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

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.”

Archbishop Chaput in his actions this week proves to be exactly what our friends in Denver, whose archdiocese he previously led, warned Philadelphia about: a man with little respect for humanity.

Republicans, it’s no longer 1950. But, if you continue to take positions that are held by only those born in 1950, like opposition to marriage equality, you are destined to go the way of the dinosaur. So how are the Republican presidential candidates doing on last week’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality? If this were school, what mark would they get? You be the judge.

In defending the Confederate flag flying on public property in South Carolina, political pundit Sara Fagen said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos”: “Not every Southerner who is a Caucasian looks at that [flag] as a symbol of racism.”

You’ll read a lot of marriage-equality articles and news items in the next few weeks thanks to the pending ruling on the subject by the U.S. Supreme Court — but likely none like this one.

It’s been a great few years for all of us who have fought for LGBT equality in many different forms. This week had me a mile off the ground as I watched two of those I’ve worked with over the years reach the pinnacle of success: one in the arts and the other in politics.

Listen up, LGBT America.

The history of your struggle for LGBT equality is about to go mainstream. Just like the struggle of the black community, the Polish-American immigrant story or the Jewish heritage experience, we as a people have a story that also deserves to be told. For many years, society has tried to keep it hidden, and some in our very own community still wish many of us activists would simply just shut up.

Last week, my phone rang and the voice on the other end very apprehensively said their name and then, “I’m the one who has been in a ‘conversion-therapy’ camp.” Then, they began to cry. Here’s how this saga began:

The primary election is this coming Tuesday, and your vote is needed. This election is going to be close — we are looking at a two- or three- point race — which means that our community can play a major role in electing the next mayor. And our hope is that it will be Jim Kenney, a man who has stood side by side with us for almost a quarter of a century. But again, that only happens if you come out to vote. It will be that close. 

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