Judge Dan Anders is gay. Big deal.
Steven Wells kicks off PW's Queer Issue with an announcement: He has kissed a boy, and he liked it. What makes him different from other men? He's willing to admit it.
Welcome to PW’s Queer Issue, our yearly (we hope) exploration of all things LGBT (and Q and I and ... ). This year’s theme is pushing boundaries—and what could be more challenging to hetero mores than our cover model Thomas Beatie, the man who gave birth last year. Beatie emobodies the spirit of queer—upending assumptions about gender, marriage and parenthood.
As a transsexual African-American female organist, Desiree Hines has encountered her fair share of discrimination in a field dominated by white men. But along her rough road she’s developed a commitment to visibility. The director of the Traverse Arts Project (TAP)’s upcoming LGBT festival, Hines sat down to talk with PW about her long journey.
Welcome to The Skorpion Show, a low-tech, high-volume YouTube talk show full of celebrity gossip, family intrusions and occasional advice on how to tell if your man is gay. And Kevin Simmons—the “Skorpion” of the show’s title—believes it can be his launching pad to stardom.
There’s a rich history of queer activism here. But now, outside of friendly enclaves like Philly, it’s still perfectly legal in Pennsylvania to fire someone or deny someone housing because they are gay or transgendered.
Gay Philly Cop Shares His Story
State of the Gay Union
PW's Guide to Gay-Owned Restaurants