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142 openly LGBTQ athletes to compete in Tokyo Olympics

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This year’s summer Olympics is set to have a record number of LGBTQ athletes competing, with the highest percentage coming from the United States....

Creep of the Week: Franklin Graham

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“Pride month is over,” Christian evangelist Franklin Graham declared on Facebook. You hear that, everybody? Those rainbow flags should all be taken down and...

Anti-trans myth making

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Myths are often greater than reality. Consider Napoleon Bonaparte, the leader of France during the early 1800s. You likely believe that he was exceptionally short,...

The Olympics Has a Black Woman Problem

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Everyone has heard the story of Sha’Carri Richadson, the young American track and field super star who is the fastest woman in America. The...

40 years after first reports, myths persist about HIV/AIDS

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On July 10th, 1981, PGN ran its first article about “a rare and fatal form of cancer” with 41 known cases in New York...

Creep of the Week: Homophobia and Transphobia

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Congratulations to Gavin Grimm. If you don’t know that name, you should, especially if you give a damn about transgender rights and the attack...

Citizen’s diplomacy in Palestine

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In the past I’ve written about the numerous international journalists and activists who have been brought to Philadelphia Gay News offices as part of...

Keep up the Pride energy

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For those of us in LGBTQ media, the end of June often comes with a huge sigh of relief. Even though we expect it...

Pride is about visibility

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About a month ago, Channel 6 ABC’s out meteorologist Adam Joseph contacted me about the station’s plans for its employee Pride day event and...

Creep of the Week: One Million Moms

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I’ve gone from grocery store to grocery store buying up every box of the Kellogg’s Together With Pride cereal and I have them all...

Musing on loss

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I am no stranger to trans mortality.  When I got my first taste of community on the early trans internet, one of my friends and...

The Long Fight of Gavin Grimm

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Gavin Grimm won. As Pride month draws to a close, the battle of one lone trans man to use the restroom that corresponds with his...

The Case for Free Speech

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As cries of “cancel culture” regularly resound from various quarters, the importance of free speech — actual legally protected speech — has become ever...

What we can learn from ACT UP

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In Sarah Schulman’s new book, “Let The Record Show: A Political History of ACT UP New York, 1987-1993,” she says about ACT UP members:...

Thank you Gov. Wolf; Now it’s the community’s turn to act

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Last week Governor Wolf held a news conference in Harrisburg with a herd of Democratic State lawmakers to announce that they were reintroducing the...

Creep of the Week: Tony Perkins

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Onslaught is the name of a thrash metal band from the U.K. Rainbow is the name of a hard rock band once fronted by...

The Fairness Act is needed, but a shift in strategy is needed more

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This week, Governor Tom Wolf and a group of Pa. Democratic lawmakers and LGBTQ allies held a press conference to announce the re-introduction of...

Telling the Stories of Our Lives

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On June 12, the ceremony for the Society of Professional Journalists 2020 Sigma Delta Chi Awards was held. It was virtual again this year...

Creep of the Week: Tony Perkins

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Aside from women daring to make their own reproductive decisions, there’s nothing right-wing conservatives hate more than Pride Month. The “rainbow deluge,” as the...

Pride then, pride now

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When we celebrate Pride, we are celebrating the anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion, a seminal moment in LGBTQ history. The Stonewall Inn was, at...

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Creep of the Week: Jack Hibbs