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Rose Of Tralee Maria Walsh Reveals She's Gay - VIDEO

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Philadelphia Rose Maria Walsh, the 2014 winner of Irish international beauty pageant The Rose of Tralee, has revealed that she is gay, reports The Independent.

Now in its 55th year, the Rose of Tralee includes young women of Irish descent from Ireland and around the world. 

In an interview with the Irish Sun, Walsh, who was crowned the new Rose in County Kerry on Saturday night, said:

"I'm confident in who I am as a person. The Rose of Tralee is about celebrating women's intelligence, careers, their volunteer work. The question of sexuality never came up. To me, being gay is normal. It's natural."

Walsh is a Boston native who moved to County Mayo with her family 20 years ago. Following her graduation, she moved to New York and later to Philadelphia.

Last week, reigning Miss Spain Patricia Yurena became the first openly gay national pageant queen.

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Giovanni's Room, Nation's Oldest LGBT Bookstore, To Reopen

The U.S.’s oldest gay bookstore, Giovanni’s Room, is officially reopening for business under new management after months of speculation that the store would be closing for good Publisher’s Weekly reports. Last fall current owner Ed Hermance announced that after 40 years of operation, he was looking to sell.

Screenshot 2014-07-24 13.25.21“I’ve been looking for a successor for 25 years,” Hermance told Publisher’s Weekly in 2013. “It just can’t go on like this.”

Hermance, who did not collect a paycheck as proprietor of Giovanni’s Room, ran the business at a loss and ultimately opted for retirement. Hermance alluded to being involved in talks to sell the bookstore late last year, but details and a timeline as to the store’s future were few and far between.

The name of the LGBT organization responsible for the purchase of Giovanni’s Room has yet to be released, pending the signing of agreements transferring ownership of the organization, but the store is scheduled to reopen this fall.

1973 Tom Weinberg, Dan Sherbo, Bern Boylethe founded Giovanni’s Room in the heart of Philadelphia. In the years since its opening the bookstore has become a cultural mainstay both for Philadelphia’s gay community, but also for those visiting the city and looking for a jumping off point. The 3,000 sq. ft. store is staffed entirely by community volunteers, and Hermance has expressed his desire to remain similarly involved after the lease is signed over August 1.


'Ex-Gay' Pittsburgh Pastor Duane Youngblood Accused Of Molesting Teenage Boy

Duane Youngblood, author of Freedom From Homosexuality: No Longer Living The Lie and owner of the Higher Call World Outreach Church in Homestead, Pennsylvania, has been arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting a teenager.

YoungbloodThe boy, now aged 21, told police that the pastor sexually abused him between 2009 and 2001 while Youngblood was supposed to be counseling him, reports CBS Pittsburgh. Youngblood is also accused of showing the teen an adult movie on his computer.

The pastor reportedly asked his victim not to tell his mother “because he didn’t want to get into trouble.”

In his 2006 book, Youngblood "shares insights and truth to help anyone struggling with perversions find a place of forgiveness and deliverance in God."

Neighbors say the pastor, who is a registered sex offender, is married with multiple children.

In 2006, Youngblood was sentenced to one year of intermediate punishment and seven years’ probation after he was found guilty of molesting a 15-year-old boy whom he was also counseling.


First Ever Transgender Mr. Gay Philadelphia Crowned

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Last night, Philadelphia made history by crowning its first ever transgender Mr. Gay contestant! Lou Cutler, a 33-year-old from the City of Brotherly Love won the title in a competition held last night at Field House.

Congratulations, Lou!

Thanks to Visit Philly for the photo.


Philadelphia Arena Football Team Hosts First Ever LGBT-Awareness Game

SegalThis weekend, gay activist and Philadelphia Gay News publisher Mark Segal performed the coin toss in the nation’s first pro-football LGBT-awareness game. It was an arena football game between the Philadelphia Soul and New Orleans VooDoo.

NBC Philadelphia paints the scene:

Free tickets were given to residents of the John C. Anderson LGBT-friendly Senior apartments and the Attic LGBT Youth Organization. Leaders of the LGBT community made several appearances, rainbow colors were painted on the arena, and there were even LGBT-themed touchdown celebrations.

“Every time the Soul made a touchdown, a guy came out with a huge rainbow flag and ran around the arena,” Segal said.

For Segal, one of the most memorable moments occurred during and after the singing of the National Anthem.

The Gay Men’s Chorus did the Star Spangled Banner,” Segal said. “As the members were leaving, the Philly Soul players lined up to thank each and every one of them. To stand there on the field and watch a professional football team thanking members of the gay community was a little overwhelming.”

Segal added that when he first started his gay activism at age 18, being openly gay at a football game could’ve gotten you killed. The Philly Soul won the game 79 to 60.


Philadelphia Man Murdered After Traveling to Meet Man He Had Contacted On Grindr

Dino-dizdarevicA 25-year-old Phillly man was murdered last week after driving to Chester, Pennsylvania to meet a man he had contacted through Grindr.

Dino Dizdarević’s body was discovered early Thursday. He had been strangled and, according to Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan, sustained “multiple blunt-force trauma injuries to the face.”

Philadelphia magazine reports:

On Wednesday, April 30th, Dizdarević told his boyfriend, Nick McBee [below left], with whom he was in an open relationship, he was driving to Chester to meet a man he'd met on the app. McBee began to fear the worst when the night wore on and he hadn't heard anything from him. "He was a responsible person. He always called to let me know where he was," he says. "I knew something was wrong."

Dina-dizdarevic-nick-mcbeeMcBee filed a missing person's report with the Philadelphia Police Department on Thursday morning, and was called to identify a body in Chester that matched the description. It was Dizdarević, though, according to sources close to the couple, he had been beaten so severely that he was only able to be identified from his clothing.

The pair had been together since December 2012, with McBee saying of Dizdarević: “I loved him so much. We had so many big plans for the future”

So far no arrests have been made in the case, and it is not being investigated as a hate crime. Police are asking for any information that may lead to an arrest in the case.

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