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.


     Is Vice President Mike Pence a closeted, deep-in-self-hate raging homo? Is that self-hate so intolerable for him that he’s become the commander in chief at the White House in pushing the most homophobic agenda since McCarthy’s un-American hearings in the 1950s and the George W. Bush anti gay-marriage reelection bid? 

That blue wave that every political pundit and journalist keeps telling us is almost a sure thing in November? For those of you not politically aware of that term, it means a big Democrat win in the midterms. It’s so big that it could have the Democrats taking control of the U.S. House of Representatives and a slimmer chance of the U.S. Senate.

She and I had a special bond. We both grew up knowing poverty. We both felt the sting of discrimination. We also knew the feeling of rejection when we pursued a path that was not generally accepted.

The current presidential administration does not understand spousal abuse or sexual harassment. Most are saying that the person at fault stops at the door of the chief of staff but, no, it stops in the Oval Office at the desk of President Donald Trump.

Everyone in Philadelphia is as proud as peacocks with the Eagles’ win in the Super Bowl. Even President Donald Trump posted a congratulatory tweet. And, as is tradition, the president usually invites the winning team to the White House to officially offer his congratulations.

A few weeks ago, I wrote a column stating that all we needed to do to resist Donald Trump is to be united and vote in 2018. Seems simple, doesn’t it? The most important part of that statement is “united.” Maybe I should have added the importance of being united with those who have been part of the resistance and supported our community. Then maybe I should have added that this is no time to split the community, or our vote. 

With the North Korea situation being in front of the news, the answer to that question is simple: No. But it gives us an opportunity as a community to look at how the U.S. and our community are dealing with other nations and their LGBT policies.

With the North Korea situation being in front of the news, the answer to that question is simple: No. But it gives us an opportunity as a community to look at how the U.S. and our community are dealing with other nations and their LGBT policies.

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