Navigating the Chapters of Bankruptcy

Due to COVID-19, record numbers of businesses, families and individuals are struggling to fulfill their debt obligations. Filing for bankruptcy can be a very helpful tool, with several options available. Chapter 7:  Individuals and families Chapter 7 can be a quick, easy way to eliminate credit card debt, tax debt, personal loans, old balances from car repossessions and early termination of apartment leases. There is no limit on the amount of debt that Chapter 7 can eliminate.  Chapter 7 does not mean that individuals and families must give up their home, cars, jewelry, bank accounts or other assets.  To qualify, […]

Sex During COVID: Tips for Gay and Bisexual Men

Oakland, CA – Sex can be affirming, pleasurable and positive for a range of health-related reasons including stress reduction. It is also an opportunity to (re)discover our bodies. Like many gay and bisexual men, you might be wondering about sex during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are some tips to help you make choices that are right for you.             Knowledge is power: COVID-19 is highly transmissible. The virus is airborne through droplets when a person coughs or sneezes, meaning it can be transmitted from talking, singing or shouting. The virus is found in saliva, mucus and feces. Having this knowledge […]

Federal Judge blocks anti-LGBTQ Trump health care rule

Washington, D.C – On September 2, Federal District Court Judge James Boasberg granted Lambda Legal’s request for a preliminary injunction in a challenge to Trump administration rules announced earlier this summer that would remove anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ from the Affordable Care Act. Boasberg’s ruling on the injunction puts “an immediate stop to key aspects of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ health care discrimination rule which seeks to carve out LGBTQ people and other vulnerable populations from regulatory protections under the Affordable Care Act’s nondiscrimination provision known as Section 1557,” according to a press release from Lambda […]

Gay store picketed by vicious homophobe hatemongers

Charlotte, NC – On Aug. 25 around lunchtime, a group of mature white men with large signs of hate took to the sidewalk right in front of White Rabbit. Some of the man yelled at the top of their voices colorful words of hate and condemnation. They were extremely ugly to our customers and our staff. Then came the caring concern from our neighbors. The store’s neighbors poured out support for the store with love and compassion. A store employee described the scene.             Randi Salvatore said, “being from N.Y., things don’t scare me easily, and my self-confidence doesn’t make […]

Study: Pride Nights lessen teammates homophobic language

London, England – Edge Media Network reports that groundbreaking research shows that Pride nights and Pride games decrease the homophobic language that team members use, reports UK newspaper The Guardian. Pride nights have become commonplace in a variety of sports, and in different countries such the U.S., Canada, Britain, and Australia, and they are appreciated by LGBTQ fans, but until now no one had done academic studies into what effect such events might have on the athletes, the Guardian noted.             Such research is meaningful, the Guardian said, because “a lack of research into — and conclusive evidence of — […]

The Truth, Set Me Free

The day I transition I finally became Free to live my life as Karen. When I was Tony, I was happy, but never the way I am now. In this article I will be speaking about myself in the third person about Tony. I am doing so because I am no longer him and he is so different than I am today. He was highly active with friends, women, volunteering and going out and just enjoying what he thought was being happy. The problem, Tony was not truly happy due to a big secret and double life he was living. […]

Is the Housing Market Going Mad?

We are in the middle of the first truly worldwide pandemic in a century. The economy is returning the worst unemployment numbers since the Great Depression of the 1930s. Businesses are closing, reducing their workforce, and economists have their hair on fire. So… why is the housing market going like gangbusters? Like so much of what we’re experiencing in 2020, it doesn’t appear to make a lot of sense. From actual experience in the Baltimore metro market, and discussions with real estate agents in other places, there simply are not enough homes on the market to meet current demand. Prices […]

Do you pee in Morse Code??!?

September is prostate awareness month which is why I decided to focus on it for a moment. Most people have some level of awareness of prostate cancer, so I will start there.  It has a very high survival rate in part because men get checked regularly after the age of 50 or 55, depending on the comfort of your PCP, other health risks and family history.  I must take a moment to remind all of my trans women friends that regular prostate checks apply to you too, because the prostate is not removed during a vaginoplasty.   The prostate starts out […]

How Bankruptcy Can Bring a Fresh Start

Bankruptcy is a sensitive subject to discuss – especially now during the COVID pandemic when unprecedented numbers of people and businesses worldwide are facing financial hardship. An unnecessary stigma is associated with the word, “bankruptcy,” and many people have the false impression that it means failure. As children, we are taught that bankruptcy is how people lose in Wheel of Fortune and Monopoly. The reality is that bankruptcy can be the best financial decision for individuals, families and business owners. The purpose of bankruptcy, as stated by the Supreme Court in 1934 is to give “the honest but unfortunate debtor…a […]

Playing it straight

James Sweeney’s queer rom-com Straight Up (Strand), now available on DVD, has more in common with Woody Allen’s Annie Hall than you might expect. Like Allen did for Annie Hall, Sweeney wrote, directed and stars in Straight Up. Like Allen’s Annie Hall character Alvy, Sweeney’s Todd is a nerdy, obsessive compulsive, in therapy, who is in search of companionship. Similarities between the two probably end there. In Straight Up, gay millennial Todd is undergoing a severe sexual identity crisis, or so he tells friends Ryder (James Scully) and Meg (Dana Drori) in an L.A. diner. He believes he could statistically […]