Human Rights Campaign to host online inaugural event

Washington, D.C. – In a press release, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, announced it will be broadcasting an online premier inaugural event on January 20th to commemorate the historic election of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. Featured special guests and performances include Grammy-, Tony-, and Emmy Award-winning actor, singer, and activist Billy Porter; Tony Award nominees Lauren Patten and DeAnne Stewart (cast members from Broadway’s 15-time Tony Award-nominated Jagged Little Pill); actor Matt Bomer; actor and activist Alexandra Billings; actor and writer Jesse James Keitel; and singer and […]

Record number of LGBTQ people elected to office

Washington, D.C. – As the new Congress convened this month, a historic number of LGBTQ people will make up the U.S. House. Nine openly LGBTQ candidates were elected this past November, seven of whom were incumbents. According to the LGBTQ Victory Fund, an organization that trains, supports and advocates for queer candidates, it’s also the most diverse class in history with four people of color. U.S. Reps. Mondaire Jones (D-NY) and Ritchie Torres (D-NY) became the first two openly LGBTQ Black members of Congress this month.             These nine are just a small fraction of the LGBTQ candidates that won […]

2020 is Finally Over!

2020 is finally over, however at what cost? This past year has been a tumultuous year. Everything this past year has tested so many people. A number of people I knew died, not from COVID but other stuff. This past year is full of worry and lost for most.   I was ready for 2020 in January, or so I thought. I had my first major part in a series, and I was ready for my big follow up role. It takes at least 3 roles like that to get you known. February was right on track with a dozen […]

New Year, New Resolutions!

Happy New Year!  Welcome to the greatly anticipated demise of 2020 and the renewed hope and possibilities of 2021!  You did it!  We did it!  We survived into the new year but sadly at a cost due to the multiple crisis of 20201, apparently God was out of locust.  Now that we are here at the dawn of a new year, what is our next step?  One of the most common traditions is to set goals of things you want to accomplish in the new year, also known as New Years Resolutions.  This sounds great but are largely not long […]

Understanding the COVID-19 Vaccines

Many people are looking forward to getting a COVID-19 vaccine with excitement, but many have concerns and questions as well. These concerns and questions are valid, and at Chase Brexton, we want to provide our community with accurate, helpful information to address them. Here’s what we know about the COVID-19 vaccines which will soon be available to the public. How do the vaccines work? Both vaccines work by delivering synthetic mRNA into our bodies. The mRNA is a messenger for DNA, which tells our cells what to make in order to fix, build, or maintain things in our bodies. In […]

LGBTQ military group condemns the attack on capitol

Washington, D.C.  – “As the nation’s largest nonprofit dedicated to LGBTQ military servicemembers, veterans, and their families, the Modern Military Association of America (MMAA) condemns the acts of violence that occurred within the past week at the United States Capitol,” the organization said in a press release. “The MMAA is devastated by the actions and perpetual encouragement that led to an attack on our democracy through the destruction of property and looting and the threats of harm against our members of Congress, their staffers, and Capitol employees. We are incredibly saddened by the loss of life of the US Capitol […]

It’s A Virtual Life!

The leather community is all about traditions. Even in my personal life, I have many traditions that I look forward to each year. I moved to Baltimore in 1984 and never miss the city’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. I always go downtown to celebrate on Oriole’s Opening Day. Even if I don’t have a ticket for the game, I love the festive block parties, live bands, and crowded bars. If it is MLK weekend in DC, it is time for the huge Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend (MAL), Memorial Day weekend means the International Mr. Leather Contest in Chicago and the […]

Trump administration pushed LGBTQ bigotry from day one

Washington, D.C. – From removing protections for LGBTQ people in housing and shelters to allowing discrimination in medical care, President Trump’s hand-picked homophobes and transphobes who served in his cabinet have wrought havoc on queer and trans communities throughout the four years of the Trump presidency. The Cabinet and former Cabinet members who have done the most damage are names LGBTQ people should not forget: Dr. Alex Azar, Secretary of Health and Human Services; Bill Barr, Attorney General; Dr. Ben Carson, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development; Betsy DeVos, Secretary of Education; Gen. John Kelly, Secretary of Homeland Security and […]

Identity Theft

‘Tis the season for identity theft.  According to a recent survey conducted by Experian, 24% of people reported being a victim of identity theft or fraud during the holidays.1  During the holidays, we’re often so distracted while out shopping or searching for bargains online that we let our guard down.  Before you go shopping, take some steps to help protect your identity. Online Data– Be smart when you’re online.  Social media is a great way for thieves to learn more about you.  Take steps to limit the amount of personal information you share (employer, where you’ve lived, family members, etc) […]

Risking Love

Life is full of risks. This last year has made it even more clear that, to maintain and protect ourselves, we have to weigh in on just which level of risk we can afford. That level may vary in different contexts as well. One may not volunteer to lead a group (low emotional risk) but go paragliding (high physical risk). In relationships, the risk of rejection and sometimes the risk of acceptance may guide behavior. None of us likes rejection. But risk of acceptance? That if you reach out, there may indeed be a reciprocal interest in you? What makes […]