Friday, May 29, 2015

Weighing the Pro’s and Cons

Members of the LGBTQ community were treated to a spirited presentation and open discussion on PrEP on May 13. PrEP is a pre-prophylaxis drug more commonly known as Truvada. It is designed to prevent HIV infection among HIV-negative people who engage in high-risk sexual activity. PrEP is part of a “tool kit” along with condoms as PrEP does not protect against sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) such as gonorrhea, syphilis, and hepatitis.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Western Maryland in Focus

Did you know that there’s more to do in the Hagerstown and Cumberland Valleys than just going to The Lodge or The Club? It’s true! In this new section, I’m going to be sharing some of the best low cost and free places to visit in Western Maryland, South Central Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.

Friday, January 23, 2015

This upcoming Pride season could very well be the most prideful summer ever. The U.S. Supreme Court announced on January 16 that it will be taking up the issue of same-sex marriage and is expected to rule once and for all if gays and lesbians have the Constitutional right to marry and whether lawful marriages must be recognized by other states.

Oral arguments are projected to take place in April and a final ruling is anticipated by the end of June. The Court will extend the time for oral arguments from the normal one hour to two and a half hours.

Friday, May 29, 2015

It’s been a very busy month for me. How about you? Despite some warm humid days, I’m still enjoying the mild Mid-Atlantic weather this spring. It sure beats the oven heat they’re getting into this time of year back in Florida. I just finished catching up on the final episodes of this year’s “The Good Wife.” Do you watch the show? I am sad Kalinda is leaving. Wow, what a beautiful woman and actress she is.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Billy’s BBQ
1127 West Charlotte Avenue • Mt Holly, North Carolina

Earlier in the week, I found myself, unexpectedly, in the back country of North Carolina, just south of the foothills of the state, on a business trip. My dining experience at Billy’s BBQ was just too precious not to write about, even if the chances are slim that the readers will ever frequent the place. It was lunchtime, and my colleague, based in Chicago, decided I needed a real down-home Southern meal, something to remember, for sure.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Two out of every three new HIV infections in the U.S. today are among gay and bisexual men. Yet, according to a national survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation, few are talking about HIV with their health care providers. Greater Than AIDS is working to break that silence. Leading HIV doctors give frank, no-nonsense answers to commonly-asked questions from gay men about HIV prevention, testing and treatment in #AskTheHIVDoc, a new YouTube series from Greater Than AIDS.

Friday, May 29, 2015

If you are or have been a Baltimore Orioles fan for over a half century or became one just recently, 60 Years of Orioles Magic (Insight Edition, 276 pages, $50) is a must-read chronicle from the birth of the Birds through the exhilarating 2014 season. The coffee-table sized book with tons of extraordinary vintage and color photos of virtually everybody whoever put on an O’s uniform presents a superb accounting of all the ups and downs the franchise has experienced since its 1954 move to Baltimore from St. Louis.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Mr. Maryland Leather 2015 Greg King gave me a wonderful gift recently. He invited me to take a look back over my leather journey. As part of his MML Master Class in Maryland’s Leather History which he is doing in cooperation with the Carter / Johnson Leather Library and with the support of the Baltimore Eagle, he videotaped an interview with me on May 15 in front of a group of about 40 leather folks at The Loft above Grand Central prior to the regularly scheduled Friday night leather night. It was a chance for me to take a little walk down Memory Lane.


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