While “Golden Age” is an ensemble piece, the central character is undoubtedly Bellini, portrayed by out actor Jeffrey Carlson. Carlson, who calls himself a big fan of McNally’s work, said the production finds the playwright working in a world he has great affection for. “Terrence is a big lover of opera,” he said. “He knows a great deal about it. It’s clear from his work and his master class.” Carlson added that the excitement of working on a McNally play is all the better because it’s the debut of a new work. “It’s always fun to premiere something, to go through the process of birthing a new baby,” he said. “As an actor, you look forward to going through the rewriting process, the discovery process, finding

out what works and what doesn’t. It’s also fun originating the character.” Carlson said he prepared for his role as Bellini by immersing himself in the composer’s work. “I dabbled in as much of his world as possible. I have listened to a lot of his music. I’ve done a lot of research. I have a lot of books on him. I found out a lot about who he was as a young man. When you find out some facts about a person, it’s easier to create an actual person. There’s no freedom without structure. I used my research as a building block.” Carlson admitted while he thinks he got Bellini’s frame of mind down, some of the facts about the composer’s life were fudged in the name of dramatic license. “Historically, he got sick after this opera was a huge success. We sort of messed


with time a little bit and made him sick from the beginning of the play.” Despite the changes, Carlson said “Golden Age” captures the complexities of Bellini’s life at the height of his career. “He was very successful but he wasn’t as prolific as a lot of his contemporaries and I think that bothered him a lot,” Carlson said. “He was a romantic and he was very stressed out by this play. It has a lot to do with the anxieties of being an artist and putting on a new opera — the anxieties, the stresses, the adventures and the relationships between the four greatest singers in Europe at that time. It ended up being his last opera. He died when he was 34. It’s about the legacy and the mortality of what you’re going to give to the world. Is that enough? Do people really understand you? So there are a lot of themes in

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there. It really is the four greatest singers in Europe going on and off, with the opera actually happening in the background.” Carlson added the play explores Bellini’s relationships beyond just those with the stars of his play. “It does revolve around Bellini and his relationship to each one of these singers and the two other nonactors on the opera: One is a best friend and lover of Bellini’s and another is an extraordinary singer and a lover of Bellini’s. There are those relationships as well. You have a little bit of both, a man and a woman.” Playing LGBT characters is nothing new for Carlson, whom most people probably recognize from his groundbreaking role as the first transgender character to appear on a soap opera — Zarf, who later became Zoe, on “All My Children.” The role won Carlson a GLAAD Media Award, but he said he’s unsure how much of an impact the role has had on his career. “There have been times when I thought it did [have an impact],” he said. “I have to say I would not trade one day of being on ‘All My Children’ and playing that character. I had a terrific time. I worked with fantastic people. I think they did a great job in that medium of telling that story. I learned a great deal about the transgender community. In a way, it became something that I’m known for. It hasn’t stopped me from going out for classical roles. It’s one of those businesses where people have their opinions, and you can spend your entire life saying don’t you dare put me in a box.”



LGBT characters are often headline-grabbers on soap operas but that doesn’t necessarily mean they are going to be long-term additions to the cast. Most usually are written out of the show soon after breaking some new ground in the soap world. But Carlson resists categorizing such moves as gimmicks. “I can only speak for the soap that I was on,” he said. “Having Bianca as a lesbian and Zoe as a transgender character, I thought they did it with dignity. I hate to use the word ‘educational,’ but they can reach a large audience with those stories. And if it were a gimmick, I wouldn’t support it.” He added that the show’s writers sometimes aren’t the cata- PERFECTLY COMPOSED: Actor Jeffrey Carlson, shown here in a 2006 photo for “All My Children,” porlyst for those characters trays opera composer Vincenzo Bellini in “Golden Age.” Photo: Lou Rocco/ABC guage is sometimes diminished for the I’m going to give the industry a try out there, getting written off the screen and television,” he said. “I love div- which is television and film. I was just tryshow. “There are a lot of different factors that go ing into language and I love doing some- ing to shake up my life a little bit. But I’ll into that. It could have been Eden’s [Riegel, thing every single night because it’s always never stop doing theater. That’s the life of an actor. What happens next is what happens who played Bianca] decision to take time something different.” Carlson said it was the search for some- next.” off and not be on the show. We get contracts “Golden Age” runs Jan. 22-Feb. 14 at that are for a limited amount of time. People thing different that made him decide to reloSuzanne Roberts Theatre, 480 S. Broad St. make decisions to stay on and off. With cate to the West Coast. “I just moved back to Los Angeles after For more information, visit www.philadelEden, you don’t want to get too much of a living in New York for 12 years. Three or call (215) 985good thing because she’s fantastic.” Carlson said that although he’s most weeks after I got there, I got this job so I 0420. ■ famous for a role on television, he prefers had to come back. I think I’ll continue my adventure in Los Angeles because I always Larry Nichols can be reached at working on the stage. “Language is important for me and lan- said I‘ll give it a try for a couple of years.



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N.J. business organizes Pride event By Larry Nichols PGN Staff Writer Pride weekends are usually a spring or summertime thing, but if the people behind the Mug & Muffin in Bordentown, N.J., have anything to say about it, Pride will

become a seasonal event. The gay-owned-and-operated café, which opened this past summer, is one of a handful of LGBTfriendly businesses in this small town near Trenton. But partners and co-owners Jeff Daloisio and Doug Kovacs said they are always

looking for ways to promote and advocate for the LGBT community. Their first effort kicks off Jan. 15 with LGBT Pride Weekend at the shop. Daloisio said the community in Bordentown has been really supportive of the shop and their

Photo: Larry Nichols

planned Pride. “They welcomed us big time,” he said. “They really wanted us here.” To help organize the event and spread the word, Mug & Muffin enlisted the help of local LGBT organizations and residents. “We’re closely involved with

the GLOBAL [Gays and Lesbians Of Bordentown Area Locales] group and other friends to see what people want and what we can do,” Daloisio said. “[GLOBAL] is basically a newsletter and people get together for a potluck the first Saturday of every month. We’re See MUG & MUFFIN, Page 18



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Leather Lookout Jim Kiley-Zufelt Philadelphians MC turns 35 Philadelphians MC, the area’s largest gay men’s leather social club, celebrated its 35th anniversary and welcomed 2010 with Tri-Cen XIX. Nearly 100 men and women representing clubs from Virginia to Maine descended on the city to help the club ring in the New Year. The theme of the weekend was “The 19th Huddle: A Tribute to Jocks ... and the athletes who wear them,” which resulted in some very creative cocktail parties hosted by the attending clubs. Party themes included NASCAR and drag racing, which featured elaborate decorations, a race track and remotecontrol car races; Philly sports rivals, for which the hosts threw personal safety to the wind and dressed in their favorite New York Giants and New Jersey Devils uniforms; and bullfighting (you just had to see that one to believe it). One party was hosted by a club dressed in football uniforms serving cocktails they called “Gator-laid,” and another by a bartender in a complete, authentic hockey goalie uniform while he served punch out of a makeshift Stan-

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ley Cup. For entertainment, the guests enjoyed cornholing (the beanbag toss game as well as the other kind). Another game involved contestants trying to stuff as many golf balls into their partner’s jockstrap as they could — using only their mouths, of course. The best game was the one where players were blindfolded, dressed up to look like Norwegian supermodels and then given a golf club to break open a piñata that looked suspiciously like Tiger Woods. Events were held at The Bike Stop, Stir, the William Way Community Center and the Marriott on Market Street, which was the host hotel and the site of Saturday night’s formal banquet. Guests at the banquet enjoyed a spectacular meal with members of the Philadelphians ranging from “The Fab Four,” the newest club members who earned that nickname while pledging last year, to beloved charter member Richard “Pearl” Ball, a former club captain who has been a member since day one in the fall of 1974. The highlight of the weekend was the special banquet guest, Gloria Casarez, the mayor’s director of LGBT affairs. As a surprise to almost everyone in the room, Casarez presented the club with a citation signed by Mayor Nutter recognizing 35 years of outstanding service and

brotherhood within the LGBT community. The club was honored and humbled to receive the citation, and looks forward to a long future of continued service, fundraising and hell-raising in the Philadelphia community.


ing and screenings of films such as “Can’t Stop The Music: The Village People Movie,” “Pink Flamingos” and “Bruno.” Mug & Muffin is also on the lookout for links and listings of resources to benefit Bordentown’s LGBT community. Anyone interested in selling Pride merchandise at this or future Pride weekend events can contact Daloisio or Kovacs at (609) 3724081 or M u g & M u f f i n ’s P r i d e Weekend kicks off at 7 p.m. Jan. 15 and runs through 9 p.m. Jan. 17 at the café, 210 Farnsworth Ave. For more information, visit ■

From Page 17 reaching out to people and we’re open to suggestions this time. Hopefully, next time we’ll do more.” Even though it’s the event’s debut, Daloisio anticipates a respectable turnout, with room for growth into a quarterly event. “I’m hoping it’s going to be big,” he said. “It’s definitely going to grow over time as we do it again and again and the word gets out. Right now, we’re just looking for people to participate in the poetry reading on Sunday.” The festivities also include disco dancing, lesbian speed-dat-

Bears’ fifth annual art show Don’t get caught with your pants down and miss this year’s art show sponsored by the Liberty Bears, at The Bike Stop, 206 S. Quince St.! Normally the show is in April, but this year it’s moved up to February. That will give the Bears a little breathing room between the art show and their big annual run, Bears On Liberty Weekend 8, which has also been moved up a couple of weeks to the first weekend of May. The Bears’ art show is a very special event. They bring in a great variety of local and regional artists who are bears and/or bear-friendly. You never know what you might find at the show: oils, watercolors, wood carvings, ink illustrations, multimedia presentations, photography, pottery, sculpture, erotica — even the food is prepared so beautifully, you’ll be wondering whether you’re allowed to eat it or if it’s part of the show. This year, all proceeds will benefit Camp Brightfeather, a summer camp for kids affected by HIV. So not only can you finally get something to put in

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ELATION OVER CITATION: Current Philadelphians MC captain Jim KileyZufelt (left) and original charter member Richard “Pearl” Ball receive a mayoral citation presented by Mayor’s Office director of LGBT affairs Gloria Casarez. Photo: Ryan Goldner

that gaping hole above your mantle, but you can do so knowing that you’re also helping to support a great cause. The show runs from 7-10 p.m. Feb. 12-13. The Bears request a $5 donation at the door. Be there on Friday night if you want to meet the artists at the wine-andcheese opening reception. UPCOMING EVENTS: — Midatlantic Leather Weekend: On Jan. 15-18 in Washington, D.C., hosted by Centaur MC. The theme this year is “The Skin UR In.” See www.leatherweekend. org for details. — WOOF! Philly and Laid: Every Sunday at 5 p.m., 1416 Chancellor St.; see or www.laidsaturdays. com for DJ and dancer schedules. Special guest dancers on Jan. 24:

Jonny Mack and Torez — come celebrate Jonny’s “Bear”thday Party! — Liberty Bears Meeting and Social: Feb. 6, at The Bike Stop; meeting from 6-7 p.m. in the Pit and social from 7-10 p.m. on the main floor. — Liberty Bears Annual Art Show and Sale: Feb. 12-13, 710 p.m. on the third floor at The Bike Stop. Meet the artists at the wine and cheese reception on opening night, Feb. 12. — Philadelphians MC Social: Feb. 13 at The Bike Stop from 9 p.m.-midnight on the main floor. ■

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Bruce Yelk

Laughter is the best medicine By all accounts, this is one of the most challenging and strenuous times of year. As the holidays fade into distant memory and the pace of our professional lives increases to a potentially uncomfortable level, “stress” is the name of the game in mid- and late January. Add to this equation the race to file our tax returns and horribly bitter weather, and it becomes a very tough time to get motivated, let alone remain optimistic. With the odds stacked against us, what’s the best way to stay upbeat? The answer is simple: laughter! Filling our social lives with comedic entertainment and humorous events will help everyone weather the winter storm with smiles intact. Thankfully, many of the region’s LGBT bars, organizations and performers have planned a variety of upcoming events guaranteed to bring on the LOLs. Whether you’re a fan of slapstick comedy, over-the-top camp, one-liners or sarcastic stories, you’ll have no trouble finding something to suit your fancy in the next two weeks. Here’s a selection to get you started. On Jan. 16, drag superstar Joey Josephs will headline “Joey and His Girls” at Congregation Beth Ahavah at Rodeph Shalom, 615 N. Broad St., to benefit the Bikur Holim Fund. Josephs is known for his hysterical impersonations of entertainment icons, including Judy Garland and Connie Francis. During the evening, fellow performers Les Harrison, “Katrina” Banks and Precious Caliente will join Josephs on stage for a series of campy, sidesplitting numbers. Tickets for this event will go fast, so call (215) 923-2003

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today to make your reservation. E-mail bethahavah@ with questions about the event or to learn more about the beneficiary’s charitable mission. Starting promptly at 10 p.m. Jan. 17, Brittany Lynn and her drag mafia will host the DVDrelease party for Kathy Griffin’s most recent standup spectacular, “She’ll Cut a Bitch,” at Woody’s Bar, 202 S. 13th St. If you had the opportunity to catch this performance on Bravo last month, you know Griffin’s at her celebrity-slicing best, taking shots at everyone from the Jonas Brothers to Kanye West. Lynn will supply her own brand of standup magic, and DJ Carl Michaels is set to spin your favorite pop and dance hits all evening. Visit www.woodysbar. com for more information. Gay Bingo has long been one of our community’s most popular and fun charity events. The next installment will be 7-9 p.m. Jan. 23 at The Gershman Y, 401 S. Broad St. Join an all-star cast of local drag personalities, the Bingo Verifying Divas (BVDs), for this month’s Golden Globesthemed event — complete with a red carpet, paparazzi and tabloids. One-hundred percent of the proceeds from this event are distributed to AIDSFund’s 30 partner organizations. Tickets to Gay Bingo typically sell out early, so make sure to get yours to today. Floor seating is $25 per

ticket and balcony is $20. If you’ve ever had the opportunity to catch Dame Edna perform on Broadway at a stop on one of her national tours or during her television specials, you know that she’s one of the world’s most hysterical personalities. On Jan. 23, you should strongly consider taking a trip to the DuPont Theatre, 1007 N. Market St., Wilmington, Del., to catch Dame Edna’s critically acclaimed “First Last Tour.” Sponsored by the Philadelphia LGBT Community Meetup Group, this show is guaranteed to have you rolling in the aisles. For show details and ticketing information, visit As you make arrangements for the special comedy events listed above, don’t forget about Bob and Barbara’s Drag Show, 1509 South St., every Thursday from 11 p.m.-1 a.m. Hosted by Miss Lisa Lisa, this is Philadelphia’s longest-running drag show and features a rotation of incredibly funny, over-the-top performers. That’s it for this week, but I hope my suggestions will lift your spirits and get you smiling over the next couple of weeks. If I missed any humorous events or performances that have you giddy with anticipation, please e-mail the information to and I’ll post it on ’Til next time, get offline and see what your community has to offer! ■


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Family Portraits

Suzi Nash

His Web site states, in part, “As a choreographer, George Alley has no reverence for the art of dance. All movement is ‘creative’ movement; the artistic endeavor is in providing the correct framing. Alley’s motivation is in the action of deconstruction, a disregarding of all standards of beauty and ugliness. He is a presenter of the whole, the fragmented, the dismantled and the reassembled. Lies and miscommunications are valuable. Lies create mystery, and mystery in turn creates glamour.” Alley believes the mask is more interesting than the face. PGN endeavored to uncover the mask and the man, and discovered a fun fellow with a contagious laugh and a deep interest in people. I had to work to turn the conversation back to him.

PGN: And your father was a derby driver? GA: Yes, he was a demolitionderby driver, he was a champion swimmer and eventually he became the president of a large insurance company.

PGN: What’s your bio? GA: Well, I was born in Cleveland, Ohio. I’m the first child of a Lebanese blues-soul singer and a demolition-derby driver.

PGN: What’s something rebellious that you did as a kid? GA: I had a club called the British Club and I would make up these newsletters saying that I was the president of the club — I had about five members — and that if anyone in the neighborhood wanted to start a club on their own, they had to go through us. I also crowned myself the president of the United Nations of Clubs, so if they didn’t join, I would declare war on them. Any club not a member of the United Nations was not allowed to congregate or commiserate without our permission. We spent about three years at war with various children in the neighborhood.

PGN: That’s pretty cool. What’s your mother’s name? GA: Norma Joan Joseph-Alley, and she sang in a Detroit band called “Electric Shit.” My father’s name is Howard and I have a younger sister Pamela, she’s an oil ... well, she works for an oil company and she’s a food blogger. She has a great food site: www.peasandcues. PGN: So did your musical bent come from your mother? GA: Actually from both of them. My father listened to a lot of jazz when I was growing up. I have a voice that is very similar to my mother’s, though, and we used to sing a lot together. She hung out with a lot of interesting people — Alice Cooper, Iggy Pop and the Stooges, MC5 — and a lot of those crazy, soulinfluenced punk rockers. PGN: What does your mom look like? GA: Like me! She has dark hair and looks a little like a Lebanese Liz Taylor — Liz from “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” not the Liz in a wheelchair that we see now! She also looks a lot like Laura Nyro ... and Cher. [Laughs.] She’s a glamorous hybrid of Liz Taylor, Cher and Laura Nyro.

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PGN: There’s a jump, though I guess you learn a lot about insurance smashing up cars. GA: Yeah, he was also really into Harleys, so he used to take me on rides with him. He still does. PGN: It sounds like he was an adventurous guy. How does that manifest in you? GA: We’re all kind of rebellious. I think I’m a bit more social than my sister and my parents. I end up being passive-aggressive and the three of them are just aggressive!

PGN: What’s the worst trick you played on your sister? GA: Oh, my sister and I are a team. We never fight. We might fight other people, verbally of course — I don’t want to be bothered — but never each other. We always got along. [Laughs.] We turned our anger on others! PGN: Where did you go to school? GA: I went to school in Cleveland. I had a bad public-school experience in junior high, so I transferred to a private school called Hawken. That’s where I really got into dance and theater and met a lot of the friends that I still collaborate with to this day. After that, I went to the College of Wooster in Ohio, mainly because David Bowie’s son was attending there. I got a

B.A. in theater and choreography and then went to Temple for graduate school, where I got my M.F.A. in choreography. PGN: You were into David Bowie; what was your best Stardust outfit? GA: I caused a huge scandal once when I was at Wooster for wearing an outfit into the cafeteria. I found these leather pants that were Michael Jackson “Thriller”esque in style, but they had been, well ... completely worn out, so there were gaping holes in the back and on the sides, and around the zipper area. I had a sort of pillowcase that I wore above the waist like a mini skirt and it was topped off with a diamond-studded tank top. And I wore red lipstick around my eyes. It sounds kind of tragic, but it was weirdly more refined than you would think. But it caused such an extreme scandal — it was crazy. PGN: It sounds like you were the original Lady Gaga. GA: She’s generation Y, I’m generation X. I like her, but I don’t understand why they’re hailing her as if she invented this stuff. There were so many others doing inventive things before her. But I appreciate that she’s different than your average pop star. PGN: So what is it you do now? GA: I do a lot of different things. I founded a dance company in 2004 called AlleyInk Dance. For the past two years we’ve been performing at different festivals throughout the country. I was just the headliner at the POW! Action Art Festival San Francisco and, in May, I’m going to be doing a large-scale piece at Lakshmi Studio for First Friday. It’s going to be about hairstylists dying and styling as they dance. I’m also the assistant coordinator of an earlyarts enrichment program. It’s a Head Start preschool program where children get to experience dance, music and art every day in addition to regular early-education classes. It’s a governmentfunded program, which is great because parents who normally wouldn’t be able to afford earlyeducation programs for their kids can take advantage of it. PGN: So what’s the funniest thing about watching the kids dance? GA: The funniest thing about

GEORGE ALLEY Photo: M. Scott Whitson

kids is that they’re fully formed artists. We have a tendency to think that you develop as an artist or as a person as time goes on, but when you’re a child, your neurons are firing so rapidly and you’re learning things so quickly, and you’re connecting so many things and so many unusual things together that children are natural artists and natural dancers. We as adults are constantly beating that out of them and taking it away. What’s so beautiful about working with children is that you get to work with fully developed artists, you know, with amazing and interesting ideas about dance and people and animals. So everything they say is funny and scary and bizarre and creative. There are so many things that they do and say that make me laugh on a daily basis. PGN: What’s the Podcast you do? GA: It’s called “I’m Going to Kill You” and I’m the co-host along with Edward Bottger. It’s rated one of the top Podcasts on Podomatic, which is the largest Podcast server in the country. It’s sometimes a sound installation; sometimes we do interviews. We’ve had people from RuPaul’s “Drag Race” on the show; we talked with Nick Burd, who is a young gay author recently picked as one of the “Out 100” for 2009. We had Chi Chi Valenti, who hosts a famous party in New York called “Night of a Thousand Stevies” where people come dressed as Stevie Nicks. We also go on the radio, we call phone

sex lines, we do a lot of crazy things. PGN: Anything else? GA: I’m putting out an album. I’ve been working with Skimmington Ride, who is a New York musician, and some people from a band here in Philly called Oiler. All of the songs are part of a conversation and each song is a conversation with the next song. I always integrate music into everything I do. I’ve composed scores for short films and dance pieces; I’ve collaborated with artists like Cenk Ergun, Drew Castellano and members of the group Man Man. [Laughs.] My first song was “Put it In,” an ode to putting pies in microwaves and kids into Esprit sweaters. I’ve also taught music and I’ve been taking voice lessons and piano lessons. PGN: What instruments do you play? GA: Uh, voice and piano ... I like to dabble in everything. It’s like David Bowie: He pretends to play every instrument, but not always very well. He calls himself, oh, what is it? I think he calls himself a “generalist.” That’s me because I’m not afraid to play any instrument. [Laughs.] Whether or not I have any actual skills, I feel I have a right to play! PGN: I host karaoke and a lot of times I’ll sing a song I don’t know to help someone out. A week later, I’ll hear it on the radio and go, “Oh, so that’s the way it’s supposed to go!” I just consider it

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my own special arrangement. GA: Yeah, sometimes those things elicit the best performances because you’re not beholden to the material. You can do something completely bizarre and new. PGN: What was your coming-out experience? GA: I never really came out because I never remember a time when I felt that I was not gay. And before I ever even said I was gay, people always told me that I was. I had a difficult time in junior high school; it was very obvious to other people that I was gay. I was constantly being hit or thrown down stairs, having clothes ripped off me and harassed on a regular basis. Eventually, my parents had a meeting with the principal, who said that he couldn’t do anything to protect me at the school. I was lucky that my parents were able to send me to a private school, which really changed things around. After ninth grade, I was able to be more comfortable with who I was. I never really talked about being gay, but the more I got into David Bowie from the Ziggy Stardust era or wanted to be like Pete Burns from Dead or Alive and Boy George, and realized that they were gay, the more I figured I was gay too. Mainly the way I knew I was gay was from people calling me faggot. It’s kind of weird: I never associated being gay with being with other people. Never a romantic thing, it was more like a designation, like being left-handed or of a certain race; it was my identity, not an action. PGN: Do you remember having a moment when you realized what it was? GA: Well, my best friend in high school, Edward, who is now my co-host on the Podcast, came up to me and some friends — we were at a wild party at someone’s house whose parents were away (it was crazy, I slapped somebody in the face that night), but I digress. Anyway, he told our group of friends that he was bisexual and he wanted to know if we were OK with it. I remember it was the first time that anyone had said it before, and the first time it registered with me that someone could be gay. It’s funny, I remember telling him that it was OK with me, that I was still his friend, knowing full well in my heart that I was gay too! PGN: So let’s do some arbitrary


questions ... what’s the coldest you’ve ever been? GA: [Laughs.] Emotionally or physically?

Q Puzzle

PGN: I leave that to your interpretation ... GA: OK, the coldest I’ve been emotionally was when I was in college. There was this woman at school who had baked a chocolate vegan cake. She was a little unstable and she’d left the cake out in the hallway while we were having a party. I took a bite of it and it was disgusting. Something inspired me to throw it down the flight of stairs. She had a fit and, not long after that, was institutionalized. That was cold.

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1. Went down on with gusto 6. Counterfeiters’ nemesis 10. Moves the head 14. Whale finder 15. Gore Vidal’s “At ___ ” 16. Role for Ron Howard 17. Start of a quip about why 47Acrossd is better than sex 20. Silly goose 21. Big beer buy 22. Lubricated 23. More of the quip 26. 1985 Kelly McGillis movie PGN: What’s the farthest you’ve 29. Cartoon prince’s son traveled? 30. Durango day GA: I went to Morocco with 33. Mistake by Glenn Burke some friends when I was young. 34. Making a nothing-but-net It drove me crazy because they sound kept stopping at the roadside 36. Reposed stands to pick up these stupid 37. More of the quip plastic trinkets. Once the mer39. Hathaway of “Brokeback chants see you buying things, you Mountain” get hounded. One time, we were 40. Workplace for Michelangelo going down the road and, by the 42. Get in shape time we got to the end, there was 43. Part of a giggle a hoard of 40 people following us 44. “ ___ was saying” with trays. It was like a Moroccan 45. “Queer,” before the Fab Five busker version of paparazzi. 47. It can be better than sex 49. “My Own Private ___ ” PGN: Do you collect anything? 52. Paycheck abbr. GA: I have an insane collection 53. Aladdin’s monkey of Pete Burns memorabilia. I 56. End of the quip have every record he’s ever done, 60. It’s sold in bars I have Dead or Alive towels, 61. The life of Riley smocks, banners, you name it. It’s 62. JFK and LBJ the same thing for Culture Club: 63. Easy partner I have a Boy George apron and 64. Parting words hundreds of other types of memo- 65. Fruit drink rabilia. When I was younger, I was also into comic books. I col- Down lected mostly X-Men comics. I 1. Nick was his master loved Storm, especially the ’80s 2. Pulls behind mohawk Storm. I still must have 3. Grandson of Adam about 3,000 comic books in the 4. Motor City org. basement of my parents’ house. 5. Emily of “CSI: Miami” 6. Main argument PGN: Beauty secret? 7. Impressionist Claude GA: A lot of hydration. Whenever 8. HBO alternative I have a cocktail, I try to mix it in with ginger echinacea or purple carrot juice. I do healthy martini parties for my friends. You’ll have to join me next time.

9. Three R’s org. 10. Like a superbly pitched game 11. Lesbian character in “She’s Gotta Have It” 12. Emulate Greg Louganis 13. Watermelon “ammo” 18. Animal mouths 19. Sentence subjects, often 23. Hole ___ (ace to Sheehan) 24. Goldie of “The Banger Sisters” 25. Pg. in a photocopier 26. Like the Ladies of Llangollen 27. About to blow 28. Cock-and-bull story 30. Shore of Palm Springs 31. Lint trap? 32. Cut recipient 34. What Tim might call Tyne 35. Novelist Bret 37. Kiss from Kahlo 38. Rocker Clapton 41. Lake site of gay and lesbian ski week 42. Many of its seamen went to the bottom 45. Says “Li’l Abner,” say 46. How quickly one comes

47. Sevigny of “Boys Don’t Cry” 48. Beneficial 49. Click it to go to AfterEllen. com 50. Limp watch painter 51. Mapa of “Desperate Housewives” 53. Surrounded by 54. ___ noire 55. Cold War rival of the USA 57. Young lady coming out 58. “A drop of golden sun” 59. Singer DiFranco SOLUTION

PGN: You got it. ■ For more information about AlleyInk or “I’m Going to Kill You,” visit www.GeorgeAlley. com. To suggest a community member for “Family Portraits,” write to: Family Portraits, 505 S. Fourth St., Philadelphia, PA 19147 or




Outward Bound

JAN. 15 - 21, 2010

Jeff Guaracino

On a travel budget? Work the system!


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When it comes to airlines, loyalty is key, especially in a recession. George Clooney’s character in the film “Up In The Air” said, “I don’t spend a nickel if I can help it unless it somehow profits my mileage account.” If upgrades and free airline tickets are your essential 2010 travel tools, then look no further than Citibank and American Airlines. The two have teamed up to offer both MasterCard and American Express travel-award credit cards. In addition to earning a free flight by spending just $750, you can get many other benefits. Open a Citibank checking account with a Citibank/AAvantage debit card and you earn AAdvantage miles for every dollar you spend. And you can earn 29,000 miles on American Airlines just for opening a few new accounts. All you have to do is go to and sign up for a free AAdvantage account. Other airlines, including Southwest and US Airways, offer similar programs. Your best bet is to stick to one program and let the mileage rack up. Last year, I earned more than 100,000 miles by playing by their rules! Shop around Hotel deals are plentiful. Start

by first determining what you value most. Do you prefer lots of extras for one great price (sometimes the better deal) or the least expensive room no matter what? My rule is to shop around by checking out the hotel’s Web site, the destination’s official tourism Web site and then one of the online travel Web sites. The best hotel package deal, at the best price, is usually found on the hotel’s own Web site. If Baltimore is on your list, choose from the Harbor Magic Hotels gay hotel packages. Pick from three hotels — Pier 5 Hotel, the Admiral Fell Inn at Fell’s Point or the Brookshire Suites at the Inner Harbor — all come with breakfast, passes to The Hippo Bar and Nightclub and more, at www.harbormagic. com/staygaybaltimore. Find the most up-to-date hotel deals in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., at Sunny. org and, if you book your hotel package on this site, you will receive a “Beach Starter Kit,” including a beach towel, beach ball and flip-flops. It’s fun and free. To find some of the best hotel rates at a great price, check out (explore the gay vacations tab) or

Day trips There is nothing like a change of scenery on the weekend, especially when you live in a beautiful region. Travel doesn’t always mean an entire weekend away. A visit to Atlantic City to one of the casinos can be fun, even if you don’t gamble. With the recession and competition from Pennsylvania’s new casinos, smart travelers will find that reward programs can be, well, rewarding. It is easy to sign up at hotels such as the Borgata Hotel, Casino and Spa. (It takes less than a minute at You can redeem comps for food, rooms and other perks. Sign up for the casino loyalty programs: They are usually free and most can be used at sister properties. You can also plan a great weekend right here in Pennsylvania. Sign up at Twitter and follow Visit PA. You can find great ideas for day and overnight trips and deals only on Twitter, as well as plenty of low-cost road-trip itineraries at ■ Jeff Guaracino, vice president of the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation and author of “Gay and Lesbian Tourism: The Essential Guide for Marketing,” has learned to find the best deals and travel resources for the LGBT community.


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It’s never too early to think about summer 110over70 Patty Armando brings a new shape to Washington Avenue with 110over70, an energizing fitness facility at 1100 S. Broad St. that features private studios for yoga, Pilates, group exercise and spinning. With over 25 years of experience, the 110over70 team is devoted to helping members exceed their fitness goals. Nationally certified and degreed fitness professionals lead the way at the venue, which offers the lowest membership fee in the area. Members have unlimited club usage and access to groupexercise classes and can also take advantage of the venue’s cooking classes, tennis lessons, nutrition services, personal-training offerings and running club. Join 100over70 in January and you’ll receive half-off the initia-

tion fee, one free personal-training session and a complete body-fat and body-mass-index analysis. For more information, visit or call (215) 790-1025. AAA South Jersey Travel AAA South Jersey Travel Agency provides complete travel solutions for AAA members and all the traveling public. With four branch locations in the Garden State — Voorhees, Vineland, Beckett and Sewell — to serve you, AAA South Jersey offers a full range of travel services, such as up-to-date travel information and assistance with worldwide tour, cruise and vacation packages. AAA South Jersey strives to be the most trusted brand in the travel industry. For more information, call 888-

577-9AAA. Bicycle Therapy Bicycle Therapy, 2211 South St., has been serving Philadelphia’s commuters and cycling enthusiasts for nearly 20 years. The shop provides both out-

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worth watching: FRIDAY A League of Their Own Rosie O’Donnell, Madonna and more start in this Penny Marshall-directed film about a women’s baseball team. 7 p.m. on Bravo. SATURDAY Suze Orman Show The out money expert gives advice. 9 p.m. on CNBC.

AFTERNOON DELIGHT?: We were so busy with the holidays that we didn’t rejoice when gay characters Oliver Fish (Scott Evans, left) and Kyle Lewis (Brett Claywell) finally closed the deal onscreen on ABC’s “One Life to Live.” Groundbreaking, yes. But we’ve seen such events become harbingers of gay characters’ exit. (Reese and Bianca on “All My Children”?) Let’s hope Kyle and Fish stick around. 2 p.m. weekdays on ABC. Photo: ABC, Donna Svennevik

Graham Norton Show The out personality hosts his own British talk show. 10:30 p.m. on BBC America. The Wanda Sykes Show The out comedian stars with drag sidekick Porsche. 11 p.m. on Fox.

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SUNDAY The Golden Globe Awards It’s the diet Oscars with Ricky Gervais hosting. 8 p.m. on NBC.

TUESDAY American Idol Out talk show host Ellen DeGeneres is a judge. 8 p.m. on Fox.

Desperate Housewives A new episode. Look for the gay couple. 9 p.m. on ABC.

Alec Mapa Standup Special The out comedian performs. 8 p.m. on Logo.

Brothers & Sisters Gay couple Kevin and Scotty try surrogacy. 10 p.m. on ABC.

Reno 911! Look for Lt. Dangle. 9 p.m. on Logo.

MONDAY How I Met Your Mother Openly gay Neil Patrick Harris stars as skirt-chaser Barney in this new episode. 8 p.m. on CBS.

WEDNESDAY American Idol Ellen DeGeneres judges. 8 p.m. on Fox.

The Decorating Adventures of Ambrose Price The out design guru’s reality show spruces things up. 10:30 p.m. on Logo.

The New Adventures of Old Christine Erick McCormack (“Will & Grace”) guest stars as Christine’s new man. Out comedian Wanda Sykes co-stars. 8 p.m. on CBS. Modern Family Watch for gay couple and adoptive parents Mitchell and Cameron in this repeat. 8 and 9 p.m. on ABC. Ugly Betty The fashion industry comedy/ drama. Look for gay character Marc. 10 p.m. on ABC. THURSDAY London Live Lady Gaga performs. 7 p.m. on Logo. A Four Letter Word Party boy Luke may have met his match in the hot new guy in his life, Stephen, and an unprecedented monogamous relationship. 8 p.m. on Logo.

Queer TV you can always see: One Life to Live Kyle and Oliver have sealed the deal ... onscreen! MondayFriday, 2 p.m. on ABC. The Ellen DeGeneres Show Monday-Friday, 3 p.m. on NBC. The Rachel Maddow Show Monday-Friday, 9 p.m. on MSNBC.

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Diversions Your guide to arts and entertainment


Almost, Maine The Players Club of Swarthmore Theater presents an off-beat comedy where love takes some surprising turns for folks in a tiny northern town, through Jan. 30, 614 Fairview Road, Swarthmore; (610) 3284271.

humor romp, through Jan. 17, 56 E. Butler Ave., Ambler; (215) 654-0200.

The Irish ... and How They Got That Way The irreverent but affectionate history of the Irish in America uses classical songs and stories as told by Pulitzer Prizewinning author Frank McCourt, through Feb. 28 at Kimmel’s Innovation Becky Shaw The Wilma Theatre presents Studio, 240 S. Broad St.; (215) 790-5847. the Pulitzer Prize finalist and off-Broadway hit Other Hands comedy from Obie AwardLuna Theatre Company winner Gina Gionfriddo presents an examination of about a woman who love for the technological decides to set up her best age, Jan. 20-Feb. 14 at friend on a blind date with Walnut Street Theatre’s her husband’s mysterious Studio 5, 825 Walnut St.; coworker, through Jan. 31, (215) 574-3550. 265 S. Broad St.; (215) 546-7824. Peter Pan The timeless story of Peter, Blue Door Tinker Bell, Captain Hook Arden Theatre Company and the Lost Boys hits the presents the story of a stage through Jan. 31 at successful mathematics Arden Theatre Company’s professor experiencing F. Otto Haas Stage, 40 N. a sleepless night during Second St.; (215) 922-1122. which a series of ancestors visits to reveal the hardships and victories that The Prince Independence Studio have shaped their lives, presents a story following through March 21, 40 N. Second St.; (215) 922-1122. a popular senator into the backroom of his politically charged court case, Jan. Defending the 19-Feb. 7 at Walnut Street Caveman The comedy written by Rob Theatre’s Studio 3, 825 Walnut St.; (215) 574-3550. Becker returns at 6 and 9 p.m. Jan. 16 to Sellersville Theater 1984, 24 W. Temple Sara Felder’s Melancholy, A Comedy Ave.; (215) 257-5808. Painted Bride Art Center presents the out juggler, The Eclectic Society theater artist and trickster as The Walnut Street Theatre presents the world premiere she probes the dark corners of mental illness in this of a complex story of radical solo comedy about drama and humor set on a Abraham Lincoln, a woman university campus in 1963 on the bus and the civil New England, Jan. 18war within ourselves, Jan. March 7, 825 Walnut St.; 21-23, 230 Vine St.; (215) (215) 574-3550. 925-9914. First Impressions Act II Playhouse presents The Threshing Floor Tony Braithwaite’s Mauckingbird Theatre hilarious new politicalCompany presents a one-

man performance of an imagined encounter with out author James Baldwin and a fictional graduate student who comes to interview Baldwin at his home abroad, through Jan. 31 at Adrienne Theatre’s Second Stage; (215) 9238909. TRU Mauckingbird Theatre Company presents a look into the psyche of out author Truman Capote as he reels from social shunning by his elite Manhattan friends following Esquire Magazine’s publication of a gossip-filled chapter from his never-to-be-finished work “Answered Prayers,” through Jan. 31 at Adrienne Theatre’s Second Stage; (215) 923-8909. Wicked The musical based on the untold story of the Wicked Witch of the West from “The Wizard of Oz” returns, through Jan. 24 at Kimmel’s Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St.; (215) 790-5847. A Winnie the Pooh Birthday Tail Plays & Players Family Series will present the story of a birthday very long ago when Eeyore lost his tail and Winnie the Pooh and Piglet got all of their friends together to organize a search, through Jan. 24, 1714 Delancey Place; (215) 735-0630.

music by Chopin performed by Jeffrey Siegel, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 18 at Kimmel’s Perelman Theater, 240 S. Broad St.; (215) 790-5847.



Garrick Ohlsson Philadelphia Chamber Music Society presents an evening of the pianist performing the music of Chopin, 8 p.m. Jan. 19 at Kimmel’s Perelman Theater, 240 S. Broad St.; (215) 790-5847. An Evening of Mozart The Philadelphia Orchestra performs Mozart’s most popular works, 8 p.m. Jan. 21 and 23 and 2 p.m. Jan. 22 at Kimmel’s Verizon Hall, 240 S. Broad St.; (215) 790-5847.

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The Waiting Room The Genesis/Peter Gabriel tribute band performs at 8 p.m. Jan. 15 at Sellersville Theater 1984, 24 W. Temple Ave.; (215) 2575808. Cassidy The former Antigone Rising singer performs at 10:30 p.m. Jan. 15 at Tin Angel, 20 S. Second St.; (215) 928-0770.

AxD Gallery remains eye-catching in 2010 with Arabesque Expressionism, an exhibition pairing of the works of Madeline Adams and Daniel Stuelpnagel. Stuelpnagel’s interwoven grids and Adams’ jostling ovals, while quite different, use geometry as poetic structure, and their works often evoke Middle Eastern influences and free-form verse. The exhibition is on display through Feb. 6 at 265 S. 10th St. For more information, call (215) 627-6250.

Christine Havrilla The out singer-songwriter Johnny Showcase performs at 7:30 p.m. Jan. The creator of the Lefty 16 at Tin Angel, 20 S. Lucy Cabaret performs, Second St.; (215) 928-0770. backed by his soul outfit The Sons of Thunder, at Animus 7:30 p.m. Jan. 20 at World The instrumental group of Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.; culturally diverse musical (215) 222-1400. concepts and traditions Mattila Debuts from ancient to modern The Philadelphia Orchestra performs at 7:30 p.m. Jan. presents acclaimed Finnish 17 at World Cafe Live, Agulhas soprano Karita Mattila at 8 3025 Walnut St.; (215) 222- Gallery 339 presents an p.m. Jan. 15-16 at Kimmel’s 1400. exhibition of works by Verizon Hall, 240 S. Broad Edward Dimsdale, through St.; (215) 790-5847. Sgt. Sass Jan. 23, 339 S. 21st St.; The out hip-hop duo (215) 731-1530. Chopin the Storyteller performs at 8 p.m. Jan. The Kimmel Center 17 at The Khyber, 56 S. American Pastime presents an evening of Second St.; (215) 238-5888. InLiquid presents an

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installation of new mixedmedia work by artist Katharine Kesselring, through Feb. 5 at the Painted Bride Art Center Café Gallery, 230 Vine St.; (215) 5921310. Body Worlds 2 & The Brain The Franklin Institute presents an eye-opening journey through the inner workings of the human body through a broad collection of authentic human specimens, through Feb. 20, 222 N. 20th St.; (215) 448-1200. Common Ground: Eight Philadelphia Photographers in the 1960s and 1970s The Philadelphia Museum of Art presents an exhibition examining a critical period for the art of photography and for the Philadelphia art scene, through Jan. 31, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.; (215) 763-8100. Isaac Lin: A Place Near Here Fleisher/Ollman Gallery presents a solo exhibition of new works from the Chinese-American artist, Jan. 21-Feb. 20, 1616 Walnut St., Suite 100; (215) 545-7562. Ragas and Rajas: Musical Imagery of Courtly India The Philadelphia Museum of Art presents a diverse selection of paintings and sculptures from across the subcontinent, through Feb. 28, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.; (215) 763-8100. Rockwell’s America The largest 3-D Norman Rockwell exhibit in the world takes visitors on a unique journey that includes segments from the Academy Award-winning film “Norman Rockwell’s World,” 20 theatrical environments, 35 threedimensional life-sized depictions of Rockwell’s characters and dozens of interactive educational experiences, through March 14 at King of Prussia Mall’s Lower Level Plaza, 256 Mall Blvd.; (610) 768-0710. Supergirl! NEXUS presents an exhibition of female video artists who represent themselves as superheroes in their work, through Feb. 5, 1400 N. American St., Suite 102; (215) 684-1946. Twenty-Two Squared Twenty-Two Gallery presents an eclectic offering of affordable original art from 22 area artists, through Feb. 7, 236 S. 22nd St.; (215) 772-1911.



River North Chicago Dance Company The jazzy dance troupe kicks off the new year for the Dance Celebration Series, through Jan. 16 at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 3680 Walnut St.; (215) 898-3900.


at 8 p.m. Jan. 18 at Trocadero Theatre, 1003 Arch St.; (215) 922-5483.


Elizabeth Kostova The author of “The Swan Thieves: A Novel” hosts a reading at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 21 at Central Library, 1901 Vine St.; (215) 686-5322.

A League of Their Own This 1992 film directed by Penny Marshall and starring Madonna and Rosie O’Donnell is screened at 2 p.m. Jan. 16 at The Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville; (610) 917-0223.


Red Shoes The 1948 film about the world of professional ballet is screened at 2 p.m. Jan. 17 at The Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville; (610) 917-0223.

Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret The outrageous cabaret performer takes the stage at 9 p.m. Feb. 21 at L’Etage, 624 S. Sixth St.; (215) 592-0656.

4 Little Girls Bryn Mawr Film Institute presents Spike Lee’s powerful documentary about the 1963 bombing of an African-American church in Birmingham, Ala., that tragically took the lives of four girls, ages 11-14, at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 18, 824 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr; (610) 527-9898. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind The film starring Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet is screened


The Ken Silver Orchestra The musical ensemble performs at 8:30 p.m. Jan. 16 at Harlans at The Nevermore, 6426 Lower York Road, New Hope; (215) 862-5225.


Jim Norton The outrageously funny comedian performs Jan. 15-16 at the Borgata Hotel, Casino and Spa Music Box, 1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City, N.J.; (609) 317-1000. Bob Marley The comedian from Comedy Central and “The Boondock Saints” performs through Jan. 16 at Helium, 2031 Sansom St.; (215) 496-9001. ■

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YOU’RE GOING TO ... NEW JERSEY: With “American Idol” back for a new season, you might want to revisit “A Chorus Line.” The blockbuster musical in which wide-eyed hopefuls drag their dreams and emotional baggage into the spotlight while auditioning for a chance at stardom is eerily similar to the TV show — though it pre-dates “Idol” by a few decades. Check it out at The Ritz Theatre Company through Feb. 13, 915 White Horse Pike, Haddon Township, N.J. For information, call (856) 858.5230.



Meeting Place A community bulletin board of activities, facilities and organizations

Community centers ■ The Attic Youth Center: For LGBT and questioning youth and their friends and allies. Groups meet and activities are held from 4-8 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays; case management, HIV testing and smoking cessation are available Monday through Friday. See the Youth section for more events. 255 S. 16th St.; (215) 545-4331 ■ Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Center at the University of Pennsylvania 3907 Spruce St.; (215) 898-5044;, Summer hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. ■ Rainbow Room — Bucks County’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning and Allies Youth Center: 6-8 p.m. Wednesdays: Doylestown Planned Parenthood, The Atrium, Suite 2E, 301 S. Main St., Doylestown; (215) 348-0558 ext. 65; ■ William Way Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center: 1315 Spruce St.; (215) 732-2220; Peer counseling: Monday through Friday, 6-9 p.m. Library hours: Mondays 3-9 p.m., Tuesdays 3-6 p.m., Wednesdays 3-9 p.m., Thursdays 3-9 p.m., Fridays 3-9 p.m., Saturdays noon-6 p.m., Sundays noon-6 p.m. Volunteers: New Orientation: First Wednesday of the month at 7:30 p.m.; Volunteer Velada, third Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m.

Health Anonymous, free, confidential HIV testing Spanish/English counselors offer testing 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday at Congreso de Latinos Unidos, 166 W. Lehigh Ave.; (215) 763-8870 ext. 6000. AIDS Services In Asian Communities Provides HIV-related services to Asians and Pacific Islanders at 340 N. 12th St., suite 205; (2215) 536-2424. Gay and Lesbian Latino AIDS Education Initiative Free, anonymous HIV testing from 9:30 a.m.4:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursdays at 1207 Chestnut St., fifth floor; (215) 851-1822 or (866) 222-3871. Spanish/English. HIV testing Free, anonymous testing and counseling is offered from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday and by appointment at AIDS Resource, 520 W. Fourth St., suite 2A, Williamsport; (570) 322-8448.

Key numbers

HIV treatment Free HIV/AIDS diagnosis and treatment for Philadelphia residents are available from 9 a.m.noon Mondays and 5-8 p.m. Thursdays at Health Center No. 2, 1720 S. Broad St.; (215) 685-1803. HIV health insurance help Access to free medications, confidential HIV testing available at 17 MacDade Blvd., suite 108, Collingdale; Medical Office Building, 722 Church Lane, Yeadon; and 630 S. 60th St.; (610) 586-9077. Mazzoni Center Free, anonymous HIV testing; HIV/AIDS care and treatment, case management and support groups; 1201 Chestnut St.; (215) 563-0652. www. Washington West Project Free, anonymous HIV testing. Walk-ins welcome 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday; 1201 Locust St.; (215) 985-9206.; Fax: (215) 686-2555

■ AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania: (215) 587-9377

■ Mazzoni Center: (215) 563-0652; www.

■ AIDS Law Project of Southern New Jersey: (856) 933-9500 ext. 221

■ Mazzoni Center Family and Community Medicine: (215) 563-0658

■ AIDS Library: (215) 985-4851 ■ ACLU of Pennsylvania: (215) 592-1513

■ Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (Philadelphia): (215) 572-1833

■ AIDS Treatment hot line: (215) 5452212

■ Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations: (215) 686-4670

■ Barbara Gittings Gay and Lesbian Collection at the Independence Branch of the Philadelphia Free Library: (215) 685-1633

■ Philadelphia Lesbian and Gay Task Force: (215) 772-2000

■ The COLOURS Organization Inc. 112 N. Broad St., 11th floor; (215) 4960330. ■ Equality Advocates Pennsylvania: (215) 731-1447; (866) LGBTLAW ■ Equality Forum: (215) 732-3378 ■ Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered Peer Counseling Services: (215) 732-TALK ■ Mayor’s liaison to LGBT communities: Gloria Casarez, (215) 686-2194; Gloria.

■ Philadelphia Police Department liaison — Chief Inspector James Tiano: (215) 685-3655 ■ Philadelphia Police Liaison Committee: (215) 600-0627; ■ Philly Pride Presents: (215) 875-9288 ■ SPARC — Statewide Pennsylvania Rights Coalition: (717) 920-9537 ■ Transgender Health Action Coalition: (215) 732-1207 (staffed 3-6 p.m. Wednesdays, and 6-9 p.m. Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays)


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Arch Street United Methodist Church Services at 8:30 and 11 a.m. at Broad and Arch streets; (215) 568-6250.

First United Methodist Church of Philadelphia Inclusive, welcoming and progressive congregation worships at 11 a.m. Sundays at 6023 Germantown Ave. Lunch follows; childcare is provided; (215) 438-3677.

Bethlehem-Judah Ministries Open and affirming congregation holds services at 10 a.m. Sundays at 3847 N. Dupont Hwy., Kent Plaza Suite #2, Dover, Del.; (302) 734-9350.

Gay Christian Singles Philly Burbs Provides support and fellowship for GLBT singles through discussion groups and social events; (610) 457-2081;

BuxMont Unitarian Universalist Church Hold services at 10:15 a.m. at 2040 Street Road, Warrington; (215) 343-0406.

Global Heart Spiritual Center Holds services at 10:30 a.m. at 1812 HaddonfieldBerlin Road, Cherry Hill, N.J.; (609) 868-2372.

Calvary United Methodist Church Reconciling, welcoming and affirming church holds services at 11 a.m. Sundays at 48th Street and Baltimore Avenue; (215) 724-1702.

Grace Epiphany Church A welcoming and diverse Episcopal congregation in Mt. Airy, holds services at 8 and 10:30 a.m. Sundays, at 224 E. Gowen Ave., Mt. Airy; (215) 248-2950;

Central Baptist Church Welcoming and affirming church holds services at 10:45 a.m. Sundays at 106 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne; (610) 688-0664. Chestnut Hill United Methodist Church Services at 11 a.m. and Spirit at Play, an arts-based Sunday school for children, at 9:30 a.m. at 8812 Germantown Ave.; (215) 242-9321. Church of the Crucifixion Inclusive Episcopal community holds services at 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sundays at Eighth and Bainbridge streets; (215) 922-1128. Church of the Trinity Lutheran Reconciling in Christ parish holds services at 10 a.m. Sundays at 18th and Wolf streets; (215) 334-6656. Dignity Jersey Shore An organization for sexual-minority Catholics meets first Saturday of the month in Asbury Park. For time and location, call (732) 502-0305. Dignity Metro NJ An organization for sexual-minority Catholics meets at 4 p.m. Sundays at St. George’s Episcopal Church, 550 Ridgewood Road, Maplewood, N.J.; (973) 857-4040. Dignity Philadelphia Holds Mass at 7 p.m. Sundays at 330 S. 13th St.; (215) 546-2093;

Holy Communion Lutheran Church (ELCA) Reconciling in Christ congregation worships Sundays at 9 a.m. at 2111 Sansom St. and 11 a.m. at 2110 Chestnut St.; (215) 569-1840; www. Hope Ministry Family Fellowship Affirming Christ-centered church meets at 11 a.m. Sundays in Allentown; (610) 791-0716; Imago Dei Metropolitan Community Church Sexual-minority congregation worships at 10:30 a.m. Sundays at 1223 Middletown Road (Route 352), Glen Mills; (610) 358-1716; www.

St. John’s Lutheran Church (ELCA) Reconciling in Christ congregation holds services at 10:30 a.m. Sundays at 24 N. Ridge Ave., Ambler; (215) 646-2451; St. Luke and The Epiphany Church Open and welcoming church holds liturgy at 9 and 11 a.m. Sundays fall through winter and “Prayer Around the Cross” at 7 p.m. first Friday of the month at 330 S. 13th St.; (215) 732-1918. St. Mary of Grace Parish Inclusive church in the Catholic tradition celebrates Mass at 6 p.m. Sundays in the Unitarian Universalist Church of Delaware County, 145 W. Rose Tree Road, Media; (610) 566-1393; www.

Tabernacle United Church Open and affirming congregation holds services at 10 a.m. Sundays at 3700 Chestnut St.; (215) 3864100.

Kol Tzedek Reconstructionist Synagogue committed to creating a diverse and inclusive community meets at Calvary Center, 801 S. 48th St.; (215) 764-6364; www.

Unitarian Universalist Church of Delaware County Welcoming congregation holds services at 10:30 a.m. at 145 W. Rose Tree Road, Media. Children’s program (pre-8th) 10:30 a.m.; youth programming 6 p.m. Sunday; (610) 566-4853;

Maple Shade Congregational Church of the United Church of Christ Affirming congregation open to all sexual orientations and gender identities holds services at 10 a.m. Sundays at 45 N. Forklanding Road, Maple Shade, N.J.; (856) 779-7739;

Episcopal Church of St. Paul Welcoming and inclusive church holds services at 10 a.m. Sundays and 7 p.m. Tuesdays at 89 Pinewood Drive, Levittown; (215) 945-2886;

Metropolitan Community Church Holds services at 10:30 a.m. Sundays preceded by a 9:30 a.m. Bible study at The Pride Center of New Jersey.

Evangelicals Concerned Lesbian and gay Christian group meets at 2 p.m. the second and fourth Sundays of the month; (215) 860-7445.

Metropolitan Community Church of Philadelphia Holds services at 11 a.m. Sundays at the William Way Center, 1315 Spruce St.; (215) 735-MCC3;

The First United Church of Germantown A sexual-minority-affirming congregation holds services at 11 a.m. Sundays at 6023 Germantown Ave.; lunch follows; (215) 438-3677.

St. Asaph’s Church Inclusive and progressive Episcopal Church holds services at 10 a.m. Sundays, with a contemplative communion at 8 a.m. at 27 Conshohocken State Road, Bala Cynwyd; (610) 664-0966; www.

LC/NA Delaware Valley chapter A group for Lutherans who are not out in their own congregations meets at 7 p.m. fourth Sunday of the month at University Lutheran Church, 3637 Chestnut St.; (215) 387-2885.

Emanuel Lutheran Church Reconciling in Christ congregation meets at 10:30 a.m. Sundays at New and Kirkpatrick streets, New Brunswick, N.J.; (732) 545-2673; www.

First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia A liberal, welcoming and diverse congregation that affirms the dignity of all. Sunday services at 10 a.m. at 2125 Chestnut St.; (215) 563-3980;

Silverside Church Holds services at 10 a.m. Sundays followed by a group discussion at 2800 Silverside Road, Wilmington, Del.; (302) 478-5921.

St. Mary’s Church Diverse and inclusive Episcopal church, with openly gay rector, celebrates Eucharist at 11 a.m. Sundays; adult forum is held at 9:30 a.m.; and evening prayer is at 6:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday at 3916 Locust Walk; (215) 386-3916; www.stmarysatpenn. org.

Mainline Unitarian Church Holds services at 9 and 11 a.m. Sundays at 816 S. Valley Forge Road, Devon; (610) 688-8332; www.

First Presbyterian Church of Lansdowne Welcoming church holds services at 10 a.m. Sundays at 140 N. Lansdowne Ave.; (610) 622-0800; www.

Resurrection Lutheran Church Holds services at 10 a.m. Sundays at 620 Welsh Road, Horsham; (215) 646-2597.

Interweave Organization of LGBT Unitarians and allies meets monthly at Unitarian Universalist Church of Cherry Hill, N.J., 401 N. Kings Highway; (856) 667-3618;

Drexel Hill Baptist Church Non-judgmental Christian congregation affiliated with American Baptist Churches of the USA holds services at 11 a.m. Sundays at Childs Avenue and State Road, Drexel Hill; (610) 259-2356; www.

First Baptist Church Welcoming and affirming church holds services at 11 a.m. Sundays at 123 S. 17th St.; (215) 563-3853.

Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting worships at 11 a.m. Sundays at 1515 Cherry St.; (215) 241-7260;

New Thought Spiritual Community Nondenominational service is offered at 10:30 a.m. Sundays at Cradle of Liberty Council, 1485 Valley Forge Road, Wayne; (610) 962-9923. Old First Reformed Church Open and affirming United Church worships at 11 a.m. Sundays September through June, and 10 a.m. June through August at 151 N. Fourth St.; (215) 922-4566; Penns Park United Methodist Church Welcoming and affirming church holds services at 10:30 a.m. Sundays at 2394 Second Street Pike, Penns Park; (215) 598-7601. Rainbow Buddhist Meditation Group Meets at 5 p.m. Sundays at the William Way Center.

Unitarian Society of Germantown Welcoming congregation holds services 10:30 a.m. Sundays at 6511 Lincoln Drive (West Mt. Airy); (215) 844-1158; Unitarian Universalist Church of Cherry Hill Holds services at 10:15 a.m. at 401 N. Kings Highway, Cherry Hill, N.J.; (856) 667-3618. Unitarian Universalist Church of the Restoration, Mt. Airy Welcoming congregation holds services at 11 a.m. Sundays September through June at 6900 Stenton Ave.; (215) 836-1812; Unitarian Universalist Congregation, South Jersey Shore Holds services at 10 a.m. Sundays in Galloway Township, N.J.; (609) 926-8890; Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Pottstown Holds services at 10 a.m. at 1565 S. Keim St., Pottstown; (610) 327-2662. United Christian Church Open, affirming and welcoming congregation holds servies at 11 a.m. Sundays at 8525 New Falls Road, Levittown; (215) 946-6800. Unity Fellowship Church of Philadelphia Diverse, affirming GLBT congregation holds services at 2 p.m. Sundays at Broad and Arch streets; (215) 222-3180. University Lutheran Church of the Incarnation Welcoming congregation holds services at 10:30 a.m. Sundays at 3637 Chestnut St. preceded by “Adult Forum: Sundays” at 9:30 discussing religious alienation and struggles of faith; (215) 387-2885.

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Contracts down: Is housing headed for double-dip? By Alan Zibel The Associated Press The number of people preparing to buy a home fell sharply in November, an unsettling new sign that the housing market may be headed for a “double-dip” downturn for the rest of the winter. The figures last Tuesday came after a similarly discouraging report on new-home sales, illustrating how heavily the housing market depends right now on government help. In October, buyers raced to get contracts signed in time to take advantage of a tax credit for firsttime homeowners that was set to expire. It has since been extended into spring — and now prospective buyers are taking their time. The National Association of Realtors said its seasonally adjusted index of sales contracts fell 16 percent from October to November, ending nine months of gains. Economists surveyed by Thomson Reuters had expected

only a 2-percent drop. “This was bound to happen at some point, although not by this much,” wrote Jennifer Lee, senior economist with BMO Capital Markets. She added: “Gulp.” When the tax credit expires this spring and the government phases out programs to keep mortgage rates low, the housing market will have to stand on its own. Many economists doubt it can. “We’re just going to languish at the bottom,” said Anna Piretti, senior economist at BNP Paribas. The last housing downturn helped drag the nation into the worst recession in decades. The expected dip in home sales and prices this winter appears to pose less of a threat to the broader economy. Orders to U.S. factories, for example, posted a big gain in November, the Commerce Department said last week. So while the housing market remains vulnerable, makers of steel, computers and chemicals are mounting a surprisingly robust

rebound. “We expect housing to just limp along even as the rest of the economy is growing fairly strongly,” said Nomura Securities economist Zach Pandl. Stocks were mixed as the reports offered conflicting signals about the economy. The Dow industrials slipped 0.1 percent, while the broader Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 0.3 percent to its highest close since Oct. 1, 2008. The tax credit is worth up to $8,000 for first-time homebuyers and was set to expire Nov. 30. Congress extended it through the end of April and broadened it to include a credit of up to $6,500 for buyers who relocate. Typically, there’s a lag of one to two months between when the contract is signed and the sale closes. To meet the original deadline for the tax credit, buyers would have needed to submit a signed sales contract by the end of October at the latest. The Realtor group said it expected

homebuyers to start responding to the extension by early spring, suggesting that sales will pick up again but fall back later in the year, once the government support is gone. In addition, the Federal Reserve is buying up $1.25 trillion in mortgage-backed securities to help keep interest rates at or near record lows. That program is scheduled to run out at the end of March, though a sudden jump in rates could force the Fed to extend it. “We don’t want to see mortgage rates rise yet,” said Jerry Smith, associate broker with Re/Max Professional outside Denver. “And we certainly don’t want to see unemployment get any worse than it is.” For November, new sales contracts were down 3 percent in the West, 15 percent in the South and 26 percent each in the Northeast and Midwest. The housing market had been rebounding from the worst downturn in decades, helped by

the federal intervention. Sales of existing homes surged in November to the highest level in nearly three years, but analysts expect a drop of 10-20 percent from November to December. The most pessimistic analyst forecast came from Daniel Alpert, managing director of the New York investment bank Westwood Capital LLC. He expects prices to fall to 10 percent below the lows of last spring when the government help goes away. Nevertheless, in some particularly hard-hit areas, realestate agents are confident the worst days of the housing bust are over. Charlotte Wester, a real-estate agent with US Preferred Realty in Mesa, Ariz., said homes are so affordable — one house in her area sold for under $50,000 last fall — they are drawing multiple bids and often selling over the listing prices. “I can’t see how our prices could get any cheaper,” she said. ■

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