Gay Love Across the Generations

Love knows no gender; love knows no age. Many gay couples are in intergenerational relationships – so how do they handle the differences in their bodies that naturally come with age? How do they work with the diminished desire that comes with decreased circulating testosterone in the older partner? Certain adjustments might have to be made between the generations, but the extra work you put in will be worth it! Contrary to popular perception, sexual performance does not decline with age, but there is a certain tradeoff. Younger men get harder faster but trade endurance and finesse for speed; older […]

15-Minute Workouts

’Tis the holiday season, and every one of us can probably think of something else we would rather be doing than trying to get into the gym. The reality is, that is exactly why you should be finding time to get to the gym. Yet, the holiday parties with loved ones and for work, the endless shopping lists, foods that need to be prepared, gifts that need to be wrapped, and not to mention the phone calls and cards to make, where can you find the time! Well, if Santa Clause can make a trip around the world in one […]

Here, Queer

Currently at a laughable 47% on Rotten Tomatoes, the winter holiday rom-com (and waste of a perfectly good Henry Golding) Last Christmas may be better remembered for the 15-track album Last Christmas: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack featuring the Music of George Michael Wham (Sony / Universal) than anything else. Movies inspired by songs (The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia, Convoy, Ode to Billy Joe, Harper Valley PTA) don’t have the best track record. Nevertheless, the gathering of these songs on the soundtrack, including the title tune, “Faith,” “Praying for Time,” “Waiting for that Day,” “One More Try,” […]

Cuts Both Ways

In the interest of full disclosure, dear reader, it’s best that you know that Rick Karlin, author of the memoir Paper Cuts: My Life in Chicago’s Volatile LGBTQ Press (Rattling Good Yarns, 2019) is my husband. We are in our 28th year as a couple and have been officially married since 2014 (the 5,100th same-gender couple married in Illinois to do so). That said, even after all these years together, it doesn’t make it any easier to read a book in which you are one of the main characters. To his credit, Rick writes about us in the most respectful […]

’Tis the Season to Listen to Great Music

There are two kinds of people in the world: those who love holiday music and those who can’t stand it. I am passionately in the camp of those who love the stuff. That said, I don’t love all of it. There’s the saccharine, schmaltzy stuff that is over-produced that leaves me cold. Then there’s the jumpy, bumpy, goofy songs like “Dominic the Donkey” or “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas,” intended to make you smile but instead just make me turn off the radio. But oh, when holiday music is good, it’s gooooood. Like Tran-Siberian Orchestra’s rendition of “Carol of […]

Jesus Christ Superstar Heralds the Passion at the Hippodrome

Jesus Christ Superstar, the iconic musical phenomenon, celebrates its 50th anniversary in a new mesmerizing production at the Hippodrome this month. Running until Sunday, December 22nd, the musical’s story is loosely based on the Gospels’ accounts of the last week of Jesus’s life, beginning with the preparation for the arrival of Jesus and his disciples in Jerusalem and ending with the crucifixion. It depicts political and interpersonal struggles between Judas Iscariot and Jesus that are not present in the Bible. Baltimore OUTloud recently chatted with ensemble member Jacob Lacopo. “This [rock opera] is exciting in itself, but this specific 50th […]

Happy Holidays from Hagerstown Hopes

With the holiday season upon us, we at Hagerstown Hopes have been thinking about the importance of community. All of our work is meant to strengthen and support the LGBTQ community in Hagerstown and the surrounding areas, as well as the wider community. This work cannot be done alone, and we hope that you’ll join us this holiday season in bringing people together during a very special time of year. If you live in Hagerstown, you may have already noticed a bit of holiday cheer. This year Hagerstown Hopes was invited by the City of Hagerstown to collaborate in decorating […]

The Spirit of Christmas

What does Christmas mean to you? Each of us experiences the holiday differently. Some of us throw ourselves into the hustle and bustle of the season, decorating and baking until we’ve created a winter wonderland that would make Santa himself blush. Others of us give our time, volunteering for causes that are close to our hearts. Some of us are more mindful of being “nice,” while others indulge their “naughty” sides at holiday parties. If you are a religious person, you’ve probably already made plans to attend one (or more) church services – after all, “You can’t spell Christmas without […]

The Force is with Me

Star Wars is my favourite thing. Obviously, I love my wife, pets, and family / friends more than Star Wars, but as for physical items, Star Wars wins, and has for a vast majority of my life. I was six or seven when in an attempt to enjoy child-free silence and get some work done, my father, flipping through the channels, stopped at the beginning of the trash compactor scene. When I used that moment to remark that I like space and science, I opened Pandora’s box with a sledgehammer. I have had a Star Wars cake every single year […]

Marvelous Marseille

Marseille, France’s second largest city, is the complete opposite of Paris. In Marseille, there’s no world-renowned museum or internationally famous monument. Nor is it some prestigious city that captures a “wow” when mentioned. Marseille is a port city located in southern France and it is known for its multicultural environment because it is heavily influenced by the Armenians, Italians, North Africans, and Turks. The city is built around the Vieux-Port (Old Port). The locals are socially more conservative than in Paris, so LGBTers may receive an unfriendly stare if holding hands with their partners in public. The Old Port is […]