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.


If you’re a regular reader of this column, you’re aware that I’ve published my first book, which is my memoir. As with most books, the author goes on a book-promotion tour, which is time-intensive. At times you’re not sure what city or venue you’re going to next, but you can’t help but take something positive back with you from each visit.

As I write this column, I’m on JetBlue Flight 260 on my way to Boston, where I’m speaking and signing my just-released memoir at Harvard University. Yes, that Harvard. I’ve already been to four other cities on my book tour. As the flight was about to take off, I got the following email from my book publisher:

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.

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