The 22nd Annual 12 Days of Christmas

Hooker & Boys celebrated 22 years of their annual fundraising event. “The 22nd Annual 12 Days of Christmas: a COVID Kinda Christmas, a Virtual Holiday” was held on Saturday, December 12, 2020. 2020 has been an extraordinary year, and no less for H&B’s 12 Days event, as we took the event to cyberspace to keep everyone as safe as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic. Shawnna Alexander and Rik Newton-Treadway were our hosts as we broadcast live from the Clifton Pleasure Club in Baltimore, MD, with the help of a skeleton crew on-site, and ASL interpreters Debbie Jones, Susan Weinstein, and […]

Best LGBTQ music 2020 – Social distancing soundtrack

In more ways than anyone would care to count, the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we live. Near the top of the list are the ways in which we experience music. Live music venues – from concert halls and intimate clubs to festivals and cruises – were hit the hardest and the future of these performance spaces remains uncertain.   Staying productive   Fortunately, we still have plenty of recorded music to enjoy while we face the possibility of both a vaccine and further lockdowns. Some musicians have used the opportunity of isolation to create album.   Gay singer/songwriter Mike […]

A Gift to Those You Love

As 2020 draws to a merciful close, the season of giving that typically rounds out the year promises to be different. The festive gatherings we usually enjoy will be muted, if they happen at all. Video calls may substitute for the physical embrace of family and friends. And the exchange of gifts we all look forward to will likely take place through the likes of UPS rather than in person. With so much less to plan for this year, many people are busying themselves by tackling overdue tasks. Homes are being spruced up, important papers are being organized, and missing […]

Iconic Gay actor Ian McKellen thrilled to get COVID vaccine

London, England – Actor Ian McKellen, 81, is among one of the first to receive the Pfizer COVID vaccine. The gay star of movies including The Lord of the Rings and the X-Men franchises received his jab Thursday, December 17 at Queen Mary’s University Hospital in London. Local media outlets filmed him being injected. “Anyone who has lived as long as I have is alive because they have had previous vaccinations,” he said, reports the BBC. “It’s a very special day, I feel euphoric! “I would encourage everybody to do the sensible thing, not just for themselves but for everybody […]

Best LGBTQ+ movies of 2020

Let’s be honest. The moviegoing experience has lost its luster in recent years. Stadium seating is a good idea, but the pressure of having to choose seats in advance takes the fun out of the hunt. People still talk during the movie; to each other, to themselves, to the characters on the screen. Texting during movies is at an all-time high, and Apple watches illuminating throughout the theater are a distraction.   Then came the COVID-19 pandemic. Movie theater chains shuttered. While the idea of sitting in close proximity to other audience members caused us to shudder. Not that they […]

President-elect Biden chooses Buttigieg for Transportation

Wilmington, DE – President-elect Joe Biden has named Pete Buttigieg to be the Secretary of Transportation. The choice was officially announced December 15. He will be the first out Gay cabinet officer, as well as the youngest ever, at age 38. LGBTQ organizations were predictably ecstatic over the news. The Human Rights Campaign called the nomination historic. “With the reported historic nomination of former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg as Secretary-designate of Transportation, President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris are keeping their promise, representing a significant step in creating an administration that reflects the diversity and life experiences […]

Biden make more history with communication team

Wilmington, DE – While outgoing President Trump’s legal team continued attempts to overturn election results in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin, President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris moved forward with appointments to their new administration. In an historic move, Biden and Harris have appointed all women to their White House senior communications team. They have also named other women to key posts in which a woman has never served, notably Janet Yellen as Secretary of the Treasury and Avril Haines as Director of National Intelligence. Yellen, a world-renowned economist, was previously the first woman to head the Federal Reserve. […]

Court won’t hear same-sex parents on birth certificate case

Washington, D.C. – Chris Johnson reports in the Washington Blade that the U.S. Supreme Court, which many predicted would roll back LGBTQ rights with its new 6-3 conservative majority, has turned down a request to hear a case that would have undercut the guarantee of full marriage equality for same-sex couples nationwide. In its orders list Monday, December 14, the court without explanation signaled it had denied certiorari in the case, known as Box v. Henderson, which seeks to undermine the Obergefell v. Hodges decision in terms of birth certificates for children born to lesbian parents. Despite the widely-held perception […]

VA GOP censures congressman for marrying a Gay couple

Appomattox County, VA – A Republican committee in Virginia has denounced a GOP member of Congress, in part because he presided over the wedding of a same-sex couple. Appomattox County Republican Committee unanimously passed a resolution denouncing out-going U.S. Rep. Denver Riggleman (R-VA) for “betraying” the GOP’s values and voters. Their resolution lists four instances of betrayal, and the first is that he presided over the wedding of a same-sex couple. “Whereas, in July 2019, Denver Riggleman officiated a same sex wedding which in turn goes against the values and principles of the Republican Party betraying and disregarding the concerns […]

Real Estate Won’t be “Normal” this Winter

Surprised?   Nothing about 2020 has been normal, so why should the real estate market be any different as we head into pandemic winter? Everything you think you know about how the housing market works has been turned upside down.   In most other years, winter has been a good time to be a buyer. Listings that come on the market are usually greeted with lower buyer demand, while homes that remain on the market have the stigma of not having been snapped up during the busy fall season. Inventory customarily rises a bit because of this decreased demand. Interest […]