Big ups to Philadelphia Gay News (PGN) reporter Timothy Cwiek, who won the Society of Professional Journalists’ 2013 Sigma Delta Chi Investigative Reporting award for his coverage of the homicide of transgender woman Nizah Morris. Cwiek had been covering the story, which yet to be solved, for 11 years. More from PGN:
Morris sustained a head injury Dec. 22, 2002, shortly after receiving a police courtesy ride in Center City Philadelphia. She died days later. For more than 11 years, Cwiek has pressed law-enforcement and city officials for transparency with case records, filing several Right to Know Law requests. His dedication to the case is largely credited with securing a reopened investigation by the city’s civilian-oversight committee, which last year issued a report calling the investigation “appalling” and urging state and federal probes.
Cwiek has been a PGN staffer since the late 1970s. He said the passion of Morris’ family and friends has kept him committed to the case. “It’s a great honor to be recognized by this distinguished organization,” Cwiek said. “If my coverage of the Morris case plays any role in securing a proper investigation, I’ll be very gratified.”
Read more of PGN’s profile on Cwiek — and the Norris case — here.
There are so many good new LGBT flicks on Netflix instant streaming this month, including recent QFest favorites G.B.F. and Geography Club, and James Franco’s sweaty, much-talked-about Interior. Leather Bar. Here, I round up those and six others for your queue, with trailers, Netflix descriptions and links to their streaming pages. Happy gay movie-ing!
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A host of state LGBT organizations this week have endorsed Philadelphia State Senator Mike Stack‘s run for Lieutenant Governor. Among them is Philly’s Liberty City Democrats (LCDC), Pittsburgh’s Steel City Stonewall Democrats, and the Gertrude Stein Political Club of Greater Philadelphia (GSPC), which released a statement saying Stack, “has a strong organization, strong ties to our community, and has been instrumental to moving bits of progressive legislation through a government largely controlled by people who demonize our community.”
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From The Star Ledger: “A total of 2,955 gay couples were married in New Jersey from Oct. 21, when same-sex weddings began under the orders of a state judge, through the end of March, according to the state health department.”
More of the weekend’s headlines after the jump
This weekend will see an anniversary celebration and, Philly, this is one shindig you don’t want to miss. Icandy will be pulling out all the stops for its 3rd Anniversary Gala, and, trust me, the lineup of talent lined up for the night will leave you gagging.
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Representative Mike Schlossberg
We haven’t even got marriage yet, but one Pennsylvania pro-LGBT politician says “divorce equality” should be on our agenda, too. Philadelphia Gay News reports:
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We’re keeping you on your gay-game with this daily rundown of stories pertaining to Pennsylvania’s ongoing fight for equality.
MARRIAGE RECOGNITION: Dept. of Justice Stays Out Of PA Gay Marriage Fight
The U.S. Department of Justice … declined to intervene in a suit challenging a Pennsylvania law that bars recognition of same-sex marriages performed in other jurisdictions, after DOJ attorneys concluded that the case did not implicate the federal Defense of Marriage Act.
The government said that a suit challenging Pennsylvania’s same-sex marriage ban could be decided without the court weighing in on the constitutionality of a provision of DOMA, known as Section 2, that gives states the right to refuse recognition of same-sex marriages carried [out in other states.] —Law 360
ENDA news and a subtle citizen protest after the jump
Three local folks have been named to This Is H.O.W. and We Happy Trans‘s second-annual Trans 100 list, a roll call that celebrates the work and achievements of trans people throughout the U.S.
Formerly homeless, A. Dionne Stallworth has risen to become one of Philly’s most go-getting activists for people living with mental health issues, the homeless, people of color, and LGBT rights.. She is the founding member of the country’s first transgender political action committee, Gender Public Advocacy Coalition (GenderPAC), and is one of the first members of the Philly-based Transgender Health Action Coalition. She also has her hands full working as the resident activities coordinator for Philly’s Project H.O.M.E., an initiative that works to ”empower adults, children, and families to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty.” One of her latest projects is Movie Magic With Dionne, a night of film screenings that inspires community, and lots of popcorn-munching. Read a good interview with Miss Stallworth on TransGriot, here.
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I trolled the web for LGBT headlines all weekend so you wouldn’t have to. Here’s what I found:
BIGOT WATCH: Misson America’s Linda Harvey says homeless gay teens only have themselves to blame.
Mission America’s Linda Harvey says gay homeless teens only have themselves to blame.
Mormon leader reiterates church’s opposition to gay marriage.
Parent wants Two Boys Kissing book banned from library.
Trans student sues Christian university over on-campus housing denial.
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Get ready for your mail to get a whole lot more fabulous. A popular postage stamp website Linn’s Stamp News says this is the Harvey Milk postage stamp we’ve been waiting for.
The stamp features a black-and-white image of Milk superimposed onto a black background. His name is emblazoned in large letters at the top, right next to a fitting stack of rainbow blocks.
It is scheduled to be released on Milk’s birthday, May 22. It’s the first time an LGBT leader has been featured on a U.S. stamp.
Now that’s something worth licking!