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Ask Dr. J

Ask Dr. J

by Janan Broadbent, Ph.D

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Open Wide

Open Wide

Ask Dr. Eva

by Eva Hersh, MD

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Moving Forward

Moving Forward

by Ava Barron-Shasho, MSW

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I recently learned a new acronym: “LAT,” or “Living Apart Together.” It reminded me of a quote from Katherine Hepburn: “Sometimes I wonder if men and women really suit each other. Perhaps they should live next door and just visit now and then.” Setting aside the gender reference, what does this trend to be in an intimate relationship but not living together say to us in this culture? How acceptable is it? How widespread is it in all age groups and minority populations? There is not much research on these questions.

Friday, June 09, 2017

Pride in a Changing Climate

It’s easy to show our LGBT pride when we are in a crowd of people who are all doing the same. That’s why some people are out only during Pride: it feels safe. It’s also much easier to feel and show gay pride when things are moving in the right direction, as they had been in the last few years. The Supreme Court affirmed the legitimacy of same-sex marriages, there were steps towards equal rights for transpeople, and barriers to LGBT participation in the military and other institutions were coming down.

Is your identity and personal information safe from individuals who might use it to cause serious, lasting damage to your finances, credit, and good name? The answers will be available at the LGBT Resource Center of Chase Brexton Health Care’s next “Lunch and Learn,” offered in partnership with the Baltimore branch of AARP (American Association of Retired Persons). The event is set for Thursday, June 8th from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the community rooms at Chase Brexton’s Mount Vernon Center (1111 North Charles Street, Baltimore).

Friday, May 26, 2017

Questions About Herpes

Dear Dr. Eva,

I am a woman in my 30s. I have been in what I thought was a monogamous relationship for the past five years. I recently developed a group of pinheads sized, painful/itchy blisters on my left labia. My partner swears that she has not had sex with anyone else, but this sure looks to me like evidence to the contrary. She says that her doctor told her that a person can be silently carrying herpes for years and then have it show up by infecting another person. Could that possibly be true?

Hurt

Friday, May 26, 2017

Relationships & Anxiety

We’re in the middle of growing anxiety and despair not only in our culture, but also in the world. Climate change issues loom over the horizon. Globalization creates economic insecurity in people. Polarization pulls people and groups apart. Social media keep us in touch instantaneously with all parts of the universe. Cultural and ethical norms change. There are numerous political developments that affect everyone, and more so with minority groups like the LGBTQ.

Dear Dr. Eva,

I am an older person and a longtime member and observer of the gay scene. As I’m sure you know, cross-dressing (men dressing as women) has been part of gay life at least since the Victorian era. And since that time, cross-dressers have varied along a spectrum from part-time to full-time. For example, there have always been young gay male prostitutes who dress as female for work but dress and behave like gay men the rest of the time. At least since the 1800s there have been drag queens, men with the ability to transform themselves with clothes and make-up into beautiful women. Drag queens would dress as women for performances and to go out at night, but never for work or for routine day-to-day activities. Drag queens were often very interesting, intelligent men– I dated several, long-term. Then in the past couple of decades, we have seen a new type of full-time cross-dresser, known as transwomen.

Friday, May 12, 2017

The Long and Short of It

Stability and success – Two different dimensions

Huzzah! This issue of Baltimore OUTloud proudly celebrates 15 years in publication. It’s no small feat to survive when you have a defined audience and to go through the worst economic crisis in the history of these U.S. Especially so when we see the decline in staff and demand for print media. But, now in the long-to-be-remembered words of an unnamed (!) person, “Nevertheless, she persisted!”

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