Is the end of HIV transmission in sight?

London – A study of gay couples published on May 2nd in the medical journal Lancet indicates that HIV-positive men in whom the infection is fully suppressed by anti-retroviral drugs have no chance of passing the virus to their partner, even through sex without a condom. The UK Guardian reported on the findings with the headline declaring “End to AIDS in sight,” and noting, “The success of the medicine means that if everyone with HIV were fully treated, there would be no further infections.” Earlier studies, the report noted, have shown that the drugs also stop transmission in straight couples […]

‘My gay-friendly mosque saved me from becoming a radical’

Berlin – Now 21-year-old openly gay Muslim Tugay Sarac tells his story of near radicalization and finally acceptance to Rahil Sheikh and published by the BBC. What follows is an abridged version of his story in his own words: “Sitting in my bedroom alone, a wave of fear washed over me. I was 12 years old, confused, and scared – I was beginning to realize I was gay. My dad was watching TV in the living room, and all I could think about was how disappointed he’d be if he ever found out. I grew up in a Turkish neighborhood […]

Kuwait prof: Killing anal worms cures homosexuality

Kuwait City – A Kuwaiti academic has claimed that she has developed a cure for homosexuality that targets semen-eating anal worms. Dr Mariam Al-Sohel, who claims to have qualifications in “Sex Management,” appeared on Kuwaiti channel Scope TV to sell suppositories that she claims kills worms making men gay. In a clip translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute Sohel claims that she has “discovered therapeutic suppositories that curb the sexual urges” of gay men and lesbians. Sohel explains: “The sexual urge develops when a person is sexually attacked, and afterwards it persists, because there is an anal worm […]

Trump issues new rule allowing bias in health care system

Washington, DC – The Trump administration, through the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights, issued a new rule that expands current refusal laws, allowing providers and institutions involved in the delivery of health care to refuse services based on religious or moral convictions. Susan Berke Fogel, of the National Health Law Program (NHLP), criticizes the administration for ignoring input from patients and health workers. The new rule will likely result in widespread harm to the health of people all across the country, including those trying to survive in low-wage jobs that provide little to no access […]

US House Committee okays LGBT discrimination

Washington – The House Judiciary Committee approved the Equality Act on May 1st. The measure would amend federal civil rights laws to include protections for sexual orientation and gender identity. When she became speaker in January, Nancy Pelosi said that passing the legislation would be one of her signature goals, and the measure went through the Judiciary Committee on a straight party-line vote, 22 to 10. The bill is now in line for a floor vote. The Equality Act prohibits discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity in areas including public accommodations and facilities, education, federal funding, employment, […]

Gay tour group meets with ‘out’ Indian prince

Mumbai – Travelers on a tour through India with Miami Beach-based Source Events engaged in an up-close and personal meeting at a private reception with Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil, India’s openly gay royal who has become one of the country’s most vocal advocates for LGBT rights. “Travel at its best enriches us with new connections and a deeper understanding of the world in which we live,” said Craig Smith, president of Source Events. “Given the high profile of Prince Manvendra, (including an appearance on “Oprah” in 2007), and his commitment to improving the lives of LGBTQ people in India, a […]

LGBTQ Teacher Happy Hour

Following the successful premiere of this event in December, GLSEN Maryland (Gay and Lesbian Students and Educators Network) and the Baltimore City LGBTQ Commission are teaming up to create a space for LGBTQ teachers to have a little recess after work. Join them for this first-of-its-kind event “Mx: An LGBTQ Teacher Happy Hour” on May 10th, from 5 to 7 pm at Chez Hugo Bistro (206 East Redwood Street, Baltimore). More info at Bit.ly/2vsq0Kv. Oh, and in case you were wondering, “Mx” is now a thing. Learn more at En.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/mx. Please follow and like us:

Out Networking at McCormick

The Maryland LGBT Chamber of Commerce invites you to join the group’s monthly “Out Networking” event from 5 to 7 pm on Thursday, May 16th at the new headquarters of their member company McCormick (24 Schilling Road, suite 1, in Hunt Valley). You’ll have an opportunity to mix and mingle with members of McCormick’s LGBT affinity group Prism, while sampling delicious McCormick recipes. Please note that no alcohol will be provided at this event, but plenty of new concoctions and tasty treats will be served up. The event is free to LGBT Chamber and McCormick Prism members and $15 for […]

Pre-Prom Gay-Straight Alliance Mixer, May 17th

If you’re gearing up for this year’s LGBTQ Prom, take a chance to make new friends at the Pre-Prom GSA Mixer on Friday, May 17th, from 4:30 to 7:30 pm, at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School (1400 Orleans Street, Baltimore). This event is for current high school students only. School ID is required for entry. This event is hosted by the Dunbar GSA and supported by Baltimore mayor’s office, the Baltimore City LGBTQ Commission, GLSEN Maryland, and the Len Jackson fund at the Baltimore Community Foundation. Register at Bit.ly/2XTP21h. For tickets or more information about the mixer, visit the Facebook […]

FreeState Justice’s Annual Jazz Brunch, May 11th

Following the successful revival of the event in 2018, FreeState Justice invites everyone to this year’s Jazz Brunch on May 11th, from 11 am to 2 pm at the Haven Street Ballroom (1 North Haven Street, Baltimore). The group has partnered with Haven Street Ballroom, a brand-new venue, along with talented musicians, chefs, and other local talent to create a memorable event. Haven Street Ballroom is an accessible venue with free parking. Tickets are $125. You can also choose your own VIP “lounge,” for you and seven guests with table service, for $1500. If you aren’t able to join in […]