Australian judge marries partner of 50 years

Sydney – Australian former High Court judge Michael Kirby married his partner of 50 years, Johan van Vloten, on February 10th. The pair tied the knot 50 years to the day after they first met at legendary gay venue the Rex Hotel in Sydney in 1969. Kirby told Radio National “the relationship that was made that night lasted from that moment on really, and it’s still going strong.” He said he had been “skeptical” about marriage. But, he said, they wanted to show their relationship was not “second class.” “When gays started to get married, they started to fall out […]

Gay people in the holocaust: Nazi persecution

Berlin – Stories have been written and films have portrayed what the life looked like of someone who was a marginalized community individual during the days of Nazi control. But those of queer survivors and the way in which they were treated have been difficult to retell for reasons known and unknown. The Nazi takeover and occupation of European and Asian territories took place between the years 1933 and 1945. The Homocaust website reported that up to 100,000 gay men and women were persecuted and imprisoned for their sexuality under Paragraph 175 of the 1871 German Penal Code. The code […]

Kentucky claims former clerk Kim Davis liable for fees

Frankfort, Kentucky – Attorneys for Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, in briefs submitted to the US 6th Circuit Court of Appeals citing “conduct that violates civil rights,” are calling on the court to rule that Kim Davis alone is responsible for the nearly $225,000 in legal fees and court costs. The state incurred the fees when four same-sex couples sued her in 2015 after she defied a US Supreme Court ruling and refused to issue marriage licenses to the couples, according to reports in the Lexington Herald-Leader. Davis is the former Rowan County clerk who got famous by refusing “on God’s […]

Lesbian teacher sues school district for anti-LGBT bias

Richmond, Virginia – A lesbian former civics teacher is suing the Virginia school district where she used to work for harassment because of her sexual orientation and gender expression. Dina Persico says school officials told her to dress in a “more feminine” way, and at one point barred her from using the women’s restroom at her workplace. The ex-teacher said the alleged harassment was started by staff at Providence Middle School but got worse when she moved on to work at Midlothian High School. “It was suggested that if I seemed more feminine, I would be less intimidating as a […]

GLAAD slams Trump for 92 anti-gay policies

New York – GLAAD, the world’s largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization, slammed Trump’s record on LGBTQ people in a statement in advance of the President’s State of the Union Address and for his consistent attacks on marginalized communities, including the LGBTQ community. “There is no reason for LGBTQ Americans or anyone else to see tonight’s State of the Union as anything more than empty rhetoric designed to distract from what’s really happening behind the scenes every day,” said Sarah Kate Ellis, President and CEO at GLAAD. “What LGBTQ people know is this: The Trump Administration is the most anti-LGBTQ in […]

Trump’s Cynical HIV Plan

Today is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, so let’s hear it for the Trump USA team behind his master race plan to end the HIV epidemic by 2030. I’ve even included an actual photo of their meeting on January 6th with a diverse group of stakeholders. Oh, wait. Scratch that. I’m sure the people of color are in the room somewhere. Pouring coffee, perhaps? “Meeting today at HHS with the principal architects of the Administration’s plan to end HIV,” says the Facebook post with the photo from Carl Schmid, the hapless new co-chair of the President’s Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA). You remember PACHA. The council that […]

I Don’t Do Movie Reviews, But …

There is a movie that by seeing its trailers and advertising on TV, you’d have no expectation that it has any relevance to you or our community. At the end of 2018, there were five major movies with major gay characters or themes. Bohemian Rhapsody, Boy Erased, The Favourite, Can You Ever Forgive Me? and the one you must see, The Green Book. Here’s how IMDB (International Movie Database) describes the film: “A working-class Italian-American bouncer becomes the driver of an African-American classical pianist on a tour of venues through the 1960s American South.” The title refers to a publication […]

Trans Care Across the Lifespan

With an ongoing and critical need for trained and welcoming health care providers to serve the transgender community, the LGBT Health Resource Center’s health equity training team will present an accredited one-day continuing education symposium on March 9th entitled “Trans Care Across the Lifespan.” Scheduled sessions will address issues of stigma, the local landscape of the transgender population in Baltimore and Maryland, and best practices for medical and behavioral health care for gender diverse children, adolescents, adults, and elders. Attendees will also hear from a panel of transgender community members about their experiences. Clinicians will learn the essentials of providing […]

Trusting Your Doctor Or Not?

Dear Dr. Eva, I’m a gay man in a long-term monogamous relationship. I have never had any sexually transmitted disease. Is there any real reason to come out to my doctor? I’m uncomfortable with him assuming I’m straight, but I don’t want to embarrass him. Discreet Dear Discreet, First, if your suspicion that knowing you are gay would embarrass your doctor is correct, you may need a different doctor. I hope that he’ll respond in a friendly, comfortable way that shows he is not embarrassed. It’s important for your doctor to have at least a basic understanding of who you […]

Love Online

Have you met your soulmate? That is, if you believe in that concept. Or, how do you meet potential partners? Once upon a time, there were matchmakers, good-intentioned family members, friends, and then it became bars, school or college, and even the workplace with its own set of issues. Check this statistic out: “In 2017, 39% of US heterosexual relationships and 65% of same-sex relationships began online.” (Tinyurl.com/yxb4abuv) This can’t be surprising given the length of time we spend in cyberworld. When I see the number of hours I personally devote to online usage, I am amazed. But then why […]