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

Something happened a few weeks ago that literally made me stop and take note of how far we have come in our struggle for equality.

I have been an LGBT activist now for 45-plus years, so I can recall the time when you’d request a meeting and you’d simply be ignored or when we had

Next week a press conference will be held. It’s not unusual to have a press conference to announce almost any new program, but this one represents something that the world, and our community, is just beginning to recognize: the history of the struggle for LGBT equality.

It’s Feb. 10 and I’m supposed to be in Washington, D.C., at the White House LGBT Elder Housing Conference — but instead I’m home in bed with the flu.

Last Sunday on one of those morning news talk shows, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker was asked about Hillary Clinton’s possible candidacy for president. He responded: “People want to look to the future, we don’t want to go back in time.”

Waiting for a flight at Philadelphia International Airport proved to be a lesson on how and why Philadelphia is a leader in LGBT inclusion.

While recently working at my desk to complete a project for which I was on deadline, I decided to take a break and check my email. There I saw a press release announcing an upcoming event by Jewish Pride — the LGBT affinity group of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia — scheduled for Feb. 8.

Hollywood awards season is upon us! This week we saw the Golden Globes and the release of the nominations for the Academy Awards, aka the Oscars. At both, several LGBT people were recognized — and that’s important, since a major part of the fight for equality is about visibility and being treated equal in all areas.

For those who read this column or have kept up with my activities during the last year, you might feel, as I do, that it’s been a special year. In fact, for me it has been the best year of my life and, at 63, that’s saying something. I spent 45 of those years as a

At this time of year, most of us pause and look back at how it was.  For many of us (at least in 35 states now), it was a great year since we now have marriage equality.

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