Clay Cane is a New York City-based writer who is recognized for his contributions in journalism. Clay is a regular contributor for various print and online publications such as The Advocate and BET.com. He is the author of the highly anticipated novel Ball-Shaped World, which is a fictionalized account of the black and Latino ballroom scene. Also, he is the Entertainment Editor at BET.com and a member of New York Film Critics Online. He can be reached at claycane@gmail.com.


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    Tuesday, May 30, 2006

    PGN

    music: "Bette Davis Eyes" by Kim Carnes

    I hope everyone had a good weekend .... ! I'm sure there will be some bloggers detailing the happenings. Yes, Lawd ...

    I used to live in the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection known as Philadelphia -- the City bored me to tears so I packed my bags and ran here to the tri-state area. Philly is an interesting City and has tons of history ... it is also one of the most segregated urban cities in the world. Of course this segregation trickles down to LGBT communities.

    Philadelphia Gay News (PGN) is once again under scrutiny for their despicable coverage of LGBTs of color. This has been happening for years and finally a collective of people are taking a stand against it (Now if we could get a collective of people to take a stand against the hatred spewed on LGBTs of color in the Final Call! THAT is another story ... ). Lee Carson from http://lees-space.blogspot.com/ has wrote a letter to the PGN and is encouraging others who are, or from the Philadelphia area, to do the same. Pasted below is an excerpt of his letter.

    "Members of our communities must be careful to not provide ammunition to those seeking to limit or take away our fundamental rights. We cannot tolerate marginalization within the LGBT community. Hence, we demand that the PGN provide greater press coverage related to the diverse LGBT experiences occurring in Philadelphia, including LGBT communities of color .... We share your vision of an honest news source that works with integrity and professionalism to serve the LGBT community. With these changes, we believe that the PGN can serve as a model of fair, non-marginal 'gay press.' Even still, it can exist another 30 years with deeper respect from Philadelphia’s racially and/or ethnically diverse LGBT communities."

    I am glad to see people are taking note of this historical failure with the PGN. Please check out Lee's Space for more information and what you can do if you would like to make your voice heard --- and, in my wispy Michael Jackson nose ready to collapse voice, "Make that change ... "

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