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Philadelphia Gay News Vol. 33 No. 3

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Jan. 16 - 22, 2009

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By Lisa Keen PGN Contributor The last week leading up to the inauguration of the new president has brought several LGBTrelated political developments: Following the announcement that openly gay Episcopal Bishop V. Gene Robinson would give an invocation during the pre-Inauguration celebration, nine new appointments were revealed to be in the works and an unexpected skeleton emerged from a completely overlooked archival closet. Most significant by far, in terms of political importance, are the new appointments, albeit in various stages of being vetted, finalized and announced. President-elect Obama named openly gay National Zoo director John Berry to head the Office of Personnel Management. It’s a bit short of the Secretary of Interior position gay leaders had hoped for but, it’s the highest-ranking position ever for an openly gay appointee. The Office of Personnel Management, with more than 5,000 employees and an annual budget of about $1.5 billion, is the hiring agency of the federal government’s 3-million-strong civilian workforce. In addition to being director of the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., Berry was assistant See BERRY, Page 14

Judge OKs jury trial in samesex battery case By Timothy Cwiek PGN Writer-at-Large For the past three years, as H.E. tells it, he has been on a mission for justice, hoping to get compensated for enduring samesex harassment and battery that nearly ruined his life. H.E., 42, of Washington, a small town in southwestern Pennsylvania, worked as a machinist for the Perryman Co., a titanium manufacturer based in Houston, Pa., from 19912003. At first he enjoyed his time at Perryman, and looked forward to a long career at the company. But H.E., who is heterosexual, didn’t conform to gender stereotypes at the plant, and said male coworkers eventually picked up on his differences. Slurs started to be hurled his way, including “pretty boy,” “faggot,” “queer,” “sissy,” “gay See EHNERT, Page 8

Obama invites gay supporter on whistle-stop train ride By Jen Colletta PGN Staff Writer

DONE WITH DOMA: About 30 protesters braved the cold Jan. 10 at City Hall to speak out against the Defense of Marriage Act, which bans same-sex marriage and other unions at the federal level. During the event, local LGBT activist Brandi Fitzgerald read from a letter that was to be sent to President-elect Barack Obama, which urges him to work to overturn DOMA. The local protest, as well as demonstrations in dozens of other cities around the country, was suggested by Join The Impact, which authored the letter to Obama and encouraged protest participants from across the country to add their names to it. Photo: Scott A. Drake

Clinton says she’d review State Dept.’s LGBT policies During Sen. Hillary Clinton’s confirming hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee this week, the Secretary of Statedesignate pledged that if she assumes the position, she would review the Department of State’s same-sex benefit policies. U.S. Sen. Russell Feingold (D-Wisc.) questioned Clinton during the Jan. 13 hearing about her position on the department’s regulations that prevent samesex employees and their partners from obtaining the same rights as heterosexual employees, specifically asking whether she would support the extension of benefits to the same-sex partners of foreign-service officers living overseas. “This issue has been brought to my attention during the transition. I’ve asked to have more briefing on it because I think that we should take a hard look at the existing policy,” Clinton said. “As I understand it, but don’t hold me to it because I don’t have the full briefing material, but my understanding is other nations have moved to extend that partnership benefit. And we will come back to you to inform you of decisions we make going forward.” Currently, the same-sex partners of FSOs are considered Members of Household and not Eligible Family Members — as are the heterosexual spouses of FSOs — and thus

Demonstrating his inclusive politics, Presidentelect Barak Obama has asked Episcopal Bishop V. Gene Robinson, the denomination’s first gay bishop, to give the invocation at the opening celebration of the Presidential Inauguration on Jan. 18. A d d i t i o n a l l y, Obama’s whistlestop train tour — which departs tomorrow from Philadelphia en route to Washington, D.C., for the inauguration — will BISHOP V. GENE include an openly ROBINSON gay supporter and her partner.

often do not have access to the same jobs, healthcare, training and emergency care as heterosexual partners. Gays and Lesbians in Foreign Affairs Agencies, which represents LGBT Department of State employees, released a statement Jan. 13 welcoming Clinton’s comments. The group said it plans to present Clinton with a letter signed by more than 2,000 current and former Department of State employees, urging her to provide more equitable treatment for LGBT employees and their families. ■

Lisa Hazirjian, an out history professor at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, and her partner were invited to join dozens of other “everyday Americans” for the trip to D.C. with the LISA HAZIRJIAN president-elect and (RIGHT) AND his wife and Vice PARTNER MICHELLE President-elect Joe Biden and his wife. Of some 40 people accompanying the Obama and Biden families, Hazirjian and her partner are the only openly gay participants. Hazirjian said that she and her partner, Michelle, were caught off-guard by the invitation, which came on New Year’s Eve. “We got a phone call around dinnertime from someone with the inaugural committee extending an invitation to us on behalf of the president- and vice president-elect. We were incredibly surprised and excited,” she said. “We could not have imagined anything like this. It was a pretty cool way to ring in the New Year.” In addition to riding the train to D.C. with Obama and Biden, Hazirjian and her partner were also invited to one of the several inaugural balls Jan. 20, which she said was a bit daunting at first. “We were both a little anxious until we found

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Local HIV/AIDS service organization Philadelphia FIGHT is starting the new year on the right foot with the relaunching of its highly popular and longstanding Project TEACH classes. From Jan. 13-March 3, about 30 participants will have the chance to arm themselves with realistic, useful tools in their struggle with HIV/AIDS. The program, whose acronym stands for Treatment Education Activists Combating HIV, has been in place since 1996 and so far has educated more than 1,600 individuals with HIV/AIDS in the Philadelphia area. Leah Hilsey, the intervention coordinator at TEACH who conduct the classes, began working with FIGHT in August and spearheaded her first TEACH series in October. She said the demand for the program is extremely high, with the organization receiving hundreds of applications for each series. Hilsey said the courses cover a vast array of topics so as to give participants the most well-rounded education. “I like to say that we do everything under the kitchen sink,” she said. “We have people come in and talk about HIV in terms of holistic alternative therapies, stressreduction, mental health, LGBT resources and basic medical things too, such as discussions about different medications, resistance and adherence and patient-provider communications.” Hilsey said the program also allows individuals struggling with the disease to seek support from one another through shared experiences, such as when and how to disclose your HIV status to loved ones or employers and how to deal with the repercussions of

those conversations. At the end of the eight-week training program, participants who successfully meet attendance and other requirements will be granted a $150 stipend, which Hilsey said is meant to function as an added bonus for those who exhibit a commitment to expanding their work in the field of HIV/AIDS. “The stipend is an incentive to get people to come and become educated and move on to do advocacy in the area of HIV,” Hilsey said. “We do ask people to miss no more than a couple classes and to do all the homework, so it runs similar to any other class you might be taking. And we try to give that incentive to try to keep people coming in and wanting to stay around FIGHT and maybe get more involved in the area of HIV activism.” Hilsey noted that while the curriculum for this series is similar to previous TEACH programs, the demographic makeup of the current group is not. “This is a much older class than our last one; they’re mostly middle-age and people who are 50 and older,” she said. “These are people who were diagnosed later in life and have a whole different perspective on what it means to be positive.” Hilsey said the organization chooses TEACH participants mostly on a first-come, first-served basis. The next series is tentatively scheduled for the beginning of April. To access a TEACH application form, visit Hilsey suggested that interested participants also contact her directly, either at (215) 985-4448 ext. 233 or ■ Jen Colletta can be reached at



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FOCUS ON HEALTH: The University of the Arts and The Smoke, Lilies and Jade Arts Initiative presented a panel discussion Jan. 10 at the Gershman Y that focused on health issues facing the city’s black men. Drs. Lisa Bowleg (from left), associate professor in the Department of Community Health and Prevention at Drexel University; Theodore Corbin, director of Jefferson Medical College’s Violence Intervention Program; and John Rich, chair of the Department of Health Management and Policy at Drexel, led the discussion. The evening also included several dance and spoken-word performances, such as the recitation by James C. Roberts of several works from late local LGBT activist Joe Beam’s “In the Life.” Photo: Scott A. Drake

Philly sees jump in LGBT tourism ranking By Jen Colletta PGN Staff Writer A recent study found that the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection has increased in popularity among LGBT travelers. Community Marketing Inc.’s 13th annual “LGBT Tourism Study” ranked Philadelphia 13th on its list of Top 20 U.S. Destinations, a three-spot jump from the previous two years. Philadelphia first made it onto the list in 2006 at number 16 and held the same rank the following year. “Just a few years ago, Philadelphia wasn’t even on the gay map, but today the city is among the most-recognized lesbian and gay tourism brands out there,” said Thomas Roth, president of Community Marketing, Inc. “To see this kind of consumer recognition is a tribute to taking a well-considered and steady approach to LGBT travel marketing, and it is a huge achievement.” The San-Francisco-based Community Marketing, an LGBT market-research corporation, surveyed more than 4,500 LGBT travelers about their business and leisure trips the previous year. Of those surveyed, 15.1 percent had visited Philadelphia in the previous 12 months, 9.9 percent of them for leisure and 5.2 percent for business. New York City ranked first on the list in the total number of LGBT tourists, followed by San Francisco, Las Vegas and Chicago, all of which have retained their rankings for the third consecutive year. New York City drew the most leisure travelers, while Chicago topped the business list. The Greater Philadelphia Tourism

Marketing Corporation, in collaboration with the Philadelphia Gay Tourism Caucus, launched the city’s first LGBT tourism efforts in 2003 with the highly successful “Get Your History Straight and Your Nightlife Gay” campaign. Last year, the agency began another phase of the campaign with its “We Your People” advertisements, which portray real LGBT Philadelphians telling their stories and encouraging tourists to learn more about the city and its LGBT life. Jeff Guaracino, vice president for communications at GPTMC, said Philadelphia’s jump in the ranking is the result of the campaign, coupled with the nature of LGBT tourists. “The dramatic three-spot jump really does show the impact of a cohesive tourism marketing campaign,” Guaracino said. “What it shows is if you put yourself out there, you can really make a difference. Once people begin to come here and have a good time, they start telling their friends and they tell their friends. Gay and lesbian travelers are really word-of-mouth advocates, and I think that’s what we see happening here.” Philadelphia ranked third when respondents were asked which city they thought had done the best job of marketing itself to potential LGBT tourists. Guaracino noted that this question was open-ended, which makes the response even more impressive. “What this shows is that Philadelphia is really top-of-mind and the national GLBT community really believes in what we’re doing. When gay and lesbian travelers are asked who’s doing a good job and your city is in the top three, that’s awesome and a huge reflection on the entire Philadelphia community,” he said.

“Gay and lesbian travelers do authentically feel welcomed here and seem to feel that if they haven’t been here yet, they may give it a try, which gives us a huge competitive edge.” Meryl Levitz, president and CEO of GPTMC, said both the corporation and the caucus’ efforts were fueled by the city’s vast appeal. “Philadelphia, our partners and especially the members of the Philadelphia Gay Tourism Caucus are immensely proud to know that gay and lesbian travelers are increasingly discovering Philadelphia and the countryside,” Levitz said. “We believe that our region’s rich history, incredible dining, exclusive events, vibrant nightlife and great hotels — all of which are affordable — offer gay and lesbian travelers an unrivaled experience.” In addition to determining which cities see the most LGBT tourists, Community Marketing studied trends in LGBT travel over the past year. Survey respondents took a median of four leisure and business trips, spending about 10 nights in hotels for leisure vacations and three for business purposes. Despite the worsening economy, only about 31 percent of participants said they traveled less last year, while about 30 percent said they took more trips than in the previous year. LGBT events continued to be a big tourist draw, with 23 percent of respondents saying they traveled more than 50 miles from home for a Pride celebration, the most popular of which were held in New York City, San Francisco and Chicago. For more information on the report, visit ■ Jen Colletta can be reached at

A contentious dispute involving a building in Center City that formerly housed many LGBT businesses and nonprofits has been settled. The building, at 1201 Spruce St., was going to house a first-floor restaurant. The restaurant was to be developed by a limited-liability company known as 250 S. 12th Street Co., according to papers filed in Common Pleas Court. The building’s owners, the Odd Fellows of America, claim they sustained more than $300,000 in losses due to the failed venture. But attorneys for 260 S. 12th Street Co. filed a counter claim, alleging that it was the company that sustained significant losses. The case was scheduled for a bench trial with Common Pleas Judge Arnold L. New presiding, beginning 9:30 a.m. Jan. 12 in City Hall Courtroom 602. But on Jan. 9, New was notified that both parties had reached a confidential settlement in the case. “Yes, we’ve settled; it’s a confidential settlement,” said John M. Corcoran, an attorney for the 260 S. 12th Street Co. “I’ve moved on to the next matter.” Beverly Muldrow, an attorney for the Odd Fellows, couldn’t be reached for comment. Meanwhile, the building remains vacant, but PGN has learned that several business and real-estate developers have contacted the Odd Fellows in the hope of developing the building for LGBT business and nonprofits once again. — Timothy Cwiek

Local lawyer to air wedding essay Openly gay Flaster/Greenberg attorney Abbe Fletman will read an essay she wrote about her wedding during National Public Radio affiliate WHHY’s “This I Believe” program, Jan. 16 at 5:44 p.m. and Jan. 18 at 9:34 a.m. on 91 FM. Fletman, who heads the firm’s IP litigation section, was one of 50 people selected to participate in the “This I Believe” essay series, which allows local leaders to share their stories and sentiments with listeners. Mayor Nutter was last week’s featured guest. For more information about the series, visit

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Former PFLAG prez files suit against nationals By Jen Colletta PGN Staff Writer The national office of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays agreed this week to return the registration fees for a former PFLAG chapter president whose membership and organization were both dissolved last year. John DeBartola was impeached as president of the PFLAG chapter in Johnstown, located 60 miles east of Pittsburgh, and his membership was revoked and the subsequent chapter he began was shut down. Steve Ralls, director of communications for the national PFLAG office, said DeBartola “was not meeting all of the obligations” required of PFLAG members, but DeBartola claimed he was removed from the organization because of an ongoing conflict he had with and the Johnstown chapter’s board members. Beginning in late 2007, DeBartola, the show director at Lucille’s, a gay bar in Johnstown, began planning a drag show at the establishment,

sponsored by PFLAG Johnstown. DeBartola said the rest of the organization’s executive board had approved the event. But shortly before the Feb. 8 show, DeBartola said a local lesbian couple approached Lucille’s management and the PFLAG board, alleging that the show parodied their life, which DeBartola denied, and requesting that it be cancelled. The show proceeded as planned, but several members of the PFLAG board issued a letter to the bar, stating they did not approve of the show’s content. Also in February, DeBartola said he contacted the national PFLAG office about creating a new chapter — PFLAG Laurel Highlands — that encompassed Johnstown and several other surrounding areas. Several weeks later, however, DeBartola said the Johnstown chapter’s executive board held a closed meeting and voted him out of office; he appealed the decision to the national office, arguing that the board improperly removed him. The national office reinstated him

as president, a position he’d held since September 2007, but the board officially voted again to remove him from office during its March 20 meeting. DeBartola said that in the past two years, the organization has had seven presidents. A representative of PFLAG Johnstown declined to comment on the situation. In March, instead of pursuing the umbrella chapter, DeBartola decided to start a PFLAG chapter in nearby Altoona. However, contended DeBartola, the Johnstown board and the lesbian couple who requested the cancellation of the drag show criticized his leadership of the new chapter. DeBartola’s attorneys sent a letter to the PFLAG Johnstown board, which was also issued to national representatives, July 9 to request that it “cease and desist with the dissemination of false statements and publicly apologize in writing to [DeBartola] for the wrongful treatment and defamation of his

character.” On July 15, PFLAG National director of policy and programs Elizabeth Hampton Brown issued a letter to DeBartola informing him that the national office was temporarily suspending recognition of the Altoona chapter “pending review and discussion of the chapter and chapter president’s adherence to the values and mission of PFLAG.” DeBartola said he recruited 11 members for the Altoona group, which held a drag-show fundraiser for one of the officers whose house burned down, as well as a gay prom; sponsored a bowling league; and held several support meetings in its first few months. DeBartola said he met with Hampton Brown in person Aug. 26, and that she enumerated several reasons for the chapter’s suspension, including that PFLAG National felt the group had too much of a focus on social events and did not have a broad-enough membership from the communities PFLAG represents. DeBartola said that at the time, the chapter was comprised of seven gay men, two transgender individuals and two parents. Jody Huckaby, executive director of PFLAG National, issued a letter to DeBartola on Oct. 9 informing him that the Altoona chapter was permanently dissolved. “Our review has determined that your group does not fit with the goals and mission of PFLAG, nor does it fulfill the basic requirements of a chapter,” the letter stated in part. “The national office sets forth a number of benchmarks and obligations that chapters have to their local community and there was some concern that John and the chapter were not meeting all of those benchmarks,” PFLAG spokesperson

Ralls said. DeBartola said he tried to contact the national office numerous times to request that the $120 registration fee he paid for the Altoona chapter be returned, as well as to inquire about his status as a member of PFLAG Johnstown. On Dec. 28, after he did not receive a response, DeBartola filed a civil suit against Huckaby to recover the money. Hampton Brown sent DeBartola an e-mail Jan. 13 confirming that the national office would refund him the $120, as well as the $30 he paid to become a member of the Johnstown chapter and the $66 fee for filing the suit. Ralls said this was the first time he’s encountered such a situation, but that PFLAG National remains committed to the satisfaction of its members, past and present. “In every case where a member contacts us with a concern and if for any reason they are not able to fulfill their membership or don’t want to remain a member, we do our best to work with them to resolve that, as we are doing with John,” he said. DeBartola also said he filed a criminal complaint with the Johnstown District Attorney’s Office several weeks ago against the PFLAG Johnstown executive board and the two lesbians who brought the original claims about the drag show. The Johnston DA could not be reached for comment. Since the dissolution of the Altoona chapter, DeBartola created the Keystone Alliance, an LGBT organization that draws members from Johnstown, Altoona and Cumberland. ■ Jen Colletta can be reached at

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National Media Trail repeals GLAAD releases list of worst Kalamazoo gay-rights law antigay media voices By Jen Colletta PGN Staff Writer The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation released a report last week that shed light on the myriad personalities who used the media to spread antigay sentiments last year. GLAAD, which works with media outlets and LGBT and ally organizations around the country to alleviate anti-LGBT media portrayals, pinpointed 11 individuals and organizations as the worst Antigay Voices of 2008. GLAAD spokesperson Rich Ferraro said the organization reviewed its list of Calls to Action, which urge the community to speak out against specific instances of media homophobia, and its monthly publication “Best & Worst of National News” to formulate a compilation of individuals whose antigay comments were the most damaging for both LGBT and heterosexual viewers, listeners and readers. The 2008 list was populated by a variety of representatives of the FOX News Channel, widely recognized as having one of the more conservative voices in the news-reporting industry. GLAAD singled out FOX’s Bill O’Reilly, host of “The O’Reilly Factor;” Greg Gutfeld, host of “Red Eye;” and John Gibson, host of the FOX radio program “The John Gibson Show.” The report described that O’Reilly promulgated numerous antigay proclamations on air throughout the year. On May 15, the host led a discussion about same-sex marriage with another FOX representative, Megyn Kelly, who compared such unions to polygamy and incest. This summer, O’Reilly spoke out against a Heinz commercial that depicted two gay men and postured that Americans didn’t want to witness a brief kiss between Whoopi Goldberg and Katy Perry on “The View,” which he argued showed “homosexual behavior legitimized.” Gutfeld made several on-air discriminatory comments against transgender people and urged Ellen DeGeneres to “shut the hell up” about her impending nuptials to her partner, Portia de Rossi. GLAAD first targeted Gibson last spring after he made antigay jokes about then-recently deceased Heath Ledger in connection with the actor’s role in “Brokeback Mountain.” Gibson apologized for his comments but, in May, poked fun at MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, who is an open lesbian. Other personalities include the Rev. Rick Warren and Focus on the Family’s James Dobson, both of whom spoke with numerous media outlets leading up to and following the Proposition 8 vote in California, spreading inconsistencies and inaccuracies about the

same-sex marriage ban approved by voters in November. GLAAD also targeted the entire Yes on 8 campaign, which it asserted utilized advertisements that “relied on scare tactics and spread inflammatory lies” and “used misinformation to shape public opinion and helped sway voters to pass the discriminatory ban.” Oklahoma state Rep. Sally Kern also received a mention on the list; the Republican lawmaker told supporters in March that “the homosexual agenda is destroying our nation” and argued that the LGBT community poses a larger threat than terrorism. Following these comments and the media firestorm that ensued, GLAAD provided media training to LGBT leaders in Oklahoma and facilitated communication between LGBT advocates and media outlets in the state. GLAAD president Neil G. Giuliano noted that despite the numerous instances of homophobia that were broadcast on American airwaves last year, 2008 was a landmark year for the LGBT community in the media. “In 2008, our community saw our issues and lives receive unprecedented visibility and discussion,” Giuliano said. “We saw more LGBT characters on broadcast TV than ever before; movie audiences saw our lives in a new way through films like ‘Milk;’ and we saw fair and accurate images in the media of loving couples getting married in California and Connecticut, even as we experienced setbacks in California, Arizona, Arkansas and Florida on Election Day.” Even though these advancements were integral steps in the right direction in terms of LGBT media portrayals, Giuliano said each antigay comment that reached the public was a step backward, which he proffered can only be corrected by continued education. “Unfortunately, antigay activists and media pundits continued to make outrageous claims about our community, and many media outlets persisted in using problematic and defamatory language that affects the way that people view the LGBT community,” he said. “That’s why now, more than ever, we need to capitalize on our community’s momentum, make our voices heard and work towards more fair, accurate and inclusive representations of our lives.” In the past year, GLAAD has provided media training to nearly 2,500 LGBT leaders, conducted more than 1,600 educational meetings with LGBT advocates and organizations, and met with nearly 4,000 media representatives of such outlets as The Associated Press, FOX News Channel, NBC and The New York Times. To access the complete list of Antigay Voices of 2008, visit ■ Jen Colletta can be reached at jen@epgn. com.

The Chicago Tribune reports the Kalamazoo City Commission has voted to rescind its gayrights law just six weeks after passing it. The commission voted Dec. 1 to make it a civil offense in the city of 7,200 to discriminate in housing, public accommodations or employment based on sexual orientation or being transgender. The American Family Association of Michigan submitted petitions with about 1,600 signatures seeking the law’s repeal. If officials found at least 1,273 signatures valid, the commission would have had to rescind the law or put it on the ballot. The commission voted 7-0 on Jan. 12 to rescind it. Commissioner Stephanie Minor said the council will consider a revised gay-rights law.

Gay bars operating despite poison threat CNN reports business is brisk at gay bars in Seattle despite the recent ricin threat. Eleven bars in the city’s Capitol Hill neighborhood received letters warning of attacks with the poison, but instead of keeping people away, the threat turned them out. On Jan. 9, hundreds of locals participated in an organized pub crawl designed to support the establishments. Police say they’re investigating the letters, which the bars received on Jan. 7. Ricin is a poison that occurs naturally in castor beans and can be fatal if ingested or inhaled. People in the area initially were scared after hearing about the threats, but they soon became defiant, said community activist Alison Luying. “We are not going to be terrorized,” she said.

Pepsi targeted by antigay group

FOUNDER OF “FOCUS ON THE FAMILY” JAMES DOBSON (FROM TOP), FOX NEWS RADIO HOST JOHN GIBSON, OKLAHOMA STATE REP. SALLY KERN, AND FOX NEWS COMMENTATOR BILL O’REILLY AP Photos reports the American Family Association has made Pepsi-Cola the latest target in its ongoing boycotts of what it calls “pro-homosexual” companies. The AFA is urging supporters to sign an online pledge to boycott Pepsi products and to call the company to tell it “to stop promoting the homosexual agenda.” “PepsiCo has refused a request by AFA to remain neutral in the culture war,” the group said. “In the last two years, Pepsi has given $500,000 to the Human Rights Campaign and $500,000 to the Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays. The $1 million was to be used to help promote homosexuality in the workplace.” Previous AFA boycotts have targeted companies like McDonald’s, Ford, Disney and Wal-Mart. ■ — Larry Nichols




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NEWS BRIEFING From Page 5 Christine Havrilla at 10 p.m. Jan. 16 in an event that will showcase the out performer’s musical talents and provide assistance to those in need. Those attending the show are encouraged to bring new or slightly used coats, blankets and ponchos that will be distributed to the needy. Fans who donate an item will receive $5 off a CD purchase during the show. There is a $5 cover charge for the event. For more information, visit

Church hosts trans discussion The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the South Jersey Shore will sponsor a seminar and workshop on transgender issues at noon Jan. 18 at the Unitarian Universalist Center, 75 S. Pomona Road in Galloway. Allison Woolbert, a transgender CEO of New Jersey-based Phoenix

JAN. 16 - 22, 2009 motherfucker,’” H.E. said. “Then he kissed me on the lips — quick — to appease me, then followed me into the bar, then started smacking me on the back of the head.” In February 2006, H.E. was standing in line at a local convenience store when his composure was tested by Kemper yet again, he said. Ehnert felt a jab in his rectal area. It was Kemper, who ran his cane up between H.E.’s legs and poked him in the rear with the tip — activity caught on the store’s video-surveillance camera. “It was the culmination of a reign of terror that I suffered for about 12 years,” H.E. said. “I didn’t know what to do. I had a mixture of feelings — revulsion, humiliation.” After extricating himself from the situation, H.E. attempted to file a private criminal complaint against Kemper, but local authorities declined to pursue the charges, Ehnert said. Undaunted, he made sure the incident was included in a lawsuit he filed against Kemper and the Perryman Co. in Washington County Common Pleas Court a few weeks later, alleging a variety of civil violations, including breach of contract, defamation and battery. Since the cane incident, H.E. has had no additional contact with Kemper, he said. Last month, in a six-page ruling, Common Pleas Judge Mark E. Mascara dismissed most of Ehnert’s claims, but retained the battery claim, thereby clearing the way for a jury trial on that allegation. This week, H.E. said his “great hope” is that jurors also will be

permitted to hear about the workplace harassment he allegedly experienced from Kemper at Perryman. “My great hope is that we’ll be able to put [the cane incident] into context for a jury,” H.E. said. “It wasn’t an isolated incident. Jurors won’t be able to make heads or tails out of the case unless they get the whole picture. Otherwise, it would be a miscarriage of justice.” Other Pennsylvania men with same-sex harassment claims have had disappointing results because judges have ruled that the men were complaining about sexual-orientation bias, which isn’t covered under state or federal law. H.E. has taken a different legal approach, because he’s not alleging bias of any kind and he filed his case in state court, not with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Katie R. Eyer, an attorney who’s handled several employmentdiscrimination cases in the region, expressed support for H.E.. She also commended Mascara for not focusing on the sexual orientation of H.E. or Kemper in his ruling. “I think it’s clear that the court took a thoughtful and sexual-orientationneutral approach to the consideration of the claims, and analyzed them based on their legal merits, not based on the sexual orientation of the plaintiff or the alleged harasser,” Eyer said. Ehnert remains optimistic that he’ll prevail in court. “My faith is allowing me to soldier on,” he said. ■

Consultants Group, will lead the discussion, which will center on the obstacles transgender people must face in overcoming the cultural limitations placed on gender and gender identity. The event is free, but there is a $10 suggested donation and space is limited. To register, contact Woolbert at (609) 926-0386.

must be up to date with membership fees and have been members for at least 30 days. To RSVP for the event, contact Erik Painter at erik.painter@verizon. net or (302) 593-0945 by Jan. 22.

Del. LGBT Dems to elect leaders The Delaware Stonewall Democrats will host their first meeting of the year at 1 p.m. Jan. 24 at The Dover Century Club, 40 The Green, in Dover. At the meeting, members will elect the new executive board. Those interesting in running for the board should contact nominations committee chair Tim Spies at In order to serve on the board, individuals must have been paid members for at least one year. To vote at the meeting, individuals

Timothy Cwiek can be reached at (215) 625-8501 ext. 208.

Internships available at LGBTfriendly orgs The R. Scott Hitt Foundation is offering internship funding for undergraduate and graduate students at pro-LGBT organizations. Students interested in the R. Scott Hitt Internship in Leadership Development program would work with a nonprofit organization of their choice and would submit a potential internship curriculum that would need to be agreed upon by the host institution, along with several other application materials, by May 8. For more information, visit www. ■ — Jen Colletta

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CDC reports record number of STD cases By Jen Colletta PGN Staff Writer According to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control, the rates of chlamydia and syphilis continue to rise and disproportionately affect several minority populations, including gay men. The CDC’s “Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance 2007” reported about 1.1-million cases of chlamydia in 2007 — up about 7.5 percent from the previous year — the highest number of cases of any disease ever reported to the CDC. The CDC attributed the increase in part to better reporting techniques, but Dr. Hillard Weinstock, of the agency’s Division on STD Prevention, said the actual number of chlamydia cases in the country could be closer to 2.8 million. “What we have now is a vast underestimate,” Weinstock said. “This is just a part of what is actually out there because there’s such a difficulty in detecting this disease.” The report found that the number of gonorrhea cases decreased slightly, by about .7 percent, in 2007 to about 356,000. Women contract chlamydia at a rate of about three times that of men and this disease, as well as gonorrhea, when untreated, can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease, which causes about 50,000 women to become infertile every year. Weinstock said that African Americans, while comprising about 12 percent of the entire U.S.

population, accounted for 48 percent of all reported chlamydia cases and 46 percent of all reported gonorrhea cases in 2007. The report also found that both diseases impact black women ages 15-19 at a higher rate than any other demographic. “We’ve seen this disparity for some time and I think it’s multi-factorial,” he said. “But the first step has to be awareness in this community that this is a severe health problem with severe health consequences. The African-American community and all of our communities need a better understanding and awareness of the situation.” The report also found that the number of new syphilis cases increased for the seventh consecutive year. The rate of syphilis infection in the country had been steadily decreasing in the 1990s, and in 2000 hit its lowest point since 1941. Beginning in 2001, however, the numbers began to rebound, with men who have sex with men (MSM) contracting the disease at a much higher rate than any other population. The total number of reported primary- and secondary-syphilis cases increased 17.5 percent between 2006 and 2007, from 9,756 to 11,466. The report found that males contracted the disease at a rate six times that of females, a slight increase from the previous year. About 65 percent of those infected contracted the disease through malemale sex. About 40.8 percent of this demographic was white, 33.2

percent was black, 19.3 percent Hispanic and 6.7 percent identified as other ethnicities. The rate of infection increased in most age groups but the disease was most prevalent in the 25-29-yearold bracket. Weinstock said that MSM who contract syphilis have a higher risk of also contracting HIV. “I think it’s important that sexually active gay and bisexual men be tested annually for both syphilis and HIV and other STD infections,” Weinstock said. “They need to be aware and suspicious of any unusual sores in the mouth, rectum or penis and need to go to a physician or clinician to get checked.” Weinstock noted that physicians, especially those who work with a lot of gay and bisexual male patients, also bear responsibility for communicating the threat of syphilis to their patients. Dr. John Douglas, director of the CDC’s Division on STD Prevention, noted that the key to stemming the tide of all diseases lies in increased awareness, particularly among the hardest-hit communities. “These diseases can be treated, and we need to have better awareness about how extensive these infections are and what the prevention opportunities are,” he said. To view the full report, visit www. ■

SAN FRANCISCO — The sponsors of the November ballot measure that outlawed same-sex marriage in California want a judge to seal selected documents and issue a gag order in their lawsuit challenging the state’s campaignfinance reporting rules. Lawyers for ProtectMarriage. com and the National Organization for Marriage California requested an order late last Friday designed to keep the names of the groups’ supporters secret while the case moves forward. Last week, they sued to have their campaign-finance records blocked from public view, saying the disclosure requirements have caused donors to become the

targets of boycotts, hate mail and threats. “The very essence of this case is that plaintiffs cannot be forced to reveal their identities, or the identities of their donors, without violating their fundamental First Amendment rights,” the group’s lawyers wrote in seeking anonymity for certain parties in the litigation. Also last Friday, the two groups, which between them raised the lion’s share of the $37 million spent in support of Proposition 8, asked for an emergency exemption from having to file a new round of campaign-finance reports due at the end of the month. James Bopp Jr., an attorney for backers of the gay-marriage ban, said there’s some urgency, as campaign committees face a Jan. 31 deadline

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for filing their semiannual reports, which include smaller contributions received late in the election cycle. “It means additional disclosures will come out about donors and give the competing campaign the ability to punish all these donors through harassment and intimidation,” Bopp said. If the request is granted, it would keep from being identified about 6,600 people who gave less than $1,000 to the Prop. 8 campaign between Oct. 19 and Dec. 31, according to lawyers for the groups. Kate Folmar, a spokesperson for Secretary of State Debra Bowen, said Bowen would not comment on a pending case, but that state law requires campaign finance to be available online for 10 years. ■

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Editorial Give and take As the nation prepares for the inauguration of its 44th president, LGBT citizens in particular can reflect on the ups and downs throughout the election campaign. By anyone’s reckoning, it was a long campaign season. And the roller-coaster ride did not end on Election Day. Far from it. Though the LGBT community breathed a sigh of relief when President-elect Obama bested Republican John McCain, gays and lesbians in California saw their right to marriage overturned by referendum, along with several other states that amended their constitutions to ban same-sex marriage. Since the election, the LGBT community has been frustrated, disappointed and heartened by Presidentelect Obama. Frustrated by his choice of the Rev. Rick Warren to give the invocation, disappointed that no out LGBT individuals were selected for his Cabinet and heartened that Obama asked the openly gay Bishop V. Gene Robinson to speak at a pre-inauguration celebration and in his appointment of an openly gay man, John Berry, to lead the Office of Personnel Management. This last appointment, the highest post held by an openly gay person to date, is significant. For the many who have never heard of OPM, it is the agency that manages the civil-service arm of the federal government, including pay, benefits and retirement. On its own, the agency has over 4,000 employees. Its policies impact most of the 3-million people who work for the government. For its part, OPM interprets the laws passed by Congress that impact federal workers, including any antidiscrimination policies or equal benefits. It was also uncovered this week that since Obama’s 1996 Illinois Senate campaign, he has publicly grown more conservative on the issue of same-sex marriage. At the time, he sent a typed letter to a Chicago gay newspaper that stated: “I favor legalizing same-sex marriages, and would fight efforts to prohibit such marriages.” In the presidential campaign, Obama stated he supported civil unions, but stopped short of supporting full marriage equality. Both his appointments and his earlier statements supporting gay marriage show that he is by far the most inclusive president to date. And while the hopes of the LGBT community are ascending again, we should be careful not to put Obama on too high of a pedestal. If the community will remember, the last gayfriendly president still signed the Defense of Marriage Act, banning same-sex marriage at the federal level, and “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” banning openly gay servicemembers in the armed forces. It’s one thing to be hopeful, another to be naïve. ■

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Employment rights, civil liberties On Nov. 4, we proved that Americans care about each other, children, our planet and democracy; voters did something I would never have imagined even two years ago by electing Barack Obama. But things were not golden everywhere: In California, Proposition 8, the ban on same-sex marriage, passed by 52 percent of the vote. People are angry — as they should be. All families deserve to be valued. No family is second-class. No individual should be forced to remain single. No child ought to be raised outside of marriage just because some adults are small-minded, biased and unfair. But not everyone in the LGBTQ community (or the straight community, for that matter) wants to marry. Samesex marriage puts the pressure on — sometimes where it is not wanted. Being single, footloose, carefree and nontraditional has its fans (in both communities), but being discriminated against in the workplace sucks for everyone. Those of us in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Erie County and 11 other communities in the commonwealth have recourse if we are denied a job, refused a promotion, evicted from our apartment or thrown out of public accommodation based on our sexual orientation, but the remaining 75 percent of the state’s more-than 12million residents do not have such protection. That’s why the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission’s job

should be expanded. Your rights should not depend on whether your town or county has decided to protect them. Several of my colleagues and I worked diligently last session to correct this deficiency. Two bills to prohibit discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodation based on a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity were introduced: one in the House and one in the Senate. As chairwoman of the House State Government Committee, tasked with review of the legislation, I held public hearings across the state to gather testimony from any Pennsylvanian interested in participating. I am proud to have organized the first-ever official Pennsylvania General Assembly hearings on a lesbian-gay issue. Last September, the committee was poised to report out the legislation, but the Catholic Conference and the Pennsylvania Family Institute ignited fears and the bill had to be withdrawn — not so different from California. These legislators who succumbed to antigay hysteria disregarded the wishes of their constituencies. A Susquehanna Polling and Research poll reported 86 percent of Pennsylvanians believe there should be workplace equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people; 84 percent supported laws prohibiting discrimination in housing; and 89 percent favored equal access to public accommodations. Those are

enormous margins; they show that most Pennsylvanians already know that ensuring protection from these kinds of discrimination is the right thing to do. It’s also the smart thing to do for our economy. Nationwide, 20 states — including our neighbors of Maryland, New Jersey and New York — already have laws that ban job discrimination based on sexual orientation. Twelve states, including New Jersey, have laws banning job discrimination based on gender identity. These states have a competitive advantage over Pennsylvania when it comes to attracting and retaining businesses and residents. As the economy continues to decline and jobs are lost, we can and must do more to ensure equal-employment rights for all Pennsylvanians, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation. But elected officials cannot do it without you. Get active in organizations that protect civil liberties. Write the gay and straight press. Talk gay rights up with your neighbors, friends and family. Involve your church, synagogue, mosque or temple. As the 2009-10 legislative session gets underway, let’s turn our anger over Prop. 8 into making Pennsylvania a better place for everyone. ■ Josephs is chair of the House State Government Committee, which reviews legislation on civil rights. As chair, she sets the committee agenda.

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Mark My Words Mark Segal Street Talk would be a nice gesture Long-term activism pays off toWhat the LGBT community at the “To this 40-year activist, the symbolism of President Barack Obama addressing the American people on Inauguration Day in front of the Lincoln Memorial with openly gay Bishop Gene Robinson at his side is overwhelmingly emotional. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream on those steps. Never in my wildest dreams did I expect that the president of the United States would include the LGBT community in that dream, and have no doubt about it, only this president could make that statement so clearly and so succinctly.” Many years ago, I had the pleasure of meeting King’s widow, Coretta Scott King. As we reported in PGN at the time, I asked her if her husband would have embraced the gay-rights movement. She didn’t hesitate when she replied, “I’ve never been asked that before, but yes.”

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Bringing all of these elements together seems to be something that our president-elect does very well. There are still members of our community who believe that we lost Proposition 8 in California due to the African-American vote. By inviting Robinson to stand with him this moment, on this very spot, President Obama is saying that the dream — meaning equal rights — belongs to all and he is asking the black community to embrace LGBT rights. If you want chills, here’s an e-mail I received: “Just a side-light. “I was there, in August, 1963, carrying a gay-rights (Mattachine) sign when Dr. King spoke on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. “It has taken almost a half-century but we (even if, obviously, not I personally) have finally moved up from the masses in front to the performers on the steps. “Some dreams do come true.” — Frank Kameny

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Les Robinson

Caught in my own Web I am a techno-phobe. I’d be a card-carrying one, if I knew how to make a card on my computer. My inability to cope with technology is now officially hurting my career. A columnist needs readers, and in this era readers find columns on the Internet. But my Web site has fallen and can’t get up. It’s amazing that I even have a Web site, but I do. All I know is I annually fork over some money to pay for domain names. I don’t ask any questions. That would seem like prying. In the past, after I had finished a column and dispatched it to the gay publications, I would then religiously send it to a friend of mine who slapped the column up on my Web site. Marjorie, a musician, empathized with having a career that generated little money, so she kindly used her computer skills to do whatever it is people do to stick something on a site. Once in a cobalt moon, I could pay her; usually I couldn’t. Sometimes she wasn’t able to get to the task for months. But the columns arrived on my Web site eventually, and my mother would finally stop asking when she could read me. But all good — meaning free

— things must end, and Marjorie became too busy to tend to my site. Recognizing how precious her time had become, I, with a hand to my brow, nobly freed her from helping me. Martyr-wise, Joan of Arc would’ve been impressed. I can do this, I told myself. I should learn how to maintain a Web site. It would be a great skill to possess. Besides, there’s no way I can pay anybody to do it, so I have to learn. Yes, I’ll get the hang of it! I’ll overcome my fears and lack of skill and do it myself! And dachshunds will fly. I walked around in this fog of wild optimism for a long time. The fog lifted when I realized I hadn’t done a thing to learn about Web sites, probably wouldn’t, and the columns on my site were older than Monticello. For the record, I want to state that I come by ineptitude honestly: I inherited it from my father. During World War II, the army assigned him to carry a tripod upon which a machine gun was supposed to go. He couldn’t set up the tripod, let alone the machine gun. My family believes, had he not been reassigned to create programming for a radio network, the wrong side would’ve won the war. Later, as a novelist, he couldn’t negotiate the jump from manual

to electric typewriters. Obviously from Dad I inherited both the writing gene and the technicalincompetence gene. It seems to me the two go together with notable frequency. So here I am now, still regularly producing columns for an LGBT audience. Columns that are all dressed up with nowhere to go. Yes, they land in publications and on some Web sites other than my own, but they don’t grace the space specifically devoted to them. I picture my Web site as a lost astronaut floating around in cyberspace, no longer tethered to anything. Space junk. Jet-packed flotsam. This can’t go on. I need a homeport so readers can find me. So when people ask where they can read my stuff I don’t mumble something about space debris. I need a person with more technological ability than I have — say, your average 7-year-old — who has the time and desire to help bring my Web site up-to-date. And who will do it for free. And then I’d like world peace and a pony. ■ Leslie Robinson does, at least, grasp e-mail. Write her at or visit www.


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“Obama should talk about marriage rights in his Inaugural Address. He doesn’t have to commit to supporting gay marriage. But at least promise to give it more thought."

“I’d like to see Obama dance with another man at one of the balls. Michelle Obama danced with Ellen [DeGeneres] on her show. Why can’t Obama? I think he’d do it. Also, bring in [state Rep.] Babette Josephs to speak about the importance of gay rights.”

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“Let the Gay Men’s Chorus sing ‘Hail to the Chief,’ with new gay-themed lyrics. And Obama should wear a rainbow pin on his lapel. He says he’s for change. I’m a little tired of his American-flag pins.”

“Invite a gay poet to recite a beautiful poem that everyone can enjoy and relate to. We’re all people, going through similar struggles. And the Obamas should announce that they’ve hired a fabulous gay interior decorator to redo the entire White House!”



INAUGURAL From Page 1 dresses, but once we found our dresses and our shoes, now we’re fine,” she joked. “I think it’ll be a ton of fun.” While Hazirjian said the invite was an honor, it was a deserved one, as she devoted countless hours to Obama’s presidential campaign. She first threw her support behind Obama as a member of his LGBT steering committee during the Ohio primaries. Last summer, she became the director of Cleveland’s branch of Obama Pride, the collection of the president-elect’s LGBT supporters. “I was continuing the education I’d started on the steering committee about Obama’s very, very strong LGBT-rights stances, but I also started lining up people behind Obama and getting them plugged in with volunteer opportunities with the campaign,” she said.

Hazirjian said Ohio’s LGBT community came out in full force to support Obama and that in the days before the Nov. 4 election, about 400 LGBT- and ally-identified volunteers were working on behalf of the campaign just in Cleveland. Hazirjian said she has always appreciated the historic nature of every presidential inauguration, but that this year in particular she has “a tremendous appreciation for all of the decades and even centuries of grassroots efforts by the black community to fulfill the promise of freedom in America.” She said she’d like to discuss Obama’s ideas about grassroots organizing on the train ride, during which she was guaranteed some face time with the president- and vice president-elect, although she’s unsure if it will be one-on-one. “One of the things that drew me to Obama as a candidate was his commitment not just to gay rights but to a whole different way of

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running his campaign, focusing on a grassroots involvement,” she said. “I’m interested in finding out more about what’s in store in terms of continuing to encourage participation across the country.” Hazirjian said she also wants to address the issue of LGBT employment discrimination with the president-elect. She said that in the past she’s been turned down for positions after she expressed interest in obtaining benefits for her partner, but that she had no legal recourse because of a lack of federal LGBT-employment protection. “This is a topic that’s very high on my own agenda and a piece of legislation that I think can really be passed through quickly with fewer obstacles than some other legislation,” she said. Although Obama has pledged his support for a federal Employment Nondiscrimination Act and several other pro-LGBT bills, he drew

JAN. 16 - 22, 2009 the ire of many in the LGBT and ally communities when he chose the Rev. Rick Warren, who’s been an outspoken opponent of LGBT rights, to deliver the invocation at his inauguration next week. Earlier this week, however, Obama announced that Robinson would give the invocation at the Lincoln Memorial Jan. 18, kicking off the inaugural events. Robinson made headlines in 2003 when he was elected as the bishop of New Hampshire, which caused several parishes that opposed Robinson’s election to break away from the Episcopal Church. “I am humbled and overjoyed at this invitation, and it will be my great honor to be there representing the Episcopal Church, the people of New Hampshire and all of us in the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community,” Robinson wrote in an e-mail to Episcopal news site Episcopal Café. Inauguration officials said

Robinson was selected to deliver the invocation before the backlash erupted over Warren’s inclusion in the ceremonies. “There’s never been any question in my mind about Barack Obama’s commitment to LGBT rights,” Hazirjian said. “I really just see this as an extension of Obama’s commitment to include everyone in his vision of America, and everyone includes gay people as well as evangelical Christians.” In his e-mail, Robinson said he felt privileged to be included in the ceremonies. “It will be an enormous honor to offer prayers for the country and the new president, standing on the holy ground where the ‘I Have a Dream’ speech was delivered by Dr. King, surrounded by the inspiring and reconciling words of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.” ■ Jen Colletta can be reached at

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Pastor in gay scandal: back from the ‘wilderness’ By Eric Gorski The Associated Press Speaking out two years after being embroiled in a gay-sex scandal, former evangelical pastor Ted Haggard said last Friday his sexual identity is complex and can’t be put into “stereotypical boxes,” but that his relationship with his wife is stronger than ever. In an interview with The Associated Press, Haggard did not rule out a return to public life or the pulpit. He spoke before he appeared before TV critics in Los Angeles to promote “The Trials of Ted Haggard,” an HBO documentary on Haggard’s exile after his confession to “sexual immorality” and fall as a top evangelical leader. “I am guilty. I am responsible,” Haggard, 52, said in his phone interview. “I got off track, and I am deeply sorry and I repent ... I’m moving along in a positive direction.” Haggard resigned as president of the 30-million-member National Association of Evangelicals and was fired from the 14,000-member New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colo., in November 2006 amid allegations that he paid a male prostitute for sex and used methamphetamine. In a written apology at the time, Haggard confessed to a long battle against feelings contrary to his beliefs and admitted buying the drugs but said he never used them. During a guest sermon last November at a friend’s church in Illinois, Haggard said a coworker

of his father molested him when he was 7, an experience that “started to produce fruit” later. Clarifying that last Friday, Haggard said: “I’m certainly not saying that because of that, I did this. I did what I did by my choice, and I’m responsible for it.” Haggard said he isn’t qualified to judge what factors into one’s sexuality, but still believes it’s “God’s perfect plan” for marriage to be between a man and woman. “I think sexuality is confusing and complex,” Haggard said. “I am totally completely satisfied with the relationship with my wife now, but I went through a wandering-in-the wilderness time, and I just thank God I’m on the other side of that.” Asked whether he could define his sexual identity, Haggard said: “The stereotypical boxes don’t work for me. My story’s got some gray areas in it. And, of course, I’m sad about that but it’s the reality.” Later Friday, in a Q&A session with reporters at a Television Critics Association meeting in Universal City, Calif., Haggard said he should have been more open with his family and his congregation earlier, calling his actions “hypocrisy.” Asked to expand on his attitude toward homosexuality, Haggard said, “I believe all human beings fall short of the standards they believe in.” At the time the film was shot in 2007, Haggard described still occasionally struggling with samesex attraction. Asked Friday whether those attractions remain, Haggard did not say definitively but said he

was “not anywhere near” where he was at that time. In the documentary premiering Jan. 29, Haggard is shown shuffling from motel to motel, driving a moving truck, enrolling in a college psychology course, struggling as a door-to-door salesman and pondering his fate while laying in a motel bed in a white undershirt. “At this stage in my life, I’m a loser — a first-class loser,” he says. Now back living in Colorado Springs, Haggard said he hopes to build his business selling insurance and debt-reduction software and is considering marketing himself through a speakers’ bureau to share his story — “if the terms were right. I have to earn a living.” Haggard also plans to launch a nonprofit group to help the poor and needy, his Web site states. As for a return to pastoring a church, Haggard said: “I have learned enough to know a lot can happen to anybody. And when Jesus is our Lord, we can’t plan our path.” The nature of Haggard’s return — and his harsh words in the film for his former church — is drawing criticism. Haggard is also taping an “Oprah Winfrey Show” appearance this week for an episode scheduled to air this month, a spokesperson for the show confirmed last Friday. Haggard lashes out at “the church” in the documentary, which was produced by Alexandra Pelosi, daughter of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. He said “the church has said go to hell” and “the church chose not to forgive me.” Over a 14-month period ending

Diocese seeks $20 million from breakaway Episcopalians The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Episcopal leaders in Pittsburgh went to court last Thursday seeking to recover $20 million in assets they believe were wrongfully taken when the conservative branches split from the liberal diocese in October. The Diocese of Pittsburgh, which oversees the 20 local parishes that stayed with the U.S. Episcopal Church, said the breakaway group has no legal right to the assets since it is no longer part of the denomination. Spokesperson Rich Creehan said the church petitioned the Court of Common Pleas for the assets after its requests for them were “ignored” by the breakaway parishes. The breakaway conservatives, who also call themselves the Episcopal

Diocese of Pittsburgh, said they have a right to some of the assets because they helped develop them before the split. “We would love to sit down and work out a mediated division where everyone involved has access to a portion of the assets because we think that’s fair,” said the Rev. Peter Frank, a spokesperson for the conservative diocese. The break was led by former Episcopal Bishop Robert Duncan, a theological conservative who had long been angered by the liberal direction of the national church. He said he had to split from denominational leaders after Episcopalians in 2003 consecrated the first openly gay bishop, V. Gene Robinson of New Hampshire. Fifty conservative Episcopal parishes in

Pittsburgh left with Duncan. The assets at stake include diocesan endowments and bank accounts, along with insurance, mailing lists and databases, said Creehan. The legal claim does not cover buildings or land. The case centers on interpretation of a 2005 court order that was issued during earlier litigation between one local parish, Calvary Episcopal Church, and the diocese then led by Duncan. That order states that property held or administered by the local diocese of “the Episcopal Church of the United States of America ... shall continue to be so held or administered by the diocese regardless of whether some or even a majority of the parishes” break from the national denomination. ■

Dec. 31, 2007, New Life Church paid the Haggard family $309,020 in salary and benefits, according to a church document obtained by The Associated Press. Haggard said his family is grateful for the severance, but he was angry for being forced to leave Colorado Springs as one condition. He also challenged the church’s statement that he halted a process meant to restore him, saying he still receives counseling. Of Mike Jones, his accuser, Haggard said: “I know he’s gone through a lot. When he said he had to say something, I believe it. And I think that was God encouraging him to do that.”

Jones said last Friday he considers Haggard a salesman seeking attention for his business. “I know he’s apologized to his church and family, blah, blah,” Jones said. “But the people he hurt is the gay community, and he’s never apologized to the gay community. He owes that.” Haggard has said his childhood experiences, including same-sex “sex play” with friends when he was in the seventh grade, started to manifest themselves when he turned 50, a few months before the scandal. That conflicts with Jones’ statement that Haggard paid him for sex for three years. Haggard on Friday declined to discuss the discrepancy. ■ A Loving Family of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Catholics & our allies invites you to celebrate

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BERRY From Page 1 secretary for policy, management and budget at the Department of the Interior under President Clinton and served as head of the Congressionally chartered National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. Berry had been named by the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, an

advocacy group that works to elect openly gay officials, as one of its LGBT Presidential Appointments Project candidates, and singled out by Victory Fund CEO Chuck Wolfe as a strong contender for a cabinet position. The transition team this week did not officially confirm reports that Berry’s nomination is imminent, but gave indications that an announcement could come in the

next few days. The transition team also is expected to confirm widespread reports that openly gay businessman Fred Hochberg will be named to chair the Export-Import Bank, and that activist Brian Bond will be named deputy director of the White House Office of Public Liaison. Hochberg, a former HRC board member, was an acting administrator of the Small Business

JAN. 16 - 22, 2009 Administration under Clinton. The Export-Import Bank helps finance the export of U.S. goods and services. HRC President Joe Solmonese called Hochberg “one of the most highly qualified and experienced public servants in our community,” adding: “The fact that Presidentelect Obama has tapped him for such an important economic position speaks well for the LGBT community.” Bond, former head of the Victory Fund, served as director of constituencies for the Obama presidential campaign and, for a time, was head of the Democratic National Committee’s LGBT outreach. The Office of Public Liaison conducts outreach through briefings, meetings and events at the White House to various constituency groups, depending on the president’s priorities. Other openly LGBT people whose appointments have not yet been officially confirmed, but which are expected to be announced soon, include Moe Vela, as director of operations in the Office of the Vice President; Cameron Moody, director of White House Administration (an office that falls under Brad Kiley, named as the openly gay director of the White House Office of Management and Administration); Dave Noble, as White House liaison to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration; David Medina, as deputy chief of staff for First Lady Michelle Obama; and Karine JeanPierre, as White House liaison to the Department of Labor. On Jan. 8, the transition team officially announced the appointment of Anthony Bernal as director of scheduling for Vice President Joe Biden’s wife, Jill, a position he held during the campaign as well. Bernal, a graduate of the University of Texas El Paso, served in the scheduling offices of President Clinton and Vice President Al Gore. If all these appointees are finalized and announced, they will bring to 11 the number of openly LGBT people thus far named to positions in the Obama White House and administration. Previously, the Obama transition named Los Angeles deputy mayor Nancy Sutley to chair his White House Council on Environmental Quality and Brad Kiley as director of the White House Office of Management and Administration. Meanwhile, the Washington


Post reported Tuesday that Mark Dybul, an openly gay physician who has served as President Bush’s ambassador for the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief for the past three years, will remain in his position, at least for now. THE SKELETON One thing the Obama transition team had no comment on this week was a report Tuesday from the Chicago gay newspaper Windy City Times that Obama supported gaymarriage equality 13 years ago. As the Democratic presidential candidate, Obama was, like most other Democratic presidential candidates, against gay marriage but in favor of gay couples having the same rights and benefits. But as a candidate for the Illinois state Senate in 1996, Obama was for gay marriage. That year, Obama signed a typed letter to the Chicago gay newspaper Outlines (acquired by Windy City in 2000) that said, among other things, “I favor legalizing samesex marriages, and would fight efforts to prohibit such marriages.” That same year, he also signed a questionnaire, filled out for an Illinois gay political-action committee, that asked whether he would support a resolution asking that the state “not interfere with same-gender couples who chose to marry and share fully and equally in the rights, responsibilities and commitment of civil marriage.” He, or a campaign aide, wrote in, “I would support such a resolution.” Windy City Times publisher Tracy Baim found the two documents while conducting research for a Chicago Gay History Project. Baim said Obama’s position on gay marriage began to change by 2004, when she interviewed him during his race for the U.S. Senate. In that interview, she noted, Obama said, “I am not a supporter of gay marriage as it has been thrown about, primarily, just as a strategic issue.” Asked to explain his comment further, Obama said: “What I’m saying is that strategically, I think we can get civil unions passed ... I think that, to the extent that we can get the rights, I’m less concerned about the name ... I think that is my No. 1 priority. In an environment in which the Republicans are going to use a particular language that has all sorts of connotations in the broader culture as a wedge issue, to prevent us moving forward in securing those rights, then I don’t want to play their game.” ■

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Some revive calls for Indiana gay-marriage ban By Deanna Martin The Associated Press INDIANAPOLIS — Religious leaders, conservative groups and some Indiana lawmakers are renewing calls for a constitutional ban on gay marriage and civil unions. Supporters are trying a different tactic this year — changing the wording of the proposed amendment — but like prior efforts, the push doesn’t seem to have much of a future. House Speaker Patrick Bauer (D-South Bend) said amending the state’s constitution isn’t necessary because Indiana law already prohibits same-sex marriage. “We certainly don’t want to waste the public’s time when we have the critical duties that we have,” Bauer said. Reps. Eric Turner (R-Marion) and Dave Cheatham (D-North Vernon) held a press conference Monday urging Bauer and the House Rules Committee chair to let the proposal move through the legislative process. They said the amendment is needed because courts in other states have tried to strike down

statutes on marriage. “Marriage between one man and one woman is a fundamental value in our state and should be protected by placement in our state constitution,” Cheatham said. Turner and Cheatham were joined by other lawmakers, church leaders from several congregations and representatives from groups including Advance America and the American Family Association of Indiana. The proposed amendment would add the following to the constitution: “Only a marriage between one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized in Indiana. A legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage for unmarried individuals shall not be valid or recognized.” That’s different than the proposed amendment suggested in years past, which said in its second sentence that state law “may not be construed to require that marital status or the legal incidents of marriage be conferred upon unmarried couples or groups.” Turner said he thought the new version was clearer, and would prohibit same-sex marriage without

affecting domestic-partner benefits offered by many companies and universities. House Rules Committee chair Rep. Phil GiaQuinta (D-Fort Wayne) said he would take a look at the proposed amendment if the resolution is assigned to his Together We Can, a discussion committee. But he said Indiana’s group for people dealing with current law is working, so he would emotional, mental and addictive likely be inclined against giving the problems, will meet at 7 p.m. at The issue a hearing. “We had Information any gay The haven’t Trans-Health marriages that I’m aware of center since Project will hold a drop-in the been taken from into account,” forlaw’s all trans persons 7-11 p.m. he said. oor; The GOP-controlled state Senate hasThe voted three times sincea 2005 to Humboldt Society, gay and pass a proposed amendment banning lesbian naturalist club, will meet gay marriage, haveWay to at 7:30 p.m. which at thewould William pass two consecutive, separately elected Assemblies then TiesGeneral That Bind Us, aand 12-step win approval in a statewide vote to take effect. Measures have twice died in the Democrat-controlled House before coming up for a vote of the full House. If a constitutional ban is passed in either the 2009 or 2010 sessions, it would also have to pass again in either 2011 or 2012 to be eligible for a statewide vote in November 2012.


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Bible-quoting opponents angrily began working for its repeal. “You are trying to operate in a realm you do not have the authority to operate in,” one pastor, George Brantley, told the commissioners. The debate is expected to become noisier as the ballot nears, with opponents resorting to more TV ads and campaigns pegged to such slogans as “Keep Men out of Women’s Restrooms, and vice versa.” Organizations defending transgender rights are mustering their own campaign. The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force notes that 108 cities and counties nationwide have similar transgender protections. An attempt to repeal an ordinance in Montgomery County, Md., failed when a court ruled opponents did not collect enough signatures to place it on the ballot. Citizens for Good Public Policy, the group behind the commercial that aired last summer in Gainesville, collected more than 6,000 signatures last summer to win a referendum. If approved, the repeal measure would also prevent the commission from adding protections beyond

what the state requires: race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability and marital status. Cain Davis, chairman of Citizens for Good Public Policy, said the issue is about regulating a “government gone wild” and ensuring public safety, charging that sexual predators could now simply enter a women’s restroom claiming to be a transgender individual. “We know when men go into women’s restrooms, bad things can happen,” Davis said. City Commissioner Craig Lowe, leader of a group called Equality is Gainesville’s Business, called the ads from Davis’ group a grossly distorted attempt to whip up fears. Since the ordinance took effect, police have reported no problems in public restrooms stemming from the law. Some transgender people are taking no chances. Computer programmer Clare Holman, who was born male but now lives as a female, said she simply stays away from public toilets. “I don’t want to run afoul of the law by using the wrong restroom,” Holman said. ■

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The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that a 72-yearold transsexual will be reimbursed after her country’s health insurance refused to pay for her genderreassignment treatment. Nadine Sclumpf, from Switzerland, was awarded $19,800. The court ruled that her human rights had been violated when Switzerland’s Federal Insurance Court dropped her case against medical-insurance company SWICA for not paying for her treatment. Sclumpf was known as Max until she had gender-reassignment surgery in 2004. She waited until her wife had died of cancer in 2002 and her children had grown up before proceeding with the treatment. SWICA medical insurance had initially refused to reimburse the

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excluded from playing. Marcello Lippi’s comments are significant, since in December, a thirddivision player-turnedrent boy claimed he MARCELLO LIPPI IN MILAN, ITALY, is paid $1,900 for his AUG. 23, 2007 services by Italy stars. AP Photo: Luca Bruno “I have about 30 clients who are Chelsea and Aston Villa during footballers and I would say that a his 12-year career, was speaking dozen are Series A and national team at “Homophobia: Football’s Final players,” the man, identified only as Taboo,” hosted by the Football “Victory,” said in a TV interview. Association at its central London “Several times I have been asked headquarters. to take part in group-sex sessions. Elliott, who now works as an They all know I am a footballer as adviser to the Equality and Human well, but they like me because I am Rights Commission, said gay discreet. A lot of them are bisexual, players do not come out because they are married or have girlfriends. they fear the reaction of fans. They have a respectable image but none of them will ever admit to being gay, not for the time being anyway.” “I don’t think there are any gay players, or at least in 40 years of my An Orthodox Christian group career I have never met any,” Lippi said in a recent podcast. “It could in the Netherlands has lost well be that there are a few with these government financial backing over tendencies, but they don’t go around claims its members try to “cure” telling people about it. Considering homosexuality. The government makes grants the way football players are, it really would be a complicated condition to totaling $595,800 a year to Christian groups that promote the interests of deal with in the locker room.” Lippi said that under his homosexual people. Orthodox group Onze Weg (Our leadership, nobody would be excluded from the national team Way) claimed to do this and received a subsidy of $66,000 in September. because of sexual preference. Members of Parliament Boris “If someone came to me and confessed they were gay, I would van der Ham and Anouchka van advise them to not let any of that Miltenburg started asking questions affect them, just concentrate on their after an article in Revu Weekly made profession and feel free to do what claims that groups such as Our Way they want in their private lives,” he deliberately set out to encourage gay people to “become” heterosexual. said. Dutch Education and Culture In October, a British former professional football player told Minister Ronald Plasterk had a forum on homophobia that he previously defended the funding knows of a dozen gay men at the top of these groups, but was forced to ask Our Way for an explanation of the game. Paul Elliott, who played for Celtic, following the allegations.


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“Our subsidy is intended to promote an open discussion of homosexuality among orthodox Christians,” Our Way responded in a letter. “It is out of the question that we support clubs that advocate helping people to get rid of their homosexual feelings.” On Jan. 8, Plasterk announced in Parliament that the group will not receive funding from the government.

Amsterdam’s gay tourism fades The city of Amsterdam has failed to win in any category in a largescale survey of the favorite venues of Dutch gays. polled 27,500 of its readers over the past year. Gay venues in Amsterdam, historically viewed as one of the best gay destinations in the world, failed to come first in any category. Even the city’s famous Pride event lost out in the Gay Party category to a club night in Utrecht. Venues in Almere, Arnhem and Apeldoorn won best dance cafe, best sauna and best disco. A spate of well-publicized homophobic attacks in Amsterdam has tarnished its reputation in recent years. In August, Dutch Minister for Education and Culture Ronald Plasterk attended Amsterdam Pride for the first time. He said his presence would focus attention on homophobia in Holland. “Antigay violence, though it never disappeared, is flaring,” he said. “In some urban neighborhoods, it’s to do with youths from an Islamic background who are encouraged by the notion that homosexuality is morally repugnant. This is extremely worrying. When I talk about this at schools, it is shocking to hear how some young people think and talk about this. So a lot remains to be done. And not only at urban schools: ‘Queer-bashing’ is something all kinds of youth do after drinking all around the country.”

Violence against trans people up A leading human-rights group has called the murder of a trans activist in Honduras part of a series of violent attacks on the community. New York-based Human Rights Watch called on the authorities in the Central American nation to fully investigate the murder of Cynthia Nicole, who was killed in a driveby shooting in Comayaguela, a town just outside Honduran capital Tegucigalpa. Activists claim her murder on


Jan. 9 was the latest attack on the trans community. A transgender sex worker and colleague of Nicole was attacked and murdered on Oct. 30. The next day, another transgender sex worker was shot while she was working in a park in the center of Comayaguela. On Dec. 17, a third transgender sex worker was stabbed 14 times. Transgender activists claim police and the judiciary have not taken effective steps to find those responsible. As a leader in Colectivo Violeta, an organization working to defend the rights and health of trans people, Nicole advocated for transgender sex workers in Tegucigalpa. She provided information about HIV/ AIDS and human rights, and represented her community at various national conferences. “The transgender community is terrified,” said Indyra Mendoza, director of the Honduran lesbian and feminist group Cattrachas. “But these attacks will not silence the community in Honduras, and we will continue to work to ensure that the rights of transgender people are recognized and protected.”

Critics demand prince’s apology The British gay equality organization Stonewall has said that a video showing Prince Harry calling fellow soldiers “queer” is an insult to lesbians and gays serving in Afghanistan and Iraq. The News of the World has released a video that shows Harry questioning whether a fellow officer is feeling “gay” or “a bit queer on the side” following an exhausting task. He is also heard calling a fellow officer from the Pakistani army “our little Paki friend.” Ben Summerskill, chief executive of Stonewall, drew attention to the damaging effect that Prince Harry’s derogatory comments can have in the long run. “It’s conspicuous that Prince Harry has expressed regret

for his racist remarks, but not yet for his homophobic ones,” he said. “Working as Stonewall now does with staff of all three armed services, we know that this sort of low-level insult does have an impact on operational effectiveness. We trust that the prince will act very swiftly to offer an appropriate apology, in particular to those lesbian and gay personnel currently on active duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.” The prince, who is third in line to the throne, made the comments in a video originally filmed in 2006, while he was training as an officer at the Sandhurst military academy. The Army has said that no formal disciplinary action will be taken. When questioned about Harry’s “gay” remarks, the Ministry of Defense refused to comment, but reiterated its original statement: “Neither the Army nor the Armed Forces tolerates inappropriate behavior in any shape or form. This specific case will be dealt with in line with normal Army procedures.” The Equality and Human Rights Commission has announced that it is demanding a formal inquiry into Harry’s behavior. ■ Larry Nichols can be reached at


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LGBT activist’s story makes it to the small screen her son’s life, partners and I question her first optioned faith and, finally, the rights to the “I doubt that there will ever be book accept his 12-andany closure, but at least I have the a-half orientation. years “I think the satisfaction of knowing that it’s ago. Mary and never too late to right an injustice, I probably had Griffith family and that’s what I feel like I have a million phone is so generous in bringing this been doing for Bobby and all the c o n v e r s a t i o n s other kids like him,” activist Mary and very personal personal Griffith said. loss of their meetings over Griffith has spent more than 25 the last 12 years. beloved Bobby years, since her gay son Bobby It didn’t come to a world stage,” committed suicide in 1983, trying out of left field. Weaver said. to prevent the kind of tragedy she There was a “When you read that this is one had a hand in making. Her story is t r e m e n d o u s about to reach a wide audience with amount of the books kids of the premiere of a movie based on preparation and give their family when they’re the book about Griffith and her son. dialogue. I’ll also “Prayers for Bobby,” a Lifetime say that when we going to come Original Movie, is based on the asked Sigourney out, I thought, how wonderful 1995 nonfiction book “Prayers [Weaver] to do for Bobby: A Mother’s Coming to the movie, the if we can put this Terms with the Suicide of Her Gay first thing she in another form, because it’s hard Son,” by Leroy Aarons, founder requested was to of the National Lesbian and Gay fly up to Walnut MARY GRIFFITH (SIGOURNEY WEAVER) AND SON BOBBY (RYAN to keep picking Journalists Association. Creek with me KELLY) up a book. Once the movie is on, “It’s going to help a lot of kids and so that she could adults as well,” Griffith said. “That’s meet Mary to it’s always hard while the rest of their family comes really what makes it worthwhile for make sure that Mary was OK with to terms with his sexual orientation. for me to try to turn it off. There it me to keep doing that. It just has to her playing Mary.” Bobby immerses himself in is in another form for families to be out there. I hope that it does bring So the Oscar-nominated actor prayers and church activities to experience and at least get the ball took on the role, depicting Griffith appease his mother’s wishes, but rolling. All of us were driven by hope and education to people.” Daniel Sladek, the film’s from her days as a devout Christian becomes increasingly depressed this commitment to Bobby and this producer, said it took some time to who believed she wasn’t allowed to because of his Presbyterian church’s story being told.” Weaver admitted that, on the get the book onto the small screen. accept her son’s homosexuality. She disapproval of homosexuality. “It took us 12 years to get becomes convinced that he could be Utimately Bobby commits suicide, surface, Griffith may not seem this movie made,” he said. “My cured of what she sees as his sin, prompting Griffith to reflect on sympathetic, which is why she insisted on meeting her when she was offered the role. “I think the universal thing that binds all parents together is that they want their children to be safe,” Weaver said. “So I related immediately to Mary. I also had the great advantage of meeting Mary and being able to discuss this whole journey with her. She was very straightforward and candid. I thought that the whole family loved Bobby so much. There was so much love in this family. They were not guided well by their church and by their own instincts. They were in such mortal fear for Bobby’s soul and for his mortal life as well. It was driven by a desire to do what’s best for him. Being a parent myself, sometimes we are blind to the things that are right in front of us when it comes to our children. We put their welfare above everything else. I think that’s what Mary felt she was doing. That was sort of my way in. The Bible verses, all of these things were for the purpose of rescuing Bobby from this thing that had taken hold of him. I think as Mary, I felt [those things] had to be fought and could be won. There’s misinformation in the world that homosexuality is a choice and GRIFFITH (WEAVER) AND HER FAMILY AND FRIENDS PARTICIPATE IN A GAY PRIDE PARADE, HOLDING a possession you can fight against. A PFLAG BANNER. Photos: Ben Mark Holzberg/Lifetime Television There’s a lot of this misinformation By Larry Nichols PGN Staff Writer

out there, and unfortunately Mary was reading it.” Weaver said she hopes efforts like this movie will counteract the kind of misinformation spread by the church, especially in light of the recent events surrounding Proposition 8. “I think it’s unconstitutional to have a referendum like that,” she said. “People labor under this idea that homosexuality is a ‘lifestyle choice.’ The Founding Fathers were much too wise to legislate who falls in love with whom. They were men of the world. Homosexuality has been part of our species and our history for thousands of years. Everyone has an equal right to pursue happiness in this country. It is there in black and white and there are no exceptions. So to me, to even put that on the referendum, I can’t even believe that it’s legal. To me it’s a human-rights issue.” Griffith is also a staunch supporter of marriage equality. “It’s almost like people don’t realize that they’re troubling their 14th Amendment guarantees when you start taking things away from other people,” she said. “That to me is really scary and I’m sorry to see them do that.” Speaking with Griffith, it’s difficult to reconcile who she is today with the person she was in the movie. Weaver said that the Mary she was introduced to is worlds away from the Mary that Bobby lived with in the late 1970s and early 1980s. “We did talk about that time,” Weaver said. “When I met Mary, she was such a warm person and had a very droll sense of humor. Not that she was cracking jokes left and right, but she clearly has a sense of humor. The person at the beginning of this story did not. I said to Mary, ‘What were you like? Were you like the person I’m meeting now?’ and she said to me, ‘I was very serious.’ And I got it. I got it in a kind of heartbreaking way. This was life or death for her son and for her family. That Mary that I met that day was not the Mary that started this whole process with her son Bobby and the Mary that you see in the movie. She’s fighting for the life and soul of her son, and she thinks that she’s doing the right thing for him. The more he fights her, the stronger she felt she had to be. That’s the terrible thing.” Just because Weaver could relate to Griffith doesn’t mean she pulled any punches in playing her on screen. Weaver said she was more concerned about accurately portraying Griffith’s story. “I have to say I didn’t think about offending Mary because when Daniel

JAN. 16 - 22, 2009 [Sladek] and I went up and met the family, what was so powerful from every single member of the family was they wanted this story told. As Mary said, if this story being out in the world can save one family from going through what they have been through losing Bobby, it was worth it. It was not my intention to do an imitation of Mary, and the book goes much more into detail about Mary’s past and her need for religion. I felt that I had the go-ahead from Mary to take the essence of what happened and run with it. We were there to get down to the truth as much as possible and put that on film. It didn’t occur to me that there were areas I could go where Mary wouldn’t like it because I felt that in that day that I got to spend a few hours with Mary, she gave me total permission to just try to tell the truth about this as much as I could. I really felt that she was behind us and guiding us. I don’t know if she prayed for this to work out well, but considering the time we had and the organizational problems we were up against, it’s just a miracle it came together so well. I have to say there was no time for me to anguish about how Mary was feeling because I was interpreting what happened in this movie.” Griffith said that Weaver did an excellent job of portraying her in the movie. “I had full confidence in everybody involved,” Griffith said. “After I saw the movie, I thought, ‘My gosh, they really got to the heart of it in such a short time span that it has to be told.’ I really didn’t have any doubts. How could I? Look at this wonderful actress. She really reached to the



depths of where I was. That was very evident in her portrayal. It was very intense and spoke to the heart and soul of what I went through.” After Bobby’s death, Griffith discovered Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, then went on to become president of an East San Francisco Bay PFLAG chapter and appeared frequently on television talk shows. She has also campaigned for public-school counseling supportive of gay teenagers, believing that Bobby would still be alive if his high school had had such a program. Griffith admitted, however, that even if she had known about resources like PFLAG BOBBY (KELLY) FEELS THE UNCOMFORTABLE STARES DIRECTED HIS WAY DURING HIS BIBLE-STUDY CLASS. before Bobby’s suicide, it wouldn’t have made a difference in how she blame about how she dealt with forgive myself for that. I had a hard not from God. That is still a big part Bobby’s sexuality on her church time forgiving the church, though.” of religion today and Christianity. dealt with his sexual orientation. at the time, California’s Walnut Can you imagine? Love has got to Griffith added that the church’s “I was too entrenched because there were verses in the Bible Creek Presbyterian Church, which view about homosexuality overruled be from God. That was distorted in to knock PFLAG and the gay preached a message that homosexuals her gut feelings regarding her own my life. It’s such a sad thing that they have to believe in such a creature.“ Metropolitan Church [that said] were sick, perverted and condemned son. “When a mother cannot trust her “Prayers for Bobby” airs at 9 p.m. to eternal damnation. Satan can be like a shining light,” “I would probably have own conscience ... if I had listened Jan. 24 and 27 and 8 p.m. Jan. 25. she said. “I was cornered no matter which way. There was a verse to considerable guilt, but my saving to that, it would have been entirely For more information, visit www. detract from anything Bobby might grace is the fact that I truly was different,” she said. “Anything in my ■ ignorant,” she said. “This was not heart or mind that honored Bobby or have wanted to share or teach me.” Griffith lays much of the something I did out of malice or his sexuality was from Satan. Any Larry Nichols can be reached at hate. It was pure ignorance. I can love that I had for him as he is was





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New documentary explores cross-dressing on film By Larry Nichols PGN Staff Writer We all know that Hollywood loves a good (or sometimes bad) crossdresser, but a new documentary is out to explore why such genderbending roles have always been so popular. Produced for the Starz Network as part of its Starz Inside series, “Ladies or Gentlemen” was inspired by Jean-Louis Ginibre’s critically acclaimed book of the same name, and takes viewers on a journey through some of the most attentiongrabbing and talked-about crossdressing performances in Hollywood history. With acclaimed filmmaker John Landis (“The Blues Brothers,” “Trading Places” and “Coming to America”) producing the project and superstar drag queen RuPaul narrating, “Ladies or Gentlemen” is a well-put-together documentary, featuring commentary from the likes of columnist Michael Musto, actor Tim Curry and filmmaker John Waters, to name a few. “Ladies or Gentleman” explores the roots of cross-dressing in film, tracing it back to ancient Greek theater, where women weren’t allowed to perform on stage and men had to play the roles of both sexes. “Ladies and Gentleman” also explores the concept of crossdressing as a plot device. Most of the time, cross-dressing in a film

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1. Went down, on the beach 6. Dorothy Gale’s home 10. Word on Warhol’s can 14. Tim of “Rocky Horror” fame 15. “A Streetcar Named Desire” director Kazan 16. Bear that may be a minor 17. Burke of baseball 18. Not worth oral treatment 19. Sighted at a gay bar 20. Bold plays with songs? 23. Wilbur’s male partner 24. No to Rimbaud 25. Member of the mimosa family 29. Ann Bannon or Edgar Box 33. Cheer for critic Edmund? 36. Went lickety-split 37. Easily screwed 38. Aladdin’s monkey 39. Mortimer, with a wooden head 41. Club where you can dance with a sailor 42. Gertrude’s upright?

is a means to an end for a heterosexual character. It’s perfectly acceptable for Robin Williams to assume the role of Mrs. Doubtfire to spend more time with his children. It’s OK for Dustin Hoffman to cross-dress in a last-ditch effort to make it in the world of acting in “Tootsie.” It’s fine for the Wayans Brothers or Martin Lawrence to dress as women in movies like “White Chicks” or “Big Momma’s House” because they are defending the law. T h e documentary also dives into the darker side of the way cross-dressing is RU PAUL (CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT); HILLARY SWANK IN depicted on film. “BOYS DON’T CRY”; “TO WONG FOO: THANKS FOR EVERYTHING, When not used JULIE NEWMAR” 44. Cock head? 47. Rubber 48. Queer ___ three-dollar bill 49. Angelina’s tomb-raiding role 51. Confection named for Harvey? 57. “Apartment ___ “ 58. Daniels formerly of “The L Word” 59. Pink, for one 61. Sherman Hemsley religious sitcom 62. Rex Reed et al. do this to movies 63. Start of a Sappho title, perhaps 64. Ares of “Xena” and others 65. Where to catch a ferry underground 66. Sondheim’s staff members


1. Heart chart, for short 2. Stick it in your socket 3. Title for Uncle Remus’ bear 4. Laszlo of skincare products 5. Stuff for a blow job? 6. Amelie Mauresmo’s woman 7. How to moan in bed 8. Michael Nava’s lawyer Henry 9. Tab Hunter was this kind of idol

10. “Valley of the Dolls” author 11. Cartoon Network’s “Moral ___ ” 12. Treats as a sexual object 13. He blew on pipes 21. Emulate Alison Bechdel 22. Leopold or Loeb 25. Caligula’s lamb 26. Market bear’s fear 27. Open-mouthed fivesome 28. Cleveland cager, for short 29. Spitting sound, in comics 30. Carpet layer’s calculations 31. 1914 battle site of Cocteau’s country 32. Biblical witch’s home 34. Type of crime 35. “How may ___ of service?” 39. A graffiti artist may shoot it off 40. Vardalos of “Connie & Carla” 42. They make heads roll 43. Sal Mineo played one in “Rebel Without a Cause” 45. Chicken hawk’s weapons 46. Fab Five syllable for many a straight guy 49. Bishop Gene Robinson isn’t in this group 50. Wing for Julia Morgan 51. Note to Jared Polis’ staff 52. Put out

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for comedic effect, crossdressing is used as a symptom of the character’s antisocial behavior in film like “Psycho,” “Dressed To Kill” or “The Silence of the Lambs,” where the villains are always homicidal m a n i a c s with genderexpression issues. Somewhere in the middle of these extremes, “Ladies or Gentlemen” is a bit fuzzy in its intentions. Despite its critique of Hollywood for using crossdressing as a comedic foil or the hallmark of a deranged mind, “Ladies or Gentlemen” doesn’t spend a lot of time examining the space in between. It

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doesn’t take the time to highlight films where cross-dressing is just something a normal character does as a form of self-expression. At 60 minutes in length, the time constraints might have been a factor, but the documentary could have spent less time on films like “Mrs. Doubtfire,” “Tootsie” and “She’s The Man” and given more than just a casual glance at deeper films like “The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert,” “Boys Don’t Cry” or “The Crying Game,” which are barely mentioned. To its credit, “Ladies or Gentleman” devotes a respectable amount of time to the impact made by the careers and works of stars such as Divine (“Hairspray” and “Pink Flamingos”) and androgynous film-and-fashion icon Marlene Dietrich. It also does a fine job highlighting eccentric crossdressing performances like Tim Curry’s role in “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” and Johnny Depp in “Ed Wood.” “Ladies or Gentlemen” is a worthwhile effort on the surface — informative to someone with only a basic knowledge of the topic — but could have benefited from more time to explore the subject matter and a more cohesive sense of purpose. “Ladies or Gentlemen” premieres at 10 p.m. Jan. 20 on the Starz Network. For more information, visit ■ Larry Nichols can be reached at

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Family Portraits “I’m standin’ in this world alone, out here on my own; tryin’ to keep from turning cold.” These are the words sung by up-and-coming artist Allazae. A Philadelphia native, she’s been singing since age 5. At 16, she ran away from an abusive father and her music reflects the struggles she’s been able to survive and overcome. PGN: You’re from Philadelphia; were you an only child? A: No, I have four siblings. I have an older brother who is in the Navy — he was just home for Christmas and then he went back to Iraq where he’s been deployed. I have a little brother who is 6, he’s the new addition; and I have two sisters who live in Alabama. They both went out there for college. The oldest got married and decided to stay, the other will graduate in May. She’s my twin. PGN: Really? Fraternal or identical? A: We look similar, but we’re fraternal. Her name is Amber and we’re total opposites. I miss her so much. PGN: Do you do any weird twin things? A: No, it’s funny. When we’re actually together, we don’t get along. We miss each other terribly and love each other to death for the first three days, then after the fourth day, it’s like, “OK, you need to go back home now.” She’s really deep into the church and I’m the evil spawn. I’m gay, I never finished college, I know the streets, I’m everything my family is against. I did go back and get my GED though. I didn’t even study, I just said, “I got this, just give me the test” and I aced it. I then went on to study accounting, and quali-



Suzi Nash fied to be a legal secretary. I’m also a certified nurse and now I have a CDL. PGN: CDL? A: Commercial driver’s license. I drive a school bus. It’s funny, I was never into kids: Even after I had my son, I was like, “I love my son, but he’s the only one.” Now, I love the kids. Every last one of them. [Laughs.] Even the bad ones. I came to realize that if they’re really bad, you need to look at the parents. The kids are only reacting to what they’ve been shown. And I love my bus, “Big Boy.” Everyone tells me I’m too little to be driving a big bus, but I just tell ’em to hop on and ride with me and see. PGN: So bus driver, what’s your favorite snack? A: I love nachos, but I have to have a thing of salsa on one side and cheese dip on the other and I dunk the chip in both. That’s the way to do it. PGN: Do you have any pets? A: I have three cats. Kitty Moon is 20 years old. He’s an old cat — I’ve had him since I was 5. Then I have Ming Chu who’s about 10 or 11, but I’ve only had him for about four years. He’s a Siamese. They have a reputation for being mean, but he’s a sweetie. Then there’s Ashes. He’s so bad. He’s only about a year old, but he’s a big ball of trouble. People say animals don’t understand you, but I swear they know everything I’m saying. When I’m talking to them they look at me and I see it in their eyes. And when they meow back, it’s like they’re really communicating and we’re just too stupid to understand. I wish I knew what they were saying, especially the older one, ’cause he was in the house

when my mother was my age. I’d love to know what he could tell me about her at that time! PGN: She had him first? A: Yeah, I didn’t grow up with my mother. My parents divorced when me and my twin were 8 months old. My father got custody of us and we didn’t see our mother until we were about 4 or 5, when she got visitation rights restored. He was a Seventh-day Adventist and we grew up in the church. He was also very abusive. There are some things I respect him for, though: He was the one who got me into music. He was a teacher and he directed the choir. He taught me to play the clarinet, the piano and a little bit of organ. We had a singing group with all four of us children and we toured the different churches. PGN: Coming out must have been difficult? A: Oh yeah, we were sent to a boarding school when we were young and that was really good. It was called Blue Mountain Academy in Hamburg, Pa. I got straight As and was valedictorian of my eighth-grade class. But I got kicked out for having a relationship with another girl. It’s a Christian school, Seventh-day Adventist. But I have good memories of the school. I think it was the values and confidence that they instilled in me that allowed me to survive on the streets. I’d think about sending my kids there. PGN: How did you get caught?

ALLAZAE Photo: Suzi Nash A: This girl and I had been messing around together. One day we were playing around with another girl. We were pretending to jump her and we didn’t realize that she had some problems and she freaked out when we pinned her. We all got into trouble and they separated us. When they were moving us, they looked through our stuff and found the diary that the girl I was messing with had written. They blew it out of proportion and I got most of the blame because I was older. She was the one who came on to me, but they didn’t care about that. PGN: How did you end up on the street? A: It got real bad when I went back to my father, so I left. It was a shock. Between the church and school, I’d been a sheltered child; I had no idea how mean the streets

and people could be. I had some really bad times and some guys who really did me dirty. I was miserable: On top of not being physically attracted to men, I’ve also had really bad experiences, starting with my father. He was my first encounter with a man and he beat me daily. It was crazy, but it is what it is. I don’t regret it because it’s made me who I am today. I lost my faith for a long time, though I just recently got back to it. I struggled for a long time, I never prayed, I never sought God, but now he’s in my life again and things are turned around. PGN: Where did you go when you ran away? A: I didn’t want my dad to find me so I headed to New York. See PORTRAITS Page 36



Outward Bound

JAN. 16 - 22, 2009

Jason Smith

Provincetown offers winter solace At the tail end of Cape Cod lies a land of art, nature and openness. Provincetown, Mass., is not just a place to party away the warmer days of summer. Visitors have found this historically gay-friendly destination a place to literally chill out during the off-season. Although some shops and clubs close up, a hearty number remain open for the winter and cater to a slightly more subdued traveler looking for undisturbed tranquility. “The first thing you experience is just the incredible silence,” said Provincetown sculptor Didier Corallo. “And the fact that you can go out to the beaches here and just see a clear horizon line — a clear line of flat water and this beautiful

dome of sky.” Corallo works at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum ( at 460 Commercial St., where, if the mood strikes, you can engage your artistic spirit. Take one of the walk-in life-drawing classes for $8 (no registration required) and you can make your attempt at adding to Provincetown’s storied lineage of artists. The solace of Provincetown, or PTown as it is affectionately known, can be a respite for city lovebirds looking for a quiet escape. “It’s really cool if you’ve never walked around a seaside village in the wintertime,” said local retailer Dennis Lemenager. “There’s

something very romantic and peaceful about it.” For admirers of Philadelphia’s easy walkability, Provincetown provides an opportunity to leave the gas cap on. “For walkers, this is a fun and amazing place,” said Corallo. So although Provincetown is just shy of 400 miles from Philadelphia, “you don’t need a car to get from one part of the town to another.” Shawn Nightingale, owner of the Vixen Nightclub at the Pilgrim House Hotel (www.ptownvixen. com), 336 Commercial St., said that Provincetown in the winter is “cold and cozy.” It’s a place where relationship-oriented couples can come to relax, rent movies or play cards. “It’s not the party craziness ...

it’s more of the relaxed beauty that P-Town has.” On Sunday nights, Vixen presents “Stitch & Bitch,” a hosted evening of crocheting, knitting and crafting with plenty of opportunity to kvetch about world events or make a new friend. Nightingale noted two highlights of the region’s natural allure: dunes covered in pure white snow and spectacular sunsets. So don’t forget to save some room on your camera’s memory card. When the air is clear, the evening skies are purple and shocking pink all winter long, he said. In addition to performing whale rescues and looking out for the welfare of seals, the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies offers

nature walks along the coast. Said center biologist Lisa Sette, “What’s really amazing about the winter months is that it finally slows down. You’re typically alone or with very few people; you can be on this pristine beach with not another person in sight — it’s so unique to experience. “It’s one of those places where you get those gifts of natural history that’s pretty incredible. People have to be willing to walk and look,” Sette added. “But you always get rewarded with something ... If you’re patient, you can see whales right from the beaches.” More information about the field walks can be found at www.coastalstudies. org. And when it’s time to eat, a nice place to head for a relaxed evening and a view of the harbor is The Mews Restaurant & Café (www. at 429 Commercial St. It’s open year-round for dinner. For those who crave variety — especially in their spirits — general manager Ron Robin said the Mews has the largest selection of vodkas on the East Coast (256 different kinds). It’s an assortment “which opens the door to many creative martinis,” he added. The Mews is also celebrating almost 20 years of presenting “Coffeehouse at The Mews,” which Robin described as an “open mic for all kinds of performers, writers, playwrights, poets and comedians.” Performances usually carry a humorous twist. Robin noted that one year Bruce Vilanch showed up to participate in their send-up of “Hollywood Squares.” The fun starts Mondays at 8 p.m. Robin said that as Provincetown’s population shrinks from a summertime high of around 60,000 to perhaps 3,500 in winter, the good times are just beginning for the permanent residents — and they welcome visitors to join in. One annual rite is the celebration surrounding the Academy Awards broadcast. “Of course it is shown on two large-screen TVs and we put the red carpet outside, some of us are in tuxedos and we feature a contest,” Robin says. Restaurant gift cards are given as prizes. And for the bargain-hunters out there, don’t leave your credit card at home, as Provincetown is a destination for post-holiday sales. Lemenager, owner of Utilities (, a homewares store at 393 Commercial St., said, “We do have different kinds

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PROVINCETOWN, MASS., AND CAPE COD BAY Photo: Courtesy PCCS/Joanne M. Jarzobski of sales all winter long. Usually on almost everything.” Utilities is open year-round, but only on weekends in January and February. “We do a lot of same-sex registries for people coming to Massachusetts to get married,” Lemenager said. To help transfer the landscape’s restful contours a bit inward, consider a visit to what owner Dougie Freeman described as Cape Cod’s first spa and the first salon to book appointments until midnight. Located in a 150-yearold captain’s house with a private beach, West End Salon & Spa ( at 155 Commercial St. is a place where clients can “look forward to the latest haircutting and big-city treatments at small-town prices.” Freeman said the spa has served everyone

from Lily Tomlin to Margaret Cho to Olympia Dukakis (who wanted pizza and a fine red wine). Even Anderson Cooper stopped by for a pedicure. “We have a large staff of people who can make your event a happening thing,” said Freeman, referencing the secluded villa that can be rented by a group of up to six for anything from a get-healthy weekend to private catered dinner parties. “We are here to live life and have fun.” Freeman also offers concierge services for practically all of Provincetown’s offerings. “If you wanted a baked stuffed lobster, dry cleaning, a tour to Boston or a wedding cake, we can do that for you,” he said. In winter, the salon is closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays

and all of March. For all of P-Town’s solitude and serenity, perhaps it’s worth checking out at least one of the more raucous nightlife diversions. The biggest of them all is the Atlantic House (, also known as “A-House.” Regarded as Provincetown’s top dance club, this disco also has two additional bars: P-Town’s oldest bar, The Little Bar, and the leather-oriented Macho Bar upstairs. All three are located inside an old inn at 6 Masonic Place. Provincetown in winter may not be a tourist’s first thought, but at least one resident is hooked: “This is where I plan on dying. This place is magnificent,” said nightclub owner Nightingale. “It definitely owns my heart.” ■

THE BEACH AND COASTLINE AT PROVINCETOWN Photo: Courtesy of Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies


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Art show to draw donations for AIDS group By Jen Colletta PGN Staff Writer Artists who work in a variety of media will come together next weekend for a show that will display their work, as well as the work of a local HIV/AIDS service organization. Multimedia art show “What the Water Gave Me” will run from 7 p.m.-1 a.m. Jan. 24 at The Fortress of the Arts, 221 W. Glenwood Ave. Attendees are encouraged to bring toiletries and other personalcare items to the event that will be donated to Calcutta House, which provides housing and care for local individuals struggling with HIV/AIDS. Tyler School of Art senior Jason Lutz, 21, began organizing the show several months ago as a means of presenting the work of a broad range of artists to a community that may not necessarily frequent galleries or museums but can still appreciate the quality of the pieces. “The space where we’re holding it is really great, it’s not pretentious at all,” Lutz said. “I wanted this to be a great community kind of

thing.” “ W h a t the Water Gave Me” features the works of 25 artists who hail from Philadelphia to New York to Virginia. Lutz said he garnered interest from the participants mostly through word-of-mouth and by utilizing social-media Web sites like Facebook and MySpace. Lutz said the water theme will be woven throughout the works, as “water is such a basic element.” Although he said he did not intend on connecting the show with bisexual painter Frida Kahlo’s work of the same name, the two are similar. “Both the painting and the show are about having reverence for water,” he said. “It’s about keeping in mind that we owe our lives to it.” Lutz said the show will feature numerous styles.

“It’s a multimedia exhibition, so we’ll have painters, sculptors, printmakers, photographers, video artists, a whole slew of people.” In addition to the artwork view, JEN PAUL on participants can also enjoy the sounds of alternative New York-based band Britney Boras and the Calvary as well as locals Ugh, God and DJ Gerrone.

be cool to play a song in front of people who are there for art and music,” she said. “I think anyone — no matter who they are, artsy or not — can find something interesting to see at an art show. I would encourage people to come just to have an opportunity to see something they’ve probably never seen before, which is always exciting.” Lutz said that, after he expressed he wanted the event to benefit a local organization, representatives of The Fortress suggested Calcutta House as a potential beneficiary. “Jason got our name from Fortress and he reached out to us,” said Heather Osborne, director of

From 7-10 p.m., participants can share their own material during an open-mic segment. Jen Paul, 22, who is openly gay, will perform a self-written song during the openmic portion of the night. “I thought it would


development and communications at Calcutta House. “We’re always happy when people reach out to us, because we can pretty easily tell them what our residents’ needs are.” Calcutta House is requesting toiletries such as unscented soaps and shampoos, deodorants and shaving cream, which will be given directly to the residents. Lutz also initiated a partnership with Pabst Blue Ribbon, which will provide free beverages during the event. Lutz said this was the first time he’s organized a show on his own and that, while there have been “ups and downs,” he’s eager to have the local community see the result. “This is going to be a great event and a great way for people to indulge themselves in the arts.” There is a $5 donation requested for admission. For more information, visit http://www. php?eid=46761431572 or contact Lutz at paintonmyboots@aol. com. ■ Jen Colletta can be reached at

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I realize that I’ll get considerable flack from my readers for dedicating a column to food so early in 2009. I’m the first to admit that it’s awfully ballsy to tout my favorite Gayborhood eateries, dishes and restaurant events while the ink is still drying on everyone’s New Year’s resolutions. So, though the timing is questionable, the subject is one of my absolute favorites, and this column is long overdue. Philly, and the Gayborhood in particular, has one of the best restaurant scenes in the country. From magnificent bar/restaurants to intimate BYOBs, we’re fortunate to have a huge number of amazing options conveniently situated in our social stomping ground. Thus, I respectfully offer you some of my recommendations for your reading, and dining, pleasure. As any Philly restaurant lover will tell you, Valanni, 1229 Spruce St., is one of the city’s most innovative and consistent upscale spots. Known for exceptional “Medi-Latin” cuisine, its menu is dynamite from top to bottom.

As if you need more incentive to make a reservation, Valanni is debuting “Forks and Corks,” a new dinner series, on Jan. 20. The kickoff event features a four-course dinner, highlighted by chef R. Evan Turney’s signature paella. Specially selected wine pairings will also be provided with each course. Even at $55 per person, it’s a pretty good deal for the quantity, quality and experience. Reservations are required in advance for the 6 and 8:30 p.m. seatings. Secure your spot at or by calling (215) 790-9494. My next two recommendations are known as much for their bar scenes as they are for the food, but I’d be remiss to exclude Bump, 1234 Locust St., and the Underground at Tavern on Camac, 243 S. Camac St., from this list. Both places feature relatively new menus and some of my favorite dishes. At Bump, you must try the Spanish fries for a delectable indulgence. Also, stop by for a cost-effective brunch on Saturdays and Sundays that runs $9.95 a person. Bump also offers half-price small plates and halfprice large plates on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, respectively. Tavern, on the other hand, boasts the city’s best mac ’n’cheese — a delicious combination of radiatore pasta and grilled chicken in a roasted

“Friendships are one of the few things that improve with age” The Venture Inn invites you to celebrate their 2nd anniversary Friday, Jan. 30, 2009 Smirnoff mixed drinks “ALL flavors” $4.00 10:30PM until closing Drag show 10:30PM Once again we look forward to your company! Venture Inn 255 S. Camac St. Philadelphia, PA 19107 (215) 545-8731

pepper and cheddar sauce. If you’re sticking to a “new year, new you” diet, dig into Tavern’s warm flanksteak salad. A relatively simple dish of lettuce, mushrooms, tomatoes and cucumbers gets taken to the next level with the addition of premium flank steak and a light ranch and horseradish dressing. After taking a holiday break in January, I’m hosting my next Nightlifegay. com First Thursday Happy Hour at Tavern on from 6-8 p.m. Feb. 5. Stop by for drinks and hors d’oeuvres, then head downstairs for dinner. Also, don’t forget Gayborhood staples More Than Just Ice Cream, 1119 Locust St., and 13th Street Pizza, 209 S. 13th St. The former is under new ownership and the menu is getting rave reviews. The latter is quite possibly the best pizza this side of the Mississippi — and it’s equally tasty whether you’re stone-cold sober on a Wednesday afternoon or heading from Woody’s to Pure at 2 a.m. on the weekend. That’s it for my restaurant highlights this time around. No matter what your diet resolution, the Gayborhood has a restaurant guaranteed to fit the bill. ’Til next time, get offline and see what your community has to offer! ■ If you have comments or information on upcoming events,, reference Offline.

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As the frigid January wind blows in, we’ve got a lot to keep our minds off the cold. The Eagles are a heartbeat away from the Super Bowl, Joe Biden will soon be a heartbeat away from the presidency, and a lot of our heartbeats will rise as we make good on our resolutions to get fit. But nothing gets the pulse pumping quite like the pindropping silence as the nominees are read, the envelope opened and the winner announced. Ladies and gentlemen, awards season is here. From the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild to the Academy itself, awards season always provides us great entertainment as we watch celebrities mingle, careers flourish and flounder and clothing often more memorable than the trophies themselves. It’s full of drama, providing us with an inside look at some of the greats in film and the great ones to come. Perhaps not as popular as those in Hollywood, but definitely as promising, bloggers and their Web sites also have an awards season of sorts, with the Big Banana of them all being the Weblogs (2008. The Weblog Awards honor bloggers in a slew of

categories including Best Humor Blog, Best Political Blog and our very own category, Best LGBT Blog. Take that, Oscars. Although the Weblogs allow all Internet users to vote, the voting process wrapped up last week, with more than 640,000 votes cast and 2-million page views in just over a week. But that shouldn’t stop people from heading on over to the site and taking a look at all the nominees and winners. The contest was certainly tough in the LGBT category, mainly because several old favorites were nominated along with some fresh-faced talent. If you follow this column or like blogs in general, you’ll recognize most of the names on the ballot and be introduced to some fantastic new sites with funny and factual content. Congratulations to winner Towleroad and all the fantastic nominees. But, aside from the LGBT sites, the Weblogs give users a chance to find and explore a whole host of topics, ranging from food to fashion to parenting, education and pets. They allow readers to explore new ideas, develop new hobbies and even inspire some to start their own blogs. Many of the nominees consisted of simply one person posting about what they find fascinating. Do you enjoy critiquing and writing about food? Well, the folks at So Good ( do too, dishing up on everything from Barack Obama’s rumored Ben and Jerry’s flavor to Burger King’s Angry Whopper. Unrelated to BK, I Can Has Cheezburger is one of the more popular pet blogs, placing cute animals and hilarious captions together once and for all. And for a fresh take on the fugliest fashions, Go Fug Yourself has been a reliably hilarious take on clothed (or not) celebrities. Bloggers work hard, whether for profit or personal gain, providing us with entertainment, news and, above all, an unfiltered voice outside of the watered-down mainstream media. Aside from commendations like the Weblogs, visiting and enjoying their sites is the best way for users to show thanks and encourage them to keep blogging. Check out the Weblogs and enjoy all they have to offer. ■ Contact Jason with feedback at

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worth watching: FRIDAY The Children’s Hour Extraordinarily powerful and utterly faithful screen adaptation of Lillian Hellman’s ground-breaking 1934 play. Karen (Audrey Hepburn) and Martha (Shirley MacLaine) run a private girls’ school together — their dream since they met at 17. It’s all going very well until Mary, a trouble-making student, tells a lie about them: that they are lovers and she saw them kissing and more. The rumor spreads, the school is closed, the women sue for slander and lose. But as time passes, truths emerge that

neither woman is ready to face, culminating in tragedy. Hepburn is at her graceful, swanlike best, but MacLaine tears up the screen with her magnificently tortured performance, for which she received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress. In an interview for “The Celluloid Closet,” MacLaine told Vito Russo that she and Hepburn never discussed the lesbianism of their characters. She also asserted that director William Wyler cut some of the scenes from the final version of the film that were more specific about Martha’s lesbianism. A pivotal film in the queer repertoire whose ending will leave you sobbing. 8 p.m. on TCM.

The Devil Wears Prada Meryl Streep at her arch and vicious best in this fashionistasgone-wild dramedy. With Anne Hathaway and Stanley Tucci. Lots of caustic fun. 8 p.m. on FX.

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Animal-lover Ellen pimps for pets and gives advice on why Halo products are the best for Spot and Fifi. 3 p.m. on QVC.

Game Show in My Head This reality show executiveproduced by “Punked” cutie-pie Howie Do It Ashton Kutcher and hosted by Who doesn’t love Howie Mandel? former “Fear Factor” host Joe In this new “Punked”-style series, Mandel makes people mad, cry and Rogan is pretty engaging, as people are forced to convince total then, of course, laugh. Simple fun after a rough week. 8 p.m. on NBC. strangers to do outrageous things in a con-man 101. 8 p.m. on CBS. Flashpoint The edgy Canadian police drama starring Enrico Colantoni, Hugh Dillon and soon-to-be lesbian heartthrob Amy Jo Johnson. Tonight, a woman holds another woman hostage. 9 p.m. on CBS. SATURDAY Ellen DeGeneres Presents Halo Purely for Pets

Raging Bull Martin Scorcese’s extraordinary paean to boxing. Lush, brutal tale of boxer Jake LaMotta (Robert DeNiro). DeNiro won an Oscar for Best Actor as well as a Golden Globe and National Critic’s Circle Award. The film was also nominated for Best Picture and Best Director, both of which it should have won. The

cinematography is breathtaking, the film is arguably Scorcese’s best and it ranks as one of the best films ever made. Phenomenal. With Joe Pesci and Cathy Moriarty. 8 p.m. on IFC. Lewis Black: Red, White and Screwed Comedian Lewis Black does his pro-queer, anti-Republican shtick with gusto. Unbelievably funny. 8:30 p.m. on Comedy Central. D.L. Hughley: Unapologetic The superbly funny AfricanAmerican comedian takes on everything from Obama to immigration. 10 p.m. on Comedy Central. Saturday Night Live Rosario Dawson hosts with Fleet Foxes as the musical guest. 11:30 p.m. on NBC. Check out political sketches at

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THE NEXT BEST THING TO BEING THERE: By all accounts, if you want to be anywhere near Barack Obama’s history-making inauguration, you might want to start walking toward Washington, D.C., now. The city is a traffic nightmare even on its best day, and this event promises to draw the kind of crowds and media attention that make the Phillies’ victory parade look like a dinner party. All the networks will be covering the event, but tune in to ABC for “The Neighborhood Ball: An Inaugural Celebration” from 8-10 p.m. Jan. 20. Plans were still being worked out at press time, but we’re guessing there won’t be a shortage of A-list entertainers willing to perform at this event. Photo: ABC/Donna Svennevik

All My Children The new year has not started auspiciously for Bianca (Eden Riegel) and Reese (Tamara Braun). For Bianca, the ghosts of Christmas past were the other women who left her for men. First, on New Year’s Eve, Reese’s former fiancé, Simon, showed up, sent by Reese’s father. He planted seeds of doubt in Bianca’s mind about Reese by saying he thought they were totally in love and couldn’t get enough of each other in bed right up until the moment Reese ran away and never looked back. Then Bianca’s mother, Erica, implied that there was something going on between Reese and Zach. So when Reese suggested they have their wedding at Zach’s casino, Bianca pitched a fit. She told Ryan she was going to test Zach and Reese. (Never a good plan, Ryan told her.) Bianca told Reese she wanted a real wedding, not “some commitment ceremony trial run,” and suggested they go to Connecticut to scope things out. Reese, who truly isn’t interested in Zach, said she had too much work to leave town just then. Zach, who really does seem interested in Reese, agreed. Time for Kendall to come out of her coma — quick! MondayFriday, 1 p.m. on ABC.

As the World Turns Jade tossed a grenade into the Luke (Van Hansis)/Noah (Jake Silbermann)/Brian (Lawrence Lau)/Lucinda (Elizabeth Hubbard) quadrangle when she blurted out to Lucinda, “Well, at least I don’t have a gay husband!” When the truth came out about Brian and Luke’s dalliance, Lucinda gave Brian the boot. Brian tried to explain that he really likes having a beard — although he put it much more delicately and poignantly — but Lucinda was having none of it. She made it clear that she might have gotten past the dalliance if it hadn’t been her own grandson Brian was lusting after. So Brian packed his bags and went. No doubt he’ll be back, since Lau has a three-year contract and this story is far from over. Meanwhile, Noah was confiding in Casey and Luke was confiding in Allison. Allison decided to try and get the two together, so she and Casey lured them to the hospital roof and then locked them out there to hash things out. Mr. Perfect (Noah), however, wasn’t ready to try to make things work. For a total romantic, he doesn’t seem to understand that pitfalls are part of the romance. The two went their separate ways, but Allison and Casey haven’t given up — either on Luke and Noah

or each other. Now Lucinda, prompted by Jade, is trying to get the two back together. Monday-Friday, 2 p.m. on CBS. Martha Martha Stewart isn’t queer, but no one has a gayer sensibility (or gayer friends — Tim Gunn, anyone?). Great food and great ideas with intriguing and/or cute guests. Who doesn’t want to make a cigar-box purse or have the perfect soy-glazed salmon? Monday-Friday, 2 p.m. on NBC. Ellen We never tire of the dancing dyke diva of daytime. Jan. 16: “Desperate Housewives” resident bad girl Nicollette Sheridan and Howie Mandel. How much fun will those two be? Be sure to check out Ellen’s commentary at MondayFriday, 3 p.m. on NBC. The Rachel Maddow Show Smart and savvy deconstruction from the only out lesbian to host a political talk show. Monday-Friday, 9 p.m. on MSNBC. The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson Consistently queer-friendly commentary and nightly drag routines from the Scottish comedian. Monday-Friday, 12:35 a.m. on CBS.

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Big Love The fun-loving polygamist returns with his three wives in this season premiere, in which Bill is wooing more than his wives: He’s also wooing a casino partner. 9 p.m. on HBO.

The Big Bang Theory The revolt of the nerds continues on the funniest night on TV. 8 p.m. on CBS.

Desperate Housewives When neighborhood handyman Eli Scruggs passes away, the residents of Wisteria Lane come to realize just how much he affected their lives in this 100th-episode extravaganza. 9 p.m. on ABC. The L Word In the sixth-season premiere, things pick up after we last saw the girls in the “Lez Girls” wrapup party. Shane tries to deal with her betrayal to Jenny as they both attempt to figure out their feelings. Bette and Tina get anxious when Angelica’s fever suddenly peaks. Alice and Tasha don’t know whether to break up or stay together. Meanwhile, Helena and Kit party as the new club owners of HIT! Oh — and there’s a murder, which will take all eight episodes of the season to solve through flashbacks. 9 p.m. on Showtime. Wuthering Heights The Masterpiece Theater version of the classic Emily Bronte novel begins tonight. British heartthrob Tom Hardy stars as Heathcliff and newcomer Charlotte Riley is Cathy. 9 p.m. on PBS. Brothers & Sisters Now that Robert has Kevin lying to Kitty, what’s next? (And where is Scotty, the MIA gay spouse?) Nora is pushing Saul to debut his new boyfriend. And Sarah is in trouble, for a change. 10 p.m. on ABC.

House At Cameron’s urging, the team takes the case of a suicidal man who suffers from excruciating chronic pain — pain that mirrors House’s. Meanwhile, Cuddy discovers that caring for her newly adopted baby leaves her little time to run the hospital, and Foreman and Thirteen continue to explore their complicated relationship — more complicated since last season she was a lesbian — as they work together on the Huntington’s disease drug trial and her illness. 8 p.m. on FOX.

viciousness from the mommas heats up. These guys would be so much happier gay, but the “girls” are mostly wonderful. 10 p.m. on NBC. True Beauty Produced by Tyra Banks and Ashton Kutcher, this reality series is mesmerizing. The premise is that beauty is interior, not exterior — except the players don’t know that. (Where did ABC get these contestants — six women, four men — who are incredibly, revoltingly self-absorbed?) The cultural-stereotyped snap-diva African-American woman was voted out in the premiere week. One of the bottle blondes seems ripe for tonight’s picking. 10 p.m. on ABC. TUESDAY

24 Tony Almeida is alive. How long ’til Jack goes after him? 9 p.m. on FOX.

American Idol Must-watch, train-wreck TV to seek the latest singing sensation. 8 p.m. on FOX.

Bromance It was only a matter of time before TV got hip to the semisexual world of male bromance. Host Brody Jenner (“The Hills”) puts nine guys to the test of best buddy-dom. 9 p.m. on MTV.

Nip/Tuck The hiatus is over and everybody’s favorite slicers and dicers (after Dexter) are back. 10 p.m. on FX.

Momma’s Boys The season finale of Ryan Seacrest’s latest reality show. Three good-looking guys search for the girl of their dreams — with the help of their stereotypically controlling mothers. Eliminations are done via text messages, not roses. The “girls” are dwindling as the

WEDNESDAY 13: Fear is Real This new series is a reality show with a scary twist as 13 contestants tackle awesomely horrific challenges. This ain’t just bug-eating in the tropics. 8 p.m. on the CW. Lost After an endless hiatus due to See TV Page 36

Flight of the Conchords The zany New Zealanders return in the second-season premiere of what the critics call the best comedy you aren’t watching. 10 p.m. on HBO. The United States of Tara Toni Collette tears up the small screen as four different characters of a woman with multiple-personality disorder. Series premiere. With Stephen Spielberg as executive producer, this series will indeed match the hype. Collette is, as ever, amazing. 10 p.m. on Showtime.

CAKES AND KISSES: Brenda Strong, Teri Hatcher, Eva Longoria Parker, Nicollette Sheridan and Marcia Cross of “Desperate Housewives” celebrate the series’ 100th episode, which airs at 9 p.m. Jan. 18 on ABC. Photo: ABC/Ron Tom


Q on the tube: Best (Queer) Life TV By Victoria A. Brownworth PGN Contributor It’s easy enough to worship at the altar of Oprah. Who else has the power to turn Tolstoy’s “Anna Karenina” into a best seller with her book club, rebuild over 1,000 houses post-Katrina and draw the extra millions of votes to help elect the first African-American president? Yet even though the wealthiest and most influential woman in America asserts she is all about inclusion, watching Oprah’s “Best Life Week” was anything but inclusive for queers. In recent years, Oprah has done a number of excellent shows on LGBT issues, which have been groundbreaking. But when it comes to including queers in her worldview, that just doesn’t seem to happen. Unless queers are an “issue,” we don’t really exist for Oprah. It’s an interesting disconnect, because Oprah’s brother was gay and died of AIDS. Oprah herself has been dogged by rumors that she and best friend Gayle King are lovers and that her partner of nearly 20 years, Steadman Graham, is gay. Why doesn’t Oprah get that being queer is part of the panoply of society and sexuality? Queers were largely absent from her “Best Life Week” series. We’re not disputing that straight married women are a major demographic of Oprah’s audience, but featuring these people to the exclusion of anyone else is, well, exclusionary. On the “Spirituality 101” episode, two of the spiritual advisors on Oprah’s panel referred to being gay as a gift from God, which made Oprah veritably squeal that she had never heard a minister say that before. (It was not a good squeal.) The comments were in response to a black gay man from Alabama who said his gayness made him miserably unhappy. The Rev. Ed Bacon, an Episcopal minister, and Michael Beckwith, one of Oprah’s regular spiritual gurus, head of the Agape Spiritual Center, said he had to stop feeling that way because, as Bacon said, being gay was a gift from God. After Oprah’s response (God and gay in the same sentence?), Beckwith said he agreed, “so you definitely heard it.” Beckwith added that since people are born gay, they don’t make the choice to be gay; it has to be a gift from God because God made them gay. Oprah cut to commercial, but when the panel returned, she reiterated that she was still reeling from that comment. Since there was no further discussion, the implication was clear: Oprah thought the pastors were out of line to make such a pro-gay statement involving God. This was the one queer moment during the entire “Best Life” week: A superlatively unhappy gay man, who was overspending to fill his void. (Gays and lesbians can’t be happy with their orientation.) Then two pastors who seemed to think being gay was perfectly fine. (Anathema.) Then the queen herself getting queasy and stopping the discussion. Not exactly a pro-gay message, because the ministers were undercut by Oprah herself. Oprah reprised the comment on her Jan. 12 show, and brought Bacon back to expand on his comment. Bacon said he meant what he said and that gay and lesbian people are wrongly marginalized and made “outcasts in so many areas of life” and that they need to recognize that they are God’s creations. When we consider what it means to be fully included, it means having our lives represented fully. We aren’t just the topic du jour: We have real lives that are not just about being queer, but in which being queer is definitely key. There is no sense whatsoever that we are “normal” or “ordinary” — and yet the majority of us are. Part of “Best Life” TV for queers needs to be a refusal to accept being invisible. When we aren’t included, we have to protest. We need to demand our 10 percent of the TV landscape. According to Oprah’s “Best Life” scenario, this is something every queer in America should be doing to make our lives better. We could start by telling Oprah she needs to stop leaving us out of her inclusivity equation. (Write to her at She needs to listen more to the Rev. Bacon and to us. ■




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Your guide to arts and entertainment


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Exit, Corpse The dark comedy by Philadelphia playwright Nicholas Wardigo runs through Feb. 1 at Plays & Players, 1714 Delancey St.; (800) 595-4849.

Fiction Family WXPN welcomes the band featuring Jon Foreman of Switchfoot and Sean Watkins of Nickel Creek at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 22 at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.; (215) 2221710.

Chris Pureka and Nicole Reynolds The lesbian singersongwriters take the stage at 8:30 p.m. Jan. 22 at Tin Angel, 20 S. Second St.; (215) 928-0978.

Alice in Wonderland Plays & Players presents a play with music based on Lewis Carroll’s classic fantasy for children of all ages, through Jan. 18, 1714 Delancey St.; (800) 5954849.

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum The New Candlelight Theatre presents the musical featuring the witty lyrics and toetapping tunes of legendary composer Stephen Sondheim, through March 14, 2208 Millers Road, Ardentown, Del.; (302) 475-2313. Give My Regards to Broadway The Kimmel Center’s Broadway Series presents the story of how Broadway developed into a purely American art form, through Feb. 1 at Kimmel’s Innovation Studio, 260 S. Broad St.; (215) 893-1999. My Name is Asher Lev Arden Theatre Company presents the world premiere of the story of a young Hassidic artist torn between his observant Jewish community and his need to create, through March 17 at Arden’s Arcadia Stage, 40 N. Second St.; (215) 922-1122. The New Works Festival The Society Hill Playhouse presents two weeks of new play readings, through Jan. 25 at The Red Room, 507 S. Eighth St.; (215) 923-0210. No Child ... Two actors portray 16 characters in a live drama drawn from the vivid

LADIES MARMALADE: Philly’s own R&B superstar Patti LaBelle is on the road for a select handful of dates with her newly reactivated group Labelle, featuring Nona Hendryx and Sarah Dash, for the first time in over 30 years at 8 p.m. Jan. 17 at Trump Taj Mahal, 1000 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, N.J. The group is sure to bust out its glammed-out disco-funk hits as well as songs from the latest album, last year’s “Back To Now.” For more information, visit or call (609) 449-1000. experience of teaching innercity kids in New York City, through Feb. 1 at Delaware Theatre Company, 200 Water St., Wilmington; (302) 5941100. O Captain, My Captain: Whitman’s Lincoln The Walnut Street Theatre’s Independence Studio on 3 presents the story of two great men with one grand vision for America, Jan. 20Feb. 8, 825 Walnut St.; (215) 574-3550. A Raisin in the Sun The Stagecrafters present the passionately moving portrayal of an AfricanAmerican family in 1950s Chicago, through Jan. 24, 8130 Germantown Ave.; (215) 247-8881.

Romance/Romance The Players Club of Swarthmore Theater presents the musical exploring the question of whether years of marriage can survive when flirtation threatens to become something more, through Jan. 17, 614 Fairview Road, Swarthmore; (610) 328-4271. Skin Deep Inis Nua Theatre Company presents a thriller set in the Dublin art world, through Jan. 18 at Adrienne Theatre, 2030 Sansom St.; (267) 4748077.

Music classical

Eschenbach Returns The Philadelphia Orchestra presents its former conductor Christoph

Eschenbach returning with acclaimed violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg for performances of Bruch’s ever-popular First Concerto at 8 p.m. Jan. 16 at Kimmel’s Verizon Hall, 260 S. Broad St.; (215) 790-5847. Salerno-Sonnenberg Plays Bruch The Philadelphia Orchestra presents violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg performing Bruch’s First Concerto at 8 p.m. Jan. 17 at Kimmel’s Verizon Hall, 260 S. Broad St.; (215) 7905847. Chamber Concert The Philadelphia Orchestra presents a wide range of ensembles and musical styles at 3 p.m. Jan. 18 at Kimmel’s

Perelman Theater, 260 S. Broad St.; (215) 790-5847. Curtis Symphony Orchestra The highly acclaimed orchestra performs at 8 p.m. Jan. 20 at Kimmel’s Verizon Hall, 260 S. Broad St.; (215) 790-5847. Kavakos Plays Bartók The Philadelphia Orchestra presents Christoph Eschenbach leading a program of Central European trajectories, with Greek violinist Leonidas Kavakos as the soloist in Béla Bartók’s rhapsodic Second Concerto, at 8 p.m. Jan. 22 at Kimmel’s Verizon Hall, 260 S. Broad St.; (215) 7905847.

Jerry Blavat’s Roots of Rhythm & Blues Kimmel Center presents Philadelphia’s legendary radio personality Jerry Blavat celebrating stars of the Rhythm and Blues Foundation, with charttopping tunes by Gary “U.S.” Bonds, Darlene Love, Tommy Hunt and The Flamingos, Brenda Holloway, Eugene Pitt and the Jive 5 and Kenny Vance and The Planotones, at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 18 at Kimmel’s Verizon Hall, 260 S. Broad St.; (215) 790-5847. Reel Big Fish The ska band performs at 8 p.m. Jan. 22 at TLA, 334 South St.; (215) 922-1011.


Claus Mroczynski: Sacred Places of the Southwest James A. Michener Art Museum presents the German-born photographer’s exhibition featuring sacred Native-American places of the Southwest, through Feb. 1, 500 Union Square Drive, New Hope; (215) 340-9800. Cross-Coupling AxD Gallery presents an exhibition of circuit-board mosaics by New York City artist Annette Cords, through Jan. 24, 265 S. 10th St.; (215) 627-6250.

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The Keith, Melissa and Tom Show Musicians Keith Kaczorowski, Melissa Kolczynski and Tom Wilson Weinberg perform as part of the popular cabaret shows produced by David Perkiss to benefit the William Way LGBT Community Center, at 7 and 9 p.m. Jan. 16, 1315 Spruce St.; (215) 7322220.

First Members’ Exhibition Twenty-Two Gallery presents 17 area artists exhibiting works in a variety of media, through Feb. 11, 236 S. 22nd St.; (215) 772-1911.

The In-Hog-Ural Ball Pig Iron Theatre Company presents a rip-roaring quasi-gala of presidential proportions at 8 p.m. Jan. 16 at the Trocadero Theatre, 1003 Arch St.; (215) 9225483.

Flower Power Edge Gallery presents an exhibition of floral-themed artwork, through Feb. 1, 72 N. Second St.; (215) 4137072. A Maine Island Life Allens Lane Art Center presents an exhibition of new photographs by David Graham, through Feb. 20, 601 W. Allens Lane; (215) 248-0546. New Works: Vivian Beer and Marilyn Kirsch Wexler Gallery presents an exhibition featuring new works from furniture artist Beer and New York-based painter Kirsch, through Feb. 28, 201 N. Third St.; (215) 923-7030. No One We Know The Clay Studio presents an exhibition of sculptures by John Casey, through Jan. 24, 139 N. Second St.; (215) 925-3453. The Polish Poster Leonard Pearlstein Gallery presents an exhibition of 1,500 remarkable Polish posters created between the 1930s-’90s and originally collected by Prof. Frank Fox, through Feb. 6 at Nesbitt Hall, 3215 Market St.; (215) 895-2548.

The Walnut Street Theatre celebrates its 200th-anniversary season with an all-new production of Tennessee Williams’ masterpiece, “A Streetcar Named Desire,” through March 1, 825 Walnut St. Considered one of the greatest dramas of the 20th century, “Streetcar” is set in the French Quarter of New Orleans, telling the tragic tale of a faded Southern belle, Blanche DuBois (played by Susan Riley Stevens). She is led to further madness by her masculine and animalistic brother-in-law, Stanley Kowalski (played by Jeffrey Coon). After debuting in 1967, “A Streetcar Named Desire” went on to become a major sensation on Broadway and in Hollywood, launching the career of Marlon Brando and earning Jessica Tandy a Tony Award. For more information or tickets, call (215) 574-3550. Photo: Mark Garvin RE: Work (malaprops, homophones, tangents and turquoise) The Clay Studio presents an exhibition of works by Jeremy Brooks, through Jan. 25, 139 N. Second St.; (215) 925-3453. Saving Face: Portraits from the Collection of Robert Infarinato James A. Michener Art Museum presents an exhibition of iconic portraits of artists and celebrities from the collection of Bucks County resident Robert M. Infarinato, through March 15, 138 S. Pine St., Doylestown; (215) 3409800. Sendak on Sendak The Rosenbach Museum and Library hosts an exhibition exploring the work of

gay artist/author Maurice Sendak, through May 3, at 2008-10 Delancey Place; (215) 732-1600. Shift: Investigations in Contemporary Art James A. Michener Art Museum presents an exhibition featuring paintings, photographs, film and sculpture with recurring elements, unusual juxtapositions and narratives that skew both time and space, through April 12, 138 S. Pine St., Doylestown; (215) 340-9800. Works on Paper 2009 Philadelphia Sketch Club presents an exhibition featuring works on paper by many of the prominent artists of the region in a variety of media, including transparent watercolor, gouache,

acrylics, prints and collage, through Jan. 24, 235 S. Camac St.; (215) 545-9298.


Beatrice Di Tenda Amici Opera Company presents Bellini’s opera fully staged at 2:30 p.m. Jan. 18 and 25 at The Garden Church, 82 Lansdowne Ave., Lansdowne; (215) 224-0257.


Susan Hess Modern Dance Resident Choreographer Alumni Show Devynn Emory and Kate Watson-Wallace return to Susan Hess Modern Dance to perform their latest works, at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 18, 2030 Sansom St., third floor;


The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex The 1939 movie starring Errol Flynn and Bette Davis is screened at 2 p.m. Jan. 18 at The Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville; (610) 917-0223. Do The Right Thing The 1989 Spike Lee movie is screened at 2 p.m. Jan. 19 at The Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville; (610) 917-0223. The Rape of Europa Bryn Mawr Film Institute presents the 2006 documentary chronicling the systematic theft, deliberate destruction and miraculous survival of Europe’s art treasures during the Third Reich and World War II, at

The Pretty Things Peep Show The Vaudevillian burlesque show is held at 10:30 p.m. Jan. 17 at Tin Angel, 20 S. Second St.; (215) 928-0770. Miss-Cast Mauckingbird Theatre Company presents a cabaret of songs sung by the wrong people and hosted by Miss Martha Graham Cracker, at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 19 at Adrienne Theatre, Second Stage, 2030 Sansom St.; (215) 923-8909.


Jim Norton The comedian performs at 9 p.m. Jan. 16-18 at The Music Box at the Borgata, 1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City, N.J.; (609) 317-1000. Winter Blast The SAGE Women’s Dance brings together women of all ages and backgrounds, dancing to music of all eras and tempos, from 3:30-8:30 p.m. Jan. 18 at the Opera Club, 264 W. 47th St., New York, N.Y.; (212) 7412247. ■



PORTRAITS From Page 25 Eventually DHS said that if I came back, I could live with my mom, so I did. When I came back from running away, I stayed with my mother for a minute and then I moved out. I started to dance, which is a long story in itself. I still had guilt problems with being gay and so I was with men for a while, which is how I got my two children. It took me a long time to stop listening to what other people told me I should be. Then one day, I got myself into a situation that I shouldn’t have been in. It was a female dancer that rescued me and we ended up building a relationship. That was about five years ago. We didn’t stay together, but after that, I stayed in the Philly area. I lived with different friends or girlfriends. I eventually came back to my mother’s house, where I live now with my kids. My son Amir is 6 and my daughter Aaliyah is 4. PGN: Who has been an influence on you? A: Actually, the singer Aaliyah. My daughter is named after her. She was the first secular music I ever heard. At home, we were only ever allowed to listen to classical, Christian or gospel music. I remember I heard her song “One in a Million” and it changed my life. I’m crazy about her. I have pictures of her on my walls to inspire me. I just finished a mural with her name in it. PGN: What was a favorite moment when you were singing? A: When I was at school they had a touring group. I wanted to try out for it but everyone told me I was crazy because they only accepted upperclassmen. I was only a fresh-

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man, but I tried anyway and got picked. It was a mixed feeling because my twin didn’t make it, but it was a great honor. I was like, “Dag, I really got picked!” We performed at different churches, including my father’s church. I got to do a solo and I sang “His Eye is on the Sparrow.” My father taped it; he taped all of our performances. It was a proud moment to let the whole church know what I could do and for them to see how my voice had matured. I wish I could see some of those tapes now; it would be a riot to see what we looked like. PGN: What does your music mean to you now? A: My debut album, “The Life,” is going to be released in the spring and I hope it touches people. It’s all about the struggle — “the life” is not only referring to my sexual orientation, but about the life on the street, the life as a survivor and the fight I still have to wage every day. Even with all my accomplishments, I’m still looked down on by members of my family. But I’m like, what does me loving women have to do with me as a person? I have a good job, but it doesn’t matter, because I’m gay. But that’s all right, it helps fuel me. I’ve been through so much, I want to reach out to other people who are fighting their own fights. PGN: Worst clothing disaster? A: Oh, man! When I was with my old manager, they kept trying to change me. They didn’t want me to talk about being gay and tried to give me this sexy image. I had one show and they made me dress up in these thigh-high boots. I hated it. Even people who saw the show came up afterward and said, “That’s not you, is it? You looked really uncomfortable.” Don’t get me wrong, I will switch up! I difficult to imagine anyone doing a better job than Glenn Close as demonic attorney Patty Hewes. With Rose Byrne, William Hurt and Marcia Gay Harden. 10 p.m. on FX. The Real World: Brooklyn This season includes Sarah, a tatted-up bisexual artist who works with victims of sexual abuse; Katelynn, a transgender female who wants to marry her boyfriend; and Chet, a Mormon frat boy. 10 p.m. on MTV. Top Chef: New York San Francisco lesbian Jamie, with the many tats and obsessive love of scallops, is hanging in, having made it to the top three. But Eugene and Melissa are out.

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don’t mind dressing up and being feminine, but not when I’m forced to. I’ll do it on my own clock. You need to accept me as I am and if not, holla, that’s on you.

(physical) thing about yourself, what would it be? A: My body. I’m pretty happy with my face, but I need some curves!

PGN: Three sounds that disturb you? A: I hate when people are snorting and clearing their throats while they’re sleeping, or when someone is eating and they’re chewing with their mouth open. I can’t stand to hear that smacking sound. It irks me; there’s no reason for it. A third? Lately my son has been making ambulance sounds. I love him, but it goes on forever. [Laughs.] It drives me nuts but what can you do?

PGN: Did you have a favorite stuffed animal? A: I was always a tomboy: Don’t give me a jump rope, I always wanted a basketball. I always wanted to be out playing with the boys. I never hung with females. But I did have a stuffed panda that I loved. My father made me throw it out, though, which made me really mad. Oh, my goodness, my Kermit! I almost forgot. I had a Kermit the Frog that I loved. I took it everywhere. I got into an argument with my twin and she threw it out the window. I was heartbroken because my dad wouldn’t let me go outside to get it.

PGN: People often mistake me for ... A: A fool! I try to help people. I could be broke as hell and if someone needed money, I’d give it to them. I wanted to help people so bad, I gave away everything I had. I didn’t care, it made me feel good. But I’ve learned to stop that. Some people got mad at me and acted like I was being a mean person, but I’ve learned to say, “I’m a good person, but too many people took advantage, so the shop is now closed.” I’m growing. PGN: What’s a quality you admire in a woman? A: Independence. And honesty. I’ve met a lot of people in my lifetime, but this past year was the first time I met a woman who was honest with me. She told me all about myself, everything that was wrong with me. I was shocked. It was like “wow,” but deep down I knew she was right. It was embarrassing, but I loved her for it. It helped me learn to take ownership of myself and change.

PGN: Favorite author? A: Right now I’m reading an inspirational book called “Messages to Young People” by Ellen G. White. My father gave it to me when I was little, but I wasn’t interested in it then. Recently, I felt like I was going through a battle for my soul. I picked it up out of the blue and read it and it was amazing how it mirrored what I was feeling. It helped me get back on track and back to God. PGN: Something you’d do if you weren’t afraid? A: I’d bungee jump. I’m afraid of heights, so it’s not happening. Although I do have the nerve to ride roller coasters. I got on the Kingda Ka at Great Adventure and thought I was going to die, but I loved it. Don’t put me on a plane, though.

PGN: If you could change one

PGN: Something you’d like to

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deal with her personal problems, but her sexy neighbor Jesse keeps her distracted from her goals. Daniel does his best to cover his tracks as Connor is adamant on unveiling Molly’s admirer. Time to gay it up, kids. 8 p.m. on ABC.

Sordid Lives: The Series Latrelle comes clean about her pill problem. Jackie, another mental patient, tells Brother Boy she is digging a tunnel out of the institution. Sissy invites Latrelle to stay with her, and Bumper sneaks into Latrelle’s house to attack her. Ty is upset over Walker’s death while Sara moves into Walker’s apartment. G.W. decides to get rid of Noleta so he can be with Peggy. 10:30 p.m. on Logo. THURSDAY Ugly Betty Betty comes up with a solution to

CSI Grissom’s final episode. (Maybe.) Guaranteed to be a tearjerker. 9 p.m. on CBS. Grey’s Anatomy Callie (Sara Ramirez) and Sadie (Melissa George) are the best new lesbian couple on the tube. That hair-twirling thing that Sadie does to Callie is fabulous. And the accent... Meanwhile, life and death go on as Meredith and Bailey work to find a donor for

learn how to do? A: Get under the hood of a car. I’m so tired of being ripped off because I don’t know anything about cars. I was going to enroll at autotech school next semester but now that the music thing is jumping off, I have to put it on hold. I’m going to do it, though; no more taking my money at the car lot. I’m going to open my own garage. PGN: So what’s in store for the future? A: As I said, I have my debut CD coming out. I’ve been performing a lot. I’ve been at the Clef ClubSpeak To Me showcase (where I’ll be again on the 16th for an MLK tribute), the Club Polaris Fashion Show, the Bridge Theater, Dowlings Palace, World Cafe Live, etc. I really want to share my story and use my lyrics to help soothe the pain of others who have had similar experiences. I have a new manager and label, Who’s Next Entertainment, and they are really positive. They’re letting me do the music I want and letting me be who I am. In fact, I’m booked to perform at the LGBT expo in New York in the spring. Right now, I’m participating in a Power 99 new artists contest. If you log on to artists/Allazae and listen to my song, it pushes my name to the top of the list. So I hope all my LGBT brothers and sisters out there log on and support me. I’m looking forward to 2009. ■ Check out Allazae’s music on MySpace at allazae39. To suggest a community member for “Family Portraits,” write to: Family Portraits, 505 S. Fourth St., Philadelphia, PA 19147 or a desperately ill child. 9 p.m. on ABC. 30 Rock Liz accompanies Jack to his corporate retreat. Meanwhile, Frank helps Jenna prepare for her role as Janis Joplin. Kenneth helps Tracy through a diabetes scare. With the phenomenal Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin. 9:30 p.m. on NBC. Burn Notice The September cliffhanger left ex-spy Michael Weston (Jeffrey Donovan) hanging as a bomb went off. The new season premieres tonight with a plot reminiscent of this season’s “24,” as Weston goes off to hunt down the people who tried to kill him. 10 p.m. on USA Network. ■

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Meeting Place


A community bulletin board of facilities, organizations and activities Activism/Politics

ACT-UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) Meets at 6 p.m. every Monday at St. Luke and the Epiphany Church, 330 S. 13th St.; (215) 386-1981; Delaware Valley Chapter, Americans United for Separation of Church and State Seeks activists and supporters of church-state separation. Holds monthly meetings and events; (856) 863-3061; Equality Advocates Philadelphia Holds a volunteer night second Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m., 1211 Chestnut St., Suite 605; (215) 731-1447; Green Party of Philadelphia Holds general meetings fourth Tuesday of each month (except April) at 6:30 p.m., 4134 Lancaster Ave.; (215) 243-7103; Log Cabin Republican Club of Philadelphia Meets at 7 p.m. third Wednesday of the month at the William Way Center; (215) 465-5677; www. Liberty City LGBT Democratic Club Meets seasonally; (215) 760-7184; www.libertycity. org. OutFront! Board of directors meets third Monday of the month; (215) 842-0343.


Gay Men’s Book Discussion Group Meets at 6:30 p.m. first Wednesday of the month at the Independence Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia, 18 S. Seventh St.; (215) 685-1633. Library Book Club Meets to discuss a new book at 7 p.m. on third Wednesday of the month at the William Way Center. New Jersey Gay Men’s Chorus Chorus rehearses at 7:30 p.m. Mondays in Princeton, N.J.; (609) 675-1998. Open-mic night An amateur poetry, music and storytelling event sponsored by The Pride Center of New Jersey, meets at 8 p.m. every third Friday at the George Street Playhouse, 1470 Jersey Ave., North Brunswick, N.J.; (732) 846-0715. Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus Chorus rehearses from 7-9:30 p.m. Wednesdays; (215) 731-9230; Philadelphia Gay Men’s Opera Club Meets to share and listen to recordings at 6:30 p.m. on last Saturday of the month; (215) 224-6995. Philadelphia Voices of Pride Philadelphia’s first mixed GLBT chorus rehearses at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the William Way Center; (888) 505-7464; Queer Writer’s Collective Workshop and discussion group meets 4-6 p.m. on fourth Saturday of the month at the William Way Center. Women’s Book Group Meets first Thursday of the month at 6:45 p.m. at Giovanni’s Room, 345 S. 12th St.;


Boys Night Out A social gathering for gay men, meets at 7 p.m. every second and fourth Tuesday at Iron Hill Brewery, 30 E. State St., Media; Delaware Valley 40-plus Club for Men Social group meets every other month; (215) 5879933. Gay Married Men’s Association Meets at 8 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays at the William Way Center; (215) 483-1032. Men of All Colors Together Meets at 7:30 p.m. third Friday of the month September through June at the William Way Center;

The Week Ahead

Friday, Jan. 16 ■ Narcotics Anonymous will meet at 2 and 5:30 p.m. at the William Way Center. ■ Peer counseling services will be available from 6-9 p.m. at the William Way Center. ■ Crystal Meth Anonymous will meet at 7 p.m. at the William Way Center. ■ The LGBTQ and Friends Activity Group, which holds potlucks and plans outings, will meet at 7 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Delaware County. ■ Men of All Colors Together will meet at 7:30 p.m. at the William Way Center. Saturday, Jan. 17

■ AIDS Delaware’s You’re Not Alone

youth support group will meet at 11 a.m. at AIDS Delaware. ■ HiTOPS, a safe-space support program for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth, will meet from 2:30-4:30 p.m. ■ The Delaware Valley chapter of Pink Pistols will meet at noon for lunch, followed by a 2 p.m. shoot at Classic Pistol Indoor Range. ■ The Womyn’s Village will meet at 5 p.m. ■ The Renaissance Transgender Association will meet at 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 18 ■ Delaware Valley 40-plus Club for Gay Men will meet for brunch at 1 p.m. ■ The Cape May County chapter of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays will meet at 2 p.m. ■ The Philadelphia chapter of Parents, (610) 277-6595; Men’s Coming Out Group, N.J. Meets at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays at The Pride Center of New Jersey. Men’s Coming Out Group Meets at 7 p.m. Thursdays at Washington West Project, 1201 Locust St.; (215) 563-0652 ext. 219. Men of Color United A discussion/support group for gay and bisexual men of color meets from 6:30-8:30 p.m. every Wednesday at 1201 Chestnut St., 15th floor; (215) 496-0330. Men of Standard Provides a place for men of color 21 and older to share issues of concern. Meets 7-9 p.m. every Thursday at Camden AHEC, 514 Cooper St., Camden, N.J.; (856) 963-2432 ext. 206; johnson_ Philly DADS An association of gay and bisexual fathers supporting each other meets at 7:30 p.m. fourth Friday of the month at the William Way Center; (215) 668-5239.


Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays/Bucks County Meets at 7:30 p.m. third Thursday of the month at Penns Park United Methodist Church, 2394 Second Street Pike, Penns Park; (215) 598-8005. Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays/Cape May, N.J.

Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays will meet from 2-5 p.m. ■ The Rainbow Buddhist Meditation Group will meet at 5 p.m. at the William Way Center. ■ Crystal Meth Anonymous will meet at 7 p.m. at the William Way Center. Monday, Jan. 19

■ Peer counseling services will be

available from 6-9 p.m. at the William Way Center. ■ Positive Brothers, a support group for men of color living with HIV/AIDS, will meet from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at 1201 Chestnut St., 15th floor. ■ Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous will meet at 7 p.m. at the William Way Center. ■ Men’s leather club the Philadelphians MC will meet at 7:30 p.m. in The Pit at The Bike Stop. ■ Haverford College’s Sexuality and Gender Alliance will hold open meetings from 10-11 p.m. in the lounge in Jones Basement at Haverford College. Tuesday, Jan. 20 ■ Youth Outreach Adolescent Community Awareness Program’s Voice It Sistah, a support group for HIVpositive women, will meet at 11 a.m. at YOACAP. ■ BiUnity of Philadelphia’s discussion group will meet from 7-9 p.m. at the William Way Center. ■ Thirsty Third Tuesdays with Collingswood Out in the Neighborhood will meet at 7 p.m. for coffee, dessert and conversation at Three Beans. ■ The William Way Center board of Meets at 2 p.m. third Sunday of the month in the Maruchi Room of Burdette Tomlin Memorial Hospital, 2 Stone Harbor Blvd.; (609) 861-1848. Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays/Chester County Meets at 7 p.m. first Tuesday of the month at the Unitarian Fellowship of West Chester, 501 S. High St., West Chester; (484) 354-2448. Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays/Philadelphia Meets from 2-5 p.m. third Sunday of the month at the LGBT Center at the University of Pennsylvania, 3907 Spruce St.; (215) 572-1833. Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays/Princeton, N.J. Meets at 7:30 p.m. second Monday of the month in the George Thomas Room at Trinity Church, 33 Mercer St.; (609) 683-5155. Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays/Wilmington, Del. Meets at 7 p.m. second Thursday of the month at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 13th and Rodney streets; (302) 654-2995. Philadelphia Family Pride Advocacy, support and social network for LGBT families offers play groups, monthly kids and teen talk groups, activities and outings. Planning meetings are held monthly; (215) 844-3360; www.


Diversity Dancers

directors will meet at 7 p.m. at the center. ■ The Trans-Health Information Project will hold a drop-in center for all trans persons from 7-11 p.m. ■ Ties That Bind Us, a 12-step Alcoholics Anonymous meeting for the BDSM, leather and alternative sexuality community, will be held from 7:30-9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21 ■ Men of Color United, a discussion/ support group for gay and bisexual men of color, will meet from 6:30-8:30 p.m. ■ The Library Book Club will meet at 7 p.m. to discuss a new book at the William Way Center. ■ Pink and Blues, a free depression and bipolar support group for sexual minorities, will meet at 7 p.m. ■ Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus will rehearse at 7 p.m. at the William Way Center. Thursday, Jan. 22 ■ A support group for HIV-positive men and women will meet from 6-8 p.m. at BEBASHI — Transition to Hope. ■ Al-Anon, a support group for families and friends of alcoholics, will meet at 7 p.m. at the William Way Center. ■ Diversity, an HIV/AIDS support group for all infected or affected, meets from 7-9 p.m. ■ Rainbow Adult Children of Alcoholics and Alcoholics Anonymous will hold a 12-step meeting at 7 p.m. ■ Young, Trans and Unified, a support group for transgender and questioning youth ages 12-23, will meet from 7-8:30 p.m. at The Attic Youth Center. ■

Ballroom dancers meet the first Sunday of the month for tea dance and lessons. Other events scheduled throughout the year; (215) 922-2129; Gay Bridge Club Non-beginners group meets Monday afternoons at the William Way Center; (215) 985-4835. Gay-friendly Scrabble Club Meets from 6-11 p.m. in the P.I.C. Building, 42nd and Locust streets; (215) 382-0789.

Men’s Knitting Circle Social and knitting group meets from 6-8 p.m. last Tuesday of the month at Joe Coffee Bar, 1100 Walnut St.; (215) 592-7384. Mornings OUT LGBT Senior Social Activities for sexual-minority seniors are held every Tuesday from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the William Way Center. PhilaVentures Philadelphia’s GLBT outdoor group meets for a hike in Wissahickon Valley Park on Sundays at 2 p.m. at Borders Books, Music and Café, 8701 Germantown Ave.; (215) 271-8822. Rainbow Room A meeting/activity night held for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth and their friends Wednesdays from 6-8 p.m. at the Rainbow Room of Planned Parenthood in Doylestown; (215) 348-0558. Social XChange A social group for sexual minorities ages 1323 meets every Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. at 1201 Chestnut St., 15th floor; (215) 496-0330.


Arch Street United Methodist Church Services at 8:30 and 11 a.m. at Broad and Arch streets; (215) 568-6250. 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. BuxMont Unitarian Universalist Church Hold services at 10:15 a.m. at 2040 Street Road, Warrington; (215) 343-0406. 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. 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.

Gay and Lesbian Scrabble Players in the tri-state area gather for socializing and friendly/competitive games;

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.

Gay Opera Guys of Philly New group for opera appreciation meets last Sunday of the month at 2:30 p.m. in Roxborough/ Andorra area; (215) 483-1032.

Dignity Philadelphia Holds Mass at 7 p.m. Sundays at 330 S. 13th St.; (215) 546-2093;

Humboldt Society: Lesbian and Gay Naturalists Meets second Thursday of the month at the William Way Center; (215) 985-1456; www. Indepedence Squares GLBT square dance club, modern Western square dancing. Monthly open house. Tuesday classes in the fall; Lutheran Church, 2111 Sansom St.; (215) 735-5812; Male Oenophile Group Male group forming to discuss, appreciate and taste various wines. Will meet once a month to investigate the nuances and glories of the fermented grape. Call (267) 230-6750 for more information.

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. 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. 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; www.saint-pauls-



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) 5454331 ■ 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 3-6 p.m., Tuesdays 3-6 p.m., Wednesdays 3-9 p.m., Thursdays 3-9 p.m., Fridays 3-6 p.m., Saturdays 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. Evangelicals Concerned Lesbian and gay Christian group meets at 2 p.m. the second and fourth Sundays of the month; (215) 860-7445. First Baptist Church Welcoming and affirming church holds services at 11 a.m. Sundays at 123 S. 17th St.; (215) 563-3853. First Presbyterian Church of Lansdowne Welcoming church holds services at 10 a.m. Sundays at 140 N. Lansdowne Ave.; (610) 622-0800; 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; 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.

Mainline Unitarian Church Holds services at 9 and 11 a.m. Sundays at 816 S. Valley Forge Road, Devon; (610) 688-8332; www. 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; 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. Metropolitan Community Church of Philadelphia Holds services at 11 a.m. Sundays at the William Way Center, 1315 Spruce St.; (215) 735-MCC3; 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.

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.

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) 9224566;

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

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.

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

Rainbow Buddhist Meditation Group Meets at 5 p.m. Sundays at the William Way Center.

Grace Epiphany Church A welcoming and diverse Episcopal congregation in Mt. Airy, holds services at 8 and 10:30 a.m. Sundays, with an education hour for adults and children at 9:30 a.m., at 224 E. Gowen Ave., Mt. Airy; (215) 248-2950; 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.ImagoDeiMCC. org. 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; 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. Jazz Vespers Held at 7 p.m. first Sunday of the month at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 24 N. Ridge Ave., Ambler; (215) 646-2451; Kol Tzedek Reconstructionist Synagogue committed to creating a diverse and inclusive community meets at Calvary Center, 801 S. 48th St.; (215) 764-6364; www.

Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting worships at 11 a.m. Sundays at 1515 Cherry St.; (215) 241-7260; Resurrection Lutheran Church Holds services at 10 a.m. Sundays at 620 Welsh Road, Horsham; (215) 646-2597. Silverside Church Holds services at 10 a.m. followed by a group discussion at 2800 Silverside Road, Wilmington, Del.; (302) 478-5921. St. John’s Lutheran Church (ELCA) Reconciling in Christ congregation holds services at 10:30 a.m. Sundays at 24 N. Ridge Ave., Ambler;

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(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. 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. Tabernacle United Church Open and affirming congregation holds services at 10 a.m. Sundays at 3700 Chestnut St.; (215) 386-4100. 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; Unitarian Society of Germantown Welcoming congregation holds services 10:30 a.m. Sundays at 6511 Lincoln Drive (West Mt. Airy). Childcare is available; (215) 844-1158; www.usguu. org.

JAN. 16 - 22, 2009 Delaware Griffins Women’s football team seeks players; (302) 6339054; Frontrunners Running club meets Saturday mornings at 9:30 for a run and brunch. Lloyd Hall, No. 1 Boathouse Row; Gay and Lesbian Bowling League Bowls at 8 p.m. Thursdays in the Norristown area; call Doug Schneidig; (716) 864-4393. Philadelphia Falcons Soccer Club GLBT and allied soccer club; practices Saturdays 10 a.m.-noon and Wednesdays 6-8 p.m. at Edgeley Fields in Fairmount Park; Philadelphia Fins Swim Team Male and female swimmers meet at 7 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays and 10 a.m. Saturdays in Center City; (610) 564-6661; Philadelphia Gay Bowling League Meets 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays September through April at Brunswick Zone, 1328 Delsea Drive, Deptford, N.J.; (856) 889-1434; www. Philadelphia Gay Flag Football New group forming. Contact Jered at or (214) 770-5373. Philadelphia Gryphons Rugby Football Club Team seeks players; all skill levels welcome; (215) 913-7531;

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.

Philadelphia Liberty Tennis Association Meets at 7 p.m. every third Monday at William Way Center; (215) 755-2641;

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;

Philadelphia Phoenix Women’s football team seeks players; (267) 6799535;

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.


Brandywine Women’s Rugby Club Meets for Tuesday and Thursday practice at Greene Field, Howell Street and Moore Road, West Chester; City of Brotherly Love Softball League GLBT softball league serves the Philadelphia metropolitan area. Games are played Sundays, beginning in April, in Fairmount Park; (215) 4622575;

Philly Gay Hockey Association Philadelphia Phury seeks players; (917) 656-1936; Rainbow Riders of the Delaware Valley Motorcycle club meets regularly; (215) 836-0440; Rainbow Rollers Gay and lesbian bowling league meets 9 p.m. on Tuesdays September-April at Laurel Lanes, 2825 Rte. 73 South, Maple Shade, N.J.; (856) 778-7467. South Jersey Gay Bowling League Gay and lesbian bowling league meets 7 p.m. on Fridays September-April at Laurel Lanes, 2825 Rte. 73 South, Maple Shade, N.J.; (856) 778-7467.

Interweave New Jersey An organization of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Unitarian and their allies meets every third Sunday at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 401 N. Kings Highway, Cherry Hill, N.J.; (856) 667-3618. Oasis Meets 7-8 p.m. Wednesdays at 1201 Chestnut St.; (215) 563-0652 ext. 509. Mazzoni Center Family and Community Medicine Primary healthcare and specialized transgender services in a safe, professional, non-judgemental environment, 809 Locust St.; (215) 563-0658. Philadelphia Transsexual Support Group For M2Fs, F2Ms and intersex people; meets from 35 p.m. first and third Saturdays of the month at 1201 Locust St.; (215) 483-7647. Renaissance Transgender Assoc. Meets at 8 p.m. third Saturday of the month at Into the Woods office complex in King of Prussia; (610) 975-9119 box 5; and 7:30 p.m. first Thursday of the month at the William Way Center; T-MAN People of color support group for transmen, FTMs, butches, studs, agressives, bois, genderqueer and all female-born individuals with gender questions meets 7:30-9:30 p.m. Mondays, second floor, 1201 Locust St.; (215) 834-9063; Transhealth Programming Committee Meetings are at 5 p.m. second and last Sundays of the month at the William Way Center. Transhealth Information Project Sponsors a weekly drop-in center from 7-11 p.m. Tuesdays at 1201 Locust St.; (267) 549-6497. Transgender Health Action Coalition Peer trans health-advocacy organization meets at 5 p.m. second and last Sundays of the month at the William Way Center; (215) 732-1207; www.critpath. org/thac. WeXist FTM support group meets from 6-8 p.m. second Friday of the month at the William Way Center; first hour is open; second hour is for people assigned female at birth who have gender issues; (267) 2501548; Young, Trans, and Unified! Support group for transgender and questioning individuals ages 13-23 meets from 7-8:30 p.m. every Thursday at The Attic Youth Center; (215) 545-4331 ext. 24.


Spartan Wrestling Club The gay wresting team meets from 7-9 p.m. Mondays at the First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St.; (215) 732-4545; www.phillyspartans. com.

African Asian Latina Lesbians United Social-issues discussion group meets fourth Thursday of the month at The Pride Center of New Jersey.

Team NJ Meets at 7:30 p.m. third Thursday of the month at the Pride Center of New Jersey; (908) 234-1481.

Bucks County Lesbian Alliance Meets monthly for social events;

Team Philadelphia Meets at 8 p.m. second Wednesday of the month at the William Way Center;

Expressions Women’s Space Lesbian singles, family and coming-out groups meet at 1538 Church St.; (215) 535-3600.

Women’s Table Tennis New group forming. Interested women are encouraged to e-mail michelesimone19144@yahoo. com.

Lesbians and BiWomen in Heterosexual Marriages A support group meets at 7:30 p.m. on third Wednesday of the month at The Pride Center of New Jersey.


Gender Rights Advocacy Association of New Jersey A transgender civil-rights group meets first Sunday of the month at 1 p.m. at The Pride Center of New Jersey.

Lesbian Community of Delaware Valley Social group holds monthly meetings and activities for gay women of all ages in Delaware, Chester and Montgomery counties; P.O. Box 962, Phoenixville, PA 19460; group/LCDV/;

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

■ Equality Advocates Pennsylvania: (215) 731-1447; (866) LGBTLAW

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

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

■ Equality Forum: (215) 732-3378

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

■ AIDS Library: (215) 985-4851 ■ ACLU of Pennsylvania: (215) 5921513 ■ AIDS Treatment hot line: (215) 5452212 ■ Barbara Gittings Gay and Lesbian Collection at the Independence Branch of the Philadelphia Free Library: (215) 685-1633 ■ The COLOURS Organization Inc. 112 N. Broad St., 11th floor; (215) 4960330.

■ Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered Peer Counseling Services: (215) 732-TALK ■ Mayor’s liaison to LGBT communities: Gloria Casarez, (215) 686-2194; Gloria.; Fax: (215) 686-2555 ■ Mazzoni Center: (215) 563-0652; www. ■ Mazzoni Center Family and Community Medicine: (215) 563-0658 ■ Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (Philadelphia): (215) 572-1833

■ Philadelphia Police Department liaison — Chief Inspector James Tiano: (215) 685-3655 ■ Philadelphia Police Liaison Committee: (215) 494-LGBT; ■ 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)

JAN. 16 - 22, 2009 Lesbian Couples Dining Group of Montgomery County Meets monthly; (215) 542-2899. Lesbian Social Network of South Jersey 500-member social group for lesbians holds monthly activities in South Jersey and surrounding area; Lesbians with Breast Cancer A support group meets from 6:30-8:30 on second Wednesday of the month at Gilda Club Delaware Valley, 200 Kirk Road, Warminster; (215) 441-3290. Queer Connections Social group for women in their 20s meets weekly; (215) 468-1352; Republican Lesbians Meetings held at 7:30 p.m. on first Monday of the month at The Pride Center of New Jersey. South Jersey Lesbians of Color Meetings are the first and third Fridays at 7:30 p.m. at The Starting Point, 215 Highland Ave., Suite C, Westmont, N.J.; (856) 824-0881; e-mail: Women’s Coffee House for Lesbians A group for lesbian and bisexual women meets on first Saturday of the month at 7 p.m. at The Pride Center of New Jersey. The Womyn’s Village The first womyn-owned and operated think-tank targeting black African, Asian, Latina and Native American LBT and two-spirited womyn. Meets at 5 p.m. on third Thursday of the month at COLOURS Organization, 112 N. Broad St., 11th floor; (215) 765-0121;


40 Acres of Change Discussion group for teen and young adults meets Thursdays at The COLOURS Organization Inc., 112 N. Broad St., 11th floor; (215) 496-0330. Drop-in Group For gay, lesbian and bisexual youth; meets at 11 a.m. Saturdays at AIDS Delaware, 100 W. 10th St., Suite 315, Wilmington, Del.; (302) 652-6776.

PHILADELPHIA GAY NEWS Chester office, 8 S. Wayne St., West Chester; (610) 692-1770 ext. 108 or Teen Support Group Drop-in group for teens and adolescents meets Thursdays from 4:30-6 p.m. at 1201 Chestnut St.; (215) 563-0658 ext. 319. Under the Rainbow Discussion and social group for 18-25-year-old gays and lesbians meets at 7:30 p.m. at The Pride Center of New Jersey. Youth in Transition A support group for transgender and questioning youth ages 12-23 meets from 7:30-9 p.m. Tuesdays at the The Attic Youth Center. Youth Making a Difference For GLBTQ African-American and Latino youth ages 14-24. Meets from 5-7 p.m. every Tuesday at Camden AHEC, 514 Cooper St., Camden, N.J.; (856) 963-2432 ext. 234;


AIDS Law Project Provides free legal assistance to people with HIV/AIDS and sponsors free monthly seminars on work and housing; 1211 Chestnut St., suite 600; (215) 587-9377; BiUnity Philadelphia area social and support network for bisexuals, their family members and friends meets at 7 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of the month at the William Way Center;

Metropolitan Community Church Christian education program is held Wednesdays from 6-10 p.m. at the William Way Center. Our Night Out A casual social networking party of LGBT professionals, allied communities, friends and colleagues meets in a different Philadelphia hot spot each month. To receive monthly event invitations, send email to; Philadelphia Bar Association Legal Advice Offered from 5-8 p.m. on third Wednesday of the month; (215) 238-6333. Philadelphia Prime Timers Club for mature gay and bisexual men and their admirers meets regularly; (610) 344-0853; www.

Philly Paw Pals Gay and lesbian dog owners and their dogs meet on first Saturday of the month at a dog park; (215) 618-5290;

Delaware Pride Meets at 7 p.m. on first Thursday of the month at the United Church of Christ, 300 E. Main St., Newark, Del.; (800) 292-0429.

Space to be Proud, Open, and Together Open to all LGBTQ queer youth and allies, ages 1421, the SPOT meets Thursdays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Planned Parenthood of Chester County’s West

Long Yang Club Philadelphia Social organization for gay Asians and their friends holds monthly socials; P.O. Box 401, Philadelphia, Pa. 19105; www.longyangclub. org/philadelphia.

Boomers and Beyond A support and event programming group for sexual-minority seniors meets at 7:30 p.m. every first and third Monday at The Pride Center of New Jersey.

HiTOPS A safe-space support program for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth, will meet from 2:30-4:30 p.m. at 21 Wiggins St., Princeton, N.J.; (609) 683-5155.

Rainbow Room — Bucks County’s LGBTQ and Allies Youth Center For ages 14-21; meets 6-8 p.m. Wednesdays at Doylestown Planned Parenthood, The Atrium, Suite 2E, 301 S. Main St., Doylestown; (215) 348-0558 ext. 65;

LGBTQ and Friends Activity Group Meets at 7 p.m. on third Friday of the month to plan outings and potlucks at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Delaware County.

Philadelphians MC Club for leather men and women meets 7:30 p.m. first and third Mondays of the month at The Pit at The Bike Stop, 201 S. Quince St.; (215) 627-1662.

HAVEN For GLBT, intersex, questioning, queer and allied youth ages 14-20; meets from 7-9 p.m. Wednesdays at the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Lehigh Valley, 424 Center St., Bethlehem; (610) 868-2153.

Mountain Meadow For youth with GLBTQ parents. Monthly programs for ages 8-16, family programs and parent coffee groups. Residential program offered in August; 1315 Spruce St.; (215) 772-1107;

Lesbians and Gay Men of New Brunswick A social, educational and potluck group meets at 8 p.m. every second and fourth Tuesday of the month at The Pride Center of New Jersey.

BiZone A group open to all bisexual, bi-curious and bifriendly people and their partners has meetings at 7:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month at The Pride Center of New Jersey.

Bordentown, N.J. Friends, Lesbians and Gays A political, community and social group that also works to promote Bordentown as a gay-friendly community meets at 6 p.m. on second Sunday of the month at Firehouse Gallery, 8 Walnut St., Bordentown, N.J.; (609) 298-3742.

Main Line Youth Alliance Meets from 7-9:30 p.m. Fridays at 109 Lancaster Ave., Wayne; (610) 688-1861;

Latina/o Virtual Community Local listserv offers various information and resources; (215) 808-2493; Zorros_mail@yahoo. com;

Delaware Valley Pink Pistols For LGBT people dedicated to legal, safe and responsible use of firearms for self-defense; meets at 2 p.m. on third Saturday of the month at Classic Indoor Range, 1310 Industrial Blvd., Southhampton; (267) 386-8907; www.pinkpistols. org. Friday Feast and Fun Dinner hosted by St. John’s Lutheran Church at 6:30 p.m. second Friday of the month, 24 N. Ridge Ave., Ambler; (215) 576-8008. Gay Coffee Hours Meets from 6-9 p.m. on second Thursday of the month at Joe Coffee, 1100 Walnut St.; (215) 592-7384. Haverford College’s Sexuality and Gender Alliance Open meetings 10-11 p.m. Mondays in the lounge in Jones Basement at Haverford College, 370 Lancaster Ave.; (610) 896-4938.

Rainbow Amateur Radio Association ARRL affiliated; private; weekly HF nets, monthly newsletter, e-mail server; (302) 5392392; Rock ’n’ Roll Queer Bar Party A party for gay and lesbian rockers with host Psydde Delicious starts at 10 p.m. every second Wednesday at N. 3rd, Third and Brown streets; (215) 413-3666. Silver Foxes Social and educational group for gays and lesbians 50 and older meets from 3-5 p.m. on fourth Sunday of the month at the William Way Center. Stonewall Model Railroad Club Meets monthly; (215) 769-4230; k3k@yahoo. com. Temple University Lambda Alliance Meets from 7-8 p.m. on Thursdays at The Village outside the Lambda office, SAC 205, 1755 N. 13th St. Trenton Gay and Lesbian Civic Association Meets at 7 p.m. on third Wednesday of the month at the Mill Hill Saloon, 300 S. Broad St., Trenton, N.J.; (609) 396-9788. Thirsty Third Tuesdays Collingswood Out in the Neighborhood meets at 7 p.m. on third Tuesday of the month for coffee, dessert and conversation at Three Beans, 40 N. Haddon Ave., Haddonfield N.J.; (215) 439-8337.

Professional groups ■ Gay and Lesbian Lawyers of Philadelphia GALLOP holds board meetings at 6:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month at 100 S. Broad St., Suite 1810; GALLOP also provides a free referral service; (215) 627-9090; ■ Greater Philadelphia Professional Network Networking group for area business professionals, self-employed and business owners meets monthly in a different location throughout the city, invites speakers on various topics, partners with other nonprofits and maintains a Web site where everyone is invited to sign up for e-mail notices for activities and events.; ■ Independence Business Alliance The Philadelphia chapter of the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce, providing networking, business development and educational opportunities. Holds monthly networking events; (215) 701-4760; P.O. Box 12647, Philadelphia, Pa. 19129; Monthly Brown Bag forums for LGBT business owners

at noon on third Thursdays at the William Way Center. ■ National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association The Philadelphia chapter of NLGJA, open to professionals and students, meets for social and networking events; ■ Philadelphia Gay Tourism Caucus A regional organization dedicated to promoting gay and lesbian tourism to the Greater Philadelphia Region, holds meetings every other month on the fourth Thursday (January, March, May, July, September and the third Thursday in November), open to the public; 304 S. 12th St.; (215) 840-6141; ■ Philly OutGoing Professionals Social group for gay, lesbian and bisexual professionals meets for social and cultural activities; (856) 857-9283; popnews19@yahoo. com.



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.

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.

Gay and Lesbian Latino AIDS Education Initiative Free, anonymous HIV testing is offered 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) 851-1775. Spanish/English.

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.

HIV testing Testing offered from 4:30-6:15 p.m. on first and third Thursday of every month at The Pride Center of New Jersey.

Mazzoni Center Free, anonymous HIV testing; HIV/AIDS care and treatment, case management and support groups; 1201 Chestnut St.; (215) 563-0652. www.

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.

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.

12-step programs and support groups

Branch of the the Free Library, 18 S. Seventh St.; (215) 685-1633. ■ A support group for HIV-positive men and women meets from 1:30-3 p.m. at BEBASHI — Transition to Hope, 1217 Spring Garden St., first floor; (215) 769-3561. ■ Encuentros Positivos, a group for HIV-positive Latino men who have sex with men, meets on first and third Tuesday of the month at 1205 Chestnut St.; (215) 985-3382. ■ “Feast Incarnate,” a weekly ministry for people affected by HIV/AIDS, begins at 5 p.m. at University Lutheran Church, 3637 Chestnut St. Bible study follows at 6 p.m.; (215) 387-2885. ■ A support group for people recently diagnosed with HIV/AIDS will meet from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Mazzoni Center. ■ Youth Outreach Adolescent Community Awareness Program’s Voice It Sistah, a support group for HIV-positive women, meets at 11 a.m. every first and third Tuesday at YOACAP, 1207 Chestnut St., Suite 315; (215) 851-1898.

Adult Children of Alcoholics

Meets at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at the William Way Center. ■ Rainbow Adult Children of Alcoholics and Alcoholics Anonymous meet at 7 p.m. Saturdays at Limestone Presbyterian Church, 3201 Limestone Road, Wilmington, Del.; (302) 4569129. ■


Gay Al-Anon meets at 8 p.m. Fridays at St. Andrew’s Church, 50 York St., Lambertville, N.J.; (215) 986-1029. ■ Meets at 7 p.m. Thursdays at the William Way Center. ■

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)

Acceptance meets at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays at Episcopal Church, 22nd and Spruce streets. ■ Beginnings meets at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays at 1201 Locust St.; (215) 563-0663 ext. 282. ■ Community meets at 8 p.m. on Thursdays at Holy Communion Church, 2111 Sansom St. Gay and lesbian but all are welcome. ■ GLBT Alcoholics Anonymous meets at 7 p.m. on Sundays and 8 p.m. on Wednesdays at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 100 W. Windsor St., Reading; (484) 529-9504. ■ Living In Sobriety meets at 10 a.m. Mondays through Fridays and 11 a.m. Sundays at the William Way Center. ■ Night Owl meets at 11:30 p.m. Sundays through Saturdays at the William Way Center. ■ Philadelphia Gay & Lesbian Beginners meeting meets at 7:30 p.m. Mondays at Trinity Episcopal Church, 2212 Spruce St. ■ Sober and Gay meets at 8:30 p.m. Sunday through Friday at the William Way Center. ■ Stepping Stone meets at 2:30 p.m. Mondays at the Mazzoni Center. ■ Ties That Bind Us is a12-step Alcoholics Anonymous meeting for the BDSM, leather and alternative sexuality community. Meetings are held from 7:30-9 p.m. in South Philadelphia. For location, call (800) 581-7883. ■


A support group for HIV-positive women will meet from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at the Arch Street United Methodist Church, 55 N. Broad St.; (215) 387-6055. ■ AIDS Services in Asian Communities’ weekly volunteer work group will meet from 6-8 p.m. at 340 N. 12th St., Suite 205; (215) 563-2424. ■ Project Teach, a peer-education and empowerment program for people living with HIV/AIDS, will meet from 3-5 p.m. at Philadelphia Fight, 1233 Locust St. ■


A support group for HIV-positive men and women will meet from 6-8 p.m. at BEBASHI — Transition to Hope, 1217 Spring Garden St.; (215) 769-3561. ■ Diversity, an HIV/AIDS support group for all infected or affected, meets from 7-9 p.m. at Arch Street United Methodist Church, 55. N. Broad St.; call Zak, (215) 848-4380, or Paul, (215) 307-0347. ■


AIDS Delaware’s You’re Not Alone youth support group meets at 11 a.m. at AIDS Delaware, 100 W. 10th St., Suite 315, Wilmington; a social session will follow at 12:30 p.m.; (302) 652-6776. ■

Narcotics Anonymous (NA)

Meetings are Sunday through Saturday at 2 p.m. at the William Way Center.

Crystal Meth Anonymous (CMA)

Emotional Support

■ Meets at 7 p.m. on Sundays, Tuesdays and Fridays at the William Way Center.

Healing After Loss has monthly activities in South Jersey and surrounding area; www.lsn. ■ Pink and Blues is a free depression and bipolar support group for sexual minorities and meets at 7 p.m. Wednesdays at St. Luke and The Epiphany Church, 330 S. 13th St.; (215) 627-0424. ■ Pink and Blues Main Line, a peer-run mental health support group, meets 6 p.m. Thursdays at Bryn Mawr Consumer Center, 1001 W. Lancaster Ave.; (610) 527-1511. ■ Survivors of Suicide Inc. meets at 7:30 p.m. on first Tuesday of the month at 3535 Market St., Room 2037; (215) 545-2242; www.phillysos. ■ Survivors of Suicide Inc., Chester County meets at 7:30 p.m. on second Wednesday of the month at Paoli Memorial Hospital, Willistown Room, Medical Office Building; (215) 545-2242; www. ■


■ Strength In Numbers Visit SINPhiladelphia.

Overeaters Anonymous (OA) Open meeting, Tuesdays, beginners meet at 5:30 p.m., regular meeting at 6 p.m. at Hahnemann University Hospital, 245 N. 15th St., third floor, room 3208; call Troy, (215) 514-3065.


Substance Abuse – Risk Assessment; day and evening hours; (215) 563-0663 ext. 282. ■

Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous (SLA)

Mondays, 7 p.m. at the William Way Center. Mondays, 7:30 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 20 N. Route 9, Marmora, N.J.; (609) 675-1998. ■ Thursdays, 7:30 p.m. at All Saints Church, 18 Olive Ave., Rehoboth Beach, Del.; (302) 542-3279. ■ Fridays, 7:30 p.m. at the Ocean View Lodge, Metropolitan Community Church, 521 Glade Road, Rehoboth Beach, Del.; (302) 945-5982. ■ Saturdays, 8:30 p.m. at the William Way Center. ■ ■


Safe space to meet and discuss substance abuse problems with office in William Way Center; (215) 340-9995. ■


Positive Brothers, a support group for men of color living with HIV/AIDS, meets from 6:308:30 p.m. at 1201 Chestnut St., 15th floor; (215) 496-0330.



AIDS Services in Asian Community offers safer-sex and HIV/AIDS information at 10 a.m. on second Tuesday of the month at the Independence

FreshOUT!, Mazzoni Center’s free quitsmoking program, hosts individual sessions, classes and support groups and offers Nicotine Replacement Therapy (patches, gum and lozenges); (215) 563-0652 ext. 228 or e-mail ■



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Job losses hit 2.6 million as layoff pain deepens By Jeannine Aversa The Associated Press A staggering 2.6-million jobs disappeared in 2008, the most since World War II, and the pain is only getting worse with 11-million Americans out of work and searching. Unemployment hit a 16-year high of 7.2 percent in December and could be headed for 10 percent or even higher by year’s end. Last Friday’s government figures were “a stark reminder,” said President-elect Barack Obama, that bold and immediate government action is needed to revive a national economy that’s deep in recession and still sinking. More than a half-million jobs melted away as winter took hold in December – 524,000 in all, the government estimated – and the true carnage will almost certainly turn out to be even worse when the figures are nailed down more clearly a month from now. “Behind the statistics that we see flashing on the screens are real lives, real suffering, real fears,” said Obama, already moving full-speed with Congress to put together an emergency revival plan a week and a half before taking office. It’s real, indeed, for 38-year-old Rachel Davis of St. Louis. “If you get laid off right now, God help your

soul,” she said. “You better hope you’ve got savings or someone backing you.” In fact, she was laid off three months ago after working as a dental technician for 20 years. While Congress and the new president struggle to find answers, she said, “I have no faith in this system” and plans to move out of the country in hopes of finding better luck. The severe recession, which just entered its second year, is already the longest in a quartercentury and is likely to stretch well into this year. The fact that the country is battling a housing collapse, a lockup in lending and the worst financial crisis since the 1930s makes the downturn especially dangerous. All the problems have forced consumers and companies alike to retrench, feeding into a vicious cycle that Washington policymakers are finding difficult to break. The Labor Department’s unemployment report showed widespread damage across U.S. industries and workers – hitting blue-collar and white-collar workers, people without high-school diplomas and those with college degrees. “One word comes to mind – dreadful,” said Stuart Hoffman, chief economist at PNC Financial Services Group. And there’s no relief in sight. The new year got off to a rough start with a flurry of big

corporate layoffs, and there were more last Friday. Airplane maker Boeing Co. said it plans to cut about 4,500 jobs this year, and uniform maker G&K Services Inc. is eliminating 460 jobs. Employers also are cutting workers’ hours and forcing some to go part-time. The average work week in December fell to 33.3 hours, the lowest in records dating to 1964 – and a sign of more job reductions in the months ahead, since businesses tend to cut hours before eliminating positions entirely. “There is no indication that the job situation would stabilize any time soon,” said Sung Won Sohn, economist at the Martin Smith School of Business at California State University. “This could turn out to be one of the worst economic setbacks since the Great Depression.” Economists predict a net total of 1.5-million to 2-million or more jobs will vanish in 2009, and the unemployment rate could hit 9 percent or 10 percent, underscoring the challenges Obama will face and the tough road ahead for job seekers. All told, 11.1-million people were unemployed in December. An additional 8million people were working part time – a category that includes those who would like to work full-time but whose hours were cut back or those who were unable to find full-time

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