Gay man participates in Vatican clergy sex abuse summit

By : Michael K. Lavers OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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A gay man from Chile who was sexually abused by a notorious pedophile priest participated in a summit on clergy sex abuse that took place at the Vatican last week.

Juan Carlos Cruz told the Washington Blade on Feb. 25 during a telephone interview from Philadelphia that he and a dozen other survivors of clergy sex abuse met with bishops before the 4-day summit began at the Vatican on Feb. 21.

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Homo Erectus: The Evolution of Us – Like a shiny unicorn, the gay mafia does exist! (and other homo business advice)

By : Dr. Steve Yacovelli
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I have a secret to tell you: The “gay mafia” is real. I know because I met them a few weeks ago.

In early August, the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) held its annual conference in Philadelphia. Targeted at both LGBTQ+ owned businesses as well as the purchasing professionals for many Fortune 500 companies, the event was a combination of educational sessions to run your business better to focusing on how to more effectively engage with minority vendors. The conference was strongly attended by many members of Central Florida’s Metropolitan Business Association (MBA), our local LBGTQ+ Chamber of Commerce (who awesomely won Chamber of the Year in 2017).

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Homo Erectus: The Evolution of Us – Hey Starbucks: Unconscious Bias Training Doesn’t Work!

By : STEVE YACOVELLI
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Earlier this year, two African-American men were arrested at a Starbucks in Philadelphia—for reportedly doing nothing but waiting for a business colleague to arrive.

This incident—and how horribly it was handled—ignited demonstrations, shouts for boycotts and a whole heap of apologies from Kevin Johnson (Starbucks’ CEO) and other leaders within the coffee empire. In a video message, Johnson said, “What happened in the way that incident escalated, and the outcome, was nothing but reprehensible. I will fix this.”

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Taxi company ordered to pay after driver ejects gay couple

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia officials have ordered a taxi company to pay a former passenger who says he was kicked out of a cab after he kissed his male partner.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Thursday the city Commission on Human Relations has ordered PHL Taxi to pay Mark Seaman $500. The ruling comes eight years after Seaman kissed his partner on the top of the head as they left Philadelphia International Airport.

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Psychiatrist, gay rights trailblazer honored in Philadelphia

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ABOVE: Barbara Gittings, Franklin Kameny and John E. Fryer as “Dr. Henry Anonymous” at a 1972 dialogue discussing psychiatry and homosexuality. (Photo by Kay Tobin Lahusen, from Wikipedia.)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – A psychiatrist considered a trailblazer in the gay rights movement for appearing in a mask before his colleagues at a 1972 convention to announce his homosexuality is being honored in Philadelphia.

Dr. John E. Fryer’s actions are credited with paving the way for the American Psychiatric Association to remove homosexuality from its list of mental disorders a year after his speech.

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Philadelphia PD: Transgender people targeted in paintball attack

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Police are searching for suspects who they believe intentionally targeted transgender people with paintballs.

Philadelphia Police Lt. John Walker says the suspects fired at a couple walking July 6 from a silver Infiniti. The woman was hit before the car drove away.

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James Corden sends 297 copies of ‘Philadelphia’ to Trump

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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James Corden is determined to raise HIV/AIDS awareness to President Donald Trump following the news that six members of Trump’s presidential advisory committee on HIV/AIDS have resigned citing that Trump does not care about the issue.

In a segment on Tuesday night’s “The Late Late Show,” Corden says in the midst of the controversy surrounding Trump’s Russia investigation, the advocacy work for HIV/AIDS had been suffering.

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Jonathan Demme, director of ‘Philadelphia,’ dead at 73

By : Jeremy Williams
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Jonathan Demme, the eclectic director best known for such hit films as Philadelphia, The Silence of the Lambs and Married to the Mob, died April 26. He was 73.

Demme won the Best Director Academy Award in 1992 for The Silence of the Lambs, considered by many film historians to be one of the greatest horror-thrillers ever made.

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Gayborhood racism is long-standing, Philadelphia report says

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Women, minorities and transgender people have felt unwelcome and unsafe in Philadelphia’s gay neighborhood for decades, according to a city report issued Jan. 23.

To address the issue, the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations recommended that Gayborhood bars and nonprofits undergo training for racial bias and hire more diverse staff. The agency has issued an action plan for the next three months and said organizations that do not cooperate could be punished or face legal action.

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Philadelphia football players settle assault case over ‘No Gay Thursday’

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BERWYN, Pa. (AP) – Three suburban Philadelphia high school football players have pleaded guilty to a lesser charge to settle initial accusations that they penetrated a freshman player with a broom handle on what the team called “No Gay Thursday.”

Tuesday’s statement by Chester County District Attorney Thomas Hogan and attorneys for the three Conestoga High School seniors said the 14-year-old freshman “did not suffer any physical injury” in the October 2015 encounter, though one of the seniors “briefly poked the victim with a broom stick in the leg.”

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Philly’s Mummers offers new year a lively welcome with diversified parade

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) – The city’s annual Mummers Parade quieted critics who raised concerns about racially or culturally insensitive displays in previous years, with marchers putting on a family friendly New Year’s Day show that still entertained spectators crowded along the mile-long route.

Philadelphia has hosted the Mummers Parade since 1901, making it the oldest continuous folk parade in the country, with string bands, comic brigades, elaborate floats and plenty of feathers and sequins. More than 10,000 marchers – divided into more than 40 clubs – work year-round creating elaborate costumes and props and practicing skits and music.

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