Dallas mayor proclaims September LGBTQ Business Month

Dallas, TX – Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson issued a formal proclamation during the Dallas City Council Briefing on Wednesday, Sept. 1, declaring September to be LGBTQ Business Month in Dallas. Mayor Pro Tem — and North Texas Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) Chamber of Commerce member — Chad West read them proclamation aloud at the meeting. Tony Vedda, the chamber’s president and CEO, explained that the chamber had asked for the proclamation to help highlight the economic contributions made by LGBTQ-owned business and support those businesses. Gary Sanchez, board chair for the chamber and director of public affairs at VisitDallas, […]

“Unsanitized” for your protection: an interview with Bianca Del Rio

Could there possibly be a better way to spend one’s birthday than interviewing RuPaul’s Drag Race’s season six champion Bianca Del Rio? I’ll have to get back to you. But that’s precisely what I did in June 2021. We talked about her writing career, her success as a podcaster, how she passed the time while isolating during the COVID-19 pandemic, and, of course, about her new live show Unsanitized. Coming to a major metro area beginning in September and continuing through November, Bianca Del Rio promises her devotees a night of no-hold-barred barbs and laughs.   Gregg Shapiro: It’s nice to speak with […]

Here, there, and everywhere: an interview with Dar Williams

First of all, if you haven’t seen Antje Duvekot’s stop-motion animation music video for “Today and Every Day,” from Dar Williams’ amazing new album I’ll Meet You Here (Renew Records/BMG), what are you waiting for? It’s the kind of perfect pairing of audio and visual that will remind viewers of the magic of that craft, and make you nostalgic for the heyday of MTV. Of course, “Today and Everyday” is merely one of the 10 incredible songs on what is best described as Williams’ best and most consistently enjoyable album since My Better Self. From the brilliant opener “Time Be My Friend,” featuring guest […]

Maryland Guardianships—Don’t Get ‘Britney Speared’

Britney Spears, the “Princess of Pop,” has had a royal mess on her hands ever since her father become her legal “conservator.” According to Britney, her father has so overstepped his authority to manage her finances that his behavior has amounted to abuse. The stuff of tabloid journalism, the ordeal has left Britney’s fans and detractors alike wondering how her legal rights could have been taken from her so abruptly—and whether the same could happen to them.  In Maryland, we have legal safeguards to help prevent someone from losing their autonomy without good reason. Just as importantly, there are steps […]

Critical Estate Planning Tips for Same-Sex Couples

If there’s been one silver lining to the pandemic, it’s that it has motivated many people to prioritize estate planning.    That’s important because if you die without an estate plan in place, your assets may not end up where you want.  The taxman may also take a much bigger bite than needed.  These issues potentially impact everyone.  However, with fewer children and sometimes contentious family issues, estate planning is even more critical for same-sex couples.  Marriage Isn’t a Magical Panacea The recent recognition of same-sex unions has, of course, helped couples realize tax savings and other legal benefits.  While it […]

Psychological Safety

Are there times in a group or with a partner/friend, you want to say something but don’t? What guides your decision to stay quiet or speak up? We are living in times when a lot of people feel strongly about issues but may keep their thoughts or opinions to themselves. But then there are others who declare what is on their minds without regard to other people’s reactions as well. Accepting that one was wrong seems to be difficult for many people. Why is that? We all know that no individual can be right all the time. The cultural messages […]

The Way of the Force: an interview with Q-Force’s Gabe Liedman

Do you love to hear cartoon characters swearing and talking dirty? What about seeing them naked, muscular, and anatomically correct? Oh, and can you dig a story involving brainwashing, world domination and LGBTQ+ folks saving the planet? If so, the hot new Netflix series Q-Force is meant for you! Featuring the voices of a stellar cast of queer and queer-friendly actors including Sean Hayes (voicing Steve Maryweather aka Agent Mary), Wanda Sykes (voicing Deb), Patti Harrison (voicing Stat), Matt Rogers (voicing Twink), Laurie Metcalf (voicing V) and Gabe Liedman (voicing Benji) in lead roles, as well as several other guest stars, Q-Force takes animation […]

Lesbian couple killed while camping, no arrest made

Moab, UT – A newlywed Utah couple Kylen Schulte, 24, and Crystal Turner, 38, known for their love of the outdoors, often camped and traveled together in their van. So, a summer weekend trip into Moab National Park wasn’t out of the ordinary for them. But while they were enjoying their evening on Thursday, August 19, things took a dark turn once nightfall crept over their campsite. As the sun went down, the women began to take note of a “weirdo” camping in the next site over. He had reportedly been observing and following them throughout the day, and as […]

Rufus still rules!: an interview with Rufus Wainwright

It’s been said that timing is everything, and in the case of gay singer/songwriter Rufus Wainwright, the saying holds true. In July of 2020, at least seven months into the COVID-19 pandemic, he released his eighth pop music studio album Unfollow the Rules. It was significant because it was his first in 12 years. Full of drama, hopefulness, and humor, it was among his best work, and even earned a Grammy nomination. In the past, Wainwright would have embarked on a multi-city (and continent) concert tour, but that was not possible now. As inventive as ever, Wainwright began presenting a regular series […]

High percentage of LGBTQ+ people have gotten COVID vax

Washington, D.C. – The Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC) released survey data showing that 92% of LGBTQ+ adults living in the United States have received at least one coronavirus vaccination dose. The foundation focuses on understanding and encouraging the lives of LGBTQ+ individuals globally. The 2021 LGBTQ Community Survey, generated by the HRC Foundation, Wells Fargo and CMI Media Group, gathered data from approximately 15,000 self-identified LGBTQ+ respondents in the US. This year’s version, the 15th since the survey began, is the first one to include a focus on LGBTQ+ individuals and coronavirus vaccination data. Survey respondents reported high rates […]