Queer Issue

As Feds Debate Marriage Act, Couple Live Under the Threat of Deportation

The thrill and challenge of staying together through thick and thin is intense: Anton Tanumihardja, an Indonesian national, could be deported at any minute. He’s requested political asylum in the U.S. since overstaying his Visa in 2002 based on fear of persecution as a result of being gay, Catholic and ethnically Chinese, a triple minority in Indonesia.

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Gay Philly Cop Shares His Story

Philly police officers come in all shapes and sizes—and sexual orientations, too. Might seem surprising at first given what’s considered a macho culture on the force, but one openly gay cop says don’t believe the stereotypical hype. PW caught up with Officer Lee Marrero at end of his midnight-to-8 a.m. shift in the dilapidated 22nd District just west of Temple.

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LGBT Activist Tackles Stereotypes About Gay Culture

Brian Sims isn’t running for office, but the 32-year-old lawyer is making politics his business, hoping to give a fresh look to LGBT rights by breaking down stereotypes and false perceptions that too often stymie the movement. Sims, a self-professed “professional gay,” who gets paid to tell his coming-out story at colleges around the country, says he isn’t trying to redefine what being gay means, but contends homosexuality is “an everybody thing.”

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Gay Married Men Find Support in Secret

“It’s hard to live ‘gay pride’ when you know you have been shamefully hiding your gayness for so many years,” says 40-something-year old Kevin as he heads down Third Street in Old City on a recent hot, muggy day. Kevin is the creator of the M5 Group, a club for closeted gay men in marriages with women looking to meet other gay married men.

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RAGE Documentary Chronicles Fight to End SEPTA’s Gender Stickers

Much like Rosa Parks, Charlene Arcila never set out to be a symbol for the civil-rights movement. In 2007, the transgender woman says she was denied the right to use her weekly TransPass because a SEPTA worker insisted that her gender did not match the “F” sticker on it. Arcila says she was harassed by the SEPTA worker and was forced to explain her gender identity. She refused.

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PW’s Guide to Gay-Owned Restaurants

Field Guide understands the absurdity of labeling BLTs a “gay food”; eggs Benedict is, of course, much gayer. So instead of telling you which foods will confuse your strict Catholic parents, here’s a list of places owned by gay Philadelphians.

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Quince Productions Offers Two LGBT Plays

Philadelphia theaters tend to fall into two categories: the larger companies that present broader, more universal fare, and the small and midsize troupes that seek out a particular niche. But even in a performing arts community as large as Philly’s there’s long been a shortage of theater that specifically explores the lives of gays and lesbians. This spring is different.

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Robert Morris Tackles Gender Issues With His Videos

For Robert Morris gender is a natural subject for an art project. Morris, a local gay rights activist and senior fine arts student at St. Joseph’s University, has been obsessed with questions about his own orientation since he was 16. The videos he made for his recent senior show—stories of personal empowerment loosely based on his life—reflect his passion.

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Robe Trotter

Judge Daniel Anders may be the most well-known personality in the least-known political campaign in Philadelphia. On top of his regular judicial schedule, Anders is flying in full campaign mode, running ragged from one event to another throughout the city while seeking a 10-year seat on Philadelphia’s Court of Common Pleas. He’s also running as the city’s first openly gay judge.

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Keys of Life

As a transsexual African-American female organist, Desiree Hines has encountered her fair share of discrimination in a field dominated by white men. But along her rough road she’s developed a commitment to visibility. The director of the Traverse Arts Project (TAP)’s upcoming LGBT festival, Hines sat down to talk with PW about her long journey.

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