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Robbie Rogers scored the first goal of the game May 11, but he scored even bigger with the Philadelphia Falcons. Rogers, who plays with the L.A. Galaxy, came out publicly in 2013 with the intent to retire from soccer rather than face the expected onslaught of homophobia and bigotry sometimes associated with professional sports. But fortunately for the soccer world, he was convinced to continue playing and now, three years later, he’s playing first string and he and partner Greg Berlanti have welcomed a baby boy into their family.

Every year on June 15, World Elder Abuse Awareness Day highlights the damage caused by the abuse, neglect and exploitation of older adults. Pennsylvania, it should be noted, has the fourth-largest population of seniors in the country. By 2020, about 3.3-million Pennsylvanians are expected to be over the age of 60. As this population increases, the abuse, neglect and financial exploitation of older adults is becoming a critical issue we cannot ignore.

A friend of my partner and me invited us to a concert a couple of weeks ago. I'm not typically much for concerts. The crowds, lack of seating and overpriced drinks generally cause me to prefer other forums for live entertainment; however, this particular friend is in her 60s and came out as a lesbian-identified trans woman last year after 40-something years of upper-class male heteronormativity.

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Gay Games IV diving and softball participant Dale Dmitrzak. Photo: PGN archives

 

Gay Paree!

Registration for the 10th quadrennial Gay Games opens May 13, and Philadelphia Liberty Tennis Association (Philadelphialibertytennis.org) is teaming up with Boxers to host a registration party 5:30-8 that evening. Expect a 50/50 drawing and a raffle for registrations to 2018 Gay Games Paris, with proceeds going to PLTA and the Philadelphia Open tennis tournament.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently filed its first suits challenging sexual-orientation discrimination as sex discrimination — one comes from Pennsylvania and the other Maryland. In the lawsuits, the agency charges that a gay male employee and a lesbian employee were subjected to hostile work environments because of their sex.

A new study on children with two moms is the first to use an apples-to-apples comparison and a nationally representative sample to conclude that same-sex parents are as good as different-sex ones. That’s all well and good, but with national marriage equality and no more states banning same-sex couples from adopting, is this type of research still important? And is it conclusive enough that we no longer need research on same-sex parents and our children?

STD Awareness Month is here, along with the alarming news that sexually transmitted diseases are on the rise. Recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis show surprising and unfortunate numbers, with cases of all three diseases increasing for the first time since 2006.

Soccer will probably never overtake baseball as America’s favorite pastime, but it is evident that the past decade has seen a massive increase in the number of people interested in the game. World Cup followers aside, there are plenty of people passionate about futbol in Philadelphia. There are those who brought their love of the game with them and many others are finding the action more exciting than football — with its six seconds of action and two minutes of milling about ass-patting.         

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