Monday, February 4, 2013
A new poll shows Pennsylvania voters support same-sex marriage by a small margin.
Same-sex marriage is still a topic being debated in Pennsylvania. More voters (47 percent) support same-sex marriage than oppose it (43 percent), according to a January Quinnipiac University poll, but the margin is still small. The numbers were even closer among men polled, with 44 percent supporting and 46 opposing same-sex marriage. Women were less split with 50 percent supporting same-sex unions and 40 percent opposing them. When the voters polled were split by religion, 50 percent of white Catholics support same-sex unions with 40 percent oppose them. White Protestants were less accepting with 31 percent in support of same-sex unions and 60 percent opposing them. Of the Republicans polled, 23 percent support it, while 67 percent oppose…
Monday, November 5, 2012
The president of Equality Pennsylvania highlights races to watch for LGBT quality on Election Day
Monday, November 5, 2012
By Adrian Shanker/Equality Pennsylvania Every election is important. Every time we vote, we are deciding who will represent us, and which values are important to us at the time. This election could mark a turning point for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender equality. This election marks the first time a major-party nominee for President supports marriage equality. From the President on down, here are some races to watch for LGBT equality. The Presidential: For the first time in American history, a major party nominee for President supports marriage equality. Also for the first time in history, a majority of Americans support marriage equality. And for the first time in numerous election cycles, marriage has not been a major wedge …
Thursday, October 11, 2012
25 years after the National March for Gay and Lesbian Rights, president of Equality PA Adrian Shanker shares his thoughts about National Coming Out Day.
One year, to the day, after the 1987 National March on Washington for Gay and Lesbian Rights, the first National Coming Out Day was observed. Originally intended as a commemoration of social awareness of the existence of gays and lesbians, I believe that National Coming Out Day can continue to hold meaning for the LGBT community and our allies in this era of increased social acceptance. The unabating image of a scared teenager sitting his or her parents down before Thanksgiving and saying, "Mom, dad, I'm gay" may remain true for some, but for many LGBT young people today, that method is more fit for a Hollywood movie than a real conversation. For many young LGBT people, it's much more passive, and significantly less emotional. It's also …
Friday, August 3, 2012
DeSales alumnus and McShea Leadership award-winner Tim Gallagher sat down for an interview with Patch on DeSales, diversity and the action that pushed him to write online petition about same-sex rights.
When Tim Gallagher was a resident adviser at DeSales University his sophomore year, he says a freshman found the word "fag" carved into his front door. That action started a series of events that led the alumnus to start an online petition against DeSales policy this week. On Monday, Gallagher posted the petition on Change.org in response to repeated denials by university officials to allow an LGBT student group to form on campus. The controversy comes during the same week that same-sex marriage is sparking both demonstrations of support and protests at Chick-fil-A restaurants nationwide. Gallagher told Patch, "The administrative director told me that we could fix [the student's] door, but that was about it. They said [the incident] would…