Community calls out hate group in its neighborhood

Scottsdale, Arizona – Nestled in an innocuous office park just off a highway is the headquarters of an international hate group. The Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) is dedicated to restricting the rights of LGBT people under the guise of religious liberty. An annual budget of over $50 million and small army of lawyers allows it to exert undue influence over politics, courtrooms and even schools in Arizona and beyond. In October, they defended the right of employers to discriminate based on gender identity in the US Supreme Court. In the past, it has defended state bans on gay sex, lobbied […]

Large number of out candidates running in Texas

Austin – More than a dozen out lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender candidates from both the Democratic and Republican parties have filed to be on the ballot in Texas for the March primaries for state and federal offices. While neither the state parties nor the Texas Secretary of State formally track the sexual orientation or gender identity of candidates, it appears that at least 13 Democrats and one Republican who openly identify as LGBT have filed to run for office. In the Texas House, the five incumbent state representatives who formed the new LGBTQ Caucus are all running for re-election. […]

Italians Honored World AIDS Day

WHAT A DISTINCT PLEASURE to be in the company of spirited Italians for the week of World AIDS Day in early December. I was honored to be the guest of Plus Onlus, their national coalition of gay men living with HIV and their allies, and on Saturday, November 30th, they joined forces with Komos, the Bologna gay men’s chorus, for a night of music and advocacy that I will not soon forget. My role was to present three segments to the audience which filled the Teatro Testoni to the rafters: the past, present, and future of the HIV epidemic. I […]

Socialized Male

A couple months ago I decided to take some supplies to a person who was having housing issues. I packed up a bag full of essentials they had asked me to bring and I started to walk towards the McDonald’s where we’d agreed to meet. It was dark and I let my friends and partner know where I’d be walking and that I’d bet back in a bit. And then my metamour (my partner’s boyfriend) showed up at the McDonald’s and insisted on giving me a ride back home. My girlfriend gave me quite the talking to about it, essentially, […]

Queering New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve will be full of opportunities for fun and revelry at venues old and new in Baltimore. Here’s a selection of some of those events. Hang out at Leon’s Backroom (227 West Chase Street) from 9 pm to 4 am and enjoy music by DJ Norm Hill, two-for-one drinks all night long, and a champagne toast at midnight. There’s no cover! For more info, visit Bit.ly/36SIR2j. Grand Central Nightclub (1001 North Charles Street) will host a party celebration and midnight toast with DJ Brandon Michaels and DJ Rob G3. Doors open at 9 pm and tickets are $25 […]

Is it Safe to Take Steroids to Build Muscle?

Dear Dr. Eva, I’m hoping you’ll give a straight answer on this: Is it okay to take steroid shots to build up muscles? Don’t steroids build up your immune system as well as your muscles? I know you shouldn’t buy them on the street, but what if you get them from a doctor? Gym Rat   Dear Gym Rat, Yes, I can give you a straight answer. Anabolic-androgenic steroids, the medical name for muscle-building steroids, are bad for your health. What are they? There are several types of anabolic steroids, but most are illegal in the US. The only one […]

New Year, New You?

So we are close to starting to write “2020” on all communications that require a date. Without getting into the perennially useless new year resolutions, what are you looking forward to doing better in your relationships? This does not only refer to romantic ones, but also to family, friends and colleagues. The oft-used slogan has been “New year, new you.” I prefer to look forward to improving the connections I already have while being open to new ones. A recent blog in Scientific American (Blogs.scientificamerican.com/beautiful-minds/which-personality-traits-are-most-predictive-of-well-being) discusses which aspects of our personality contributes most to a sense of well-being. The well-known […]

Ringing in the New Year

Here at the LGBT Health Resource Center of Chase Brexton Health Care, we are grateful for another very productive and full year living our mission in 2019. At the heart of our work is providing welcoming and affirming health care for our LGBT patients. I’m very proud to say that our LGBT Health Equity Training Team provided more training and education to medical and behavioral health providers this past year than ever before. We know that medical education and training rarely includes the critical information that providers need in order to deliver affirming health care to LGBT patients, and we […]

‘I am a trans female looking to have my Breasts Enhanced What should I expect?’

A discussion with Dr.  Michael Cohen of Belcara Health By Dr. Michael Cohen Beautiful breasts represent beauty and femininity for many women. For trans women, enhanced beautiful breasts can also represent a greater confluence of their inner and outer selves, confidence, and help them to blend into society more effectively. Breast augmentation is a common, safe, cosmetic surgical procedure that enhances the size and shape of the breasts, allowing both cis and trans women the opportunity to enjoy the body of their dreams. Breast augmentation is an important step in many male-to-female transitions. It can be performed at any stage […]

MENTAL HEALTH MOMENT – It’s the Most Wonderful Challenging Time of the Year

By Dr. Michael Young A young woman had been doing so well overcoming her addiction. She had been sober for almost nine months – that was nine months longer than she had ever been sober in her young adult life. Her life-long addiction to alcohol began when she was in her early teens. It started as a coping mechanism in response to a chaotic home environment. As she grew older, she gravitated toward other illicit substances and eventually could not get through a single day without using alcohol or addictive drugs. In college, a concerned school counselor connected her with […]