If you ever need to know the difference between the people who live in Northern Liberties and the people who live in Pennsport, please refer to this story: When a parent in Pennsport saw a group of “between 100 and 150” teens drinking on one of the piers south of the Walmart in Pennsport, he didn’t go to NBC 10. No, his story ended up on PlanPhilly, where Kellie Patrick Gates filed a decidedly un-local news-like report. And look how reasonable people in South Philly are!
“These kids aren’t doing anything that you or I didn’t do, or anybody else,” said Pennsport Civic Association President Jim Moylan. But, he said, they are doing it in a much more dangerous area than dark areas beneath I-95. And if someone got hurt, they are “thousands of yards away from civilization.”
This is about as nice as you can be when tattling on teenagers for, essentially, drinking in the woods.
A new twist on the Brady Bunch gets two gay dads top honors in Arizona (courtesy of Esquire)
Steven and Roger Ham may seem like your typical parents. They take the kids to school, make sure everyone does their homework and even introduced a dog and kitty to the household. The only difference – these dads are raising 12 kids in their Phoenix home (in a state that doesn’t allow same-sex marriage and where legislators have tried to pass anti-gay adoption laws for years). That’s one of the reasons why Esquire named them among the “10 Best Dads of 2012”.
The oldest of this clan is 17 and the youngest is just three – and all are adopted. According to an article from the couple’s hometown paper, Steven spent six years as a stay-at-home dad raising the kids, though he went back to work for the first time this year – while Roger (a school bus driver) took 11 of the kids on a trip to the West coast during his summer off. The men – both in their 40s – have been together for nearly 19 years.
Esquire credits these gay dads with being great parents despite the odds. Since Arizona law prohibits marriage and adoption for same-sex couples, 10 of the children are legally bound only to Steven and two others, who had been adopted in Washington State where the laws favor LGBT parents, have been legally adopted by both proud papas. To make things easier at home, Roger even changed his name so that the family could have more consistency.
Have you seen Angels in America yet? The Young Friends (35 and younger) are hosting a pre-show VIP reception (7 p.m.) at the Wilma with complimentary food from Marathon Grill.
If you like Tori Amos, you’ll love Theresa Anderson. She plays the Tin Angel (7:30 p.m.).
Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus celebrates 30 years at the Prince Music Theatre (8 p.m.) with shows through the weekend. The concert features the world premiere of “Raise Our Voice,” a commissioned work by PGMC member Chip Alfred and Michael Djupstom that’s based on interviews with fellow chorus members.
Fierce!, an international queer burlesque festival, plays Tabu (8 p.m.) with Liberty City Kings and more.
At a time when LGBT families are making media headlines, a documentary – In My Shoes: Stories of Youth With LGBT Parents – goes behind the scenes to get to know same-sex parents and their kids. We hear their views on everything from marriage and what it means to be a family to changing minds about what really makes a family. This film was produced by the COLAGE Youth Leadership and Action Program and directed by Jen Gilomen.
Human Rights Campaign has joined forces with Marc Jacobs in honor of all the LGBT moms and dads out there. Just in time for Mother’s Day (and Father’s Day next month), Little Marc Jacobs – the designer’s children’s line – is showcasing two new toddler tops inspired by the company’s own president (and gay dad) Robert Duffy.
The shirts offer a new twist on an old concept: “If one parent says no, ask the other.”
Made from 100 percent organic cotton (think: super soft), the kid’s tees are available in unisex sizes in a limited-edition collaboration sold exclusively at HRC Stores around the country and online. Retailing for $35, 100 percent of net proceeds go toward HRC’s fight for LGBT family equality.
Twelve-year-old Isak Atkins-Pearcy is just a kid. He likes to be silly, play outside with his dog Bingo, eat donuts, read and spend time with his family. He also recently participated in a video project in support of his two lesbian moms.
“I think in a world where everything is right, you could love anyone you wanted to,” says the pre-teen. He’s hoping the video will show people that his family is just like any other – and that they deserve the same rights in his home state of North Carolina where a constitutional amendment is up for vote next month that would recognize only partnerships between one man and one woman.
“Kids are more open-minded and they know this isn’t right,” he says. “If every kid got two adults to vote – that’s a lot of people.”
“That’s so gay.” According to a new report from GLSEN, the word “gay” is being used by kids as early as elementary school – and not in a positive way. In the report, “Playgrounds and Prejudice,” the LGBT organization found that not only are gay taunts part of the bullying phenomenon, but that it begins at earlier ages than first imagined.
“Over the past few years, there has been an increase in research on bullying in schools, including elementary schools,” says Dr. Joseph Kosciw, one of the researchers. “However, our report is one of the few that examines bias-based bullying at the elementary school level and the first to examine incidents of homophobic remarks and the negative experiences of children who do not conform to societal standards in their gender expression.”
The report finds that 75 percent of students say they’ve been bullied. And almost 40 percent say it’s because they weren’t good at sports. And 26 percent are bullied because they do well academically.