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 […]

Disconnect And Reconnect

The past year and a half saw many connections put on hold, stymied, dropped, or outright rejected. Some of the reasons involved differences of opinion, fears of being around people, or even taking the option of not connecting. Now that we are slowly entering another phase of dealing with this pandemic, the variant notwithstanding, do we reconnect? Do we continue to isolate? Do we reevaluate those friendships, relationships, and connections with a new perspective regarding their place in our lives? What I hear from several people, present company included, is that we all have started to take another look of […]

Summer Market a Little More Friendly to Buyers

Frustrated by the market in the first half of 2021? According to Realtor.com’s Weekly Housing Trends report on July 8, there could be some small amount of relief in the coming weeks.   First, new listings had been growing in number year-over-year in twelve of the previous fifteen weeks, which had helped to slow the red hot price growth we had been experiencing. Also, the rapid pace that homes disappeared from the market had been slowing, again in a year-over-year comparison.   All this good news for buyers is hinting that with COVID restrictions easing we may be seeing the return […]

Resilience Needed. Again.

We are living in a time of turmoil and transition. Just as it seemed the road was open, there came another obstacle to clear, a hurricane to go through, or debris to throw away. So once again, we have to tap into our resources to claim the energy to persist, the determination to hang onto our resolve and to maintain the hope that we will prevail. That our vaccinated, mask-wearing and distancing family, friends, neighbors, or other people we come in contact with, will do the same so we can overcome an invisible virus that kills. In this process, it […]

Delta variant of Covid: What is it, and is it really that big a deal?

Dear Dr. Eva,  We are hearing about another new Covid variant, Delta. We’ve already heard about, and some people have panicked over, the British variant and the Brazilian variant. However, those don’t seem to have changed the course of the pandemic in our country. Is this just another cry of “wolf,” or is it really time to go get the masks out again? Skeptic   Dear Skeptic, It does seem as if there’s a new coronavirus scare every month. So far, new strains haven’t affected most people’s lives or the Covid death rate in this country as a whole. Unless […]

The Trouble with ESG Investing

Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) investing has become increasingly popular.  According to Morningstar, over $51 billion flowed into this investment strategy in 2020.[i]  That’s not a surprise, given the prospect of no longer having to choose between our values and making money.  Unfortunately, while developments are promising, there’s still much work to be done to consider ESG a viable investment strategy.  In fact, ESG seems to have more gray areas than green ones, so it’s critical that you know exactly what you’re buying. If you’re interested in ESG investing, here are some issues to consider. Lack of a universal definition […]

Pride in Pride

As I look at these light displays in two of Baltimore’s iconic buildings, I am aware that in all the years, it is the first time that this has happened here. I think of how the White House was bathed in rainbow colors when marriage equality became a reality. I think of friends and acquaintances who are now wife and wife, and husband and husband. I think of the couples who are now enjoying parenthood. And I feel proud. Then my other, more realistic side kicks in: The bills being introduced against trans kids and adults, the effort to deny […]

Trans is the TARGET

Every year for LGBTQ Pride month, those of us who have chosen LGBTQ advocacy as our work are inundated with requests for presentations, panels, keynotes, workshops – you name it. My team at the Center for LGBTQ Health Equity is no different. We will be many places in June and then again in October, when many additional LGBTQ-centered awareness days occur. It is strange though: no one has asked us to talk about the public policy assault our community is experiencing. And I want to talk about it. I think no one has asked us to talk about this issue […]