The Cult of Carrie: The Musical

Carrie White can never catch a break. Ever since she first appeared in Stephen King’s 1974 novel Carrie, the awkward, lonely, abused teenage heroine has been misunderstood. There have been two film adaptations of King’s novel, each offering a different perspective on the characters and events culminating in the most iconic and memorable prom scene in cinema history. But what many film fans don’t know is that Carrie has also been adapted into a musical with a legacy of its own. Like Carrie herself, Carrie: The Musical was perhaps doomed from the start. The 1988 production is one of the […]

Whatta Week

I’m having one of those weeks where I can’t seem to get anything done because a million emergencies get in the way. Of course, they’re not real emergencies to most people. They’re emergencies in the eyes of one or two people only. And, it’s wearing me out. I’m exhausted – both mentally and physically. For example, my dad owns a condo in Ocean City. This weekend was the fall condo meeting. He isn’t comfortable going on his own and I’m on the board of directors for the condo association. So, my dad, my son Alex, and I went to the […]

Hagerstown Hopes: Join Us in October!

Get out your calendars because Hagerstown Hopes is serving events all month long in October! Do you have concerns about the LGBTQ community in Maryland? If so, join us Tuesday, October 16th for our FreeState Justice LGBTQ Issues and Advocacy Meeting. FreeState Justice, a Maryland LGBTQ legal advocacy organization, will be joining us to discuss issues that are important to us and our community. As a legal advocacy organization, FreeState Justice is dedicated to making sure that the LGBTQ community in Maryland receives fair treatmen in society and the law. Your input will inform FreeState’s agenda in the coming years, […]

Hagerstown Hopes October Advocacy & Events

There’s always something going on with Hagerstown Hopes. We’ve been doing a lot of work behind the scenes to find ways to give back to the community. I’m happy to say we’re making progress, and October promises to be a busy month for us. We hope you’ll mark your calendars and join us for one (or more) of our October events! We’re kicking off the month with a Night Out! Join us Thursday, October 11th for an evening of food, friends, and fun. Nights Out are social events held at local restaurants. It’s a chance to have dinner with friends, […]

MSO Makes Debut Recording with Sharon Isbin

It was cold and snowy on my 18th birthday, but that didn’t stop me from following through on my first decision as an adult: I would take myself to see the Maryland Symphony Orchestra. Internationally renowned classical guitarist Sharon Isbin would be joining the MSO to play “Troubadours,” a piece for guitar and orchestra, and my aspiring-musician self was anxious to hear something sure to be beautiful, exciting, and passionate. Isbin and the MSO, under the skillful conducting of Elizabeth Schulze, did not disappoint. As I sat in the beautiful Maryland Theatre, home of the MSO, I was mesmerized by […]

‘Please Just Be Patient With Me’

Many of my kids spent time in foster care. They were there, through no fault of their own. They were there because the adults in their lives failed to provide the safety and security they needed to thrive. Lots of folks think that providing foster kids with love, good food, and attention is more than enough to set those kids on the path to success. But, let me tell, that’s not usually enough. Kids that land in foster care are there because there were serious problems in the home. These aren’t kids whose parents were too busy to help them […]

PrEP is Not Enough

2017 was a record-breaking year in the US, but not in a good way. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2017 saw nearly 2.3 million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis, surpassing a record set in 2016 by more than 200,000 diagnoses. Dr. Gail Bolan, director of the Division of STD Prevention at the CDC, says we’ve seen “steep and sustained increases over the last five years” in STD diagnoses. With that in mind, it’s not all that surprising that the US has the highest STD rates in the industrialized world. The statistics are alarming. Between 2013 […]

Hagerstown Hopes Giving Back and Getting Involved

It takes time to build a community. After all, a community like ours is made up of all different kinds of people: people with different likes, different opinions, different life experiences, all with different wants and needs. Factor in the geographic size of the region and creating a community becomes an intimidating task. How do you reach out to everyone and extend an invitation? Despite our name, Hagerstown Hopes is an organization dedicated to serving the LGBTQ community not just in Hagerstown but the surrounding areas as well. We’ve already been contacted by persons in West Virginia, Virginia, and Pennsylvania, […]

Emerging from Emergencies

When it rains, it pours. Fresh from my run-in with rabies a few weeks ago, I found myself affected by an emergency in my social circle. When I learned of it, I was dumbfounded and caught completely off guard because, like most emergencies, nobody saw this one coming. Everything was fine until suddenly it wasn’t. Part of what makes an emergency an emergency is that the stakes are high and the outcome is uncertain. This adds extra stress and anxiety to an already tense situation because, if the worst happens, we could lose something or someone we love. It’s like […]

The Start of a New Chapter in Life

Here in this wonderful article, you are about to witness what has gone on in my life and in my head, in the last three months. I would have never seen myself in the position that I am in today. I am breathing, sleeping, learning, and prospering. In half of the time that it takes to have a child, I have decided to change the course of my life, quite literally. My plan after high school was to go to a junior college in the very rural Keyser, West Virginia. The population in 2016 was only about 5,200 people. Accessible […]