The Queer Issue

Pushing Boundaries in 2009

By PW Staff
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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. Along those lines, Philly’s Desiree Hines, an African-American classical musician, knows all about transgressing gender perceptions, and she shares her painful but triumphant journey. Judge Dan Anders is the city’s first openly gay judge, but after years on the bench, he happily suspects his sexuality is no longer an issue. Steven Wells—neither gay nor straight—talks about bisexuality; the word “arse” is used. North Philly’s Kevin Simmons is on track to be the black Perez Hilton—out and proud, the host of The Skorpion Show gets a visit. Daniel Denvir writes about Pennsylvania priorities: same-sex marriage or antidiscrimination legislation? You pick! Finally, don’t forget to check out our super duper Equality Forum supplement, with news and events and fun. It’s a good week to be queer.


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Tara Murtha



Keys of Life

A local trans musician went through hell to get here

By Catherine Caperello



Best Bi

There are two sides to every story

By Steven Wells



Put a Sting on It

North Philly's gossipy, snap-happy Skorpion and Makael are a YouTube sensation.

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1. Jeff Keith said... on May 10, 2009 at 03:32PM

“I LOVED your Queer Issue! Putting the pregnant man from Oregon on the cover was a brilliant way to remind us of the diversity of our LGBTQ community/communities. It tells us that we are now in the 21st century, and many things are possible that we might not have imagined possible in the 1960s and 70s.
My boyfriend and I are both in subgroups that too often get marginalized, me because I'm "old" (64 years young, 38 years in the gay community) and he because he's deaf. I imagine that we probably make a rather "queer" sight ourselves when we walk down the street together.
Thanks again for the Queer Issue.
Jeff Keith, South Philadelphia
daytime phone, not for publication 215-239-3433”


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