It’s a new year, and planning for this year’s Pride is well under way. This year, Pride Week will begin on Friday, June 9th and continue through Sunday, June 18th. Events will include Twilight on the Terrace planned for the 16th, the Parade and Block Party planned for the 17th, and the Pride Festival at Druid Hill Park on the 18th.
Mogadishu, Somalia – Reuters reports that the Somali Islamist group al Shabaab shot a man and a teenager in southern Somalia on January 10, saying the man and the 15-year-old had been seen having gay sex, a senior al Shabaab official said. According to Reuters hundreds of civilians gathered in a field in the town of Buale to watch them being shot, the second time al Shabaab has killed men accused of homosexuality, the official said, without giving details of the previous killing. Homosexuality and gay sex is outlawed in most of Africa's 54 states and can be punishable by imprisonment.
The Election of Donald Trump as president is a dangerous act of political cowardice that could be catastrophic in its effect on this country and the world. By the time that you read this, he will be president – a bloviating narcissist in the White House! Our first impulse immediately after the election was to pack it up; we were done! If Trump is what the country wanted then so be it. However, he lost the popular vote by nearly three million – that’s the population of Chicago and nearly five Baltimores; certainly no mandate for the extremist agenda that his cabinet nominations and other picks show that he intends to inflict on the country. (See sidebar.) No, we can’t walk away; we must rise to the challenge. We must take our despair as fuel for action.
While you may or may not be happy with the presidential election outcome, one thing is certain: Donald Trump is going to serve as the 45th president of the United States. While it would be nice to have a crystal ball so that we could tell you exactly what this means for your wallet, unfortunately, we don’t. We can, however, give you a general idea of what could happen in 2017 based on President-elect Trump’s tax plan and his talking points during the campaign.
Changes happen in our bodies as we age, and those changes can impact sexual function and increase the risks of contracting a sexually-transmitted infection. Don’t worry – there are ways to meet those risks with creativity and celebration!
Frank Sinatra once said, “The big lesson in life, baby, is never be scared of anyone or anything.” That Sinatra zest for life will once again dazzle Baltimore audiences as the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra SuperPops welcomes Broadway’s own Tony DeSare, Ann Hampton Callaway, and Frankie Moreno in A Tribute to Ol’ Blue Eyes. Running from Thursday, January 26th at Strathmore, and Friday, January 27th through Sunday, January 29th at Baltimore’s Meyerhoff, the performance will pay homage to the classic Sinatra standards.
On November 5th, the 27th Mr. Maryland Leather Contest was held at Grand Central Station in Baltimore. This annual contest produced by COMMAND, MC has been selecting Maryland’s representative to the International Mr. Leather (IML) Contest since 1991. The leather community has changed a lot since 1991, but some in the audience for this year’s contest are still talking about this year’s Mr. Maryland Leather titleholder. A yellow stained white jock? An entrance on all fours? A puppy tail? A flannel shirt and COMMAND, MC club vest replacing formal leather? The selection of 26-year-old Peter Dayton who goes by the name of Pup Orpheus as Mr. Maryland Leather 2017 has many tongues wagging.
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