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Few stimulus dollars going to LGBT community By Jen Colletta PGN Staff Writer

COMMUNITY COLORS: Venture Inn staffer Tommy Martinez (center) accepted the award for Best Bartender from Mark Dahl (right), artistic director at Traverse Arts Project, during the 2009 Rainbow Awards Aug. 9 at Venture Inn. The third-annual contest — in which the community selects local standouts via ballot boxes stationed at area hot spots — honored 20 individuals and organizations, including Vanessa Sterling as Best Drag Queen (left); Franny Price as Best Community Volunteer; Pure as Best Nightclub; Camac Martini Lounge as Best Community Restaurant; and The Attic Youth Center as Best LGBT Organization. Photo: Scott A. Drake

Local health center looks back at past 30 years By Jen Colletta PGN Staff Writer To commemorate the 30th anniversary of its inception, LGBT health organization Mazzoni Center will take a look back at the people, events and developments that have shaped the practice with an exhibit on display at the William Way LGBT Community Center through the end of September. There will be an opening reception for “reflecting back: Moving Forward” from 68 p.m. Aug. 20 at the center, which Mayor Nutter and many early LGBT health advocates are expected to attend. Mazzoni Center traces its roots to the work of a small group that formed a healthplanning committee in 1979 at what was then called the Gay Community Center, William Way’s predecessor. “These four or five volunteers started this health committee and began planning for an organization that sought to improve the health of gay and lesbian communities in Philadelphia,” said Dave Rumsey, Mazzoni Center director of communications. Between 1979-81, the group was known as the Lavender Health Project, but adopted

the name Philadelphia Community Health Alternatives when it became incorporated in 1981. Rumsey explained that the organization had several original areas of focus: clinical services for both gay men and lesbians, health education, advocacy work, raising awareness about LGBT health among service providers and research. Rumsey noted, however, that the HIV/ AIDS epidemic became the organization’s primary concern for several years. “In the ’80s and much of the ’90s, we kind of got hijacked by HIV/AIDS,” he said. “When the group originally came about, they weren’t thinking about AIDS case management, because in 1979 there really was no AIDS. Nobody saw the disease coming, but we adapted and responded to those issues.” The organization launched the Mazzoni Clinic, an HIV-testing clinic, in 1995, named after Dr. Peter Mazzoni, an early volunteer and board member who died of AIDS complications in 1990. Nurit Shein, the organization’s executive director, See MAZZONI Page 13

The City of Philadelphia will receive about $137 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, but the amount that will be directly funneled to LGBT and HIV/ AIDS service organizations is still unclear. The ARRA allocated approximately $16 billion to the state, about $9 billion of which will be utilized for healthcare, education, transportation and infrastructure, energy initiatives, housing and job-training programs throughout the state. James Creedon, secretary of Pennsylvania’s Department of General Services, said state residents will see the other $7 billion through “direct-impact relief,” which will come in the form of such initiatives as federal tax cuts, college tax credits and increased unemployment benefits. In addition to the money approved for the city, partner organizations SEPTA, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, the Philadelphia School District and the Philadelphia Housing Authority will receive a combined total of $578 million. The city has so far spent some $13.3 million of the more-than $38 million it has received. “Although we expect substantially more money, it is dwindling in, so we’re hopeful that once a few more months pass, more will come through,” said city Managing Director Dr. Camille Barnett. “A lot of this has to go directly through the federal agency that handles the specific subject, and they’re all providing and writing regulations and the criteria for judging grants, so it does take a while.” Barnett explained that the grants come in two forms: formula, which have already been set aside for the city, and competitive, which are open to municipalities across the country and require a proposal and approval process. Approximately $103 million in formula grants have been approved for the city, with another almost-$33.8 million in competitive grants secured. Some of the grants are available to community organizations, like one that local HIV/AIDS service organization Philadelphia FIGHT, along with several other agencies, is pursuing. The Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation is authoring the proposal for the competitive grant, due Aug. 14, that would provide funding to expand broadband Internet access to city residents.

Until last year, when the city discontinued a longstanding grant, FIGHT operated Critical Path, which provided free Internet services to HIV/AIDS service providers and those with the disease. “We’re in the proposal to expand on work that we’ve already done to help vulnerable populations,” said FIGHT executive director Jane Shull. “We’re hoping to conduct Internet programs for people in homeless shelters, drug-rehab centers and other places that serve those who are extremely high-risk of acquiring HIV and others who are HIVpositive.” The $64-million grant is being administered through the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration. Sandra Horrocks, vice president of communications and development at the FLP Foundation, said her agency, FIGHT, Media Mobilizing Project and Digital Impact Group are spearheading the broadband initiative and are joined on the proposal by 60 other supporting organizations. Horrocks said each of the four lead organizations will conduct its own programming targeted at specific city residents with little to no computer skills; she noted that about 41 percent of Philadelphians currently do not have home Internet access. Horrocks described that, if the grant is approved, FIGHT will be able to train about 1,500 people in the first year of the plan, enabling those who are “living with or affected by HIV to learn how to use a computer, how to get up-to-the-minute health information, see what advances are being made and then also move into things like clinical trials and how to make appointments.” The second year of the plan will be See DOLLARS Page 15

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Porn twin hearing rescheduled

DOWN TO EARTH: More than 200 LGBT and ally skydivers strapped on gear and headed for the clouds for their first tandem jump Aug. 6-9 during Rainbow Boogie 2009, a gay skydive event at Cross Keys Skydiving in Williamstown, N.J. The weekend festivities, organized by Rainbow Skydivers, was capped off with the breaking of the Gay Way World Record — originally set by 10 divers at Rainbow Boogie 2006 in Canada — as 12 gay divers plunged in formation Aug. 8. Straight ally and freefall videographer Joe Vance (front row, from left) with Belynda Adams, Mark Rejhon, Jack Churchill, Jeff Prystajko, Michael Gamble, Steve H. (back row, from left), Chris Chrzan, Joseph Wood, Techie, Tim Grech, Lindsey Robb and Liz G. The group will host the Boogie again next summer at Cross Keys. Photos: Tim Grech/Joe Vance

Trans woman: Employer asked for photos By Timothy Cwiek PGN Writer-at-Large Trans woman Kate Lynn Blatt says her former employer requested a photograph of her genitalia as a condition of continued employment, after questions arose about her use of a worksite female KATE LYNN locker room. BLATT At the time of the October 2007 incident, Blatt was employed by Manpower Inc., a global staffing-services agency with a branch office in Pottsville. Manpower placed Blatt at Sapa Industrial Extrusions, a manufacturer of aluminum products in Cressona, where she earned about $10 an hour as a temporary factory worker. Blatt worked at Sapa for about a month, before allegedly being told by a supervisor that she wasn’t physically well enough to work at the job and was no longer needed at Sapa, she said. After being discharged from Sapa, Blatt said she personally visited Manpower’s branch office in Pottsville, in an attempt to return to work. Irene Kudziela, branch manager of Manpower’s Pottsville office, allegedly told Blatt that a letter from her surgeon documenting her gender-reassignment surgery — along with a photograph of her genital area — would be necessary before she

could return to Sapa. Blatt, 28, said she found the request “repugnant” and “disgusting,” and declined to comply. She viewed the request as a form of sexual harassment, she added. “I was shocked and disgusted,” Blatt said. “It felt like I was being reduced to a mere sex object. I was trying to work there in a dignified and private manner, but my dignity and privacy were constantly being violated.” Kudziela declined to comment for this story. Frank Koller, human-resources manager at Sapa, also declined to comment. Blatt filed bias complaints against Sapa and Manpower with the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, alleging wrongful discharge based on sex and disability. She said her disability is gender dysphoria. The complaints remain under investigation, said Shannon Powers, a spokesperson for the PHRC. Bethany Perkins, a spokesperson for Manpower Inc., said she couldn’t comment on the specifics of Blatt’s complaints. But she said Manpower is committed to ensuring a safe and non-exploitive work environment. “The biggest thing to remember is that we’re absolutely committed to the safety and security of our workforce, including the transgender members of our workforce,” Perkins said. “We’re committed to having diversity in our workforce.” In the aftermath of the incident, Blatt said she’s been denied future work opportunities at both Manpower and Sapa. Now

unemployed, she said she wants to return to work at Sapa. “I’m hoping I’ll be hired permanently by Sapa, possibly as a diversity trainer,” Blatt said. “I want these companies to stop looking at people like me as if we’re the worst evil there is. We’re valuable human beings who have a lot to offer these companies. Given the chance, we could be turned into great advocates for these companies.” In response to Blatt’s allegation that she’s been banned from future employment at Manpower, Perkins said: “That would happen with anyone we went through a termination process with. That’s our policy for anybody that’s been terminated. What’s under question is whether it was a wrongful termination.” Rue Landau, executive director of the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations, said she couldn’t comment on the specifics of Blatt’s complaints. But, she said, the PCHR has developed a workplace-training program dealing with transgender issues, which is available to area employers upon request. “We partner with local trans groups when training employers,” Landau said. “We provide guidelines and advisory training materials, which would be helpful to any employer dealing with this issue.” Landau said the PCHR offers the service free of charge. “If we can, we’ll go anywhere,” she added. “We’re fully willing to help on this.” ■ Timothy Cwiek can be reached at (215) 625-8501 ext. 208.

Defense attorneys for one of two brothers accused of burglarizing two local stores requested and were granted a continuance this week, postponing the defendant’s next court proceeding until next month. Keyontyli Goffney, who appeared with his brother Taleon in online gay porn, was supposed to have a motions hearing Aug. 6, but it has been rescheduled for Sept. 10. The brothers were accused of two rooftop burglaries in February 2008. Taleon pleaded guilty last month to the crimes and was sentenced to three to eight years in prison. Both brothers have said that Keyontyli served as a lookout while Taleon broke into the stores.

Tour LGBT summer camp Mountain Meadow, which runs an annual summer camp for children of LGBT parents, is hosting an open house Aug. 15 for people interested in participating in next year’s event. From 11 a.m.-1 p.m., prospective campers and their parents can tour the campsite, meet with camp staff and volunteers and enjoy a family-style lunch with other Mountain Meadow families. This year’s camp is taking place Aug. 9-22. The campsite is near Vineland, N.J. For more information or to RSVP, call (215) 772-1177 or e-mail Randi McClain at intern@mountainmeadow. org.

Rugby team hosts drag-race bar event The Gryphons, a local LGBT rugby club, will host a Drag Race Pub Crawl beginning at 5 p.m. Aug. 22. The crawl will begin at Woody’s, 202 S. 13th St., then head to Camac, The Bike Stop and Tavern on Camac before returning to Woody’s. The $10 wristbands will allow guests to enjoy drink specials at the participating bars. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Gryphons’ trip to next year’s Bingham Cup, an annual national LGBT rugby tournament that will be held next summer in Minneapolis. For more information or to purchase a wristband, e-mail Cris.Alicea@gmail. com. ■ — Jen Colletta




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A local gay hair stylist has filed a discrimination suit against his former employer, alleging he was penalized and eventually terminated for not conforming to male stereotypes. Daniel Brant, 25, filed a suit in U.S. District Court July 30 against Chop Shop, which operates three local salons, claiming employment discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, which offers protection based on gender. Although Brant is openly gay, he said his employment problems did not stem from his sexuality, but rather from his appearance. Brant, who graduated from Jean Madeline Aveda Institute, began working full-time as a stylist at Chop Shop’s Temple University location in February 2008. Brant told PGN he was very satisfied with the company in his first few months of employment, but the more successful he became, he noticed a “gradual coldness” directed toward him from some employees and his supervisor. In May, Brant said he approached his supervisor, identified as just “Monica” in the suit, to inquire about the change in atmosphere at the salon and was told he was “too flamboyant.” Brant said his supervisor then told him that he would not be permitted to wear shorts or shoes with a heel to work, which he often did. The suit states that “similarly situated female Stylists were not similarly made to abide by said dress code, evidencing Defendant’s animus against Brant’s failure to conform to mail stereotypes.” Brant noted that he is not transgender but that, since he was a teenager, he’s grown accustomed to dressing mostly in women’s clothing and often wearing mascara and blush. “My intention is not to be perceived as a woman. I’m a very petite guy, with very soft feminine features, and I like to wear clothing that fits my body and my shape,” he said. “I will wear women’s Gap T-shirts or Express women’s dress pants and shoes with a wedge because that’s what I feel most comfortable in. That’s my everyday style and wardrobe since I was 16.” The complaint states that Brant’s supervisor stopped sending him male clients, whom he said accounted for nearly 90 percent of his customers, and he was later

informed that he was being transferred to Chop Shop’s South Street branch, where he would work just one day a week. According to the suit, Monica told him the clientele at this location was “more openminded” and he’d “do better” working at that store. The store scheduled Brant to work only on Sundays, which he said is the slowest and shortest day of the week. While working full-time at the Temple shop, Brant said he made about $600 a week, as well as $30-$50 in tips per day. At the new location, he said he received between $30-$50 per week and an additional $15-$20 in tips. Brant said he wore women’s

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shorts and shoes with a heel to work one day in July and his supervisor at the South Street store, identified in the suit as “Sue,” sent him home, citing instructions from the store’s owner, Kathy Thomas. “It was really upsetting to me because I was missing another whole day of work, and I was just so embarrassed that they sent me home because of what I was wearing and what I look like,” he said. Before returning to work the following week, Brant said he called Thomas and requested further clarification of the dress code. The complaint states that Thomas told him she did not “want [him] to ruin [her] business” and that “it is okay for a girl to look like a dyke, but it is not socially acceptable for [Brant] to look like a girl.” Brant said he told Thomas he felt he was being discriminated against and was considering filing a complaint.

Thomas terminated Brant on Aug. 3, 2008, after he referred a Chop Shop client to another salon at which he was also employed. “A client came in and asked if we do eyebrow waxing, and I asked and they said no, so I told her, ‘There’s this other place in Old City where I work and they do it and they do a good job,’” he said. Brant contacted the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations shortly after his firing. PCHR executive director Rue Landau confirmed that Brant filed a complaint on Aug. 15, 2008. She said the commission conducted an “exhaustive investigation” and closed the case on March 20, determining the charges were not substantiated. “We found that the case did not have any merit to it,” Landau said. “But even if we find that, all complainants have a right to sue.” Salon owner Thomas said she could not comment on the situation, and her attorney did not return calls for comment. Thomas told the Philadelphia Inquirer last week, however, that she was not opposed to Brant’s dressing in women’s clothing, but only took issue with certain outfits, which she contends did not factor into his termination. “If he had wanted to wear a dress, that would have been fine. But at one point, he was wearing Daisy Duke shorts. He was basically uncovered,” she said. “I fired him because he was working at another salon and telling his clients to go over there. I did not fire him because he was a crossdresser.” Susan Wexler, Brant’s attorney, refuted Thomas’ claim. “It had to do with the clothing in which he presented himself,” Wexler said. “The owner of the Chop Shop deemed him too effeminate and didn’t approve of the clothing he was wearing, and that was the basis for his termination. It’s a clear gender-stereotyping claim; he could’ve shown up in men’s cargo shorts and polo shirts and that would’ve been fine, but not women’s.” Since his termination, Brant said he had to quit his other job because he couldn’t afford to travel to work and has since applied for government assistance while he searches for a new position. ■ Jen Colletta can be reached at

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Violations cited in Texas gay-bar raid

Daniel Radcliffe donates to LGBT hotline reports The Trevor Project announced Aug. 10 it had received a donation from Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe, who joined Trevor’s Circle of Hope with a major cash donation. The 24-hour crisis and suicide helpline for LGBTQ youth was founded in 1998 by three filmmakers whose film, “Trevor,” received the 1994 Academy Award for Best Short Film (Live Action). While the 20-year-old actor has made known his support of the gay community in interviews, his donation to Trevor puts his support front and center. Trevor Project executive director Charles Robbins said the organization is extremely grateful for Radcliffe’s donation. “He is setting a meaningful example for millions of young people around the world.”

Fired anchorman claims discrimination reports that Florida anchorman Charles Perez, 46, was fired for being openly gay and because he filed an antigay discrimination lawsuit. After being demoted from weeknight LOOKING FOR ANSWERS: Following a June raid on a Ft. Worth, Texas, gay bar, two Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission agents to weekend anchor, Perez filed a comwere cited for infractions in a report released last week. In this July 1 photo, hundreds hold candles as they gather at the bar, the plaint with the Miami-Dade County Equal Rainbow Lounge, in a vigil for Chad Gibson, who was reportedly injured by law-enforcement officers during a joint inspection by Opportunity Board on July 31 claiming ABC agents and Ft. Worth police. AP Photo: Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Paul Moseley discrimination. The station vice president, Bill Pohovey, By Angela K. Brown tion for numerous policy violations, but no him and led him from the club. Chapman The Associated Press decision has been made on any penalties, said he saw no blood on the floor or injury who is also gay, called the allegations agency spokesperson Carolyn Beck said. to Gibson and that Gibson didn’t complain “absurd.” “I can safely say that this station does FT. WORTH, Texas — Two Texas Aller and Chapman accompanied six Ft. of being hurt, but that he began vomiting Alcoholic Beverage Commission agents Worth police officers on a raid of the just- and fell on his face on the pavement after not discriminate against gays and these who took part in a June police raid on opened Rainbow Lounge in what police being told he would be charged with public false claims should offend all people — including those of us in the gay commua gay bar failed to report they used force initially billed as a routine liquor-license intoxication and assault. nity,” Pohovey said. when arresting a patron, or that he suffered inspection for a new business. The raid led Gibson was released from the hospital a serious head injury, according to a report to several arrests, and one patron, Chad after a week, but said he has a blood clot released last Thursday. Gibson, was hospitalized with a severe behind his right eye. Agent Christopher Aller and agent-trainee head injury he suffered while in the agents’ In the report, Chapman — a trainee since Jason Chapman also are accused of par- custody, the agency and police have said. April — acknowledged violations but said, ticipating in the June 28 raid without their Gay-rights groups have protested the “We conducted ourselves in a professional reports that David Glick supervisor’s approval, disrupting the busi- raid and demanded independent investiga- manner. We had some hiccups on policy. ness during the raid and wearing improper tions, saying the bar was targeted because There’s no two ways about that and that’s will launch the online GLBTQ High School in January 2010. attire, according to the report obtained by it catered to a gay clientele. Police have my responsibility.” Glick started working on the online The Associated Press under the Texas Open denied the accusation. The raid came on the Aller, who has been with the agency since Records Act. 40th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, the 2004, also acknowledged some policy vio- school for the purpose of reaching out to The investigation found that one of the days of unrest that followed a police raid on lations, but said he didn’t violate anybody’s students of rural areas who do not have access to many resources. agents’ supervisors, Sgt. Terry Parsons, a New York City gay bar. constitutional rights. Glick said it will be a safe haven that will failed to ensure the agents submitted a report He added that the inspection “had nothPolice previously said Gibson was intoxiprotect students from bullying. on using force during the arrest, did not take cated and had fallen down on his own dur- ing to do with it being a gay bar.” David Johnson, a social psychology appropriate action after learning they didn’t ing his arrest. But in the report, Aller and When questioned about following up with wear proper attire during the raid and did Chapman said they were struggling to hand- the agents and his other duties after the raid, teacher at the University of Minnesota, disnot notify supervisors that multiple arrests cuff Gibson, so they and an officer pinned Parsons accepted responsibility, the report agreed. “The danger of the online high school is had been made that night, the report states. him against a wall, kicked one of his legs states. Aller and Chapman have been placed on out, tried a pressure-point technique on his Another report will address whether the that kids will stay isolated and feel uncared desk duty pending the investigation’s out- face and moved him to the ground. agents’ use of force was appropriate during for. It would be much better to have these kids in a regular high school.” ■ come, and Parsons decided to retire. All According to the report, Chapman said the raid, Beck said. three could face disciplinary action rang- that during the commotion he landed on Ft. Worth police are conducting their own — Khaliff Featherstone ing from a verbal warning to job termina- Gibson’s legs but got up and handcuffed investigation. ■

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Weiss brothers sell Bump By Jen Colletta PGN Staff Writer Gayborhood hot spot Bump changed hands last month from one pair of local brothers to another, who are planning a “major facelift,” which could include a name change. Michael and Billy Weiss sold the restaurant and bar to Steve and Alex Vasiliadis, who assumed ownership July 1. The brothers brought on John Caputo, Mr. Gay Philadelphia 2008, as the establishment’s managing partner. Caputo said there is a “strong possibility” the new owners will change Bump’s name. The venue will be closed for at least two weeks beginning Sept. 1 for renovations. “We’re going to have new food, new drink menus and some new promotions,” Caputo said. “We want to keep the place fresh.”

Caputo said the Vasiliadis brothers, who are heterosexual, plan to maintain the same general atmosphere at Bump, but are hoping to bring in more entertainment offerings. “We’re looking to keep the same concept as a restaurant/ lounge, but we want to make sure we can really entertain the community. We want to have the whole package, with entertainment, dining and drinks,” he said. “We want to create a fun environment that keeps the community coming back.” The Vasiliadis brothers are the former owners of Pandora’s Lunchbox at 12th and Walnut and the Monkey Bar in Rittenhouse Square, where Caputo also worked. Caputo said the trio will be visible fixtures at Bump. “The three of us are very hands-on. We’ll be there constantly, making sure the custom-

ers are happy.” The staff will remain the same for the most part, although the owners do plan to hire a few new employees, Caputo said. Michael Weiss told PGN he and his brother decided to sell the establishment so they can devote more time to running Woody’s, which they bought from Bill Wood in November 2006. “We purchased Woody’s and that was taking more of our time than we thought, so we wanted to concentrate on that,” Weiss said. When asked about the veracity of rumors that he and his brother are planning to buy the now-defunct Key West, Weiss confirmed they were considering that possibility. The Weiss brothers also own Pure. ■ Jen Colletta can be reached at

NJ ex-cop settles harassment suit By Jen Colletta PGN Staff Writer An openly gay former New Jersey police officer who alleged his superiors and fellow officers retaliated against and harassed him has settled his federal lawsuit. Robert Colle, a former officer in Millville, N.J., agreed to a settlement that stipulated he resign from the force and receive a payment of $415,000. Colle filed the suit in October 2007 and has been on leave from the police force since earlier that year. Named in the suit as defendants are the City of Millville, former police chief Ronald Harvey, Lt. Thomas Romanishin and Sgts. Edward Zadroga and Les Watson. Colle joined the Millville Police Department in January 1994. The suit alleges the employment issues began in spring 2006 when Colle observed Zadroga meeting numerous times during working hours with an unidentified woman, with whom Colle surmised he was having an affair. Colle claims the work atmosphere became hostile after this discovery, with Zadroga disciplining him for matters such as where he parked his car, when he wore his hat and how he wrote his

reports. Colle got into an argument with Zadroga in November 2006, after which he felt ill and said Zadroga offered no medical assistance, resulting in Colle’s calling 911 on his own and spending eight hours in an emergency room. Colle filed a harassment complaint one week later with the City Clerk, and Romanishin was assigned to investigate. The suit maintains Romanishin has a history of making antigay statements. The suit also states that in February, Colle repeatedly called for back-up to a local bar, where he was attempting to subdue an uncooperative woman, but no other officers arrived. The woman bit Colle’s finger to the bone. Colle alleges the defendants targeted him as the “fall guy” for any departmental mistakes, and that his superiors “ignored and rebuked” his complaints. Colle went out on Family Medical Leave in May 2007 due to the “hostile work environment.” Under the terms of the agreement, none of the defendants admitted culpability, but the parties agreed upon it “only to avoid the continuing expense and distraction of litigation.”

Colle’s attorney, Arthur J. Murray of Jacobs & Barbone, P.A., said his client is satisfied with the settlement and “wanted to put all this behind him and get on with his life.” Murray said Colle will not be returning to the law-enforcement field but currently owns a realestate company with his partner, and is considering moving to Florida to continue his real-estate work or enter the teaching field. The bulk of the payout, $400,000, will be dispersed to Colle through the Municipal Excess Liability Joint Insurance Fund, which covers “emotional distress, pain and suffering, legal or equitable relief, back pay, front pay, loss of benefits” and numerous other claims. The remaining $15,000 will be paid from the Workers Compensation Act for “psychiatric, psychological or other bodily injury.” The city is responsible for approximately $30,000 of the settlement. In exchange, Colle agreed to waive his rights to employment benefits accrued since he took his leave, and neither side will receive compensation for attorney fees. ■ Jen Colletta can be reached at


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Editorial Women on the bench Last week, the Senate voted to confirm Judge Sonia Sotomayor as the first Hispanic Supreme Court justice, making her the third woman ever to sit on the country’s highest court. The vote, 68-31, was largely on party lines: She earned the votes of all Senate Democrats and just nine Senate Republicans. Sotomayor will be seated on the bench in September. Women’s-rights advocates have hailed Sotomayor’s confirmation as a progressive victory — many had been saddened when Sandra Day O’Connor retired in 2006, leaving Ruth Bader Ginsburg as the sole woman on the bench. For the 10-week confirmation, activists, supporters and critics of Sotomayor discussed what a woman — and a Hispanic — would bring to the court. As a dual-minority, Sotomayor is likely to make a difference in a specific area of cases — racial and gender discrimination. According to several studies and law scholars, having a judge who is a racial and/or gender minority has an impact primarily on racial- and genderdiscrimination cases. (Not surprisingly.) Research has also found that having a woman on a panel of judges has more of an impact on the ruling than just having a female judge, suggesting that a woman’s presence on the bench actually influences the opinions of her peers. So, yes: The hope is that Sotomayor will bring her experience of growing up as the daughter of a widowed mother and a minority in the Bronx, to attending two Ivy League schools, to the cases before her. Despite any influence she might have on the Supreme Court, the racial and gender disparities on the bench are still stark: The percentage of minority and women judges are far fewer than the general population. In 2009, there are presently 213 women federal judges of a total 798, or about 27 percent. African Americans comprise 11 percent of the federal judges but make up 13.5 percent of the population. The numbers for openly LGBT judges are nearly impossible to find. Though Sotomayor has a sparse record of LGBT cases, she sat on a three-judge panel in 2006 that found in favor of a gay man who sued his employer for discrimination based on sexual stereotyping under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, which bans discrimination based on gender. This is actually significant to the LGBT community because, until there is a federal law banning discrimination based on sexual orientation, Title VII is the only law that affords gays and lesbians some protections, particularly when individuals don’t conform to male and female gender stereotypes. ■


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The APA on ‘Reparative Therapy’ As you may have read, the American Psychological Association declared pretty much definitively that mental-health professionals should not tell gay clients that they can become heterosexual through therapy. The resolution was supported by a lengthy report, two years in preparation, that examined 83 “studies” of attempts to change homosexuality, all ultimately unsuccessful. The vote to adopt the resolution was as close to unanimous as these things get — 125 to 4. I have not yet been able to get a copy of the report, but it is easy to imagine from previous critiques of reorientation or “reparative” therapy the sorts of things the new report discusses. Among them are the failure to specify exactly what “change” consists of and the conflation of different types of alleged change. For instance, a report by ex-gay therapists Yarhouse and Jones combines (alleged) actual change with “dis-identifying as gay.” In the latter, one may still be engaging in gay sex but not think of oneself as gay or a member of the gay community. Were any actual examples of complete, long-term change reported? Unlikely, but who knows? Even Alan Chambers, head of the umbrella ex-gay group Exodus International, has said

in the past that he still struggles with homosexual temptation. Change? You be the judge. Heterosexual marriage is often cited as evidence of successful change. But consider the man who fantasizes about men while having sex with his wife. Evidence of a change in sexual orientation? Hardly. C. A. Tripp in “The Homosexual Matrix” reports that, despite its best efforts, the Kinsey team never found a single instance of fundamental change in sexual orientation. Another problem with the “ex-gay” reports is the absence of follow-up. Some studies have found a startling “relapse rate,” meaning the homosexuality was not changed but merely suppressed for a time under the constant propagandizing by the therapist. A second major recommendation of the resolution and report, according to the Associated Press, was that ex-gay therapists should open themselves to “the positive aspects of being gay or lesbian.” By contrast, as Tripp points out, most ex-gay therapists do their best to undermine the validity of the homosexual alternative. They may assert that homosexual love is spurious, a “counterfeit version of the real thing.” They may claim that all gay relationships are transitory and marked by instability.

The positive aspects of being gay or lesbian may not have been so evident 40 or 50 years ago, but a comfortable domesticity and long supportive partnership (indeed, a same-sex husband or wife) in a supportive community is easily available. A third point in the new APA resolution is that pro-gay therapists should open themselves to the possibility that a client’s religion can help him lead a spiritually rewarding life. They recommend that if the client’s religion is in conflict with his homosexuality, therapists should suggest changing churches (or religions) to one that is gay-positive or one that is at least neutral about sexual orientation. And finally, the APA report recommends caution regarding any attempt to change a fundamental sexual orientation, pointing out the possible negative effects of such efforts. A client’s failure to achieve 100-percent change may lead him to feel like an even greater failure, leading to depression and, in a few cases, suicide when a client feels that it is all hopeless. “Change” therapists seldom acknowledge these negative outcomes. ■ Some of Paul Varnell’s previous columns are posted at His e-mail address is


AUG. 14 - 20, 2009

Mark My Words Mark Segal Still trying to get it right Like many people in the media, I receive many press releases each day: We’re talking up to 75 in a single day, and those aren’t the ones that automatically go to the junk mailbox. Most are from people or organizations with no relevance to our community, so they actually can be junked. Others are from start-up organizations, start-up businesses and the performing arts. One this past week got my attention. It was from the White House, announcing that President Obama would honor the newest Medal of Freedom recipients and, for the first time in history, the list includes Americans who are gay or lesbian. First up, Harvey Milk. A good choice that we can all be proud of — but, here’s the first line the White House press office put in a press-release bio: “Harvey Milk: Harvey Milk became the first openly gay elected official from a major city in the United States when he was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977.” It’s wrong. You would think that someone in the White House would get this correct. When Milk was elected, there were already several officials — who were out when they were elected — throughout the country. Most notably were Massachusetts state Rep. Elaine Noble (elected in 1974) and Minnesota state

Rep. Allan Spear (reelected as an out politician in 1976). Now, it could be that the White House is trying to say Milk was the first gay politician at the city level; the first lesbian to hold that distinction was Kathy Kozachenko, elected to Ann Arbor City Council in 1974. But why do I get the feeling that the White House, in its efforts to show diversion and inclusion, always at the last minute says, “Oh, do we have any gays in that one?” For the record, they also included Billy Jean King. Another excellent recipient who deserves to be on the list — but then it hit me. Both are rather uncontroversial, and would only be attacked by the far right-wingers who complain about everything anyway. What I’m suggesting is the White House played it safe, but that’s OK. Just get it right: After all, this is American history. I’m still hopeful in this administration and I’ve been around long enough to appreciate that their politics on our issues are pragmatic, but let’s start pulling it together. Please. ■ Mark Segal is PGN publisher. He can be reached at [Editor’s note: On Wednesday, the White House released an updatd bio, calling Milk “one of the first openly gay elected officlals.”]

Letters and Feedback In response to “‘Lack of fiscal responsibility’ prompts Equality Forum board resignations,” Aug. 7-13:

Covington’s case been kept so quiet? So many unanswered questions about this case, aren’t there? — Another Friend

This is clearly a case of an executive director who is out of control, and a board which does not have the ability to rein him in. Actually, no surprise to those of us with nonprofit expertise. — skeptic

Hello, Ed: Maybe the trial was not a fair trial. However, for a person who allowed a child to decompose in his home and tell authorities and the child’s parents that he did not know where Jason was, well, I think the sentence was more than fair. If you could explain how Bill could take Jason’s parents on a make-believe field trip looking for their son knowing full well where he was, then I will read more of your comments. Until then, you really need to get a new hobby. — frank e

In response to “Covington case postponed,” July 24-30: There is one more aspect of this Covington person that keeps getting overlooked. Hasn’t it been established that he was once the bishop of a Mormon congregation in Utah? I wonder how many people he “helped” during that time. That is a very influential position for a person with his record. If it were a Catholic ex-priest who was going around supplying drugs at gay sex parties and injecting people, it would be splashed all over the front page of every newspaper in the country. Why has Mr.

Maybe the one who needs to find a new hobby is you! If you don’t like what Ed has to say, then don’t read it. Could it possibly be that because of the drugs and the shock and post-traumatic stress that Bill was only functioning under gross motor skill and was basically functioning like a robot?

The psychiatrist that the court appointed to him thought so. So are you telling me that you know more about psychology that the court-appointed shrink? Maybe you should let the professionals give the diagnosis and keep your uneducated remarks to yourself. Because, from what you wrote, it seems that even if Bill didn’t commit murder, he should still serve life in jail for not calling authorities right away. Wow! That is a powerful statement you’re making. So, Bill is partying, and after Covington leaves, finds Jason’s body, freaks out, starts acting like a robot, and that is cause enough to send someone to jail for life? And don’t you even care that the person who may be the one responsible for killing Jason is still out on the streets? Even after drugging and raping yet another innocent young man! Come on! I hope that you were under the influence of something when you posted not one, but at least two or three postings that were exactly the same. ■ — Dear Frank E


Street Talk What LGBT person should receive the Presidential Medal of Honor?

Ron Condello waiter Northern Liberties

Kuba Glazek scientist South Philadelphia

“I’d rather pick someone brave, like Mark Bingham or Greg Louganis, not just a famous celebrity. Mark Bingham tried his best to subdue the terrorists on Flight 93. And Greg Louganis came out as an HIV-positive gay man at a very difficult time.”

“Janis Joplin. She was open to new experiences. I think that’s an admirable quality. And she was passionate in her performances. If I could give another name, it would be Cole Porter. I’ve listened to a lot of his music. It’s very nice and catchy.”

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“The lesbian mother Shirley Tan. She’s doing a lot to help binational couples stay in America. There’s no reason to deport her back to the Philippines. She’s a very good mother. Her whole family moves me.”

“Eleanor Roosevelt. She was a great lady. She was always for the underdog and worked hard for the underclass. I admire her. She was a real humanitarian.”



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Scott A. Drake Name: Cookie Breed: Pit Bull mix Age: 3-4 years Sex: Female (spayed) Health: Excellent, with up-todate vaccinations Other information: Cookie is microchipped so other shelters and veterinarians with microchip reading equipment or the SPCA can identify her. Histor y: Cookie has been at PAWS longer than any other dog. Her owner could no longer afford to keep Cookie and had to surrender her over a month ago. Cookie knows the commands “sit” and “come” and, like most pit bulls, learns quickly. She would be a great companion to a submissive male dog and gets along well with children. Small dogs or cats would

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MAZZONI From Page 1 announced it would be renamed Mazzoni Center during OutFest 2003. Rumsey said that in the past few years, the center has been trying to return to some of its original core goals, although viewing them through a more modern lens. When the organization originally formed, Rumsey noted, the sexual-minority community was seldom inclusive of bisexuals and transgender people. “In 1979, gays and lesbians were still struggling for a seat at the table and nobody was really sensitive to trans or bisexual issues,” he said. “The whole notion of sexuality being a spectrum with some people on one end and others on the other end and some in the middle wasn’t really understood at that time.” Transgender individuals now make up about 20 percent of the patient population at Mazzoni’s health center. Rumsey noted that since its inception, the organization has had a productive working relationship with such city agencies as the Department of Public Health and the AIDS Activities Coordinating Office, but has, along with the entire field of LGBT health, also gained legitimacy among the wider mainstream health community. “We’ve gained a lot of respect over the years. We’re now the noted expert on LGBT health, which is something people are paying attention to now,” he said. “Thirty years ago they really weren’t or it was considered an oddity, but now LGBT folks have demanded a seat at the table and Mazzoni Center works to represent their health concerns.” Many of the methods Mazzoni Center has employed to address those concerns over the years will be included in the exhibit. Posters, fliers and other messages that were part of health campaigns aimed at raising

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awareness about HIV, sexually transmitted diseases and hepatitis will be on display, as will one of the organization’s “Lucky Stiffs” condom dispensers, which were in the bathrooms of local gay bars in the ’80s. The exhibit will also feature memorabilia from PCHA fundraisers, such as a highly successful Grace Jones concert and cabaret events, as well as documentation of organizational developments, like the group’s original articles and PGN clippings from when PCHA’s former executive director was arrested on fraud and embezzlement charges in the mid-’90s. Shein said the retrospective doesn’t just reflect Mazzoni’s progression, but rather tells the story of the past 30 years of

Philadelphia’s LGBT community. “This is not just the 30-year history of an organization — this is truly the history of the development of LGBT services, in particular health services, in the city of Philadelphia,” Shein said. “This translates beyond just the Mazzoni Center to the whole LGBT community and shows how we evolved from 30 years ago when it was just Lavender Health in the city, to where we are today with many thriving, good organizations.” Rumsey said the exhibit is not geared toward a specific age group but rather can be appreciated for different reasons by a wide audience. “People who were around 30


years ago will certainly enjoy it in that they’ll be able to look back on where we started, but I think on some level the younger generations may even derive the most benefit, as they’ll be able to understand a lot of things that people today take for granted, like the fact that now there are medications for HIV/AIDS and that it’s not a death sentence. A lot of younger folks don’t know AIDS to be the killer that it was at one time, when they didn’t even have a name for it and were calling it GRID [Gay-related immune deficiency]. This is not just a trip down memory lane for older people, but a real learning experience for younger generations.” The Mazzoni Center will host a number of anniversary events

between this summer and next, such as a gala in the spring, but Rumsey said “reflecting back: Moving Forward” was designed to begin conversation about the changing face of the local LGBT community. “We wanted to do something early in this anniversary year to set the tone for the whole year, and we felt what better way to do that than to revisit the past to show where we came from and guide us as to where we’re going.” The exhibit’s opening reception is free and open to the public. To RSVP, e-mail Darrell Young at ■ Jen Colletta can be reached at

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International News Zimbabwe laws could protect gays Gay-rights activists in Zimbabwe believe they have a 5050 chance of having gay, lesbian and bisexual people protected under the country’s new constitution. The constitution is being drafted and there is hope that if gay rights are included, it will overturn laws criminalizing sex between men. Sex between women is not mentioned in the law. Keith Goddard, director of Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe, said the best chance of success was to argue on the grounds of health and HIV prevention. “The National AIDS Council has moved forward enormously from its original policy, and in its strategic plan for 2006-10, it specifically calls for the decriminalization of homosexuality because punitive measures have simply driven the community underground and make this hidden population difficult to reach. So I think we can use it on the grounds

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of health and HIV/AIDS interventions to try and argue the issue. Arguing it on religious or moral grounds is not going to get it anywhere. We live in hope.” Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has previously described gay people as worse than “dogs and pigs,” claiming homosexuality is “un-African” and a “white man’s disease.” He has warned against the dangers of homosexuality and threatened pro-gay clergy with prison sentences.

‘World’s smallest gay Pride’ An Irish village has hosted what is thought to be the world’s smallest Pride festival. Easkey, a coastal hamlet in County on Sligo, has a population of just 250. Organizers hoped around 80 people would join the Aug. 9 festival and handed out “gay for a day” badges. Denise Clarke, an openly gay interior designer who has lived in the village for 10 years, said there

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Tel Aviv protest draws 70,000 More than 70,000 people assembled in Tel Aviv on Aug. 8 to express solidarity with the LGBT community after a deadly attack on a gay club a week ago, organizers claimed. President Shimon Peres was among speakers at the meeting on Yitzhak Rabin Square outside the city hall. “The shots which struck this proud community affected us all as human beings, as Jews and as Israelis. The man who targeted the two victims targeted all of us,” Peres said. Two people died when a masked, black-clad gunman opened fire on the group of young gays and lesbians at the community center in the heart of Israel’s commercial capital on Aug. 1. “Everyone has the right to

be different and proud. No one has the right to interfere in other people’s lives so long as everyone respects law and order,” Peres said. “I came to share your tears after the death of two young innocents. Be strong and courageous.” There was a strong police presence following threats made over the Internet and by telephone. Police said an ultra-Orthodox soldier suspected of being behind some of the threats has been arrested in Jerusalem. Leading up to the event, residents of an ultra-Orthodox neighborhood in Jerusalem attacked a group of young people who visited the area on Aug. 6 to hang posters condemning the shooting. Members of the ultra-Orthodox haredim chased the protesters down alleyways, prompted by the feeling that the youths were blaming them for the shootings, but the young people managed to escape. Investigators, who are still looking for the gunmen, are working on the theory that the attack was personal vengeance rather than motivated by antigay views.

Woman fined for antigay abuse In a decision gay-rights advocates call groundbreaking for Poland, a judge in the northwest of the country fined a woman for using homophobic slurs to describe her gay male neighbor. The 44-year-old woman, identified as only Anna S., was ordered to pay the equivalent of more than $5,000 for infringing upon

the dignity of Ryszard Giersz by repeatedly hurling verbal assaults at him and his partner, Tomasz, in public. Lawyers for Giersz, 25, argued successfully that he endured constant hatred in the town of Wolin after Ms. S. began calling him a “pedal,” a derogatory Polish term for a gay person equivalent to “fag” or “queer.” Polish LGBT-rights activists hailed the decision and the case, which represented the first time a gay person pursued his or her rights so openly in the country’s court system.

Coffee shop backs off antigay group A Canadian coffee-shop chain has been forced to pull out of a sponsorship deal with an antigaymarriage organization after an online outcry. Tim Hortons, which sells coffee and doughnuts, offered to provide 250 cups of coffee for the Rhode Island Marriage and Family Day, hosted by the National Organization for Marriage on Aug. 16. NOM, a religious organization, is a staunch opponent of gay marriage. Earlier this year, it released a video claiming that a “storm is gathering” over equal rights. The Tim Hortons logo appeared on the event’s brochure, next to the words: “To take a stand for marriage as it was created to be.” After a blaze of online negative publicity, the coffee chain on Aug. 10 distanced itself from the event and apologized for any “misunderstanding” and “inconvenience.” Company officials added it would no longer be a sponsor due to a policy stating the chain will not sponsor events “representing religious groups, political affiliates or lobby groups.” Chris Plante, executive director of NOM’s Rhode Island chapter, said the chain had been “bullied by a vocal minority” and claimed the event was open to all, including gay couples. ■ Larry Nichols can be reached at


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Out actor and activist makes the ‘Trek’ to Philly By Larry Nichols PGN Staff Writer In the spirit of full disclosure, we have to admit that we had to pretty much violently subdue our inner geek so we would not totally screw up our interview with George Takei. We know that his five-decades-long and impressive career has seen the openly gay actor perform on numerous stage and screen projects. We know that he’s a regular on Howard Stern’s satellite radio show. We know that he married his longtime partner, Brad Altman, in 2008 and has worked extensively as an activist with organizations like Human Rights Campaign, Japanese American National Museum, California Civil Liberties Public Education Program and the Frontrunners. But our inner geek was about to gloss over all of those intriguing bits of information because he was just too stoked to be talking to the man who played Mr. Sulu on the holy grail of science-fiction TV series, the original “Star Trek,” back in the late 1960s. Yeah, inner geek was going to mess things up royally with idiotic questions about Shatner, fanboy bitching about some of the motion pictures, the reallife feasibility of warp drive and other embarrassing tangents. Besides, Takei is sure to get his fill of those kinds of questions when he makes a special appearance Aug. 20

at The Franklin Institute as part of its “Star Trek” exhibition. Luckily, we were able to maintain our composure long enough to ask Takei some substantive questions about his career and his efforts to secure equality for all. PGN: When you do “Star Trek”related events like the one at The Franklin, do you find that there are more new fans showing up or repeat visits from longtime fans? GT: It’s a pretty good mix. I see the original fans. I can tell immediately by the snowy white hair or the shiny pate. Fandom is generational. There are now the grandchildren of those original fans at the conventions as well. Certainly with the new movie out, that’s regenerated the interest of the public. So I would say it’s infinite diversity in infinite combinations. PGN: What did you think of the new “Star Trek” movie? GT: I thought it was terrific. Some of the actors did an incredible job of

capturing the character that they were portraying. Karl Urban playing Doc McCoy, he really captured Deforest Kelley’s speech pattern, his rhythm and his attitude. Between Zachary Quinto and Leonard Nimoy there’s an uncanny physical resemblance. I told Zach when I was doing an episode of “Heroes” that if you want to know what you’re going to look like in 43 years, just look at Leonard Nimoy. PGN: Do these Trek events draw a significant number of LGBT fans? GT: There were LGBT fans way back then. Their comment was they don’t sense the inclusion of sexual orientation in that. Gene Roddenberry [“Star Trek” creator] was very mindful of that. I’ve had private conversations with him. At one particular party, we were at the far corner of the pool and I suggested, without my coming out, these are things I heard coming from the fans. He said, “Yes, that’s true.” He was very mindful of that as part of the diversity of humanity. But he’s dealing

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where no one has gone before. I went on the “Howard Stern Show” and accepted his invitation to be the official announcer on the show. Brad is the guy who listens to the show and he was the one who encouraged me. We often talk to ourselves, to the LGBT community. There’s some great comfort in the support that you get there. But in order to move society, you have to reach the large, decent, fair-minded majority. Howard gave me access to an audience that normally doesn’t think about LGBT issues or the challenges faced by LGBT people. By going on that show and going with the flow, but at the same time adding to the flow the dimension of the LGBT perspective and experience, I could

with controversial subjects. He addressed the Vietnam War and the civil-rights movement, which were controversial issues at that period. He said that the important thing is to keep the show on the air so he can make those commentaries using science fiction as a metaphor. He felt that if he pushed the envelope too much, then the envelope might not be there. It may be taken away from him. He wanted to bide his time. I know if he had lived a little bit longer, he would have brought that into one of the spin-off series. PGN: Back when you were on the original “Star Trek,” did you think that by 2009 there would be as much diversity as there is on television? GT: From this vantage point, I’d like to say yes. But back then, I was closeted because I wanted to have a viable career. I couldn’t imagine what is happening in television today. We still have a long way to go. But the fact that we did have a series like “Will & Grace” and certain individual segments addressing the issue of homosexuality was something I would have liked to have seen back in the 1960s. But I don’t think honestly I could have imagined it being possible. I guess all our imaginations are pretty much defined by the temper of the times. It is a changed world today where gay characters are incorporated as part of the American scene. I look forward to the time where we can have heroes, the leading men or women characters, who are gay or lesbian but not a sensational character. It’s a makeup of the character, like being blonde or tall. It just makes


people who cannot get married at all. It has complicated the issue even more. Our marriage stands but what we’re concerned about is equality. We have friends who planned to get married but didn’t in time. It is very unjust. We’re actively supporting the effort to overthrow Prop. 8. I tend to be optimistic, but I think it’s important for our community to be unified. I don’t think we can afford to have divisions on our side. We’re going to have to fight this full force. Ultimately, I know that we will prevail. I want it to prevail in our time. PGN: As someone who has supported the Democrats and Barack Obama, do you feel that they are living up to the promises they

made to the LGBT community? GT: There’s some impatience in our community. I take the larger view. We know where Obama is coming from. Yes, he has not acted on our issues in the first 200 days, but we have three-anda-half years to go yet. He has massively important enormous issues on the table: healthcare, two wars going on. Yes it would be ideal if he would have taken a better stand with respect to LGBT concerns. I’m a patient guy. It’s very early in his term. When you have an issue like this, it’s very important to have unity. There’s strength in unity. There are issues we’d like to see acted on with much more alacrity, but I’d like us to take a larger view and work in concert to make sure to keep Obama’s focus on our issues. The very fact that Obama is there as the president of the United States is an amazing achievement of our democracy. When our democracy was founded, it was a landmark event in human history in itself. And yet the people who articulated those ideals kept other human beings as slaves. But because those slaves struggled for personal freedom, justice and equality, we have an African American as president today. He’s mindful of that and he’s mindful of the painful inequality in American society with respect to the LGBT community. I know that we are on his agenda. We’re going to have to keep his feet to the fire, yes. But for us to get divided over it I think would be hurting ourselves ultimately. ■

George Takei hosts a fan discussion at 7 p.m. Aug. 20 at The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th Brad Altman (center) and George Takei from their wedding at the National Center for the Preservation St. For more information, visit of Democracy Sept. 14, 2008. Behind Takei are fellow “Star Trek” actors Walter Koenig, partially or call (215) 448-1200. obscured, and Nichelle Nicols. Photo: AP Photo/The Rafu Shimpo, Mikey Hirano Culross that character who he is. PGN: As a 72-year-old gay Asian male in Hollywood, how do you manage to stay so busy and visible on television and movies? GT: The nature of this business is to continually reinvent yourself. I believe in being vital and healthy. I live by the law of nature. There are certain laws that you obey: Eat properly, exercise properly, rest and keep the mind engaged. It will keep you physically active as well. I’ve run many, many marathons and tried to keep myself fit throughout. But also, to quote “Star Trek,” to boldly go

bring up issues of the community in a larger context of normality. PGN: How have the issues around Proposition 8 in California affected your marriage? GT: The Supreme Court made it clear that the marriages performed in that window stand. That’s the problem in California: The voters’ approval of Prop. 8 created three different classes of citizens: those that can get married, divorced and remarried again — straight people; those of us who got married and could get divorced but can’t get remarried again; and then another group of




Family Portraits Brian Sims has an impressive résumé. He holds a bachelor of science degree in business administration from Bloomsburg University. At Michigan State University School of Law, he worked as an extern and law clerk for Legal Aid of South Central Michigan. He also served as the senior law clerk at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. He is president of the Gay and Lesbian Lawyers of Philadelphia and sits on the board of Equality Advocates of Pennsylvania. At Bloomsburg, he was a scholar athlete and the captain of the 2000 National Championship Division II football team. As the first-string defensive tackle, the All-American athlete became the only openly gay college football captain in NCAA history and the most notable college player to ever come out. None of this helped him on Aug. 4 as he faced his greatest foe — a 3-inch ball wrapped in yarn and covered in leather. For the seventh anniversary of Gay Community Night at the Phillies, Sims was chosen to throw out the first pitch. PGN: So what was it like? BS: It was the most nerve-wracking thing I’ve done since taking the bar. My twin brother and my older brother were both pitchers in high school, but I am one of the 10 percent of American boys who grew up without playing any baseball. It has been a running joke that despite being an athlete, I can’t dribble a basketball or throw a baseball. I can’t even throw a football.

Suzi Nash BS: I’m from a little bit of everywhere. My parents were both colonels in the U.S. Army. I’m an Army brat through and through. At last count, I think I’ve lived in 17 different states. I like to brag that I can pack up a four-bedroom house and have it in the back of a hatchback in 30 minutes. We moved here in the early ’90s, and I went to high school in Chester County and later I went to Bloomsburg University up near the Poconos. So other than the three years I was in law school, I’ve been in Pennsylvania for the last 16 years. I consider myself a Pennsylvanian. PGN: So where are some of the places you’ve lived? BS: I lived in Alaska, I lived at West Point Academy in New York, where both of my parents were professors. I lived in Ft. Leavenworth in Kansas, which houses the largest federal prison in the country. For a while my father worked at the Pentagon, so we also lived in the D.C. area for a time. PGN: How many siblings? BS: I have three: an older brother who is married with three kids; a twin brother, who is married with one son — they both live in the D.C. area; and a younger sister who lives here in Pennsylvania, finishing up a degree at Chestnut Hill College.

PGN: How’d it go? BS: The pitch wasn’t great, but it got there and that’s all that I needed it to do!

PGN: So both your parents were colonels in the Army — that’s pretty amazing. BS: It was awesome. Growing up on an Army base, usually everyone’s dad is an officer or soldier and their moms are homemakers, nurses or teachers. My mom was an officer. I have a ridiculous feminist streak from having such a high-ranking mother. It was a really neat thing. Most kids would brag about their dads coming home in camouflage gear and Army boots, and I could say the same thing about both my dad and my mom. They had a very equal marriage. I never remember hearing, “Wait until your father gets home.” My mom was definitely enough. And what’s also cool is that my brothers have each married women who are very strong, smart, proactive women. Definitely alpha-women.

PGN: Where are you originally from?

PGN: So did people snap to attention when your mother

PGN: How were you chosen? BS: GALLOP has been a major sponsor and has always been involved in selecting who threw the first pitch. So for the seventhyear anniversary, Larry Felzer, who coordinates the event, asked if I would do it. I was ecstatic for the first few months — what a great opportunity! — but then, as we got closer to the date, I started to get more and more nervous about it. It’s a big thing and potentially embarrassing.

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walked into a room? BS: Oh yes, but the good thing about both my parents was that they were not really leathernecks. They weren’t typical rough-andtough Army personnel: They were both more Army academics. They were both very smart, very educated and very socially liberal. But yes, people definitely snapped to attention when she passed by. PGN: How liberal? BS: Well, they were more Republican when I was younger, but they were always very socially conscious. I remember when I was a very little boy, I made some stupid comment as kids will do with their peers, about an African-American kid in my class. I was about 5 and my dad pulled my brother and I aside and had a teaching moment with us. He explained that we had no idea of the struggles that this person or that person might have had to overcome or what someone might have gone through. That everyone had a right to be where they were, the same as I did. That I had to learn to judge people based on how they treated me and how they treated other people. He was a Southern Baptist Republican doctor, which stereotypically does not lean toward tolerance, but he believed in equality. Both of them have always been very socially responsible people. PGN: Are your other siblings involved in the military? BS: No, none of us. Both of my grandfathers on each side were in the military and I believe both of their fathers were as well, but my parents steered us away from it. I think one thing they found frustrating is that a lot of times the military is not based on performance, it’s based on a certain structure that’s not always fair. For example, if you joined the Army, but I joined right before you, even though I might be a lousy soldier, I would still get promoted before you, just because I joined an hour before you. They wanted us to fail or succeed based on our level of commitment and our level of hard work. PGN: What is one of your favorite places you’ve lived in? BS: That’s easy. Without a doubt, Alaska. Living there was like

BRIAN SIMS Photo: Scott A. Drake living in a postcard. I talk about it all the time. I was a Boy Scout back then. In fact, my mother was our Scout leader, and being a Scout and living in Alaska was incredible. My parents bought a motor home while we were there and we spent every weekend on the road traveling throughout Canada and the Yukon, seeing central Alaska and visiting places like Mt. McKinley. We were there when the Exxon-Valdez ran ashore and we went down to see the destruction, the beaches covered in oil, and watching the soldiers from the base in Ft. Richardson scrubbing the rocks with toothbrushes, trying to clean it up. It was very memorable. PGN: What was an early inkling that you were gay? BS: I never remember coming to a point where it was like, “Oh man, I like guys and I’m supposed to like girls.” I did have a girlfriend in high school and a boyfriend, but I never really had that “Aha!” moment; it just happened. Looking back, I think I would have pegged myself as gay, even though I was a big kid and athletic. I think the sports helped me pass and we were always the new kids at school, so I learned to identify those things that would help you make friends

and do well quickly. Being nice to people, being polite to people, doing well in class — those things really got me through. PGN: What sports were you involved with? BS: I played a lot of soccer. I played in a league in Alaska. My brothers and I were on a ski team and, when I moved to Pennsylvania in eighth grade, I started playing football. When you’re big in eighth grade, you automatically get recruited as a linebacker, and that’s what happened. It was an invaluable experience. PGN: How so? BS: I think the discipline, the camaraderie and the teamsmanship that come out of team sports is absolutely invaluable. For many kids, their coaches and their peers are really the only outside influences that can influence their behavior in a positive manner. During your teenage years, your parents are the last people you want to listen to, but you will take advice and structure from your coaches and teammates. The confidence and the discipline that I learned playing football has never left me. It has absolutely helped me excel at anything I’ve ever done in life.

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PGN: You seem to have certainly done that. What’s your business history? BS: In 2004, I started working for a law firm that did disability work for disabled doctors and lawyers. Then a year ago, I started my own law firm. Throughout that time I was mildly active in LGBT activism, and then I started working to help elect Judge Dan Anders. It was a crash course in LGBT activism and politics and I got completely sucked in. A year ago, I joined the board of GALLOP and became the president, and I am also the current board president of Equality Advocates, though we are currently going under a major restructuring and, if I have anything to do with it, we will hopefully have someone who is smarter, better and more attractive statewide than me to take over. I’m also the staff council for policy and planning at the Philadelphia Bar Association, the oldest metropolitan bar association in the country. They are extremely active politically. We comment on laws being drafted, we help legislators with policy issues and having access to the kinds of resources I have with them has been tremendously helpful with my work in the LGBT community. PGN: What’s next? BS: Although we don’t have a total statewide nondiscrimination clause, it’s coming. When you poll in Pennsylvania, you find that Pennsylvanians fundamentally support nondiscrimination. Even in the most rural parts of the state, the support is still at least 59 percent. What a great place to start from, to be able to tell legislators that this is what their constituents feel. It’s about educating them. I don’t tell people that their religion is wrong, or that they can’t have an opinion. No one wants to be yelled at or told that what they feel is wrong, but if you explain


things in a calm and rational manner, most people ultimately believe in fairness and can be enlightened.

school at Michigan State. He was a member of the crew team. Paul is a great athlete; he’s a nationallevel rower.

PGN: OK, changing gears, what stupid human trick can you perform? BS: I play the harmonica, though not well. I can walk on my hands and I still hold Pennsylvania’s bench-press record. I pressed 500 pounds in college and every year I get a call from a school saying that somebody’s going to break my record, but so far they’ve all failed.

PGN: Something you’d really like to learn how to do? BS: Well, I’ll tell you something that I did just learn how to do. I just ran my first ultra-marathon: 50 miles. I’ve had both of my knees rebuilt and the idea that I could basically run the equivalent of two marathons is amazing to me.

PGN: If you could witness any historic sporting event, what would it be? BS: Hands down, Jackie Robinson’s first game, when he broke the color barrier. Pop culture, sports and the media have such an effect on our culture. There was plenty of advocacy and activism around and in the halls of academia, but until things changed in the sports world and in entertainment, it didn’t really touch people. When Jackie Robinson broke the barrier, when you began to see people of color in lead roles in TV and films, when LGBT celebrities became visible, that’s when you started to see public sentiment change. Pedro on the “The Real World” and even “Will & Grace” brought the issues to mainstream America. I think they accomplished more than any amount of protesting or flag-waving we could do. I would have loved to have seen Jackie Robinson’s start. PGN: What’s the song you’re embarrassed to admit you like? BS: Right now it’s Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face.” My fiancé’s going to love that I admitted that! PGN: Who’s your fiancé? BS: His name is Paul and we’ve been together for five years. We met my last semester of law

PGN: Did you have a blankie or stuffed animal as a kid? BS: [Long laughter.] OK, I admit I had a blankie that my mother made for me. I carried it around like Linus for much longer than I should have. I think one of my brothers made sure it got lost on one of the moves. PGN: Do you like being a twin? BS: Yeah, especially being an Army brat. No matter where we were, I always had someone who was my age, in my grade who was the new kid right along with me. We are complete opposites, though. He’s five times the athlete that I will ever be. I’m a jock, but he’s an athlete. He had a six-pack when we were 12. We had different friends in high school, but in college our relationship got really even stronger. We are polar opposites but, in a way, I think that helps us stay close. PGN: Any twin weirdness, like feeling a pain in your foot if he stubs a toe? BS: No, I’m a lefty and he’s a righty. I’d be poking my pen in my hand right now just for fun if I thought he could feel it. No such luck. ■ To suggest a community member for “Family Portraits,” write to: Family Portraits, 505 S. Fourth St., Philadelphia, PA 19147 or


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Outsiders rule in the film ‘Bandslam’ By Gary M. Kramer PGN Contributor

Once upon a time, out writer/ director Todd Graff wanted to be a rock star. He even had a rock band, “The Pedantics,” and four of its five members were gay. “This was back in 15th-century B.C.!” Graff says with a laugh over the phone from New York. “We played CBGB and opened for Siouxsie and the Banshees and Echo and the Bunnymen. I thought it was what I wanted to do.” But Graff’s career took a decidedly different direction. He got into film, where he worked as an actor in features like “Five Corners” and “The Abyss.” He then turned to screenwriting, penning such films as “Used People” and “Angie.” In 2003, he wrote and directed his first feature, “Camp,” a well-received autobiographical story about his summers at a musical-theater camp. Graff’s latest film, “Bandslam,” unites all his past passions. This engaging youth drama with music concerns Will (Gaelan Connell), an awkward teen who is trying to fit in at a new high school. Writing letters to David Bowie as a coping mechanism for his loneliness, Will finds himself managing a group of high-school misfits. He soon turns these outcasts into serious contenders in a Battle of the

Bands. While queer audiences may identify with Will’s feelings of alienation and invisibility, Graff insists that “Bandslam” is not a “gay” film. “There is no gay subtext for Will as a character in the movie,” he says, but does acknowledge, “There is an overlap between adolescent feelings of social rejection and the questioning of gay kids and outcasts for other reasons. When you feel you don’t fit in, you don’t fit in.” Whereas the filmmaker used his real-life experiences to create “Camp,” he deliberately steered away from making “art from my life.” “In this one, I’m processing my rock-star fantasies when I was a kid. I’ve never outgrown them.” Graff also realized some of his musician dreams by getting Bowie himself to appear in a cameo. So how did Graff direct The Thin White Duke? “I was told I was not allowed to,” he recalls. “He doesn’t like that, they said. I thought, ‘Is he really going to be a dick?’” Pausing for dramatic effect, Graff gushes, “And he was like the greatest guy ever!” Bowie acts as a father figure of sorts to Will in “Bandslam” and many of the film’s teen char-

acters have “absent fathers.” Significantly, Graff dedicates the film to his own dad, who passed away at age 88 during the shooting. Graff is surprisingly candid about his complex feelings toward his father. “We had a close but difficult relationship. We were very much in each other’s lives, even though there were real problems. He had many wonderful qualities but they were trumped by his narcissism. It never faded but got worse.” Graff eventually revealed that his father came out at age 80. This, the filmmaker explains, “was a seismic blast for my family. The key thing about my life is my relationship with my dad and his sexuality. To have someone acting out the acceptance of being gay through his son — it was a springboard [for him] to face his own sexuality.” The filmmaker said his own coming-out was a process that occurred over time. “When I was in college, I had an affair with a [male] apartment mate. Then I went out with a girl. Then, down the road, I had an affair with a guy. We broke up and I had an affair with a girl. I wasn’t exclusive until I met my partner of 14 years in my early 30s.” Given that Graff draws on life in much of his work, will he

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Vanessa Hudgens of “High School Musical” fame has a featured role — the writer/director believes audiences who enjoyed films like “Say Anything …” and “Almost Famous” will respond to “Bandslam.” “Before I saw it, it was not something I’d cross the street to see,” Graff confesses. But, looking at the final cut, he enthuses, “This movie was made for people like me.” Audiences gay and straight, young and old, should also embrace his warm and winning music-filled film. ■

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Real-life lovers/killers at the center of ‘Sinner’ By Larry Nichols PGN Staff Writer If you leave Mauckingbird Theatre Company’s production of John Logan’s “Never the Sinner: The Leopold and Loeb Story” not knowing how to feel about the characters, don’t worry: The actors have mixed feeling about them too. Philadelphia’s only professional gay-themed theater company explores the true story of Richard Loeb and Nathan Leopold Jr., two wealthy Chicagoans and lovers who killed a 14-year-old boy in 1924 to see if they could commit the perfect murder. They didn’t. The subsequent trial ignited a media frenzy with legendary defense attorney Clarence Darrow fighting to save the men — who were 18 and 19,

respectively, at the time of the murder — from execution. Identifying the sympathetic characters in this production is a subjective task, especially for the cast members. Brian Kurtas, who plays Leopold, thinks his character will win over the audience despite his reprehensible actions. “I’m hoping that they find a lot of sympathy for Nathan just because I’m playing him. Off the bat, when you learn the story of the trial, it’s horrific what they did. They murdered somebody. But the reasons behind why they do it and what’s motivating their thought processes are really sympathetic. They’re blinded and they’re led by love, and it’s something that everybody can relate to.” The out actor added that he himself was “enthralled by the story.” “This is definitely something

I want to be a part of. The character of Nathan is so complex. I wanted to learn more about him. It’s a really dark play. It’s a really fresh story and kind of new for Mauckingbird.” Robb Hutter, who plays a reporter as well as a psychiatrist in the production, doesn’t see the titular characters in exactly the same light. “The play wasn’t written for a protagonist. Is it the attorney for the defense? Is it the prosecutor?” he posed. “I think that what we’re seeing is the absolute mystery as to what they are. Are they insane? Are they two deranged teenagers? I don’t think the culture had the vocabulary that we would have had today for evaluating them. We don’t get stuck in a black-andwhite portrayal of these kids. The psychiatrist is stuck in this trying to figure out what they are. How could two kids commit this and not feel any remorse?” One aspect of the play the two can agree upon is how this case was feverishly covered and, at the same time, driven by the newspapers of the day. “You see the press framing everything in a way to sell papers,” Hutter said. “There was a lyricism. The language of the press in that day was very poetic. The way that we’re depicting the press is their urgency to tell the story. The press

is as much the shaper of the story as the storymakers.” “It’s interesting the way that the media designs things to be controversial,” Kurtas said. “It’s definitely not the same as it was back then in terms of what we’re allowed to do with the media, like allowing swarms of paparazzi in the courtroom, but that’s something that existed then. We don’t do that now, but we’re not too far off in terms of what we allow the media to thrust into the spotlight for us.” Hutter added that while Leopold and Loeb’s relationship was a factor in the media coverage, it wasn’t the main focus of the overall story. “These guys were Jewish, so there was the anti-Semitism and the Ku Klux Klan,” he said. “These guys are gay. These guys are rich. All these things really heightened it. I think their sexuality was a big part of it, but I’m not sure it was spoken about. There’s a moment where I as a psychiatrist reveal their sexuality and the press goes bananas.” Kurtas added that the script for “Never the Sinner” doesn’t delve too deeply into the relationship between the main characters because there wasn’t language for their relationship at the time. “Homosexuality wasn’t something that people spoke about,”


he said. “In the history books, Nathan and Richard didn’t want people to know that they were gay. Nevertheless, that’s still something that my character is led by — his love for the other character.” “Never the Sinner: The Leopold and Loeb Story” runs through Aug. 30 at Adrienne Theatre’s Main Stage, 2030 Sansom St. For more information, visit www. or call (215) 923-8909. ■ Larry Nichols can be reached at

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Get back to the Gayborhood Many of us refer to this time of year as the “dog days of summer.” Often characterized by soaring temperatures, sweat-inducing humidity and the utilization of hard-earned vacation days, mid-August begins the seasonal transition from summer to fall. Even though Philly’s temperatures will remain warm through the end of September, there are few precious weeks left until kids are back at school and our work schedules accelerate. In recent years, I’ve used these “dog days” to get reacquainted with some of my favorite local spots — particularly those located in the Gayborhood. Similar to the rich history of Philadelphia’s Old City, Society Hill and Rittenhouse Square neighborhoods, our Gayborhood is much more than a collection of restaurants, bars, residential spaces and community organizations. It’s a place where our local LGBT community was built and has evolved over the past several decades. It’s also where many leaders in the movement for LGBT civil rights developed their ideas, and then assembled the infrastructure as a viable social, political and civic group. When it was far from acceptable to be openly gay, urban enclaves filled with LGBT-friendly businesses and social groups provided safe spaces for individuals to interact without fear of physical violence or harassment. With an eye toward the immediate future, many scholars and writers have considered the role of contemporary “gay neighborhoods.” Some argue that with increasing social acceptability, gay men and lesbians are now comfortable living in more suburban and rural locations, causing a “flight” from urban areas and a disinvestment in gay neighborhoods. Others note that LGBT residents and business owners have gentrified gay neighborhoods — only to have affluent mainstream developers and residents assimilate, and “price-out” many in the LGBT community.

Research can support each of these assertions, but I take issue with any argument that gay enclaves are no longer relevant and important to our community. As the political fight for equal rights generates more and more attention with every election cycle, I contend that gay neighborhoods remain as important now as they did in the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s. Gay men and lesbians still require unencumbered social, political and civic spaces where our ideas and perspectives can continue to evolve. With that in mind, I encourage everyone to find some time to get “out” in the Gayborhood — this space is critical for our community, and it cannot be replaced or replicated. Here are a few suggestions to get you started: If you’re not aware of Philly Gay Calendar’s sixth annual Boys of Summer Party taking place tonight at Pure Nightclub, 1221 St. James St., you must be living under a rock. One of the year’s most popular special events, Boys of Summer redefines the term “swimsuit party.” Featuring a live performance from porn star-turned-singer Colton Ford, Pure will be filled with sexy lifeguards, a jaw-dropping “hotbody” contest and myriad special surprises. This party seems to get more legendary every year, so don’t miss all the festivities starting at 9 p.m. The cover charge is

$12 if you’re in a swimsuit and $15 in regular dress. All proceeds benefit One of the Gayborhood’s most popular restaurants and nightspots is Bump Lounge, 1234 Locust St. Now under new ownership, customers can expect some exciting changes over the next couple of months. From new promotions to an impending renovation, the owners are excited about the future. “We are planning a major facelift beginning Sept. 1, which will bring a more modern and classic aesthetic. Our goal is to create an environment that is warm, intimate and sexy,” said managing partner John Caputo. “We are also working on new happy-hour menus and special-event promotions for each night of the week. Look forward to a huge grand-opening celebration following our renovation in early September.” For those who, like me, are fans of live competition, mark your calendar for Sept. 26 as presents the first annual Gayborhood Games at Pure Nightclub. If you have what it takes to make it in the entertainment industry, then sign up to compete in Philly’s first live contest to identify the fiercest local dance crew, vocalist, comedian, chef, bartender, hair stylist and drag performer. The Gayborhood Games is a battle for

supremacy and a year’s worth of bragging rights open to anyone in the Philadelphia region — and not just the Gayborhood. Visit for more information. I hope each of us will spend some time in the Gayborhood over the next couple of weeks. ’Til next time, get offline and see what your community has to offer! ■

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Heavenly tapas on the Main Line By Suzi Nash PGN Contributor So QFest is over, but for all you cinephiles out there, I have great news. Well, probably old news, but I just discovered it. The Bryn Mawr Film Institute is a marvelously restored movie palace out on the Main Line. In addition to showing current independent films, the venue has film discussions, open-screen Mondays where local filmmakers can show their shorts and a wonderful slate of retrospective films. I unfortunately missed the screening of Mel Brooks’ “Blazing Saddles.” (It was the first R-rated movie my brother and I saw as kids. We howled at the bawdy jokes and my brother literally rolled in the aisle when the bean scene came on. Boys ... I was more captivated by Madeline Kahn as Lili Von Shtupp, the goddess of desire.) The reason for my excursion out to the ’burbs was to check out Verdad, 818 W. Lancaster Ave., a great new Euro-Latin restaurant in Bryn Mawr. Conceived by executive chef Nick Farina of Blush Restaurant and Howard Taylor, owner of the former Carmine’s Creole Café in Bryn Mawr, Verdad is a tapas restaurant and tequila bar, focusing on small plates with Spanish, Cuban, Brazilian and Mexican influences. Verdad is divided into three segments: The first room has large glass windows that open up fully to let you dine semi-al fresco, meaning you get fresh air and a little sunshine without having to worry about pedestrians knocking over your wine glass as they try to navigate sidewalk tables. The second area contains the bar and comfortable booth seating. And the rear dining room, where we


sat, was slightly more formal. The whole restaurant is decorated in rich gold tones with small pops of color throughout. Inset wine shelves lined with candles and delicate scroll room dividers live in harmony with the modern art on the walls. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the bathrooms, which were probably nicer than my first apartment. We started our meal with a selection from the “Nibbles” part of the menu. I guess it was a Freudian slip because we hadn’t ordered cocktails yet, but my dining companion told the waiter that we wanted to order some nipples. I settled for the chips ($5), a small plate of tortilla chips that came with two sides: a classic guacamole and a surprising strawberry habañero salsa. Interesting and flavorsome, the strawberries had a little kick that snuck up on you but wasn’t overpowering. Our other nibble was the stuffed

mission fig ($4), a warmed fig topped with a strip of brie and drizzled with an aged balsamic reduction. Move over, nipples; this was heavenly. To go along with our meals, I ordered the watermelon margarita ($9) from the specialty cocktail list, a delicious combo of tequila, watermelon schnapps, freshsqueezed lime juice and blue agave nectar. Its sweet and sour flavor reminded me of a watermelon Jolly Rancher, but better. My dining companion, with much giggling involved after the nipple incident, ordered the Fluff Head ($12). After he managed to calm down a bit, he told me that it was also a delectable drink, made of raspberry, citron, blueberry and orange vodka and pineapple and cranberry juice. I’m not a martini drinker but my favorite-sounding item on the menu was The Fog that Surrounds, the name for Verdad’s combo of Ketel One vodka, harrissa (a North African hot red sauce) and blue-

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cheese-stuffed olives. After our cocktails, we got down to business with a crab ceviche ($7), a citrus-based marinated seafood dish that is part of many Latin American cuisines. At Verdad, the fresh crabmeat was combined with green apple, lemon, sugar snaps and poblano-seed oil. The dish is served in what looks like a martini glass without the stem, over a bowl of ice. We really enjoyed the contrast in tastes and texturesin this eye-catching dish. Switching to the taco section, we ordered the Kobe ($10), a hardshell taco stuffed with scallions, manchego cheese, dried dates and spiced Kobe beef. If you haven’t tried beef and dates, and I hadn’t, get yourself out to the ’burbs and try ’em. Next, we went land and ordered the short ribs ($11), a tender tapassized serving of short ribs in a port-wine reduction with fingerling smashed potatoes. Along with the figs, this dish was my favorite. Most of the plates are tapasstyle, but Verdad also has a selection of big plates for those who don’t like to share. We ordered the paella ($32) from the “Large Plates” section. I wasn’t sure about the paella at first — it looked a little soupy — but it turned out to be a tasty dish. The rice was plentiful and chock full of lobster, oyster, shrimp, saffron and mussels. For dessert, I ordered the citrus cake ($5). A sweet chiffon cake

with a sour twist, it was flaky and came swimming in a vino-tinto sauce with citrus supremes, not to be confused with Diana Ross and The Supremes. My dining companion ordered the traditional flan ($5), made exceptional with a honey lavender sauce. Noel is a bit of a flan aficionado and he flipped for this version. I should make note of another plus at Verdad: There’s a free parking lot just behind the restaurant and also street parking, if you have quarters available. If you really want to be environmentally correct, you can board the R5 commuter train, which will drop you off right near the restaurant and BMFI Theater. August is Paul Newman Month, alternating with the Comedic Stimulus Package, featuring classics like Charlie Chaplin’s “Modern Times.” The restaurant and the theater are just steps apart, so make it a night with dinner and a movie. I’ll be the one at “Cool Hand Luke” with the fig drippings on my chin. ■

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Q on the tube: Tough cookies break By Victoria A. Brownworth PGN Contributor Why aren’t there lesbian characters in prime time? There was little question that “The L Word’s” Shane (Katherine Moennig) was a through-and-through lesbian. Shane was also one tough cookie, loving and leaving many a woman with sometimes reckless abandon. Her tough-girl image was supersexy. Her lesbianism was irresistible for female viewers. The small screen is filled with tough cookies these days, but most are either unattached (Mariska Hartigay’s sexily androgynous Olivia on “Law & Order: SVU” and Kathryn Morris as the vampirish Lily Rush on “Cold Case”), fling-oriented (Holly Hunter’s promiscuous Grace on “Saving Grace,” Jane Tennyson on “Prime Suspect”) or not-quite-able-to-settle-down (every female member of the “CSI” franchise). A few are bi-curious (Sara Ramirez’s Callie on “Grey’s Anatomy,” Eliza Dushku’s Echo on “Dollhouse,” Olivia Wilde’s Thirteen on “House,” Michaela Conlin’s Angela on “Bones”). None are lesbian. Complicated, strong women are also unattached women on the tube (with few exceptions — notably Kyra Sedgwick’s Brenda on “The Closer,” but it took her a long time to get there). With most scripted TV shows, complicated, strong women have to be “subdued” by men. Sometimes this is benign, as with Brenda on “The Closer,” or it can be dangerous and violent. Olivia on “SVU” has been sexually assaulted several times in recent seasons, but never in the 10 years since the show debuted has she had a serious romantic relationship with a man (or a woman). Stella Bonasera (Melina Kanakaredes) on “CSI: NY” and Catherine Willows (Marg Helgenberger) on “CSI” have only had relationships that have ended in creepy, stalker-ish, sexually deviant (not in a good way) behavior on the part of the men they have become involved with. Bonasera’s one serious boyfriend tried to kill her. For decades the genre TV execs call WIJ — women in jeopardy — has predominated. Where would crime shows be without the WIJ formula? Has there been a single episode of “Criminal Minds” where the victims haven’t been women? Only “The Shield” — a very male-driven show — seemed to have gender equality in the massive victim lineup, but then the perennial Emmy-nominee was hyper-realistic when it came to crime. Why can’t current TV writers imagine a woman character who is strong, individuated and capable of relationships that are equal — whether with a man or another woman? “Cagney and Lacey” debuted in 1982. The cult and critical favorite ran through 1988; both lead actresses won Emmys each year the show ran for their portrayals of female detectives. In the first season, the role of the single cop, Christine Cagney, was played by Meg Foster. Foster’s black hair and blue eyes gave her a look that was both seductive and menacing. And, apparently, anti-male. CBS execs decided she played Cagney too assertively and that the audience would begin to misperceive her as a lesbian. The softer and more sexually accessible Sharon Gless replaced Foster. And in the 27 years since, the trend has remained the same: Tough women on the tube have to be accessible to men to grab ratings. They must have the ability to be either tamed — or broken — by heterosexual sex. Lesbian characters will never do that. Kima didn’t on “The Wire.” Shane didn’t on “The L Word.” Thus, no matter how tough the female TV character, how strong, individuated and powerful in both job and temperament she might be, she can never be a lesbian. And that is why there are no lesbian characters in prime time. Because tough cookies were made to be broken. ■

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worth watching:

Queer TV you can always see:

FRIDAY Queer Eye The fab five do straight makeovers. 8 p.m. on FLN.

Guiding Light

Olivia has been drinking a lot since Natalia left town and Josh takes advantage of her drunkenness. Natalia finally returns from her retreat Aug. 17. Will Olivia still have her heart, or will Natalia feel she must appease her son, Rafe, and Frank? Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. on CBS.

Mental In the two-hour season finale, Jack tries to resolve issues with his schizophrenic sister and a patient claiming to be a werewolf holds the team hostage. 8 p.m. on Fox. Southland Michael Cudlitz stars as John Cooper, a gay butch cop in L.A. with a Latino lover. “The Shield” meets “Queer as Folk.” 8 p.m. on NBC. Jeffrey and Cole Casserole Gay blogger Jeffrey Self goes bananas. 11 p.m. on Logo. SATURDAY Flashpoint A girl is bullied by a gang of girls and retaliates. 8 p.m. on CBS. True Hollywood Story Michael Jackson, in detail. 8 p.m. on E! SUNDAY There Goes the Neighborhood A cul de sac is walled off with eight families competing, “Lord of the Flies”-style, for $250,000. “The ultimate social experiment” will make you fear the end of times. 9 p.m. on CBS. True Blood Sookie and Jason bond. Lafayette and Lettie Mae try to pry their kin from Maryann’s grasp. Hoyt defends his relationship with Jessica. In Dallas, Eric and the vampires defend their recent actions. 9 p.m. on HBO. Defying Gravity The crew is having debilitating and scary dreams. 10 p.m. on ABC. Hung Ray goes cruising for new customers. 10 p.m. on HBO. Mad Men Season premiere of the Emmywinning series. 10 p.m. on AMC. MONDAY Gimme Sugar: Miami The LA Truck Stop gals are in Miami to hook lesbians up for love. 10 p.m. on Logo.

The Young & The Restless

SIN CITY CUISINE: The best cooking show on TV is back for a sixth season as “Top Chef: Las Vegas” finds hosts chef Tom Colicchio and foodie/ model Padma Lakshmi back to putting hopeful chefs through a gauntlet of tasty challenges, at 9 p.m. Aug. 19 on Bravo. Photo: Trae Patton

Weeds Esteban’s daughter arrives.10 p.m. on Showtime. Nurse Jackie Zoey administers the wrong dose of a painkiller to a movie critic, who lapses into a coma. 10:30 p.m. on Showtime. TUESDAY Hell’s Kitchen Gordon Ramsay abuses gay and straight chefs with relish. Tonight, yet another chef gets taken to the ER. Yikes! 9 p.m. on Fox. America’s Got Talent The best talent show on TV has moved to the live competition. 9 p.m. on NBC. Elimination rounds air on Wednesday at 9 p.m. WEDNESDAY The Real World: Cancun Bronne is a nude model and boxer from Penn State who has issues with boundaries and likes to get naked. Derek is very pretty and openly gay. 10 p.m. on MTV.

Paul tells Heather about Adam and Rafe. Heather confronts Adam and demands to know if he’s on the down-low with Rafe. When he admits to a bi-curious one-timer, she storms out. Will Rafe fill the gap? MondayFriday, 12:30 p.m. on CBS.

As the World Turns

Noah’s jealous of Luke’s dinner with a client’s daughter, even though Luke assures him he’s still totally gay. Mason witnesses a fight between Luke and Noah. Then, the lights go down in the theater as Noah and Mason watch Noah’s student project. Will Noah stay true to Luke? Monday-Friday, 2 p.m. on CBS.

One Life to Live

Closeted cop Oliver Fish (Scott Evans) and bad boy Kyle Lewis (Brett Claywell) finally kissed. The fall-out begins as Kyle forces Fish to remember his brief fling with Kyle when they were frat boys (naturally) together. Kyle has told Fish he loves him, but Fish insists he’s not gay. 2 p.m. on ABC.

The Rachel Maddow Show Monday-Friday, 9 p.m. on MSNBC.

THURSDAY Big Brother Live elimination show. With gay contestant Kevin Campbell. 8 p.m. on CBS. (Other new episodes air Sunday and Tuesday at 8 p.m.) Project Runway Heeee’s baaack! The longawaited season premiere of the hit fashion show brings the most elegant queen on TV, Tim Gunn, back to the small screen to snip and crimp 16 new designers. 10 p.m., now on Lifetime.

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Your guide to arts and entertainment


Beauty and the Beast Surflight Theatre presents the classic story, through Aug. 16, 201 Engleside Ave., Beach Haven, N.J.; (609) 492-9477. Buddy ... The Buddy Holly Story Surflight Theatre presents the hit musical about the magical early days of rock ’n’ roll, Aug. 18-Sept. 5, 201 Engleside Ave., Beach Haven, N.J.; (609) 4929477. The Full Monty ReVision Theatre dares to bare all with the musical based on the Oscar-nominated film, through Sept. 6 at the historic Carousel House on the Boardwalk, 700 Ocean Ave., Asbury Park, N.J.; (732) 4553059. Glengarry Glen Ross Emanon Productions presents David Mamet’s Pulitzer Prize-winning dramatic comedy, through Aug. 23 at the Dante Hall Theater of the Arts, 14 N. Mississippi Ave., Atlantic City, N.J.; (609) 344-8877. Little Shop of Horrors Surflight Theatre presents the morbidly upbeat musical about a carnivorous plant, through Aug. 16, 201 Engleside Ave., Beach Haven, N.J.; (609) 4929477. Never the Sinner: The Leopold and Loeb Story Mauckingbird Theatre Company presents John Logan’s crime drama set in the spring of 1924, when two young Chicago millionaires set out to commit the perfect murder, through Aug. 30 at Adrienne Theatre’s Mainstage, 2030 Sansom St.; (215) 923-8909.


pany perform at 7 p.m. Aug. 20 at Wachovia Center, 3601 S. Broad St.; (215) 336-3600.

The Shondes The out punk band performs at 8 p.m. Aug. 14 at The Khyber, 56 S. Second St.; (215) 238-5888.


The Art of Japanese Craft: 1875 to the Present The Philadelphia Museum of Art presents an exhibition surveying the rich diversity of 20th-century Japanese craft, through Oct. 18, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.; (215) 763-8100.

Robben Ford The acclaimed guitarist performs at 8:30 p.m. Aug. 14 at Sellersville Theatre 1894, 24 W. Temple St.; (215) 257-5808. Colton Ford The former porn star and current recording artist performs at 9 p.m. Aug. 14 at Pure, 1221 St. James St.; (215) 735-5772.

Bodies The James Oliver Gallery presents an exhibition uniting the works of Julia Day, Brooke Hine, Sky McDonagh and Dallas Shaw, through Aug. 22, 723 Chestnut St., fourth floor; (215) 923-1242.

beta hi-fi Music Festival 2009 The showcase of the region’s finest emerging performers runs Aug. 15-21 at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.; (215) 222-1400. Brad Paisley The country-rock guitarist performs at 7 p.m. Aug. 15 at Susquehanna Bank Center, 1 Harbour Blvd., Camden, N.J.; (856) 3651300. John Legend and India Arie The two R&B stars perform at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 15 at The Mann Center for the Performing Arts, 5201 Parkside Ave.; (215) 8931999. Tori Amos The singer-songwriter performs at 8 p.m. Aug. 15 at Tower Theatre, 19 S. 69th St., Upper Darby; (610) 352-2887.

COVER BOYS: Former porn star and current recording artist Colton Ford will perform amid the swimsuit-clad aussieBum models on display at Boys of Summer 2009, from 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Aug. 14 at Pure, 1221 St. James St. Ford is sure to perform some songs from “Under The Covers,” his latest CD featuring all cover songs. For more information, visit or call (215) 735-5772.

Years After, Canned Heat, Big Brother & The Holding Co. and the Grateful Dead’s Tom Constanten celebrate the 40th anniversary of Woodstock at 8 p.m. Aug. 18 at The Mann Center for the Performing Arts, 5201 Parkside Ave.; (215) 8931999.

Amy Ray Angel Taylor The Indigo Girl performs The R&B singer performs at with her band at 9 p.m. Aug. 7:30 p.m. Aug. 17 at World 18 at Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.; N. Frankford Ave.; (215) (215) 222-1400. 739-9684. The Heroes of Woodstock Jefferson Starship, Ten

O.A.R. The jam band performs at 8 p.m. Aug. 18 at Festival

Pier, 121 N. Columbus Blvd.; (215) 569-9400. Johnny Showcase Fringe-tacular QuasiFormal Johnny and his Lefty Lucy Cabaret Players preview some of the best Fringe shows, 8 p.m. Aug. 19 at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.; (215) 222-1400.

Folk Art The Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art at Ursinus College presents an installation focusing on examples from Dr. David Bronstein’s collection of Pennsylvania and Northeast folk art and artifacts, through Aug. 29, 601 E. Main St., Collegeville; (610) 409-3500. Frenz Fleisher/Ollman presents an exhibition of works selected by Will Oldham, the prolific singer-songwriter who records and performs under the moniker Bonnie Prince Billy, through the end of summer, 1616 Walnut St., Suite 100; (215) 545-7562.

The Rescues The folk-rock-pop band performs at 8 p.m. Aug. 20 at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.; (215) 222-1400.

Kiss’d Cracked World Twelve Gates Art Gallery presents an exhibition featuring the works of sculptor Bryce LeVan Cushing and Michael Maier through Aug. 27, 305 Cherry St.; (267) 519-2737.

American Idols Live Adam Lambert and com-

Little Show of Horrors This multi-media exhibi-

tion presents artist interpretations on the theme of Darwin and carnivorous plants, through Aug. 23 at Historic Bartram’s Garden, 54th Street and Lindbergh Boulevard; (215) 729-5281. Metallic Motion AxD Gallery presents an exhibition of artwork by Nancy Schall, through Aug. 15, 265 S. 10th St.; (215) 627-6250. A Modern Eye Part II Edge Gallery presents an exhibition of abstract paintings by the gallery’s stable of artists, through Aug. 30, 72 N. Second St.; (215) 413-7072. Richard Schultz: Five Decades of Design The Philadelphia Museum of Art presents an exhibition of works by the legendary outdoor furniture designer, through Aug. 23, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.; (215) 763-8100. Say Good Morning Tiger Lily ArtStar Gallery hosts an exhibition of works from mixed-media artist Amy Rice, through Sept. 13, 623 N. Second St.; (215) 2381557. Shopping in Paris: French Fashion 18501925 The Philadelphia Museum of Art presents an exhibition exploring the American experience abroad between 1850 and 1925, through Oct. 25, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.; (215) 7638100. Something to Wear: Fashion in Print 18501925 The Philadelphia Museum of Art presents an exhibition exploring the world of fashion and consumer culture through printed publica-

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tions, through Sept. 7, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.; (215) 763-8100.


theater screens the Robert Altman film starring Robin Williams and Shelly Duvall, with audience participation á la “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” at 7 p.m. Aug. 18, 211 S. Columbus Blvd.; (215) 413-8655. It Happened One Night Bryn Mawr Film Institute presents a screening of the 1936 film starring Clark Gable, 7 p.m. Aug. 19, 824 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr; (610) 527-9898.


Emanuel Xavier The author of the novel “Christ Like” hosts a reading at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 14 at Giovanni’s Room, 345 S. 12th St.; (215) 923-2960.

A Taste for Modern: The Jeanne Rymer Rodney Lofton Collection of 20thThe author of the novel Century Chairs The Philadelphia Museum of Art presents an installation of 23 chairs by the acclaimed designer, through Sept. 20, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.; (215) 7638100.

“No More Tomorrows: Two Lives, Two Stories, One Love” hosts a reading at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 15 at Giovanni’s Room, 345 S. 12th St.; (215) 923-2960. Peter S. Beagle The screenwriter and author of “We Never Talk About My Brother” hosts a reading at 7 p.m. Aug. 15 at Robin’s Books and Moonstone Arts Center, 110a S. 13th St.; (215) 735-9600. Michael Montlack The author of the novel “My Diva: 65 Gay Men on the Women Who Inspire Them” hosts a reading at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 16 at Giovanni’s Room, 345 S. 12th St.; (215) 923-2960.

Cabaret Brian Kent


The cabaret singer performs at 9 p.m. Aug. 15 at Harlans at The Nevermore, 6426 Lower York Road, New Hope; (215) 862-5225.


Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus PGMC is looking for singers of all skill levels and voice parts Aug. 19 and 26 at Lutheran Church of the Holy Communion, 2111 Sansom St. No walk-ins; call or e-mail (215) 731-



Wife vs. Secretary The 1936 film starring Clark Gable, Jean Harlow, Myrna Loy and James Stewart is screened at 2 p.m. Aug. 16 at The Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville; (610) 9170223.

Popeye Independence Seaport Museum’s outdoor amphi-

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Philadelphia Voices of Pride The city’s premiere LGBT mixed-voice Women’s Pro Football chorus will hold open auditions for new memTryouts The Philadelphia Firebirds bers, 7:30-9:45 p.m. are holding their official Aug. 18 at the William try-outs to join their fullWay LGBT Community contact tackle football team, Center’s Mark Segal 9-11 a.m. Aug. 16 at Drexel Ballroom, 1315 Spruce St.; University’s Buckley Field, pvopmembership@gmail. 33rd and Arch streets; (484) com. 682-4238.

What Were They Thinking: 160 Years of Bad Taste Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts presents an exhibition of styles that were the height of fashion at some point in recent history, through Nov. 8 at The Carriage House Gallery at the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St., Cape May, N.J.; (609) 884-5404.

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid Bryn Mawr Film Institute presents a screening of the classic film starring Paul Newman, 7 p.m. Aug. 18, 824 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr; (610) 5279898.


The William Way LGBT Community Center will celebrate the grand-prize winner of its fourth annual Juried Art Exhibition with a wine and cheese reception for artist David Kube, 6 p.m. Aug. 14, and an exhibition of his work through Sept. 25, 1315 Spruce St. A former graphic designer, Kube (whose work entitled “Tina” is pictured) is committed to a positive mission of consciousnessraising for the gay community using his photo-based works to explore issues of vulnerability and misunderstanding in relation to gay experiences. For more information, visit or call (215) 7322220.


Jim Gaffigan The comedian seen on Comedy Central performs Aug. 14-15 at the Borgata Hotel Casino and Music Box, 1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City, N.J.; (609) 317-1000.

Jeff Dunham The comedian and his merry band of puppets performs at 8 p.m. Aug. 15 at Mark G. Etess Arena, 1000 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, N.J.; (609) 449-5150. Mitch Fatel The comedian performs Aug. 19-22 at Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom St.; (215) 4969001. An Evening with George Takei The out actor best known for his portrayal of Mr. Sulu in the acclaimed television and film series “Star Trek” will meet fans, sign autographs and take photos, 7 p.m. Aug. 20 at The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th St.; (215) 4481200. ■



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

■ The Attic Youth Center: For LGBT and questioning youth and their friends and allies. Groups meet and activities are held from 4-8 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays; case management, HIV testing and smoking cessation are available Monday through Friday. See the Youth section for more events. 255 S. 16th St.; (215) 545-4331

Central Baptist Church Welcoming and affirming church holds services at 10:45 a.m. Sundays at 106 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne; (610) 688-0664.

■ 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.

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.

■ 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;

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.

■ William Way Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center: 1315 Spruce St.; (215) 732-2220; Peer counseling: Monday through Friday, 6-9 p.m. Library hours: Mondays 3-9 p.m., Tuesdays 3-6 p.m., Wednesdays 3-9 p.m., Thursdays 3-9 p.m., Fridays 3-9 p.m., Saturdays noon-6 p.m., Sundays noon-6 p.m. Volunteers: New Orientation: First Wednesday of the month at 7:30 p.m.; Volunteer Velada, third Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m.

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

Key numbers

HIV 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.

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

Washington West Project Free, anonymous HIV testing. Walk-ins welcome 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday; 1201 Locust St.; (215) 985-9206.; Fax: (215) 686-2555 ■ Mazzoni Center: (215) 563-0652; www.

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

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

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

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

■ AIDS Treatment hot line: (215) 5452212

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

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

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

■ Equality Advocates Pennsylvania: (215) 731-1447; (866) LGBTLAW ■ Equality Forum: (215) 732-3378 ■ Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered Peer Counseling Services: (215) 732-TALK ■ Mayor’s liaison to LGBT communities: Gloria Casarez, (215) 686-2194; Gloria.

Dignity Jersey Shore An organization for sexual-minority Catholics meets first Saturday of the month in Asbury Park. For time and location, call (732) 502-0305. Dignity Metro NJ An organization for sexual-minority Catholics meets at 4 p.m. Sundays at St. George’s Episcopal Church, 550 Ridgewood Road, Maplewood, N.J.; (973) 857-4040.

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

■ The COLOURS Organization Inc. 112 N. Broad St., 11th floor; (215) 4960330.

Church of the Trinity Lutheran Reconciling in Christ parish holds services at 10 a.m. Sundays at 18th and Wolf streets; (215) 334-6656.

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.

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

■ 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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Classifieds With Real Estate, Help Wanted, Services and Personals

Freddie Mac’s loss narrows, eschews federal aid By Alan Zibel The Associated Press Freddie Mac escaped the second fiscal quarter without asking the government for any new financial aid, but still expects to need more federal help in the future. The government-controlled mortgage finance company posted a quarterly loss of $374 million last Friday, or 11 cents a share, including $1.1 billion in dividends paid to the government. Excluding those payments, the company would have earned $768 million. In the year-ago period, Freddie lost $1.05 billion, or $1.63 a share. The McLean, Va.-based

company was able to maintain a positive net worth of $8.2 billion in the quarter that ended June 30. As a result, it did not need to seek funding from the Treasury Department, which has provided Freddie Mac with $51 billion since the takeover last September. The government has pledged up to $400 billion in aid for Freddie Mac and its sibling Fannie Mae. The two companies play a vital role in the mortgage market by purchasing loans from banks and selling them to investors. Together, they own or guarantee almost 31-million home loans worth about $5.4 trillion. That’s about half of all U.S home

mortgages. “While we are seeing some early signs pointing to a housing recovery – including a modest uptick in house prices in some markets – our outlook remains cautious due to rising foreclosures, growing unemployment, tight lending standards and buyers’ reluctance to re-enter the market,” John Koskinen, Freddie Mac’s interim CEO, said in a statement. Revenue for the quarter totaled $7.5 billion, compared with $1.6 billion a year earlier. Reeling from losses from the housing bust, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have tapped a combined $96 billion in taxpayer aid, including nearly $11 billion

requested by Fannie Mae this week. That’s surpassed only by insurer American International Group Inc., which has received $182.5 billion in financial support from the government. And it’s unclear how much Fannie and Freddie will repay taxpayers. “I don’t see at this point how they could pay it all back,” said James Lockhart, director of the agency that regulates the two companies. Despite recent signs of stabilization in the housing market, loans backed by Fannie and Freddie continue to fall into trouble. At Freddie Mac, 2.8 percent of borrowers were

at least three months behind on their mortgages, triple last year’s levels. The company owned about 35,000 foreclosed properties at the end of June, up from about 29,000 in March. After nearly a year under federal control, the future of the two companies remains unclear. The Obama administration isn’t expected to unveil its plans until early next year. Options being considered include keeping the companies private, winding down their operations, merging them into a federal agency or separating out their bad mortgage assets into a new company backed by the government. ■

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