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

These last few years have been incredible for us as a community, and for me personally. My just-released memoir, “And Then I Danced: Traveling the Road to LGBT Equality,” is my view of my almost-50 years of activism. I had no expectations for it once it published, but surprisingly for me it’s now a best-seller on numerous online lists.

While you’re reading this, I’m on a plane on my way to San Francisco for the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association convention, where I’ll speak for the first time about a project I’ve been quietly developing the last few years — and the reason for all those trips to New York City. It’s a project that many of you have suggested over the years, but one to which I didn’t know if I was capable of doing justice.

I’ve spent a lot of time in airports in the last few months, and I’ve noticed wonderful phenomena: LGBT couples holding hands.

Your Holiness,

Many of us in the United States are looking forward to your visit, especially here in Philadelphia, where you will attend the World Meeting of Families. You have told us time and again that the “Church isn’t a toll house” but the house of God “where there is a place for everyone, with all their problems.”

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