Mark My Words

Mark My Words

by Mark Segal

A couple of years ago, the author and director of the Academy Award-nominated How to Survive a Plague, David France, contacted me for his next project. We chatted a few times and then he arrived at my door with a complete film crew and research staff. He was going to spend the day filming me talking about my sister from Gay Liberation Front in New York, Marsha P. Johnson. Last week, France was kind enough to ask me to the Tribeca Film Festival for a showing of that film, now titled The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson.

How many of you watched the ABC miniseries “When We Rise”? Not many, according to the ratings.

That might be due to several factors, among them the way the LGBT history series was promoted and its lukewarm reviews. My take is this:

Mr. President: I write to you today regarding your lifting of the federal guidance on transgender rights in schools. While I am not privy to discussions within your White House, this is viewed by many of us as a victorious win for the bigotry of the Steve Bannon and Vice President Pence parts of your administration – the so-called alt-right constituents. You might regret that advice given to you by this segment of your administration. Here’s why.

Friday, March 03, 2017

Not as Bad as You Think

Let’s state the obvious: the LGBT community of Philadelphia seems to be in disarray. Recently there have been conflicts involving Mazzoni Center, Philadelphia Fight, a state representative, Liberty City LGBT Democratic Club, spilling over into the Mayor’s Office of LGBT Affairs, and rumors flying all over social media.

Friday, January 06, 2017

Taking on 2017

We’ve reach that time of year when we look back, take stock of the year, and begin to think about what will be in the New Year. This year, that is somewhat clouded and overshadowed – as is everything at this point – by the election of Donald Trump as the next president of the USA.


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