Mark My Words

Mark Segal, PGN publisher, is the nation’s most-award-winning commentator in LGBT media. You can follow him on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MarkSegalPGN or Twitter at https://twitter.com/PhilaGayNews.


Last week, Philadelphia Gay News reported that the local chapter of the Log Cabin Republicans (LGBT Republicans) are going along with the national organization and endorsing Donald Trump for re-election.

If you’re a member of the LGBT community, you’re affected by HIV/AIDS in many ways.  And if you needed information related to AIDS/HIV when the crisis emerged, there was only one reliable place that you could turn: your local LGBT newspaper, like this one.  At that time, the mainstream media, even The New York Times and Philadelphia Inquirer, were derelict in their duties as media sources and journalists. If you needed to know where to receive treatment, what drugs were available to help, and new organizations that were formed to help support the fight, the only place you could find information on a regular, reliable basis was your local LGBT newspaper.

Welcome back from summer.  What did you miss?

Let’s see Marvel announced another LGBT character, scientists say there’s no one single gay gene, rather a combination of genetic factors, and it was announced that the TV show you should be watching, “Pose” was renewed for a third season.

My Labor Day weekend column is always one that muses on topics that just don’t make it in during the rest of the year.  Little tidbits and thoughts that might give you an idea of what I’m thinking and an opportunity to debate the issues.

A very well deserved congratulations to the William Way LGBT Community Center for securing a $1 million grant from the state of Pennsylvania that will allow for an upgrade to the building that has been patched up since the community first purchased it way back in 1997.  It’s a new phase and a new start for the center.

You know of this man: He’s the founder and owner of Amazon.

And you probably know of “Creep of the Week,” the syndicated column in PGN and other LGBTQ newspapers around the nation.

Two years ago I wrote this op-ed for The Advocate. I think these words are as true today as they were then.

In my almost 50 years of LGBT activism, there has never been a time that worried me more about our struggle for equality than the current state of our movement. It shocks me to have to say that, since I was a member of New York’s Gay Liberation Front, the organization born from the ashes of Stonewall. We were the most dysfunctional organization to ever exist in the LGBT community. We fought among ourselves at every turn, and while we disagreed on almost everything, we managed to create a community that didn’t exist before. We nurtured it and celebrated it; we didn’t tear it apart.

Each year Jason and I do a road trip. The rules are very simple: We try to go to places we haven’t been, the place must have something we’ve heard about that is slightly odd, and the place must take us out of our comfort zone so we can see what it’s like living out of our East Coast liberal bubble.

“Why weren’t the events of Stonewall’s 50th anniversary covered by the Inquirer?”

That’s the question I’ve been asked after a whirlwind month that had me traveling around the country to talk about the Stonewall Riots and their aftermath in the year that followed. Even staffers in the Inquirer’s newsroom begged the question during a recent farewell party I attended at the Philly publication’s Center City headquarters.

The 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots have passed, and as an integral part of the anniversary and the 50 years leading up to it, I have an inside track and knowledge as to who the players are and how they did their jobs for our community. Two organizations failed our community this year. 

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