How the Fight for Gay Rights Could Decide the City Council Race

Photo courtesy of Philly Bricks.

Photo courtesy of Philly Bricks.

Philadelphia is one of the most-gay friendly cities in the United States. It has strong LGBT advocacy groups, a strong LGBT tourism scene, and strong laws protecting the LGBT community.

Yet, an out person has never been elected to the City Council.

If LGBT leaders in Philly and beyond have their way, that will change after this year’s municipal elections. Why now (besides the fact that it’s 2015)? There are two openly gay, viable candidates running for Democratic City Council At-Large in the May 19th primary; plus, many people in the LGBT community argue that the endorsement of an out Council candidate by the city’s Democratic Party is long overdue.

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Mark Segal Gives Jim Kenney an Early Endorsement for Mayor [UPDATED]

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Though he hasn’t technically announced his candidacy for mayor yet, Jim Kenney’s resignation from City Council this afternoon is a sure sign that he’s putting his hat in the ring. There are already folks coming out of the woodwork to sing his praises, including, in the interest of G Philly readers, Philadelphia Gay News publisher Mark Segal. He released this statement earlier today:

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PHOTOS: Mark Segal’s Annual Holiday Soiree

Philadelphia Gay News Publisher and longtime LGBT activist Mark Segal and his husband, Jason Villemez, hosted their annual holiday party, but this year the party doubled as a wedding reception to celebrate their recent nuptials.

The soiree was packed as usual with all walks of life—from politics, business associates, and influencers—enjoying a delicious spread and catching up with friends. The highlight of the evening was when former Governor Ed Rendell, Congressman Bob Brady, Mark Segal and Jason Villemez joined the Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus on a rendition of “Jingle Bells.”

See my photos of the evening below.



Throwback Thursday: Harry Eberlin’s Bin, Part 1

Every week William Way Executive Director Chris Bartlett and I meet for a rummage through the LGBT community center’s John J. Wilcox Jr. Archives, a veritable treasure trove of relics from gay Philadelphia’s past.

Today, we share images picked from a bin of photos donated to the archives after it was discovered in the basement of  late Philadelphia Gay News (PGN) photographer Harry Eberlin‘s longtime partner Richard DeMatt. The photos span the past few decades, and feature some local LGBT notables, like PGN publisher Mark Segal, Philly leather community matriarch Pearl, Woody’s founder and Knock owner Bill Wood, and even a baby-faced Ed Rendell. 

We weren’t able to identify everyone, so feel free to comment below or email me if you recognize anyone in the photos.



Have photos from Philly’s LGBT past you’d like to share? Submit them to Josh Middleton at jmiddleton@phillymag.com

The History of July 4th Parkway Concerts In Philadelphia

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Back in May, when we were writing about the announcement of this year’s 4th of July concert on the Parkway, we went looking for a list of all of the July 4th concerts in Philadelphia from the last 20 years. But we couldn’t find one. So, we dug deep into the archives to make our own list. Here, in the interest of of historical preservation, the last 20 years of July 4th concerts in Philadelphia. Read more »

Philly’s LGBT Senior Housing Center, the John C. Anderson Apartments, Gets Opening Ceremony Treatment

Photo by HughE Dillon.

Photo by HughE Dillon.

Tenants began moving into the John C. Anderson Apartments in mid-January, but Philly’s only housing center for LGBT seniors got official opening-ceremony treatment this morning. Local paparazzo HughE Dillon pointed out that it was one of the most power-filled events he’d been to in a while, and he was right. All kinds of Pennsylvania dignitaries showed up to be part of the festivities — from Governor Ed Rendell and Mayor Michael Nutter to Representative Bob Brady and State Treasurer — and gubernatorial candidate — Rob McCord.

More photos after the jump

Mark Segal Inducted Into LGBT Journalists Hall of Fame

Boisterous local publisher Mark Segal has been inducted into the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association’s LGBT Journalists Hall of Fame for his 38-year career in building the Philadelphia Gay News. Inducted alongside the Bay Area Reporter‘s Bob Ross, Segal was credited in a statement with creating one of the “most well-respected and enduring LGBT publications in the country” since PGN first went to print in 1976. The LGBT Journalists Hall of Fame was created in 2005 to honor reporters and editors who dedicate themselves to LGBT issues in the media, and has since honored just 23 such individuals. Segal, for his part, was “overwhelmed with emotion” at the honor. [Advocate]