Modern Manners

Monthly Feature by Award-Winning Journalist Steven Petrow

Modern Manners


Why National Coming Out Day Still Matters

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For the past 27 years National Coming Out Day has been celebrated in October and this year is no different, with October 11th marking the anniversary. Despite many of the LGBT civil rights gains in the past year – notably the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide – coming out still matters. Why’s that? When our parents, friends and co-workers come to know someone who is LGBT, that personal contact leads to greater understanding of the issues and challenges fac

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Here come the brides and the grooms!

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Since the Supreme Court legalized same-sex weddings nationwide in its June ruling, gay and lesbian couples have been tying the knot here, there, and everywhere. Gary Gates, PhD of UCLA’s Williams Institute, expects more than 100,000 same-sex couples to marry before the end of the year, bringing the total to about 500,000. Closer to home, the manager at my local dry cleaner – in North Carolina – ran up to me recently to say she’d been invited to a wedding of two women later this month.

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Capital Pride Festival in D.C.

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A torrential thunderstorm pounded the annual Capital Pride Festival on Sunday in Washington, D.C., where organizers reported 250,000 people participating in festivities marking the 40th anniversary of the city’s first Pride celebration. Before that, it was just hot—sweltering—as hundreds of groups filled Pennsylvania Avenue with booths representing groups from the CIA to D.C. Frontrunners, the Human Rights Campaign, Log Cabin Republicans and, yes, Hilton, as a Ruby Presenting Sponsor. Ever

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26th Annual GLAAD Media Awards - New York

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Let me start with a quick hello and a word of introduction. I’m Hilton’s new “Modern Manners Expert,” a role that is a natural extension of the work I’ve been doing for the last 15 years: Helping people navigate situations new to them through my advice columns, manners books, and media appearances. With Hilton I’m looking forward to being able to help make a difference in the way all guests are welcomed. Hilton and I didn’t hook up casually. Jeff Diskin, Executive Vice President o

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