FEMA to reimburse for COVID-19-related funeral costs

Washington, D.C. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recently announced that it will provide financial assistance for COVID-19-related funeral costs that took place after January 20, 2020. This reimbursement operation went into effect on April 12, 2021, under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. The announcement also came after the US COVID-19 death toll exceeded 500,000 American residents, and it continues to climb. FEMA, which operates under the US Department of Homeland Security, said in its statement, “The COVID-19 pandemic has brought overwhelming grief to many families. […]

Biden names Gay man head of Customs & Border Protection

Washington, D. C – President Joe Biden named Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus to head Customs and Border Protection. Magnus was the first police chief to marry a same-sex partner. Magnus was a vocal critic of former President Trump and his immigration policies and he was recognized for carrying a Black Lives Matter banner while in uniform. If he’s confirmed, his biggest challenge will be to handle the record number of children from Mexico and Central America crossing the border into the U.S. Magnus was police chief in Richmond, Calif., where he met his husband, who was chief of staff […]

AZ Republicans to allow parents to say no LGBTQ history

Tucson, AZ – David Reddish reports in Queerty that Republicans in the Arizona state legislature have passed a bill that would allow parents to opt their children out of educational classes which would include LGBTQ history, or sex education topics including HIV prevention. If signed into law, SB 1456 would mandate the “school governing board to develop procedures by which parents will be notified in advance, and given the opportunity to opt their children into, any instruction regarding sexuality, gender identity or gender expression.” It would further require parental permission for students to attend any sex education classes. Sex ed […]

National LGBT Media Association to boycott Georgia

Washington, D.C. – The National LGBT Media Association (NGMA), composed of the 12 largest LGBT publications in the nation and the country’s largest LGBT media association, has approved a resolution to not hold any future meetings in the state of Georgia due to the Georgia Legislature’s recent passage of draconian voter suppression laws which primarily affect communities of color. “We in the LGBT community built a movement fighting for equality, and we stand with those who fight this ‘Jim Crow, Part 2’ legislation in order to make their voice heard and their vote count,” NGMA members said. “Too many people […]

Conflicts With The Loved One

It has been a long year of isolation, fear, anxiety, loneliness, loss and restrictions. Not that we could not find some green shoots, some positive aspects with what life brought us. But overall, the consequences of a long period of dealing with a pandemic is showing up in our behaviors and moods. There is a huge increase in demand for mental health resources with predictions of future cardiological issues in the population. In addition to those health concerns, we have also had to deal with a fiercely divided and polarized community. This is where relationships have taken a major hit. […]

Smile

A simple comment to a trans-female turned my thinking on its head. I told her to smile more. She was highly insulted, and I was taken aback. I certainly did not mean for it to be an insult. However, when I told a friend about it, he did a faceplant and said, “How could you not know this is a trigger.” The person I told to smile told me that males do that to dominate women. Which I still call BULLSHIT after thinking about this for a year plus. This is something I have never heard of at the time […]

Remembering Sunday

The worst part about adulthood is losing people you love, people of your own generation that are supposed to make it senility with you. While these deaths leave massive holes in our lives and our families, they are in the bluntest phrasing possible, part of the natural human lifecycle.  I am talking about the sudden deaths of friends from childhood. Friends lost in the blink of an eye from events that we could not rationalize the how and the why they occurred.  I am thirty-three years old and I have three tattoos on my body for friends that have left […]

What’s wrong with dietary supplements for male sexual enhancement?

Beginning March 24, 2021, the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) began to issue a series of recall notices for “nutritional supplements for male sexual enhancement.” As of April 5, recalls have been published for 14 different brands. The brands recalled so far are listed in the box below. It is very likely that more, similar products will be recalled in the days ahead. All of these products are advertised as “natural.” According to their labels, many contain imaginary ingredients like “horny goat weed.” All the recalled products contain undeclared ingredients including one or more of three prescription medications: the erection medicines […]

Are You Ready to Retire?

We’ve seen an increase in clients asking us if they can afford to retire.  While some could have retired years ago, many are clients who are looking to move up their retirement date.  This sudden interest in retirement is likely due to the pandemic; clients have experienced growth in their net worth from reduced spending combined with a strong stock market and are feeling COVID fatigue.   If you’re also considering retirement in the near future, know the answer to these questions before taking the leap:   What do you want to do in retirement?  The first step that I […]

Where Are We Going?

One of the ways I like to keep my spirts up is to schedule some fun events to attend. Having something to look forward to keeps me going. Needless to say, 2020 was a difficult year. With the other half away in Florida for the winter and everything canceled because of the virus, I spend most of my time home alone trying to stay safe. It didn’t help that some of my friends continued to go to play parties and gatherings even when it was unsafe to do so. One friend even calls me almost every day to tell me […]