Friday, April 17, 2015

One obstacle after another has confounded the new ownership group of the Baltimore Eagle, a mainstay of Baltimore’s leather community since 1991. At a hearing at City Hall on April 9, the three-member Baltimore City Liquor Board unanimously denied the group the requested liquor-license transfer, claiming that the work on renovations was not completed within the requisite 180 days, deeming the license dead.

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, April 17, 2015

Madison Wisconsin makes “nonreligion” a protected class

Madison, WI - The Madison, Wisconsin, City Council has voted to add 'nonreligion' as a protected class to the city's equal opportunities ordinance. The amendment was sponsored by 14 of the 20 City Council members and passed on March 31. Mayor Paul Soglin signed it into law on April 1.

Friday, April 17, 2015

I’d like to thank many of you for lending us your support at our liquor license transfer hearing on April 9. I wish I could report a better outcome.

We would like to believe that the board’s decision had nothing to do with the kind of bar that the Eagle is, or the kind of people who frequent it, but that belief is becoming increasingly harder to sustain in light of the facts we know and the comments we’ve heard.

Friday, April 17, 2015

LPL Financial’s CIO, Burt White, wrote the following letter that helps to explain why so many investors saw returns less than the S&P 500 in 2014:

With any investment approach, it is crucial to have a plan, and the bedrock of any investment plan is to have a well-diversified portfolio among various asset classes. The rationale behind diversification is to mitigate risk, as you never know when something could adversely affect one of your investments. If you had a portfolio concentrated in equities in 2008 or in energy-sensitive securities following the recent drop in oil prices, you would have lost a significant amount of your investment value. As investors, we diversify portfolios to seek to reduce this risk.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Dear Dr. Eva,

I am a bisexual woman in my early 50s. I went through menopause three years ago.

I used to be a very sexual person. Besides sexual pleasure, sex for me was also a way to be playful and to share a sense of humor. In the last couple of years, it just seems to have all faded away. I love and am attracted to my partner but I don’t feel sexually interested, although I want to be interested (does that make sense?). If I do somehow manage to get aroused, if I am able to climax at all it takes literally an hour and a half or two hours. Vibrators don’t work, they just make me numb.

I discussed this with my gynecologist. She started me on estrogen, which helped with the physical discomfort I was having but didn’t do anything for my sex drive. Then she put me on testosterone. With that, I grew hair on my chin and nipples, but had no improvement in sex drive. This is really a loss for me. Do you have any suggestions?

Missing Part of Myself

Friday, April 17, 2015

Sitting on a train from Central California dropping into a sea of smog and traffic filled with LA’s finest I found My Life, My Pageant, My Crown, by Norman Jones, (, 2012) to be a fun and insightful look into pageant life and the history of Miss Gay America.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Dan Barnett who recently moved to New Jersey from Baltimore was selected Mr. Mayhem Leather 2015 during the fifth annual Bears, Bikers, and Mayhem Weekend held on March 26 to 29 at the Eisenhower Hotel in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. There is a common complaint these days about the LGBT community staying home, using social apps instead of meeting people in person, and just not supporting events like in the past. Those complainers need to attend Bears, Bikers, and Mayhem! Co-producer Charles King informs Baltimore OUTloud that attendance was up 38% this year and not only have reservations started for next year, but the host hotel is already one-third sold-out. A second nearby hotel has been added for the March 2016 gathering. Combining a leather event (the contest was added last year) with a bear event has proven to be a winning combination. For the leather folks it is a laid-back gathering of the tribe without the formalities and great expense of some of the big-city leather events. For the bears it is a weekend of good food, drink, relaxation, and brotherhood. Put the two together and you have a fun-filled weekend that is also a great value.

Leather Heart Foundation

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