As PGN goes to press, it has been 421 days since the 2016 presidential election. Members of the LGBT community and other marginalized groups remember the day after with dread. We cried many tears, shook our fists with anger and leaned on loved ones to get through the beginning of what was sure to be a challenging four years. 

In my first story for PGN, I had to mention the phrase “penis-shape bagel-eating contest.” What did I get myself into? I wondered. I was 21, fresh out of college and on my first day assigned a preview story about OutFest 2007. I quickly learned this was not going to be a run-of-the-mill, entry-level journalism job.


It is by no means a secret that state Rep. Daryl Metcalfe is an opponent of LGBT rights. However, his actions this week highlighted just how deep his homophobia runs — and the real-life implications of such attitudes on LGBT Pennsylvanians.

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