What’s Missing from the Gay Teacher Firing Debate

Waldron Mercy Academy via Google Maps

Waldron Mercy Academy via Google Maps

Waldron Mercy Academy in Merion, Pa., has come under fire this week for its decision to fire Margie Winters, one of its long-time teachers — allegedly because she’s a lesbian and married to another lesbian.

“Many of us accept life choices that contradict current church teachings, but to continue as a Catholic school, Waldron Mercy must comply with those teachings,” the school said in a letter to parents. Read more »

COMMENTARY: Why “That’s So Gay” Is Okay…Or Not

Via Shutterstock

Via Shutterstock

Language is powerful. There are a lot of factors as to what gives it power (love, lust, anger, hate), and we all interpret what we hear differently based on our own experiences, our own prejudices, or whatever mood we happen to be in at the time. In this day and age, or at least in my own little social atmosphere, people seem to be more sensitive to language than they’ve ever been.

Words, phrases, and expressions that have historically been PC are no longer acceptable, depending on whom you’re speaking to. Some people think we’re in a language revolution, aggressively ridding the world of hurtful words and phrases for the betterment of mankind. Others think people are hypersensitive, creating a tense environment by making others hesitant to speak their minds even if what they have to say is harmless.

Some words and phrases are definitely not okay to say, agreed upon by the general public living in modern society (e.g. several different ways to describe black people, not using the right pronouns when addressing a trans person, etc.). Others are in a bit of a grey area; phrases like “that’s so gay.” Read more »

New Gay Bar Boxers Opening Today in the Gayborhood

Boxers PHL

The day has finally come, Boxers, the New York gay bar franchise with locations in Chelsea and Hell’s Kitchen, will open its doors this afternoon in the Gayborhood.

Director of  Marketing George Maestre tells me that the bar will open at 1330 Walnut Street at 4 p.m. today, but it’s only a soft opening. “We are just opening the doors, and in a couple weeks we will have a grand-opening weekend.”

More from a press release sent out this afternoon:

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Apple CEO Tim Cook Comes Out As Gay

Apple CEO Tim Cook came out publicly in an essay published this morning in Businessweek. In the essay he writes:

Tim CookFor years, I’ve been open with many people about my sexual orientation. Plenty of colleagues at Apple know I’m gay, and it doesn’t seem to make a difference in the way they treat me. Of course, I’ve had the good fortune to work at a company that loves creativity and innovation and knows it can only flourish when you embrace people’s differences. Not everyone is so lucky.

While I have never denied my sexuality, I haven’t publicly acknowledged it either, until now. So let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me.

The announcement came a few days after Cook publicly chastised him hometown state of Alabama for moving too slow on marriage equality.

To read his entire essay, go here.


Man Arrested for Murder of Norristown Man He Met On Craigslist for Sex


Chad Marshall Wilcox

Twenty-eight-year-old Chad Marshall Wilcox has been arrested and charged with robbery and first-degree murder of a Norristown man he met on Craigslist for sex.

Instinct reports that “Wilcox allegedly killed his victim, Manuel Hakimian, 36, on September 21 at Hakimian’s home in Norristown, Pennsylvania, a Philadelphia suburb. Authorities believe Wilcox slit the victim’s throat. … After allegedly killing Hakimian, Wilcox used Hakimian’s bank and credit cards in at least five states. Wilcox also stole his car, which was spotted on September 24 by police in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Wilcox crashed the car and escaped on foot; police found a folding knife with blood on it along with receipts matching some of the purchases made with the stolen cards. Wilcox was ultimately arrested in Johnston County, North Carolina a few days later.”

The Associated Press has more:

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Man Crush Monday: Trevor Powell

Every week, Philly gay gents share their local picks for Man Crush Monday. This week: the boy next door to beat all boys next door, Trevor Powell. When Trevor isn’t studying at Temple, you can catch him slinging cocktails at Knock, or carrying a “Vote for Tom Wolf” sign around town as the local field director for Liberty PA

Last Five Man Crush Mondays:

Throwback Thursday: Early Transgender Activist and Co-Founder of William Way Tommi Avicolli Mecca

Every week I take a trip down memory lane in William Way Community Center’s John J. Wilcox Jr. Archives, a veritable treasure trove of relics from gay Philadelphia’s past. This week, archivist—and author of The Gayborhood Guru—Bob Skiba shares photos of Tommi Avicolli Mecca taken in the 1970s and 1980s. Skiba tells me that “Tommi was an early activist here, one of the founders of the Gay Community Center (which later became William Way) and the Archives, and a trans activist.”

Man Crush Monday: Adam J. Williams

Every week, Philly gay gents share their local picks for Man Crush Monday. This week: Adam J. Williams (aka Adam JW), a multilingual Chinese food-enthusiast who spends his day working in public health outreach for a local nonprofit. 

Last Five Man Crush Mondays:

Man Crush Monday: DJ Carl Michaels

Every week, Philly gay gents share their local picks for Man Crush Monday. This week: legendary Gayborhood DJ—and one of G Philly‘s monthly columnists—Carl Michaels. 

Last Five Man Crush Mondays:

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