The Baker and the Colorado Civil Rights Commission Supreme Court decision is more LGBT-friendly than it seems

On June 4th, 2018, the US Supreme Court issued a decision in the case of Masterpiece Cakeshop, et al. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, et al. The case involves the 2012 decision by the Colorado Civil Rights Commission (“CCRC”) finding that the bakery had violated Colorado law in denying a request by a gay male couple to prepare a wedding cake for their reception. The couple was getting married in Massachusetts because, in 2012, same-sex marriage was not legal, and they wanted to have a nice reception in the Colorado town where they lived. Indeed, Justice Kennedy, the author of […]

When is it Okay Not to Use a Condom?

Can viruses pass through condoms? Dear Dr. Eva, I heard that HIV and other viruses can get through pores in latex condoms because viruses are so much smaller than sperm. Is that true? Wondering Dear Wondering, No, it isn’t true. Latex is a continuous solid surface. It has no pores – that’s what makes it so effective. Multiple scientific studies have shown that the HIV virus cannot pass through latex condoms. The condom is 100 percent effective unless it tears. When a condom is worn, infections can only be passed if the condom breaks, tears, or slips off. Tearing and […]

Relationship Builder: Positive Mood

There are many self-help books on how to improve your relationships, love life, or friendships. Let’s take a look at what we can do for ourselves because how we feel definitely affects those in our lives. I just listened to a couple who realized that some mornings, one of them got up in a foul mood and then the whole day went downhill for both of them because the other person resented having to deal with this which he saw as no fault of his own. So how was the first person dealing with his negative mood? According to psychologist […]

Elder PRIDE Returning to Pride Festival in Druid Hill Park on June 17th

Elder Pride will return to Druid Hill Park at the upcoming Baltimore Pride Festival on June 17th, the second straight year that the LGBT Health Resource Center will offer LGBT elders the chance to connect with their community, receive important information and resources, and reflect on their journey. The Elder Pride tent will once again be located in Druid Hill Park on Swann Drive, near the Family Pride location. Attendees will have the chance to add themselves to a timeline of LGBT history, celebrate their “coming out” anniversary in an “Out Proud” photo booth, and receive free testing, resources, and […]

What is a Kegel and Should I Do It?

We have all heard about Kegels. It is what women do so they don’t dribble after having a baby, right? Yes, this is correct, but there is a lot more to it than that and when you break it down and really look at what is going on with a kegel, it has an impact not just on staying dry (yellow hanky) but also for staying clean (brown hanky) as well as sexual function. The purpose of kegels is to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles. “But what are pelvic floor muscles?” They are a group of muscles at the bottom […]

Whatever, Wherever You Are, You’re Welcome

Are you going to your first Pride celebration? Wow! You are in for quite an experience. Our community, the LGBTQ community, is as diverse as the letters used to describe it. We are every color of the rainbow, every religion, political affiliation. We are small, large, tall, and short. We dress in business clothes, casual attire, and costumes. We belong to clubs, teams, social groups, and many of us are loners. At Pride celebrations, well, we look like every and any combination. If you are going to a celebration for the first time, keep an open mind, welcoming thoughts, and […]

Washington, DC

Washington, DC, is a great place to visit. To get there from Baltimore, you can avoid the bumper-to-bumper traffic by taking a train from Baltimore Penn Station to Washington Union Station. A one-way ticket costs as little as $8. There is a subway under Union Station, and it takes you to several attractions. DC is very influential on both national and international stages. Famous protests are delivered in DC because many powerful policymakers and countries’ embassies are located there. DC also has a large LGBT community. Last year a Gallup poll found that DC has the highest self-identified LGBT population […]

What is the Best Interests of the Child Standard? How judges decide the fates of the young

After families separate, parents must decide where the children will primarily live. Some families can settle this among themselves while others require court intervention. Often parents assume the court will award custody to the mother however, that’s not necessarily the case. Put simply, the Best Interests of the Child standard simply means that the court looks at certain factors to determine what is in the best interest of the children involved in the family situation. Even when parents have an agreement, the court still must make a finding that the agreement is in the best interest of the child. Often […]

Better Safe (and Dry) Than Sorry

I remember being in the checkout line at Whole Foods a June or three ago and hearing the customer ahead of me talking to the cashier about her upcoming wedding. My ears perked up. I asked, as I do, “Where are you getting married?” “Federal Hill,” she responded. Now as you may know, Federal Hill is both a neighborhood and a park in Baltimore, all on the National Register of Historic Places. She was talking about the park, which is set on a steep hill overlooking the Inner Harbor. On another June day, in 1608, explorer John Smith called it, […]

Time Management

I am finding myself saying more often these days that “time is our most precious commodity.” Maybe it seems that way since I am growing older, and it feels like I am running out of time. Pressure at home to spend quality time with my husband, with family and friends, for maintaining a home, etc; and pressure at work where there is increased pressure to deliver on commitments and to achieve more with fewer resources. Lately, it seems that by Friday afternoon, reflecting back on the work week, there remains tasks undone, and not only in the office. I decided […]