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posted Friday, December 24, 2010 - Volume 38 Issue 52
Pat Murphy, all-American hero
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Pat Murphy, all-American hero

by Mark Segal
The Philadelphia Gay News

Last Saturday was my annual holiday party, but it was not the average holiday party since, earlier that day, the Senate passed the repeal of Dont Ask, Dont Tell. The minute that happened, it was obvious that the holiday party would turn into a victory party for the community.

This is one of those historic moments in time. The idea of openly LGBT people in the military brings with it a landslide of change. Everyone who had been on the (figurative) battlefield on this issue wanted to celebrate.

This party, which has become somewhat legendary, was living up to its reputation as we introduced Mayor Nutter, to carry on the yearly tradition of singing the first holiday carol with members of the Philadelphia Voices of Pride and the Philadephia Gay Mens Chorus. This year, to mark the crazy battle of the Christmas Village, we picked a special first song: We Need a Little Christmas.

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