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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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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!”

Is the foster care system friendly to prospective LGBT foster parents? What do foster parents need to consider when fostering an LGBTQ youth?

These questions and others will be answered during a special event on Sunday, June 4th from 12 to 2 p.m. at the Baltimore Museum of Art (10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore).

Friday, May 12, 2017

Keep it Simple

A quick workout and great meal

If you’re anything like us you value your free time and want to make the most out of what little you have. We put together a circuit workout and a quick meal to keep you on track as the summer heats up!

First, we work then we eat!

The struggles and triumphs of our community’s older adults will be remembered in a night of stories and commemoration at the Baltimore Eagle to celebrate National Honor Our LGBT Elders Day on Tuesday, May 16th. Members of Baltimore’s LGBT community will share stories of LGBT elders who made a difference in their life, and a ceremony will honor prominent older adults from the community. The event is scheduled for 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 16th at the The Nest, the performance space in the Baltimore Eagle (2022 North Charles Street, Baltimore). Tickets and additional information are available at Tinyurl.com/2017lgbtelderday.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Lies and Untruths

The White House? No, your relationship!

Lying is one of those powerful words that did not use to be thrown around too frequently, though more easily used in the personal context. The influence of social media brought in a more user-friendly version of the concept. Anonymously, people could hurl this accusation around in addition to personal insults. Then came that moment when a congressman yelled, “You lie!” to the highest office holder in this land and in the world. Maybe that is when, paradoxically, there was a crumbling of the strong effect of this word.

Friday, April 28, 2017

When to Start HIV Meds?

Dear Dr. Eva,

My 16-year-old son recently learned he has HIV (not as bad as AIDS). The whole family is upset and trying to decide what’s best for him. It’s my understanding that it’s best to start HIV meds as soon as the virus is found, to protect the person’s ability to fight infections (the immune system). My son says he can’t take medicine every day and that it would remind him every day that he has the infection. Also he may just not be responsible enough – he often misses school and I know he uses some kind of drugs. What do you think?

Worried Dad

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