Philly police make arrest in murder of black trans woman

Philadelphia, PA – Philadelphia police made a swift arrest in the death of 29-year-old Mia Green, a transgender woman of color who was shot and killed in the Belmont area of West Philadelphia on September 28. Abdullah Ibn El-Amin Jaamia was charged for Green’s murder. Police apprehended Jaamia after initially pulling him over for running a stop sign in the vicinity of 41st Street and Westminster Avenue at around 8 a.m. Green, who was in the car at the time, was taken to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead from a gunshot wound to the neck, according […]

Massachusetts Gay Republican Michael Adams remembered

Boston, MA – This summer, Greater Boston’s LGBTQ community lost a pioneering and influential advocate with the death of Mitchell Adams from cancer on July 18. In 1992, while Adams was serving as the state’s Commissioner of Revenue under Gov. William Weld, he and his partner Kevin Smith made the bold decision to come out publicly in a Boston Globe interview. Smith, who predeceased Adams in 2014, was Weld’s Commissioner of the Division of Capital Planning and Operations at the time.             The Nov. 13, 1992 story’s awkward headline, “Two male Weld officials say they live as a couple,” reveals […]

Supreme Court

We had a major win this past year for LGBT rights, and this past weekend Donald Trump nominated Amy Coney Barrett for a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court. Is this just part of the madness of 2020? How will this affect our community? The current decision on transgender rights was voted 6 to 3 so I don’t think it will change if a similar case is heard before the Supreme Court. However, that does not help our community with other cases and our other rights. Barring an act of god, Amy Coney Barret will probably spend decades on the […]

Who is Buying?

This is the question I am asked most often when talking about the current boom in the housing market. I usually cite two key demographics that are behind this current head-scratching rise, and the primary one is first-time homeowners: Millennials. Much of the data on this group comes from YPulse, a marketing and research firm that specializes in Gen Z and Millennial consumers. YPulse recently published a report called “No Place Like Home” that offered some understanding on how the pandemic has affected the attitudes and intentions of this huge, young demographic. While 3 million Millennials have moved back into […]

The Boys in the Band is a flashy relic

When Mart Crowley’s The Boys in the Band made its Broadway debut 52 years ago, the world was a very different place, especially for the LGBTQI community … which wasn’t even referred to as the LGBTQI community at the time because in many places being homosexual was still illegal in 1968. When The Boys in the Band opened on Broadway, the Stonewall was just a bar, not an iconic location where the gay rights movement began. So it’s risky mounting this relic of the past again today, on stage (as it was for the 50th anniversary) or on film (with […]

Fearless and Fabulous!

Anyone who is a member of the LGBTQ+ community has been bullied at some time in their lives. It usually happens in grade school. We like to think that as we grow older, we become more mature. The last few years have shown that bullies do not have to be school children. They can even hold the highest office in the land. I have been friends with Savage-Onyx for several years now. His smile can brighten up any room and his playful energetic spirt can quickly cheer up anyone who meets him. He does not fit the stereotype of the […]

Thomas & Alito criticize court’s same-sex marriage ruling

Washington, D.C. – Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito, extremist members of the rightwing US Supreme Court have called for the reversal of the decision to legalize same-sex marriage in a concurring decision in a ruling that will allow a lawsuit against Kim Davis to go forward Davis is the former Rowan, Kentucky, county clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses to Gay couples that lawfully applied for them after the high court’s Obergefell decision legalizing same-sex marriage. Davis claimed that her First Amendment free exercise of religion rights would be infringed if she were forced to issue licenses for […]

Biden slams Trump’s LGBTQ record at HRC virtual gala

Washington, D.C. – US Democratic nominee Joe Biden was one of the notable guests at HRC’s Unite For Equality online event last night. The LGBTI advocacy group – the biggest in the US – normally holds an annual, star-studded dinner and fundraiser. This year’s event had to go online because of COVID-19. Not surprisingly, Biden took the opportunity to denounce President Trump’s record on LGBTQ rights. He also pointed out how he would do better if elected President in November.             “We’re facing multiple crises — an epidemic, recession, racial injustice, climate change, wildfires, an assault on LGBTQ rights, declining […]

Trump nominates anti-LGBTQ extremist to replace Ginsberg

Washington, D.C. – Barely a week after the death of women’s and LGBTQ rights champion Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Donald Trump formally nominated Amy Coney Barrett and introduced her at a press conference in the White House Rose Garden. Trump said his nominee is “a woman of …sterling credentials and unyielding loyalty to the Constitution.” Barrett, who was confirmed to the U.S. Court of Appeals in 2017, is a darling of conservatives and is anti-gay and anti-abortion right. With the presidential election looming, Trump hopes to fill his third seat on the highest court in the land.             […]

Individualism And Social Responsibility

Through the years leading up to marriage equality, and even with other individual rights struggles, I wondered about the cognitive process of balancing individual wishes, wants and rights against the needs and rights of coupledom, partnerships and the society writ large. Were these two separate ways of thinking that were mutually exclusive? How would one balance these against each other? The reality is that when you are a single adult, you call the shots for your own life. The minute you enter a relationship, even a friendship, you give up some level of power in the interest of the newly […]