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

OK, I believe this column is preaching to the choir, but we are days away from an election — an election that will in one way or another change America and either put our community on the road to equality or continue to take our rights away.

So please, for your community and for yourselves, please vote.

There is one vote in particular that every LGBT person in this nation must make: You absolutely must vote for your Democratic congressional candidate. It is the most important vote you can ever make — one that will change our history. You have a chance to be a part of the most progress for our entire community.

There are people like Harvey Milk, Matthew Shepard and Barbara Gittings that give meaning to our fight for equality. And there is no truer image of that struggle for equality than that of Stonewall, the bar in New York where, in June 1969, the community fought back when police raided it. One year after, to commemorate that night and the founding of a new community, Gay Pride was launched. The meaning of that and how we celebrate our community is in a state of rocky discussion; this on the heels of next June’s monumental anniversary, Stonewall 50.

Nikki Haley, one of the few sane people — and even fewer women — in top positions in the Trump administration and a former Republican South Carolina governor, resigned this week as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. You’re asking yourself, What has that to do with LGBT issues? One of her votes was blood- chilling.

“General excellence.”

Upon hearing we’d won this category, my thoughts were, Just another award. Now that might sound jaded, but these days that seems to be the road we’re on, and I should have done my homework.

Attention LGBT media, mainstream media: Don’t you think it’s time to stop asking softball questions of the leadership of the Catholic Church? Let me give you some examples:

When questioning bishops, why not ask: Were you part of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ decision to seal and send reports on your abusive priests/bishops to the Vatican so they can be sealed under diplomatic courtesy? Aside from a religion, the Vatican itself is a country with its own laws, so they can refuse to send documents back to U.S. investigators.

Philly Archbishop Chaput and his wacky “pray-the-gay-away” campaign has scheduled workshops for his priests — sort of a how-to session. Please take note, ACT UP, along with those who care about the separation of church and state, the nonprofit status of the church and most importantly, those victims of sexual abuse by the church, since I’m about to spill the beans.

Most of the world has finally begun to laugh at the idea of “praying away the gay.” That is, with the exception of Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput. The celebrated homophobe has taken a step back to the 1950s with his own “pray the gay away” campaign.

This is the week that most columnists dread, since most of you are on vacation squeezing out the last bit of summer. So we sometimes let you in on our musings or items that we’ve thought about but haven’t put on paper. Thus, this column.

There is not a more important position that this community has to make a stand on than the Catholic Church’s institutionalizing child rape by their priests, bishops and cardinals. Did you read that? CHILD RAPE! That’s what is in the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s report, along with children tied up and whipped and a kiddy-porn ring of priests.

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