TRANS LIVES: My Journey Rolls On

Hello Everyone, my name is Karen Kendra Holmes and I am so excited to have my column and I welcome you all to “Trans Lives”. Within my column I will be talking about various topics that I want to share and yours if you care to share with other readers. I want to shed lots of faith, hope, and love that we give respect and earn the respect that we so deserve. From each article written I want you all to know that I have you each in my heart and you have a close friend in me. I just […]

Why Gay Men Should Come Out About Their Sexual Health

Over the past decade, the gay community has come out of the closet – and by extension, I have seen more openly gay and bisexual men in my urology practice in recent years. I’ve been pleased to see that these men’s willingness to be open about their sexuality also makes them more willing to talk about their health concerns. So what do gay men ask about when they visit their urologist? In my experience, the most common questions are the same for all men regardless of sexual orientation – erectile dysfunction, prostatic obstruction, and prostate cancer. Erectile dysfunction (ED) is […]

Rainbow Retirement

by Jennifer Jimenez Maraña The older adult population is growing larger and more diverse. As older adults of all backgrounds age, where can someone find a community of active older adults who are living their best life and making the most of retirement? Who would care for older adults if they need help with activities of daily life and/or support with health issues? When I was growing up, my parents set the expectation for me and my siblings that we would care for them when they were older. We were not to send my parents to “those facilities” also known […]

First Impression

I’d like to introduce myself – my name is Art Solop. I am a custom clothier with Benchmark Clothiers. I am a professional clothier and wardrobe consultant to many successful people in the Baltimore / Washington, DC, area. I am a trained and certified master custom tailor by the Custom Tailors and Designers Association of America. I have developed and cultivated a great knowledge of style and fabrics that has allowed me to assist my clients in creating a wardrobe that is appropriate for any occasion: formal, business, or casual. Benchmark Clothiers is a full-service provider of men’s and ladies […]

Family Separations are Permanent

On July 25th, Border Patrol Chief Brian Hastings testified before the House Judiciary Committee about the policies and procedures of the Border Patrol (“BP”) along the border between the US and Mexico. During his testimony, Chief Hastings revealed a lot about what is occurring to children who are detained. When asked if a three-year old little girl could be classified as a “criminal or national security threat,” his response was that he “did not know the background of the case.” The fact that he would ever consider a toddler a criminal or national security threat speaks volumes about the paranoid […]

Does Cafe Heaven’s Quinn Taylor Think We’re All Too Available?

Television executive Quinn Taylor is the latest addition to Provincetown business owners with his acquisition of the Portuguese Clams and Lobster Ravioli serving Cafe Heaven. He pries open his playbook to discuss courting the Cape’s eligible gents, reveals what dating rules are so 1985, and answers the all-time philosophical debate of whether cereal is a soup or not. Kevin Assam: Do you consider cereal to be a soup? Quinn Taylor: No. I suppose you could but why would you bother? It’s cereal. I have soup. [Laughs] I love soup but I love cereal too. Sometimes a cigar is just a […]

A Reluctant Case of Change

Change is an inescapable part of being human. Whether it is little changes, like expanding one’s taste in food or music to outside of their normal go-to, or even a big change, such as moving to a new city, all changes impact us differently. I have friends who have up and moved cross-country with what to me seems like minimal planning, and completely thrived in their new surroundings. The phrase “creature of habit” does not do me justice. There was a week straight where I ate Burger King for every meal, and while I am not proud to admit that, […]

LuPone vs Lindsey & the Ethics of Outing

A year and a half ago I needed a topic. The article I was planning to write fell through at the last minute and an unlikely hero emerged and saved my column. That hero is Patti LuPone. She had just performed at the 2018 Grammy Awards, singing “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina” from Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Evita, the role that launched her award-magnet of a career. Yes, she slayed the performance, but the real story was that in singing a tribute to Weber, she also buried the hatchet in their famously longstanding feud. She gave me an article about the […]

Hagerstown Hopes ‘Love Grows’: Our Greatest Pride Yet

Hagerstown Pride was a huge success, and all of us at Hagerstown Hopes would like to thank everyone for their support! This was our biggest Pride to date. We estimate nearly 4,000 people braved the heat to visit, enjoy some amazing live entertainment, and spend time with our local LGBTQ community. Beacon House provided a fun, family-friendly Kid Zone, complete with games and arts and crafts projects. Butch Kelly and Chasity Vain, King and Queen of Hagerstown Pride, performed with local favorites and gave the crowd even more reasons to celebrate. Maya Montana, our headliner and former Miss Gay Maryland […]

50 Years and Counting

Just because June and all of the Stonewall 50 commemorations have come and gone doesn’t mean that you have to stop celebrating or feeling proud to be a part of the LGBTQ community. The Stonewall riots, which began on June 28th, 1969 at the Greenwich Village gay bar Stonewall Inn, are considered historically significant in terms of the birth of the gay liberation movement. With the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots still on the minds of the LGBTQ community, as well as our straight allies (and several corporate entities), it’s a great time to take a look at the […]