Biden campaign ad mocks Buttigieg’s experience

Washington, DC – Joseph Biden’s presidential campaign came out swinging February 8th with a whopper of a TV ad taking a back-handed compliment approach to criticizing Pete Buttigieg. The 60-second ad, which the Biden campaign unveiled in New Hampshire days before the primary on Tuesday, at first blush commends both Biden and Buttigieg for their records in public service. But the ad goes on to say while Biden’s experience as vice president consisted of negotiating the Iran nuclear deal, Obamacare, and the 2009 stimulus package, Buttigieg focused on smaller projects, such as providing decorative lighting for a park bridge in […]

Black Advocacy Network release first HIV needs study

Dallas – The Southern Black Policy & Advocacy Network (SBPAN) has released a first-of-its kind HIV advocacy needs assessment in conjunction with National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. The report brings together often-disparate data sets in order to provide a more complete picture of HIV and advocacy needs for black communities in the South than ever before. The report, titled “HIV Advocacy Needs Assessment: Health Policy and Advocacy Opportunities for Black Communities in the South,” includes cross-comparisons of: statewide HIV prevalence rates, HIV care continuum data, Ryan White HIV/AIDS program data, Medicaid expansion, statewide pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) coverage, community mobilization and […]

Billionaires, not grassroots, shape much of LGBTQ agenda

Kalamazoo, Michigan – Not long ago, the gay rights movement was a small group of people struggling to follow their dispositions within a larger heterosexual culture. Gays and lesbians were underdogs, vastly outnumbered and loosely organized, sometimes subject to discrimination and abuse. Today’s movement, however, looks nothing like that band of persecuted outcasts. The LGBT rights agenda – note the addition of “T” – has become a powerful, aggressive force in American society. Its advocates stand at the top of media, academia, the professions, and, most important, Big Business and Big Philanthropy. Consider the following case. Jon Stryker is the […]

Protest at Women’s Lib Front sold-out event

Seattle – An event hosted by Women’s Liberation Front (WoLF), “Fighting the New Misogyny: A Feminist Critique of Gender Identity,” featuring Lierre Keith, Meghan Murphy, Saba Malik, and Kara Dansky, was held in Seattle with heavy security and police presence. Moments after Lierre Keith of WoLF began to address a sold-out crowd at Seattle Public Library (SPL) on February 1st, five male audience members began to shout, blast a horn, and play a piccolo. (Yes, a piccolo.) The men shouted, “Go back to Canada!”, presumably towards Canadian writer and speaker Meghan Murphy, and “Trans rights are human rights! Trans women […]

MAKES YOU HEARTSICK EVEN TO ASK! BUT Is Romance A Disease?

Dear Dr. Eva, I’m in a relationship with someone I care for very much. We are not young, and we have had other long-term relationships. We enjoy being together and I think our prospects are good. My partner thinks that our relationship may not be the right one because neither of us feels “in love.” When I ask what she means by “in love,” what she describes sounds unhealthy: “butterflies,” rapid heartbeat, obsessiveness about the other person, and a higher sex drive than either of us has had for years, with any partner. I’m not sure I’ve been “in love” […]

Meet the Candidate: Mary Washington

Senator Mary L. Washington is running in Baltimore’s 2020 Democratic mayoral primary. Washington, who was first elected into the Maryland House of Delegates in 2010, made history becoming the first openly LGBTQ African American elected official in Maryland. Now she’s trying to make history as Baltimore’s first openly LGBTQ mayor. Baltimore OUTloud sat down with Senator Washington to ask her for her plans on issues faced by the city. Charles Smalls: You’ve spent over 20 years working as a legislator and an advocate for public policy in the state of Maryland. What’s driving you to seek the mayor’s office? Mary […]

The Other Side of Survival

What does it mean to be equal to everyone else? It means that we get the opportunity to know ourselves, be ourselves, and embrace ourselves. We get to self-actualize. In other words, we get to fulfill our individual talent and potential. On a larger scale it means that we become capable of opening the door for others until one day we can take the door off for all – for good. That’s what I like about talking to people who’ve “made it”. Each one of them tells a story about how, in the face of incredible odds, they’ve found a […]

Love at Every Stage

We have arrived at the national celebration of love… Valentine’s Day. The implication is that we are to romantically celebrate our cherished partner(s). But, realistically, a lot of us are quietly pining over a crush, healing from a breakup, not interested in intimacy, or trying to explore our identity (to name a few) So, let’s talk about different areas of love. Let us start with the most important (and potentially the most challenging): Self love. The notion that we love ourselves in a whole and unconditional way. Recognizing and affirming who we are – without critical, negative self-talk. The exploration […]

What is Love?

So, for Valentine’s Day, I will try to answer a simple question. What is love? Everyone has their own idea but not all people will see it the same. To me there are different types of love: such as puppy love (crush, infatuation, the hots) parental love (father, mother, brother, sisters) love of community (feeling of belonging) love of life spousal love self-love (many trans people struggle with this one, I did) and (the crown jewel), true love. In movies and TV, we see romantic passionate love. Is that really love? What is the difference between having the hots for […]

Love & Empathy

Valentine’s Day brings up all kinds of emotions, some positive, some negative, and perhaps mostly mixed. There are memories of lost opportunities, of climactic meetings, of joyful reunions, and of bitter breakups. Then there also those who couldn’t care less about the day. However one may think of V-Day, it does bring up the discussion on what love is, how one defines it, and how any of us is affected by it. Love comes in different contexts: Romantic love, parental love, love for friends, for the country, and even love for preferences (Chocolate, anyone?). Whichever form of love you want […]