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Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Then they came for the queers

After President Bush endorsed the anti-gay Federal Marriage Amendment in 2004, I was quoted in the lede of a front-page Washington Post story that...

Coming out has always been the best tool for equality

The good news is that Switzerland has legalized same sex marriage by a referendum on the voting ballot. The bad news: 46% of those...

October is LGBTQ History Month

2021 has been an historic year for the LGBTQ community in Pennsylvania. Several municipalities around the state enacted nondiscrimination ordinances, ensuring that LGBTQ residents...

Our history reveals our truth

There are many who seem shocked with the rapidity that some transgender and nonbinary will transition. It will seem like, overnight, someone will go...

Issues impacting the LGBT community

You might be watching the news these days and it doesn’t look so great. But have you ever thought about how each of those...

“Dancing with the Stars” is more important than you think

Like some people, I tend to roll my eyes at reality television shows, including the competition shows. I’d rather watch professional athletes than amateurs...

Creep of the Week: The Conservative Christian Right

Do you remember that scene in "Pee-wee’s Big Adventure" when Pee-wee Herman and Francis, in an argument about Pee-wee’s bike, end up insulting each...

Creep of the Week: Shane Vaughn

There are two things I need to say right up front. One, getting a COVID-19 vaccine is a safe and effective way to prevent...

The Tyranny of the Anti-Vaxxers

On Sept. 15, just days after the nation wept through the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, this was the headline: “1 in every...

Hard work and perseverance during a difficult year

This morning a package arrived at PGN offices. The package contained five plaques for the five National Newspaper Association awards that PGN has won...

Should Gayborhood businesses mandate vaccines?

We’ve reached a plateau for Philadelphians getting vaccinated for Covid-19, and like every other region across the country, there are concerns that the virus...

Three reasons to care

The United States Supreme Court opted to let Texas Senate Bill 8 go into effect. The bill, signed into law by Gov. Greg Abbott...

Promiscuous heterosexual men shouldn’t be able to donate blood

When it comes to blood donation, the FDA stigmatizes and discriminates against all gay men. That is a simple fact. They allow promiscuous heterosexual...

Instead of Human Rights Campaign, let’s focus on local and statewide LGBTQ organizations

One of the people who was dragged down in former governor Andrew Cuomo’s sinking ship is former Human Rights Campaign President Alphonso David. David...

Creep of the Week: Liberty Council

It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for! The Pfizer vaccine has been officially FDA approved.  Finally, those completely reasonable and rational people who’ve been...

Creep of the Week: Scott Lively

I just returned from a cross-country trek with my wife and son and I am happy to report that in much of the country,...

America is failing rape victims

It was a beautiful sunny afternoon. September 4. I was in my front garden, 41 steps from my front door. I would later count...

Rainbow Railroad working to help LGBT Afghans flee country

When the Taliban were in control of parts of Afghanistan beginning in the late 1990’s, they made clear that the strictly followed Sharia Law,...

Pay attention to abortion laws in Texas, because they could happen here too

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to act on a horrifying Texas law that bans abortions after 6 weeks of pregnancy. The law,...

Being a good person is enough

On the cover of this week’s PGN is “Remember Them.” It’s a feature about the trans and nonbinary people in the U.S. who were...



Horoscopes: October 15 – 21, 2021

Aries: This week, Pluto direct has us existing in a more outward way; we are feeling less selective, more willing to connect, and less...

My personal LGBT history month

When Coming Out Is a Death Sentence