Lunch Patrol: Halloween Edition

On October 28, 2018, join B & Dee’s Baltimore Love for their Halloween edition of Lunch Patrol. They will distribute brown bag lunches to area homeless. Participants are encouraged to decorate their cars for Halloween, come in costume, and / or bring Halloween candy and snacks to distribute. The gathering place for this month is 421 Fallsway. Donations and volunteers are needed. All are welcome. For information about donations, and signup information, and for gathering information, please stay tuned to B & Dee’s Facebook event page at Bit.ly/2A01aVw.   Please follow and like us:

Documenting the history of AIDS and its impact on gay sex

London – Tom Crewe writes in the London Book Review that “AIDS starts with the deaths. With the dying. At first there was only confusion, incomprehension. Bodies that quickly became unintelligible to themselves. Night sweats, shingles, thrush, diarrhea, sores that crowded into mouths and made it impossible to eat. A fantastically rare form of pneumonia. Dementia in men of 20: brains that shrank and withered…. Men dying in the time it takes to catch and throw off a cold. Later, there were tests. A virus detectable in the blood. You were ill, but you might not feel it yet. Might […]

Study shows impact of HIV criminalization laws

  Los Angeles – Florida laws that criminalize people living with HIV directly affected 614 people from 1986 to 2017, according to a new report by the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law. Researchers found that women were disproportionately affected by HIV criminalization. White women were disproportionately arrested for HIV offenses in Florida, and black women were most likely to be convicted for HIV offenses related to sex work. HIV criminalization is a term used to describe laws that either criminalize otherwise legal conduct or increase the penalties for illegal conduct based upon a person’s HIV-positive status. More […]

HIV-positive people at risk for heart disease

Dallas – People living with HIV are developing heart disease at twice the rate of the general population, and Prism Health, a health organization that specializes in HIV care, and Harvard Medical School want to know why. Prism Health is participating in a large study on the subject organized by Harvard Medical School. The study to find prevention strategies for strokes and heart attacks is called REPRIEVE – Randomized Trial to Prevent Vascular Events in HIV. Katie Fitch, a nurse practitioner at Massachusetts General Hospital, is the program manager. Fitch said the elevated risk might be a combination of traditional […]

Why does loneliness in gay men persist after coming out?

Seattle – Michael Hobbs writes in the March 2nd, 2017 Huffingtonpost.com that “For years I’ve noticed the divergence between my straight friends and my gay friends. While one half of my social circle has disappeared into relationships, kids and suburbs, the other has struggled through isolation and anxiety, hard drugs and risky sex. None of this fits the narrative I have been told, the one I have told myself. Like me, [my friend] Jeremy did not grow up bullied by his peers or rejected by his family. He can’t remember ever being called a faggot. He was raised in a […]

Police threaten LGBTQ confab in Lebanon

Beirut, Lebanon – On September 29th, Lebanese security forces from the General Security Directorate shut down a regional gender rights conference in Beirut, Lebanon. The conference, known as NEDWA, is organized annually by the Arab Foundation for Freedoms and Equality (AFE) and brings together over 100 activists from the Arabic-speaking Middle East and North Africa region. General Security officers responded to a complaint filed by the Hay’at Al-Oulamaa el Mouslimin (Association of Muslim Scholars). The group had issued a statement accusing the conference of promoting perversion and drug use, and called for the conference to be cancelled on grounds of […]

Professor investigated for saying men and women different

Stockholm – RT.com or (“Russia Today”) reports that a Swedish university is investigating a professor for “anti-feminism” and “transphobia” after he said there are biological differences between men and women. He is being urged to retract his comments. The professor, Germund Hesslow, who works in neurophysiology at Lund University, was accused by a student of making “transphobic” and “anti-feminist” statements in a lecture – but he has refused to back down. The complainant suggested that Hesslow’s comments were at odds with the Swedish “value base” – a concept which requires all schools in Sweden to adhere to a common ethical […]

Trump policy denies visas to diplomats non-married partners

Washington, DC – A new State Department policy that requires partners of foreign mission personnel and employees of international organizations to be married in order to qualify for a diplomatic visa has sparked concern among LGBT rights advocates. In late July the Washington Blade obtained a letter from the State Department that states, “consistent with internal Department of State policy changes, partners accompanying officers and employees of international organizations or seeking to join the same must be married in order to be eligible for a derivative G-4 nonimmigrant visa or to seek a change into such status beginning October 1st, […]

Trans man denied benefits for child he gave birth to

London, England – A transgender father is being denied child benefit because he refuses to be identified as his child’s mother. The man, who gave birth as a single parent, wishes to be listed on the birth certificate as the child’s father instead, a court has heard. The new parent, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, has filed a legal challenge against complex rules which require people who give birth to be listed as mothers on birth certificates. He argues that as he was legally recognized as male at the time of the birth, it is incorrect to describe […]

Grand jury refuse to indict father for killing trans daughter

Ellis County, Texas – A grand jury in Ellis County has no-billed Robert Wayne Mosher in connection with the murder last year of his daughter, Gwynevere River Song, 26. Mosher shot his daughter to death at his house in Waxahachie on August 12th, 2017. She was the 17th transgender woman murdered last year. Song’s mother, Marcy Sutton, said Ellis County Sheriff’s Office investigator Dennis Clay sent her a short email explaining the grand jury’s decision: “Marcy, the Grand Jury No-Billed Robert,” Clay wrote. “That means the case does not move forward.” Mosher was stabbed by his daughter and claims he […]