Don’t want COVID vaccine?

Let’s start with a few facts. Covid-19 is a dangerous new illness. Despite this, half the people who are infected with Covid have such minor symptoms they don’t know they are infected. Others become extremely ill, mainly with pneumonia, sometimes with strokes or heart attacks, kidney failure or blood clots.  People are 30 times more likely to die of Covid than from influenza (the flu.)  In many states, there are now few hospital beds available because so many people are hospitalized with Covid. The current death rate in the United States from Covid is more than 3000 people a day. […]

Married? Consider Upgrading The Deed to Your House

In 1604, Sir Edward Coke said, “Your house is your safest refuge.” Or words to that effect. He was writing in Latin, but the venerable English judge got his point across well enough. The expression has come down to us in the 21st century as “A man’s house is his castle.” The family home should be a safe haven where we can take refuge from the perils of the outside world. Within its walls relationships are nurtured, friendships are enjoyed, and children are loved and encouraged. In addition to the locks and security lights that keep burglars at bay, a […]

Messages To My Mind

Hello Mind! You sometimes lead me to dead end corners where the same tune plays over and over. I get sick of it…Why won’t you listen to my pleas to stop? I know, I know. Old tunes take a while to get out of circulation. But now, it is a new time, with new rules, new openings and paths.   So we have lived through almost a year of an invisible virus interfering with our lives. It has disrupted the usual workflow, the social engagements, the physical activities, the cultural events and for a lot of people, their livelihood. It […]

The Waiting Game

To quote Marvin the paranoid android from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, “The first ten million years were the worst,” said Marvin, “and the second ten million years, they were the worst too. The third ten million years I didn’t enjoy at all. After that I went into a bit of a decline.” If you’re planning a wedding right now or, bless you, had been planning one for last year, it’s hard not to feel like Marvin. Not being able to have your wedding when you want, or having to drastically cut it down in size, feels terrible.  After […]

Will this Game Stop?

Summary Smaller investors are making a big impact on Wall Street by joining together to buy companies such as GameStop, AMC, BlackBerry, and Nokia. The targeted buying is hurting Hedge Funds shorting these stocks, creating a short squeeze. The “short squeeze” is helping drive up these companies’ stock prices to astronomical heights. Currently, Hedge Funds are the biggest losers, but if stock prices reverse, there could be a ripple effect. If you’ve been monitoring the news recently, you’re likely to have heard something about a company called GameStop. While there have been further developments this past week, this article will […]

Life Now as A Woman

I never knew how my life would be as a woman, but it has its ups and downs. You are wondering what I am talking about, well let me take you back in time. To understand me completely I need to return to the age of 13. As a young teen boy, I started dressing up in girls’ clothes. It was awesome and I got dressed up when ever I could. It started off putting my mom’s dresses and shoes on. I would walk around the house until my parents came home and I was so happy. I am not […]

Announcing the All-New Center for LGBTQ Health Equity

The first day of February marked a big moment for The LGBT Health Resource Center team as we began a new era of mission focus with a new name and brand identity, becoming The Center for LGBTQ Health Equity, a Chase Brexton Center of Excellence. We have conducted extensive market research and done some organizational soul searching with support from our marketing and communications team and a very talented local branding firm, Devaney & Associates. With our new name and brand comes a clear mission: to create health equity for LGBTQ patients in our communities and around the world through […]

Preparing for Tax Season at the Next ElderPride Power Hour

Tax season can be a challenge for many elders, and that challenge could be greater than ever this year as the COVID-19 pandemic restricts the availability of professional help in preparing their return. LGBT elders in need of assistance can learn how to get the help they need at The Center for LGBTQ Health Equity’s upcoming virtual ElderPride Power Hour, scheduled for Thursday, February 11 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Courtney Bettle, AFC, Director of Financial Capability for the CASH Campaign of Maryland, will present the online session, and offered a preview of some of the tips she’ll share. […]

Mental Health Moment -Mindfulness and You

By Dr. Andrea Gottlieb Tell me if this sounds familiar: you’re logged into your umpteenth Zoom call of the day and you start zoning out. After a few moments of having your mind wander, you realize you weren’t paying attention and have no idea what people are talking about. So you actively return your focus back to the meeting. That conscious act of harnessing and retraining your attention back to the present moment is actually a very important skill. You’re practicing mindfulness. What is Mindfulness? Mindfulness is about being present in the moment, including acknowledging your own feelings and thoughts […]

Hopeful and Optimistic

I first wrote about what it was like to work in Human Resources at a hospital during COVID last Spring.  I never thought I would be writing about again six months later.  I think we’ve all learned about ourselves and each other since then.  Hearing daily stories of COVID-related deaths and how many bodies in the morgue has taken its toll.  I had done my best to compartmentalize the horrific tragedies happening in the hospital, and to remain focused on my work.   My ability to do this has eroded over time. I find myself becoming irritable, defensive, and short with […]