2018 Glitter Ball, December 29th

On Saturday, December 29th, Jacqueline Boxx and Betty O’Hellno will host the 2018 Glitter Ball! Doors open at 7:30 pm, and the show starts at 8 at the Creative Alliance (3134 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore). Join in for a decadent end-of-year celebration featuring burlesque glitz, music, and all-around fabulousness! Come see the Creative Alliance transformed with elaborate decor into a shimmery winter wonderland, a celebration of all things that sparkle and shine. Come dressed in all that glitters and shines, and you will fit right in. There will be a dance party hosted by DJ Chris Jay, circus performances, and a […]

Lesbian couple donate holiday tree in Rockefeller Center

New York City – A Latina lesbian couple donated the 72-foot tree that stands in the middle of Rockefeller Center this year. The couple has been married six years, according to the New York Times. Shirley Figueroa said she grew up in the Bronx where there were no trees on her street. Two years ago, she and her wife, Lissette Gutierrez, moved about 30 minutes upstate. They were asked to donate the tree, becoming the first same-sex couple and the first Latinas whose tree stood in the middle of Rockefeller Center for the holidays. “It’s going to be really amazing […]

Lesbian couple donate holiday tree in Rockefeller Center

New York City – A Latina lesbian couple donated the 72-foot tree that stands in the middle of Rockefeller Center this year. The couple has been married six years, according to the New York Times. Shirley Figueroa said she grew up in the Bronx where there were no trees on her street. Two years ago, she and her wife, Lissette Gutierrez, moved about 30 minutes upstate. They were asked to donate the tree, becoming the first same-sex couple and the first Latinas whose tree stood in the middle of Rockefeller Center for the holidays. “It’s going to be really amazing […]

Era of cheap treatments for STDs may be ending

Atlanta – As reported on Wired.com, gonorrhea may not seem like a big deal. Aside from HIV, sexually transmitted diseases seem like solved problems, relics of some long-ago time when sex wasn’t discussed and sexual health care was difficult to access. In fact, gonorrhea is surging back, along with its equally forgotten partner, syphilis. In August the Centers for Disease Control said that cases of all STDs have risen for four straight years, to the highest levels in a decade. A sizable portion of that spike is due to gonorrhea, which has become resistant to all the generations of antibiotics […]

Trump’s attorney general nominee has anti-gay record

Washington – Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAAD) panned President Trump for nominating William Barr to be his next US attorney general. Much like his predecessor Jeff Sessions, Barr has an anti-LGBTQ history (see Glaad.org/tap/william-barr) and has suggested that LGBT equality has “led to America’s decline.” “William Barr, who has wrongfully suggested that LGBTQ people – not Trump and his destructive policies – have harmed the US, is the latest in a long line of replacements who President Trump has appointed to his cabinet who are just as anti-LGBTQ as their predecessors,” said Sarah Kate Ellis, GLAAD president. “If […]

Pastor in Detroit arrested in murder of trans woman

Detroit – A self-identified pastor, Albert Weathers, 46, has been arrested and charged with the murder of 36-year-old trans woman Kelly Stough in Detroit. According to WXYZ, the ABC affiliate in Detroit, investigators say Weathers shot Stough the morning of December 7th, near the intersection of East Nicholas and Brush in Detroit, then fled the scene. They said he went and clocked in at his job at the Great Lakes Water Authority and after about an hour called police to say that someone tried to rob him and he shot the person. Prosecutors have said they will be presenting evidence […]

Canadian Catholic teachers must sign lifestyle contract

Calgary, Alberta – The Catholic school district of Calgary, in the Canadian province of Alberta, has come under fire for reportedly requiring teachers to sign documents that assert having a same-sex relationship would be a breach of their employment contract. According to the Calgary Herald, one of these teachers has now brought the case before the Alberta Human Rights Commission. “How can these contracts – these Catholicity clauses – be allowed to stand when they are clearly discriminatory,” said Kristopher Wells, who teaches at MacEwan University. “It’s hard to believe that in 2018, when same-sex marriage is legal in this […]

Lambda sues Social Security over benefits for widower

Las Cruces, New Mexico – On December 13th, Lambda Legal filed a motion on behalf of a 63-year-old gay man arguing that the Social Security Administration’s denial of spousal survivor’s benefits to him, on the grounds that he was not married for long enough despite marrying on the very first day when he was allowed to do so, is unconstitutional. The lawsuit filed on behalf of Anthony Gonzales, who was in a 15-year committed relationship with his husband, argues that the SSA’s imposition of a nine-month marriage requirement for Social Security survivor’s benefits is unconstitutional where same-sex couples were not […]

New York City bill would ban airdropping explicit pics

New York City – Gizmodo.co, reports that the golden age of personal technology has given rise to many a scourge, including the upsetting trend of people AirDropping unsolicited dick pics to strangers. Three New York City councilmen introduced a bill on November 28th that would criminalize digitally whisking your dick photos to anyone who doesn’t want to see them. Councilmen Joseph Borelli, Donovan Richards, and Justin Brannan are co-sponsoring the bill, which would make it illegal “for a person to send an unsolicited sexually explicit video or image to another person with intent to harass, annoy or alarm such other […]

Are “Saturday Night Live’s” Trump-Putin skits homophobic?

New York City – The Daily Beast reports that lame jokes about the presidents being “gay for each other” are so common you may not have noticed a problem with the sketch on Saturday, December 8. But that doesn’t mean they’re okay. Far from it. It is approaching two years since Donald Trump was sworn into office, which means it’s been two years of Russia “collusion” talk and parsing of his relationship with Vladimir Putin. It’s been endless, and exhausting – and lazy, and ignorant, and offensive, and base-level, and baseless, and homophobic, and, well, not really a joke at […]