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Friday, October 13, 2017

The National Latino AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD), held annually on October 15th, brings together community based organizations, leaders of the Latino community, health departments, and elected officials to unite the Hispanic / Latino community in efforts to raise HIV awareness, promotion of HIV testing, prevention, and education; in addition to other critical health issues such as viral hepatitis, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and tuberculosis.

Friday, October 13, 2017

US opposes UN ban on death penalty for gay people, others

New York, NY - As reported in Out.com, on October 6, the United Nations voted to pass a resolution banning a death penalty for the crime of being homosexual, and to our immense relief, the motion passed with a vote of 27 to 13. What isn't so relieving, however, is that the United States was one of the nations to vote against the measure. The United States was joined in its no vote by Bangladesh, Botswana, Burundi, China, Japan, Qatar, Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Iraq, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, which currently maintains a death penalty for the crime of sodomy. Belgium, Benin, Costa Rica, France, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, and Switzerland brought the ban forward, each of these countries having made LGBTQ rights a high priority in their legal initiatives.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Same-sex marriage Down Under in a tense contest

In Australia this week, it will not be business as usual for commuters on the tram. For a group of elderly lesbians with a sparkle in their eyes and attitude to boot, it’s time to reclaim the train, and reclaim their history. To commemorate a historic act of lesbophobia which occurred there in 1977, they will board and they will hold hands. And they will be proud.

Friday, October 13, 2017

World’s largest metro area dazzles with calm efficiency

Traveling to Tokyo, Japan, is exhausting, but exciting. Depending on the airline, you can expect to spend at least 15 hours on a plane. When I travel abroad, I usual go with one of my best friends, who lives in New York City. For this trip, I travelled from Baltimore to New York City by Amtrak and then flew on Korea Air from New York to Seoul, South Korea, and then on to Tokyo, Japan. A total of 17 hours in the air. The round-trip ticket was around $1,400. Tokyo is 11 hours ahead of Baltimore and you can expect jet lag. Many people in Tokyo do not speak English, but many do understand it a little.

Friday, October 13, 2017

An interview with Emily Saliers

A long time in the making, Emily Saliers’ Murmuration Nation (Emily Saliers Music) is the Indigo Girl’s solo debut album. Worth the wait, the 12-song album reveals a thrilling new side to Saliers, beginning with the rocking and riveting opener “Spider,” and continuing with the dance break in “Serpent Love,” the moody and rhythmic “I’m High I’m On High,” and the various shifts in “Hello Vietnam.” Naturally, Saliers doesn’t forsake longtime fans, as is evident on “Train Inside,” “Slow Day Friend” and “Sad One.” I spoke with Emily about the album and the state of the world in early autumn 2017.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Joseph Macchia, a talent booker from Maspeth, New York, in the borough of Queens, took home the title of Mr. Eagle NYC 2018 at the annual contest held on Saturday, October 7th at New York City’s iconic leather bar. First runner-up was Johnny Quesada, a photographer from New York City, and second runner-up was awarded to Dwayne Townsend, an actor, model, and aerobics instructor, as well from the Big Apple. Also competing were Damien Basile, Darius “Dax” Fox, and Mike Chapman.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Maryland's Infamous Monster

For as long as I can remember I've been a collector of stories.  I like learning new things about people, places, and things (ok, just nouns in general), and it's rare that I hear a story that I deem completely insignificant or unworthy of remembering.  That said, my love of stories is much like an addiction: each story ups my tolerance, leaving me wanting more.  I've harvested and collected hundreds, thousands, of stories over the years, always in search of a new favorite.  That's why I was surprised to learn that a centuries-old story has been quietly lurking right in front of me (or maybe above me) my whole life.  That story is a Western Maryland legend known as the Snallygaster.  With Halloween fast approaching, now seems to be the perfect time to share the Snallygaster with you.

Friday, September 29, 2017

This month the drama continues to run amok in the Garden State as “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” (“RHONJ”) premiers Wednesday, October 4th on Bravo. As fans have observed from the recent promotional teasers of the upcoming eighth season, the stars of the reality guilty-pleasure find themselves once again at odds with each other. From venom-infused over-the-top arguments to bawdy brawls, these ladies will take fans on quite the rollercoaster ride. Baltimore OUTloud recently chatted with the beloved “RHONJ” star, Dolores Catania. Her humorous candor, admiration of animals, and devotion to philanthropic causes sets the housewife apart as a true humanitarian.

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