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

There is a national spotlight on the 50th anniversary of the first LGBT demonstrations in front of Independence Hall that took place every July 4 from 1965-69. While it was a pivotal change in the struggle for equality, some are revising our history out of context by stating it is the 50th anniversary of the LGBT movement. That simply is not true.

Would you believe it’s been over a year now since the John C. Anderson LGBT-friendly senior apartments opened to much fanfare? Well, all of us involved in the process of developing the building have been so exhausted from the quick four-year building project that we didn’t plan a celebration.

This past week, many of us were amazed watching the tangled web of the anti-LGBT legislation that became law in Indiana, which has become a national poster child for LGBT discrimination. The outcry over Indiana’s law likely served as the impetus for the governor of Arkansas to reject similar legislation, although he callled for a clarification. While it looks (as I write this column on Wednesday) that there is some form of compromise or fix in the Indiana legislation in the offing, please note, as we did last week, that this is only one of 28 states with antigay legislation in the making.

From time to time I turn to my Facebook page ( to ask followers what subjects they’d like me to touch on in my weekly column. So here goes.

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.”

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