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 or Twitter at

This week another conservative Catholic Bishop goes into retirement — Philadelphia's Archbishop Charles Chaput. He leaves not having obtained his life’s goal, and we in our community can take credit. This is a form of activism that others around the nation need to learn, so I’m sharing it here. 

Democrats, chill out. We have a long way to go before we have a nominee.  Sure Iowa was a cluster f--k and New Hampshire offered little surprises other than a major showing for Senator Amy Klobuchar coming in third ahead of both Biden and Warren.  Both Mayor Pete and Bernie went one and two, and it doesn’t matter in which order since, and here’s the important part, neither Iowa nor New Hampshire is reflective of either the Democratic party or the country.  They are both out of touch with our country's diversity, average age and economics. Iowa has a caucus that is unfair to working families and those experiencing economic hardship and poverty. New Hampshire Unaffiliated voters can vote in the Democratic primary through loopholes.  What does this tell us?


Zola is pure joy. That's the answer I give every time someone asks, "How's your puppy, by the way?" All dogs, in my eyes, will always be puppies. Zola is now two years old, and she hasn't slowed down, but Jason and I, as her parents, have learned certain traits of French bulldogs.

Like many, as the year ends, I usually take a look at what kind of year it has been. For me, 2019 was the year of Stonewall 50 and celebrating 50 years as an activist for change. This year turned out to be the busiest of my life, and thanks to you, it gave me an opportunity to take stock of not only the year, but my life as well.

Mayor Pete, the out gay man running for president has had a couple of challenging weeks.  But this comes after him riding a wave of successful polls in the first caucus state, Iowa. Being at the top of the field opens you to more scrutiny by the other candidates and by the media. That’s the problem with a spotlight.

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