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Why were there only 3 charged and “arrested” for the anti-gay bashing attack that took place in Center City Philadelphia when there were at least 10 to 12 suspects at the scene?

 

The two unidentified victims, 26 and 28 year old boyfriends, and several witnesses told NBC Philadelphia that at least two men and six women from the group called the victims “dirty fags” before launching a brutal physical attack on them.

 

Both victims, beat unconscious, received multiple facial fractures, one had severe bruising on his face and will be required to have his jaw wired shut for two months.

 

The only three charged, 26-year-old Kevin Harrigan, 24-year-old Kathryn Knot, and 24-year-old Philip Williams, turned themselves in to Central Detectives Wednesday. They were arraigned and released on bail around 3:30 AM.

 

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Knott was released on $50,000 bail, while Williams and Harrigan were released on $75,000 bail.

 

Some have questioned the Philadelphia Police Departments’ handling of the case. Why did it take 6 days to make an arrest after the attackers were identified by the public? One police source told Philly mag this week that police “don’t have time” to investigate “simple” crimes like these.

 

If this is the mindset of the cop on the beat, then our community has a problem with the police department as a whole. Yes we may have an LGBT police liaison committee but what good are they when cops on the beat believe such brutal hate attacks are “simple” crimes and that they “don’t have time?”

 

The police commanders seem to know what to say but if it is not being transferred down to men and women in the ranks then that leadership needs to be questioned. Imagine a racially biased attack, would the Philadelphia Police ranks not have time to investigate such a crime?

 

It should be noted that Knott’s father is the Police Chief in Chalfont, PA. The question arises, what “professional” courtesy was extended to her and the others charged because of this fact?

 

Why did the police not go to their homes, arrest them, and place them handcuffed in the back of a police car? Why was the courtesy extended to allow these three suspects to turn themselves in, two through a back door?

 

But the question still begs, why only three out of at least 10 noted suspects?

 

When Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams was questioned about this his office replied with the following statement:

 

Based on the evidence, statements from both victims and eyewitness accounts at the scene, the three defendants are the only ones who assaulted the victims in this case.

 

The defendants have been charged with serious state crimes carrying significant, potentially lengthy sentences.

 

But according to reports from the victims and witnesses there were at least two men and six women involved in the attack.

 

When asked if Williams would ask the federal government to pursue federal hate crime charges against the defendants the response was . . .

 

The availability of additional federal charges, if any, would be a matter of concurrent jurisdiction that would not in itself preclude prosecution in state court.

 

Is Williams, who is rumored to be running for mayor, playing to his LBGTQ audience for votes? Did he calculate that three persons charged should be enough to secure an LGBTQ voting block?

 

Are you really telling me that there were no other charges that can be applied to the other attackers? Or do you want us to believe that only three people did this attack while the others watched. Spectators that never called the police to report the attack and who knew who the attackers were and did not immediately come forward and identify them when they were being sought on charges.

 

Yesterday a rally was held by politicians in Love Park, the usual people came out calling for a Pennsylvania hate crimes bill that includes sexual orientation and gender identity. “We want it and we want it now” was the message.

 

Where have they been in their righteous indignation for the last 10 years? Why did it take a vicious homophobic attack to bring the need for an inclusive hate crime to reach critical mass?

 

I commend those who came out to support the rally, but rather than rallies we need protest, rather than speeches we need marches. There needs to be a massive protest march to get our point across.

 

Our righteous indignation must be heard. Three is not enough, nor is non-hate crimes charges. If ever there was a case for federal hate crime charges to be brought this is it. Anything else is a slap in the face the LGBTQ citizens in Philadelphia.

 

Rather than politicians telling us what they would like to happen, they should be using their positions in elected office to get the feds to get involved immediately.

 

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Brain Drain. I’ll admit that science bored me almost to death in high school. So I stayed as far away as possible from it. Even in those days of liberal arts education (is there still such a thing, you might ask?), I managed to move towards the social sciences instead-economics, political science, sociology. But I have become in more recent years fascinated by our brain.

 

Most recently, I’ve discovered through reading that there are more myths about our brain that we’ve all been taught to believe. And, evidently, we’ve been gullible enough to accept many of these common beliefs about the brain, how it functions, what the right side contains and controls, how the left side does the opposite, among other major myths.

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Gregory Hickok, author of “The Myth of Mirror Neurons: The Real Neuroscience of Communication and Cognition,” has written in his field a pivotal book, that is rather heavy duty and not for the average reader, including me. But he does for all of us laymen set out to educate and inform us all of several major myths regarding the brain.

 

Now you have to admit that every one of you must be even remotely interested in our brains. I mean even from an entertainment point of view. I mean, think about all the science fiction books and films that focus upon mind control. Not to mention the political ideologies that are all about power-mind control being central to conquering a population or nation. Let’s throw religion in there, too. And if we really analyze the contemporary world and all the terrorist groups vying for power-it’s all the mind. Thus the very real term-brainwashing, is a practice that seems to be at its zenith in our world today.

 

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Well, let’s get back to the dispelling of the myths about the brain that we’ve believed for decades. We can dispell, according to Hickok, the 19th century French neurophysiologist Pierre Flourens who conducted a series of innovative experiments on a full range of mammals from chickens to frogs in order to observe their behavior under the removal of large portions of brain tissue.

 

Flourens concluded in 1842 that “one can remove, from the front, or the back, or the top or the side, a certain portion of the cerebral lobes, without destroying their function.”

 

From his studies, it translated down to us that “for mental faculties to work properly, it seemed, [we need] just a small part of the lobe.”

 

Thus, myth #1. The popular belief that you’ve all heard at one time or another “that we use only a small portion-10 percent is the figure often cited-of our brain.”

 

Hence other neuroscientists of the period on both sides of the Atlantic incorporated Flourens findings and theories into their approach to the study and treatment of our brain.

 

In 1876, Charles-Edouard Brown-Sequard wrote of the human brain: “very few people develop very much, and perhaps nobody quite fully.”

 

[Editor’s Note: This is the first of a special two-part article on the brain. Part two will appear in the October 3 edition of Qt.] 

 

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www.qFLIXphilly.com With a new festival (and name), new media, new attitude, qFLIX Philadelphia 2014, the city’s and region’s new LGBTQ independent film festival, celebrated its closing night on Monday, September 22, with energy and excitement in anticipation of the premiere of “Out to Kill,” a clever gay whodunit written and directed by Rob Williams at the Perelman Theater as part of Film@Kimmel supported by the Wyncote Foundation.

 

 

Produced by James Duggan & Thom Cardwell in cooperation with PIFVA (Philadelphia Independent Film and Video Association), the five-day event, September 18-22, showcased nearly 40 films, almost exclusively Indie films, mostly directed by American out directors, some veterans and other first-timers, and including some International entries from Mexico, United Kingdom, Spain, Russia and Sweden. CBSFilms offered the popular, soon-to-be-released “PRIDE” so it represented the only studio made film in qFLIX Philadelphia.

 

James Duggan, of QUEERtimes.net, introduced Thom Cardwell, acknowledging his long time career in producing film festivals (qFLIX Philadelphia 2014 marks his 32nd film festival in Philadelphia alone).

 

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After receiving a rousing applause from the enthusiastic audience, Cardwell began the festive evening at the Perelman by sharing the stage with Sharon Pikenson, Executive Director of the Greater Philadelphia Film Office (GPFO), who partnered with qFLIX Philadelphia in presenting a panel on the New Media (it’s all about the web). She engaged the audience by discussing the importance of independent film and film festivals in Philadelphia, before moving on to emphasize and acknowledge the impact of LGBTQ film festivals like qFLIX Philadelphia on the community and the city at large.

 

Cardwell and Duggan presented the first-ever qFLIX Philadelphia “Artistic Achievement in Directing” award to Rob Williams for his long time career and the marking of “Out to Kill” as his latest film. Ever the altruist, a visually moved Willams, during his acceptance, lobbied for cities like Philadelphia to honor the art of queer independent film making and encouraged the audience to support and attend qFLIX Philadelphia and to view, buy and contribute via crowdfunding to continue the tradition and legacy of queer film making.

 

F(L)AG FOOTBALL_THE MOVIE Rob Williams wasn’t the only artist to go home awarded for their efforts. qFLIX Philadelphia jurors focused on four categories during the festival: best documentary, short, feature and “new media” award (for a web based series). For Best Documentary, Seth Greenleaf’s “F(l)ag Football,” a stark portrayal of athletes gunning for Gay Bowl X, was selected as the winner. “Corpus Christi,” a film by Nic Arnzen, distributed by Breaking Glass Pictures, a Philadelphia-based distribution company and one of the presenting sponsors of this year’s qFLIX, was granted an honorable mention in the same category.

 

Director Casper Andreas, a native Swede, snared the jury award for Best Short for his “A Last Farwell.” The Swedish film centers upon an author coming to terms with the devastation brought on by his lover’s demise.

 

JP Larocque’s web series, “Gay Nerds,” took home the jury award for Best New Media. “Gay Nerds” is centered upon members of the LGBTQ community who do not follow the traditional standards as the stereotypical ways that gay men are supposed to behave. Emphasis is placed on TV and film culture as the primary interest of our heroes and stars Robert Keller (“Can’t Get a Date”), and Joseph de Melo (“The Curiosity of Penny Parker”).

 

Waiting in the Wings_The Musical Notably, Jenn Page’sWaiting in the Wings: The Musical” stole Best Feature. Starring Jeffrey A. Johns (“The Corporate Eggspert”) and Adam Huss (“Foreign Relations”), the film is about two chronically different entertainers who are seemingly joined at the hip together in their quest to make it to the top.

 

After the award ceremony and premiere of “Out to Kill,” guests of qFLIX Philadelphia including esteemed actors, writers and directors congregated at the Sofitel Hotel for a lavish reception to celebrate the end of the nearly week long showcasing of LGBTQ indie films.

 

qFLIX Philadelphia opened on Thursday, September 18at the Perelman Theater with the premiere of “Such Good People,” a whacky tale of greedy lovers stumbling on a fortune whilst housesitting for friends on holiday. Shenanigans ensue when the rightful homeowners are (not so shockingly) found dead. “Such Good People” features Randy Harrison (“Queer as Folk”), Michael Urie (“Ugly Betty”) and Lance Bass (NYSNC), Alex Mapa (“Entourage”), among others.

 

A major switch with qFLIX Philadelphia was physically relocating the festival from Old City to Center City’s Avenue of the Arts to the Kimmel, Prince and Caplan at UArts, and the Gayborhood.

 

On Saturday, September 20, gay porn mogul and outspoken political activist and advocate, the always-controversial Michael Lucas participated in a lively q-and-a with cinephiles at the Prince Music Theatre where his critically acclaimed and timely documentary “Campaign of Hate: Russia and Gay Propaganda” was screened as a Centerpiece film.

 

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Likewise, Max Adler (“Glee” and “Switched at Birth”) appeared on behalf of his film, “Saugatuck Cures“, along with co-star Danny Mooney (“Whip It” and “Ides of March”) also screened as a Centerpiece film on Saturday evening at the Prince. Dubbed a “bromance,” “buddy movie,” and “roadtrip,” all at once by critics, the film follows two friends on a fundraising adventure to pay for the medical expenses of one’s mother. Directed by Matthew Ladensack, “Saugatuck Cures” also includes Judith Chapman (“Young and the Restless”) and Jordan Trovillion (“Jack Reacher”), with a screenplay by executive director and GLAAD-nominated playwright Jay Paul Deranty.

 

Part of the mission of qFLIX Philadelphia is to introduce new names and new faces to the independent film community. And with that, college students (alongside recent alumni) had films showcased in the Caplan Theatre of University of the Arts.

 

Some of these films, like Jordan Fraser’sChanged,” have already made appearances in other venues. In the case of Fraser, his short recently premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and was the USA premiere in Philadelphia. The premise is about a rocky relationship between two lovers as one encourages the other to visit his supposedly dead father who abandoned the family eons beforehand. The film stars Christopher Bennett and Seth Lineham (“Sisterly Disorder”).

 

Philadelphia native Michael Busza, who served as the Director of New Media Programming for qFLIX Philadelphia, is a recent Temple University alumnus and is a recipient of an Emmy Award for the popular webs series, “One of the Guys,” a thirty minute segment series devoted to three gay roommates in great search of romance, spontaneity, and a better understanding of the self. The hit series stars Stephen Fala, Matt McWilliams, Jeff Familetti, and Aaron Palmer.

 

Cinematographer Aly Spengler’sAffinity“, a short lesbian themed drama about a relationship taking its final breath and centered in Philadelphia, premiered at Caplan Theatre on Sunday night. A beautifully crafted film, she, like Fraser, is a recent graduate of the Art Institute of Philadelphia.

 

Will there be another qFLIX Philadelphia? Rumors are that Cardwell and Duggan are already making plans for 2015 but with some changes, alterations, expansions and, hopefully greater support.

 

A partial list of sponsors for qFLIX Philadelphia 2014 included The Tavern Group, Tavern on Camac, U Bar, Breaking Glass Pictures, FarmCat Media, Drag Mafia, the Alexander Inn, Sofitel Philadelphia Hotel, Guest House Films, CBSFilms, Lingui Search, Orbitz and Philadelphia Cultural Fund.

 

The host committee included Stephen Carlino & Dennis Fee, David Schellenberg, Curtis Roth, Michael Feighan, Joseph W. Soto, Michael Caven, John Adam DiPietro & Richard Carbonaro.

 

 

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Euro Symbol By the time this is published, I will have just returned from a two week business trip overseas. My travels took me to France, Germany, and the UK, and gave me a fascinating glimpse into the perceived economic situation in those countries.

 

My trip began in Paris, where, as throughout all of France, the economy is struggling. France experienced absolutely no economic growth the past two quarters, and this quarter is feared to be no better. Unemployment in France is above 10%, and is over 22% for young adults.

 

But more important than the official numbers, are the difficulties faced by real people and businesses. Most of my business dealings in France are with small companies, independent contractors, or entrepreneurs. All are hurting. Every one of my vendors reported that business is down. And some of my key subcontractors are so concerned with the continuing drop off in sales; they are looking into other lines of business to try to make ends meet.

 

Usually my vendors and subcontractors quote me their price, and, if it is in my budget, I pay it. This time it was different. Some of my vendors asked me what they needed to charge on order to get my business. Others told me their “suggested” price, but told me they would lower it if needed in order to get the job.

 

For the past several decades, the productivity of French workers has declined, and governmental policies have only exacerbated the problem. At will employment does not exist under French law, and those same laws make it extraordinarily difficult to fire employees even for cause. As a result, French companies are reluctant to hire in uncertain economies, and are, for the most part, institutionally unable to quickly react to changing market conditions. Sole proprietors and entrepreneurs are being constantly pressured to lower their prices. And clients continue to stretch payment terms to a degree which makes it more and more difficult for small businesses and entrepreneurs to afford.

 

In both Germany and Britain, I experienced much more confidence in the economy than was evidenced in France. The unemployment rates are much better — 5.1% in Germany, and 6.5% in Britain. Economic growth rates are stronger in the UK and Germany than in most of the rest of the EU, but still less than that of the US. But their economies are still perceived to be delicate, even fragile. Just today, it was announced that the biggest retailer in Britain (one out of every eight British Pounds spent are done so at this food chain) misstated their growth and profit, by a quarter of a million pounds. This adjustment will wipe out a large part Britain’s economic growth for the year.

 

What I found perhaps most interesting, is that the French, German, and British financial news channels (think CNBC or Bloomberg TV in the US) view the US economy as being strong, even robust, in comparison to that of the EU or its individual member countries. I heard one EU commentator characterize the US economic performance as “Rock Star” (ah, how low our standards and expectations have fallen).

 

I have no conclusions to draw from this, other than to say that, despite the continuing economic difficulties in the US, we appear to be better off economically (at least by some measures) than the EU. And one more thing – it’s a great time to purchase services in Britain or the EU, as the falling pound and euro allows you to get more for your dollar.

 

David Schellenberg is President and CEO of LinguiSearch, a boutique market research consultancy specializing in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries.

  

  

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There have been countless tributes to Joan Rivers and, not surprisingly, they’re continuing. She, like some other entertainers whom we’ve recently lost in death, including Robin Joan Rivers  Williams and Elaine Stritch, were truly one-of-a-kinds. That quality is clearly easier said than done. But Rivers definitely makes the list for a number of different reasons. As a comedian, my first personal encounter with Rivers goes back to my days living in Manhattan when, as a culture vulture, I was devouring as much of the scene going on in various New York circles as possible. And I wasn’t a snob about it, but enjoying and loving, everything from the orchestra to the late night performance artists in now-legendary night clubs. I took in all of it-from high to low brow culture (actually, one of the unique characteristics of life in the Big– sometimes rotten-Apple). I couldn’t wait to see Rivers premiere her one-woman stand-up show at Carnegie Hall, impressive in itself that she “made it” there. Those were the days that she scolded the audience about any number of things with the retort, “Oh, grow up.” And before Kathy Griffin and others who follow her. Rivers really was the first to truly and publicly “love her gays.” That was the late 1970s before it was so popular or we were accepted into the mainstream of American life. Outspoken? Fashionable? Celebrated? You betcha! Her obituary made it on the front page of The New York Times. Of Rivers’ status and stature as a comedian, Robert D. McFadden beautifully writes, “She was one of America’s first successful female stand-up comics in an aggressive vein that had been almost exclusively the province of men, from Don Rickles to Lenny Bruce. And she was a role model and an inspiration for trash-talking comedians like Roseanne Barr, Sarah Silverman and countless others.” She was “vivacious even as a nipped-and-tucked octogenarian . . . evolved from a sassy, self-deprecating performer early in her career into a coarser assassin, slashing at celebrities and others with a rapier wit that some critics called comic genius in the bloodletting vein of Mr. Bruce.” While she had her detractors who criticized her for being downright vicious, others, by the millions, she left in stitches. “Can we talk?” was another of her signature lines. And she did, more and more and more, as she got older, more famous, and frankly opinionated, even about herself. Here’s one: On being desperate for a man, “My parents had a sign, ‘Last girl before thruway’.”

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Who is Mike Hadreas? He’s a rising star, a unique genius, the young out-and-proud gay, gender bending (he sometimes wear lipstick and high heels), 32-year-old singer/songwriter known as Mike Hadreas  Perfume Genius. He just released his third CD this week called “Too Bright” that music critic William Van Meter describes as “a transformative leap that adds eerie electronic squelches, synths and layered soundscapes to the mix. And while there is still plenty of brooding introspection, the album is at heart a call to arms.” A call to arms, for what? For fighting back against prejudice, intolerance, hostility, hatred and bullying, something that the Seattle native experienced throughout his adolescence from death threats to attacks where he was even hospitalized for two weeks from a merciless beating by a group of anti-gay thugs. Things couldn’t have gotten worse, he thought, so Hadreas ended up dropping out of high school before the end of his senior year. These days he’s reflective and inwardly empowered. Hadreas has embraced the bullying and claimed it as his own suffering and survival. “It’s about demanding respect instead of seeking acceptance from everyone else,” he said of his new album and songs like ‘Queen.’ “It’s about taking it, instead of waiting for it.” Of “Too Bright,” Van Meter observes it is “a gay indie rock equivalent of a swaggering Sylvester or Jobriath album.” Hadreas admits that “I had a lot of people telling me if I toned down or dealt with more universal themes-which is code for being less gay-I would be more successful and have a wider fan base.” No way! “No family is safe when I sashay,” Hadreas warned.

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Editors at MANaboutown, the English fashion and lifestyle British men’s magazine, recently caught up with English bloke Russell Tovey who was imported from the other side of the Atlantic Russell Tovey Ocean to play Kevin, the computer games boss, in the highly successful HBO gay series, “Looking,” directed by Andrew Haigh of “Weekend,” the highly acclaimed British independent film that created a buzz and many accolades from critics and audiences alike at the LGBTQ film festival circuit. Tovey, who originally was auditioning for the role of Patrick, played by Jonathan Groff, seems more suited in Haigh’s mind for Kevin. In fact, his instincts seem on target because Tovey admits that he feels closest in real-life to his character in “Looking.” An admitted major fan of “Weekend,” Tovey said, “I thought it was an historical development, in terms of films with gay characters. It felt ‘held back’ and understated; it had that sense of people just living their lives, waiting for something to happen. There was no contrived plot, it was just about truthfully showing people as they are, and in a gay context that felt unique.” Tovey, justly proud of his work in “Looking,” is empowered by HBO’s own massive confidence in its own, unique tone. He says that much of the approach in working on set is loose and with opportunity for improvising. “We have a license to elaborate around the script. We can try anything if we feel like it,” he said. Tovey’s success story thus far in his career sounds like a fairy tale. The editors sum it all up perfectly, “That this goofy kid with sticky-out ears from Essex, one who’ve never even been to drama school is now in one of the best shows on the best TV channel in the world is understandably a huge source of pride.”

 

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