Pyeongchang, South Korea – . Gay Star News reports that Adam Rippon and Gus Kenworthy shared the cutest photo together at the Pyeongchang Olympic opening ceremony. The openly gay winter Olympic athletes posed in a total of four cute photos together. Kenworthy posted three photos with the caption: “We’re here. We’re queer. Get used to it.” And Rippon also posted one with his new pal. He captioned his photo: “Representing the USA is one of the greatest honors of my life and being able to do it as my authentic self makes it all so much sweeter.” Rippon came out in 2015 and […]

Now That’s a First

If you Google “Baltimore a city of firsts” you’ll find a long list of inventions and public services that started in Baltimore. lists everything from the first post office (1774), first city to illuminate streets with gas lights (1816), and the first public library system (1886). That list goes on and on – but they forgot one, and this one is important to me: the first female Eagle bar leather titleholder (1992). That ground-breaking leather titleholder who was sashed Ms. Baltimore Eagle 1992 is Glenda Rider. On Sunday, December 10th I joined Glenda and several other Ms. Baltimore Eagle […]

Bringing Just Culture to Your Workplace

An employee is running late and parks out front of the office building, runs inside to punch the time clock, and then returns to their car to park in their assigned area, The employee arrives to their department ten minutes after their shift starts. Sound familiar? We’ve all experienced the situation where we are disciplined for an action or behavior that we may or may not have full control over. Maybe we’ve also experienced the other side of the table – doling out the punishments rather than receiving them. It certainly is easy to take control of one, two, or […]

Tax Time Shortcuts Tips to make April 15th feel like July 4th

By now you should have received your W2 or 1099 forms for all the work you’ve been paid for in the past year, more than $599.99, and other forms of income. That’s right it’s tax season. So why would a tech article talk about taxes? Today most taxes are submitted electronically by either the taxpayer or a tax preparer. There are several things you can do to electronically prepare your taxes. First, I recommend scanning your documents into a PDF format, or downloading them from your employer’s website, or other places you get tax documents. The IRS accepts electronic documents […]

Fun in Philly

With the rich history and charm of Philadelphia, a weekend trip to Pennsylvania’s largest city offers a great getaway for the weekend traveler. Getting there is easy: by car (as you are peppered with annoying tolls), by bus (tickets starting at $15), or by train (Amtrak starting at $40). Philadelphia has an estimated population of 1.5 million and more than six million in its metropolitan area. During the past century, its population identity has slightly shifted. In the 19th and 20th centuries, immigration and migration to the city resulted in large concentrations of African-Americans, Asians, Germans, Italians, and Puerto Ricans. […]

Creating Your Guest List

    The size and composition of your guest list has a lot to do with getting the wedding you want. It affects the time and cost involved in everything related to your guests, from the choice of venue to the cost of catering to the length of the reception, among many others. In a less tangible but equally important way, your guest list affects the energy or, if you prefer, the feel, of your ceremony and, to an even greater extent, your reception. Creating a guest list for your wedding can be a source of stress, frustration, and confusion. […]

Save the Date for the KSGRA Rodeo Ball!

Fancy a Rodeo Ball? Maybe you didn’t know you did! On Saturday, March 24th, the Keystone State Gay Rodeo Association (KSGRA) will be throwing its first one. “This is something new that KSGRA has come up to help renew the interest in our rodeo,” says president Adam Romanik. “Last June we had the first rodeo right here in Harrisburg so kicking off the 2018 season with a ball just seemed right.” This semi-formal / cowboy formal event will be held at the I.W. Able Banquet Hall (200 Gibson Street, Steelton, Pennsylvania). The evening will kick off with a cocktail hour […]

Learning from LaPone

Patti LuPone doing a good job at singing may not sound like front-page news. She’s won a bunch of awards and has been nominated for even more, thanks to her powerful voice and Juilliard training in acting. She’s an icon and a living legend whose high belt has only gotten stronger and better with time. But what fascinates me most about her recent Grammy Awards performance of Don’t Cry for Me Argentina from the musical Evita are the circumstances surrounding it. As a bona fide diva, LuPone has seen her share of drama (pun intended). She was famously in a […]

Expecting Perfection

Twenty-two years ago, when I first became a parent, I was full of ideals. I’d wanted to be a mom for as long as I could remember. I knew I wanted to do my best to be the best mom I could be. I’d always been involved with kids. I’d been a teacher and had worked with youth groups in my church. I was the kid magnet when I went out with my friends. I enjoyed being around kids and was looking forward to being a parent. As family grew, through foster care, adoption, and one additional biological addition, I […]

Club Hippo Celebrates 40 Years

Music was pulsating throughout the night as Maryland’s largest gay bar, Club Hippo, celebrated its 40th anniversary on July 7.  The popular club is situated on the corner of Eager and Charles Streets in the heart of Baltimore’s Mount Vernon neighborhood. The staying power of the club over its 40-year tenure is not lost on its owner Chuck Bowers.  “This is unheard of,” he said in his nostalgia-filled office. “It’s because of the people in the community.  I hope and pray it continues.” Please follow and like us: