On Saturday, I attended the Delaware Valley Legacy Fund‘s (DVLF) annual holiday charity event, TOY. Taking place along the corridors and alleys of a closed Reading Terminal Market, over 400 showed up to eat, drink and be merry. Or should I say “Mary.” A big chunk of the crowd were LGBTers, who came out in their yuletide finest to support the cause, which, according to DVLF’s Ron Lucente, raised 350 toys that will be distributed to children between the ages of 2 and 17 at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
Countering sometimes popular assumptions that the Hispanic community is somehow anti-gay, a new report co-released today by National Council of La Raza (NCLR) and Social Science Research Solutions (SSRS) finds that Latinos are, in fact, as open and tolerant, if not more tolerant, than the general population in the U.S. when it comes to LGBT issues.
The report, LGBT Acceptance and Support: The Hispanic Perspective, offers an in-depth look at how Latinos view gays and lesbians within their own community, as well as the level of support for LGBT issues.
The report, funded by the Arcus Foundation, tells us that Hispanics are actually more inclined to support legal same-sex marriage and to be more accepting of gays and lesbians in society than most non-Hispanic Americans. Also, Latinos are just as likely as any other group in the U.S. today to identify as LGBT.
This past weekend, the media world lost Mike Wallace, a pioneer in many ways when it came to broadcast journalism. It got us to thinking about the very famous report he did for CBS in 1967 called “The Homosexuals.” Created as a one-hour documentary for the network, Wallace anchored the episode which dealt frankly with gay life for the first time on mainstream television.
Not only did the world get to hear from gay men, psychiatrists, legal experts and cultural critics, but the interviews were interspersed with footage of gay bars and a police sex sting. More sensational than one might have hoped, the episode was history-making – for better or worse. And while gay activists long criticized Wallace for creating controversy, the show certainly speaks to life before Stonewall – and even some of the issues that still persist for the LGBT community in mainstream media.
Check it out: