OPINION: Chaput is Kaput

Archbishop Charles Chaput. Photo | Jeff Fusco

Archbishop Charles Chaput. Photo | Jeff Fusco

Disclaimer: I am about as religious as as wet cardboard box, but it doesn’t take a devout Catholic to figure out that Archbishop Chaput’s public reaction to the firing of an openly-gay Waldron Mercy Academy teacher (which reached the national stage several days ago) is extremely out of touch and downright cruel. It’s pretty clear that there isn’t an ounce of God, or an ounce of ethical decency, in this man’s leadership, and I’d beg to argue that others, many others, would agree.

This goes behind the headlines of Chaput’s unabashedly boastful public statements about Margie Winters, saying that he was “very grateful to the Religious Sisters of Mercy and to the principal and board members of Waldron Mercy for taking the steps to ensure that the Catholic faith is presented in a way fully in accord with the teaching of the Church.” The reactions, both local and nationally, many from esteemed Catholics who have provided amazing work in the Church, are all crystal clear: The rhetoric coming from Chaput is downright wrong. Read more »

DNC Host Committee Encouraging Diverse Businesses to Enroll in Convention Registry

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“Our goal is to make this Convention the most inclusive yet, and we encourage any businesses and suppliers interested in participating to register,” said Kevin Washo, Executive Director of the Philadelphia 2016 Host Committee for the Democratic National Convention. “We are excited to work with a diverse group of organizations to make this a historic and memorable event.”

Indeed, the DNC Host Committee is pulling out all of the stops to ensure that local, diverse businesses sign up to be part of the 2016 Democratic National Convention registry. This year, the Host Committee is placing a strong emphasis on businesses owned and operated by minorities, women, veterans, and members of the LGBT and disabled communities, to register for contract consideration. Read more »

Study: Eating Disorders Five Times More Likely in Transgender College Students

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A disturbing new study out of Washington University at St. Louis examined trends in eating disorders between transgender and cisgender college students, and the results are published in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

The study’s authors found that “transgender students responded that they had been diagnosed with an eating disorder in the past year at an alarming rate of 15.82%. Cisgender students were between .55% (heterosexual men) and 3.66% (unsure men). Cisgender sexual minority and unsure men and women were 2-4 times more likely to have been diagnosed with an eating disorder than heterosexual men and women.” Read more »

Petition Asks for Reinstatement of Fired Teacher

Archbishop Charles Chaput, Photo | Jeff Fusco. Waldron Mercy Academy via Google Maps

Archbishop Charles Chaput, Photo | Jeff Fusco. Waldron Mercy Academy via Google Maps

Margie Winters, the gay teacher fired earlier this summer from Waldron Mercy Academy, on Monday delivered a petition calling for her reinstatement to the Philadelphia Archdiocese. The petition contained 23,000 signatures.

“We ask for full inclusion at the table. And in the church,” Winters said, according to 6ABC. “And we ask now for a moratorium on firing any LGBT employee.”

NewsWorks notes: “While supporters initially called for Winters to be reinstated, the petition and Winters own words move the activism out of the realm of individual grievances and into one of seismic shifts within the Catholic church.”

The church will resist such shifts. The archdiocese on Monday issued a statement denying responsibility for Winters’ firing, but also affirming that her termination was correct:

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Lesbian Couple Attacked at Six Flags

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A teenage lesbian couple were viscously attacked at Six Flags New England after their alleged perpetrators “yelled graphic, homophobic slurs at the couple,” according to a report.

MassLive.com says that the victims, 18 and 19 year olds who are university students, were attacked while they were kissing. The alleged perpetrators, who have since been arrested, punched and kicked the victims while they fell to the ground. “One woman had a small bloody cut on the bridge of her nose,” according to the report.

Also, the two victims claim that the alleged attackers had a knife that “opened manually.” Police soon apprehended the attackers: One has been released on $1,000 bail, while the other is being held “without right to bail” over charges from an additional case involving assault and battery with a dangerous weapon from March 2014.

PHOTOS: #TransLivesMatter Documentary at Luke Allen Productions

Last week, our own Tara Lessard and Freedom G Photography got a sneak peek at an upcoming documentary that focuses on the #TransLivesMatter movement. The filming, which took place at Luke Allen Productions, is part of a larger project that hopes to, according to film producers, document “intersectionality within the Trans* identity.” The movie will interview a host of professionals and activists in the Philadelphia area with hopes to highlight “lives that are often underserved.” Featured in Saturday’s filming were Zerandrian Morris, Luke Allen, Christina May, Tess McChesney Kunik, and Tanya O’Neill.

OkStupid: Why I Am Officially Over OkCupid

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“Do you have pee-pee? :-P”

This is the message on OkCupid that tipped me over the edge last week. The guy was from Taipei, Taiwan, and despite the fact that I didn’t respond to his first message, he proceeded to ask me if I would meet him at Uniqlo in Philly if he came to the States.

This really shouldn’t surprise me too much (the rhetoric, not the Uniqlo thing, which was downright kinda freaky). However, given the fact that OkCupid was (and still is, sadly enough) the “best of the dating apps,” it’s left me to realize that online matchmaking may be all but over for me. Read more »

NCR Columnist: Catholic Schools Should Challenge Church on LGBT Hirings

Waldron Mercy | Google Maps

Waldron Mercy | Google Maps

More evidence that the controversy over a fired gay teacher at Waldron Mercy has sparked a nationwide debate: A prominent Catholic columnist is calling on Catholic schools to challenge the church hierarchy on such issues.

Jamie L. Manson of the National Catholic Reporter, an independent publication, made the challenge in a column last week. “It is time for us to encourage school leaders, both religious and lay, to refuse to comply with demands that they fire LGBT employees,” she wrote. Read more »

17 Gay Philly Nightlight Events for August 2015

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If you’re looking for a way to stay cool this August, we rounded up 17 hot nightlife events and shows that might not provide the chill you are looking for, but will be fun nonetheless. There’s something for just about everyone, from grooming get togethers to a Pulp Fiction-themed dance party. Enjoy!

Vixens and Vagabonds Queer and Kinky Cabaret’s Roadtrip: Join the burlesque and drag troupe as they say farewell to one of their own members. Saturday, August 1st, 8 pm, $10-12, Tabu, 200 South 12th Street

6 Appeal!: This weekly burlesque show will feature performances by Mika Romantic, Nikki Malicious, and Shia D. Monday, August 3rd, 9 pm, $5, Pennsylvania 6, 114 South 12th Street

Back to the 80s: Tavern on Camac invites you to a time when MTV actually played videos. The evening will feature music from Pet Shop Boys, Madonna, the Go-Gos, and more. Wednesday, August 5th, 9 pm, pay as you go, Tavern On Camac, 243 South Camac Street Read more »

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