Trump trans military ban Supreme Court appeal premature

Seattle – On November 23rd, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) asked the US Supreme Court to review three preliminary federal district court rulings that have kept the Trump administration from implementing its plan to prevent transgender people from serving in the US armed services. The three preliminary rulings include one out of the US District Court for the Western District of Washington in the lawsuit, brought by Lambda Legal and OutServe-SLDN and joined by the State of Washington, challenging the constitutionality of the proposed ban. “Today, the US Department of Justice announced its intent to short-circuit established practice, asking […]

Pope Francis expresses serious concern about gay clergy

Vatican City – Barbie Latza Nadeau reports in the Daily Beast that Pope Francis continues to send mixed messages on the acceptance of LGBTQ people in the church but is very concerned about their participation as clergy. Nadeau reminds the reader that back in 2013, shortly after Pope Francis was elected, he shocked the world with his words: “If a person seeks God and has goodwill, then who am I to judge,” when asked about a gay priest? In some ways, Francis has been eating his words ever since, constantly called to explain by conservatives in the church what he […]

Taiwan voters say no to same-sex marriage

Taipei – Reuters reports that on November 24th, Taiwan voters backed a referendum that defines marriage as between a man and a woman, dealing a blow to the self-ruled island’s reputation for liberalism in Asia amid a heated debate over marriage equality. In Asia’s first such ruling, Taiwan’s constitutional court declared in May 2017 that same-sex couples had the right to legally marry, and set a two-year deadline for legalization. But the island’s election authority earlier this year approved contradicting referendum petitions from both conservative and rights groups. More than six million voters approved a series of initiatives opposing marriage […]

Grindr prez: Marriage is between a man and woman

Los Angeles – The Guardian reports that the president of Grindr wrote on Facebook that he believes “marriage is a holy matrimony between a man and a woman,” sparking backlash inside the gay dating app company. Scott Chen, who became the president of Grindr after it was bought by a Chinese gaming corporation, wrote and later deleted a lengthy post on his personal page that criticized Christian groups fighting marriage equality, but also suggested that his personal beliefs clashed with gay marriage. After a backlash within the gay dating app company, Chen says he “supports gay marriage” and was voicing […]

Human Rights Campaign President Griffin to step down

Washington, DC – The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) announced that its president, Chad Griffin, he will leave his post at the organization in 2019 after serving it for seven years. Under Griffin’s leadership, HRC has become a leader in the resistance to the Trump-Pence administration, has doubled its membership, staff, and budget to meet its expanded goals and opportunities has led efforts to win marriage equality, introduced the Equality Act which would establish explicit federal civil rights protections for LGBTQ people, launched the largest grassroots expansion in the organization’s 38-year history ahead of the 2018 midterms, and established new programs […]

How to Avoid Holiday Stress

The holidays can be a particularly stressful time of year for LGBT elders, from dealing with their families or families of choice to budgeting their time, energy, and finances. Tips for managing this stress and avoiding its negative health effects will be presented at an upcoming workshop hosted by the LGBT Health Resource Center of Chase Brexton Health Care. The workshop is scheduled for Thursday, December 13th from noon to 1:30 pm in the community rooms at Chase Brexton’s Mount Vernon Center (1111 North Charles Street, Baltimore). Anyone interested in attending or receiving more information on this upcoming Lunch and […]

A Groping Brother-in-Law

Dear Andre, I’m an openly gay man in my late 20s, and I’m blessed with a very supportive immediate family that includes my parents, grandparents, and older sister. My sister has been married to her husband for close to two years, and they have a ten-month-old son together. Recently I went home to celebrate Thanksgiving with everyone, and towards the end of the night I found myself alone in the kitchen cleaning up. My sister’s husband – who had been drinking heavily throughout the day – entered the kitchen and began chatting with me. Suddenly he came up behind me […]

Once, When We Were Heroes

Each year, in honor of World AIDS Day on December 1st, I share my piece “Once, When We Were Heroes.” I will never, ever capture the early days of AIDS any better than this. I’m proud of it, yes, but it’s strange because I feel like I channeled it rather than wrote it. I think some old friends might have helped me with this one. Thanks for reading and for sharing this. MY BROTHER RICHARD smiles a lot. He has an easy laugh. But there was a time, years ago, when he held a poisonous drink in his hands and […]

Thinking Through the Holidays Part 2: Family issues

If you enjoyed Thanksgiving, and if you enjoy the holidays with no problems every year (or almost every year), and if you don’t know anyone who struggles with the holidays, then this column is not for you. Look at a different page. The first part of this article, in the last issue of Baltimore OUTloud, explained how to use thought techniques to decrease or completely get rid of the negative, depressing thoughts that trouble many people around the holidays. Most of these are self-critical thoughts. Once you identify these thoughts, you can see that they are not true and can […]

Secret Relationships in the Golden Age of Films

Acclaimed director Sidney Lumet once said in his book Making Movies, “I don’t know how to choose work that illuminates what my life is about. I don’t know what my life is about and don’t examine it. My life will define itself as I live it.” In the upcoming film As Long as I’m Famous director-screenwriter Bruce Reisman creates a deeply moving, romantic, and witty homage to classic Broadway and Hollywood legends. Inspired by real events that took place during the summer of 1948, the film intertwines the lives of several show-business and celebrity luminaries who mingled with Broadway’s elite. […]