As Feds Debate Marriage Act, Couple Live Under the Threat of Deportation

The thrill and challenge of staying together through thick and thin is intense: Anton Tanumihardja, an Indonesian national, could be deported at any minute. He’s requested political asylum in the U.S. since overstaying his Visa in 2002 based on fear of persecution as a result of being gay, Catholic and ethnically Chinese, a triple minority in Indonesia.

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Posted Jun. 8, 2011 | Comments: 2

Gay Philly Cop Shares His Story

Philly police officers come in all shapes and sizes—and sexual orientations, too. Might seem surprising at first given what’s considered a macho culture on the force, but one openly gay cop says don’t believe the stereotypical hype. PW caught up with Officer Lee Marrero at end of his midnight-to-8 a.m. shift in the dilapidated 22nd District just west of Temple.

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Gay Married Men Find Support in Secret

“It’s hard to live ‘gay pride’ when you know you have been shamefully hiding your gayness for so many years,” says 40-something-year old Kevin as he heads down Third Street in Old City on a recent hot, muggy day. Kevin is the creator of the M5 Group, a club for closeted gay men in marriages with women looking to meet other gay married men.

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Posted Jun. 8, 2011 | Comments: 35

LGBT Activist Tackles Stereotypes About Gay Culture

Brian Sims isn’t running for office, but the 32-year-old lawyer is making politics his business, hoping to give a fresh look to LGBT rights by breaking down stereotypes and false perceptions that too often stymie the movement. Sims, a self-professed “professional gay,” who gets paid to tell his coming-out story at colleges around the country, says he isn’t trying to redefine what being gay means, but contends homosexuality is “an everybody thing.”

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Philly legislator Mike Stack talks minimum wage on MSNBC
By Randy LoBasso

Raising the minimum wage has become a huge national issue this election year and State Sen. Mike Stack (D-Philadelphia), who is running for Lt. Governor, has co-sponsored a bill that would raise both the standard and tipped minimum wage to $12 per hour in Pennsylvania. The bill, which he introduced alongside State Sen. Daylin Leach, [...]

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Donovan McNabb arrested in Arizona
By Randy LoBasso

The sports media world is scrambling to figure out one thing: Why was Donovan McNabb arrested in Arizona? Because he was. Former Eagle quarterback Donovan McNabb was arrested and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office just released his mugshot. According to TMZ: Donovan McNabb was arrested in Arizona … and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office has released his mug [...]