LGBT Commission Makes History – Again

History is repeating itself 42 years later. That’s where my thoughts were as Jason and I were on Amtrak on our way to a reception at the Pennsylvania’s governor’s residence this past Monday. Many of you often remark how joyous I am, and this week proved your point. How else to react to witnessing something that you envisioned 42 years ago once again being used to empower our community? Thanks to Gov. Tom Wolf, I had the honor to join him as he made history – or should I say, repeated history? It is a history I took part in […]

Living His Most Authentic Life

A profile of Merrick Moses, part 2 “First and foremost, the foundation of my life is my vocation. I’m very clear that I was born to be the priest that I am – it centers me, and I often have to go back to that. As a priest/activist: how do I cultivate my humanity and help others do the same? That anchors me.” – Rev. Merrick Moses Last week, the Baltimore City Board of Estimates made history when they lifted the health-insurance exclusion which had denied coverage for gender confirmation surgery for city employees. And it was Rev. Merrick Moses […]

The Facts of LGBT Discrimination

This week, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney won a major court case that will most likely make its way to the US Supreme Court and affects our community more than the super-hyped wedding-cake case. And guess what? Almost no one noticed the significance of this major turn of events, but with much higher stakes, not only for you, but especially for religious organizations. Why does it loom large, with billions in tax dollars? Yes, we’ve reached a new stage of our struggle, where discrimination against LGBT people could cost billions – that’s billions, with a B – of dollars to those […]

Profile In LGBT Courage

“I am the transgender son of a black Panamanian immigrant.” So, begins Merrick Moses, by way of self-introduction. The many worlds this statement unleashes is just the beginning of his complex and beautiful Baltimore story – one that spans decades of hardship, growth, and inimitable progress. Merrick Moses came to Baltimore as a teenager searching for a refuge. Along the way he found his true self, and that journey encompasses the pain, courage, and determined endurance of our city itself. As a victims rights advocate, Merrick daily helps those who have been traumatized by crime navigate their way through the […]

We Must Talk About Having Diarrhea

I am the least likely person to be writing about diarrhea. Just typing the word is mortifying. I needed spell check just to get it right. It’s the double “r” that trips me up. My discomfort discussing anything butt-related is well documented, but this is important. Here’s why. One in five people living with HIV suffers from chronic diarrhea. That’s too many, and I happen to be one of them. Many of us figure that if the meds are working and we’re healthy, then gastrointestinal problems simply come with the territory. Remember the HIV drug Kaletra? What a nightmare. When […]

Pride is Needed More than Ever

With most of the larger Pride celebrations in the rear-view mirror, it is clear that despite progress in the recent past, Pride is needed more than ever. We continue to see rants on social media decrying the need for Pride and others clamoring for “straight pride” celebrations to counter the rainbow-hued parades and festivals that take place in much of the free world. Let’s remind our heterosexual friends that they don’t need a straight pride celebration. Consider: • No straight person has been fired from their job or not hired for being straight. • No straight person has been kicked […]

The Best Gay American History Character Ever!

Readers here know my passion for LGBT history and my almost-decade-long research and writing on my favorite gay historical character – and I do believe he was a character. He is Baron Friedrich von Steuben. And there’s a longer version of his name, but that will do. It took years, but the research many of us have done is finally being acknowledged by most reputable historians, The Museum of the American Revolution and the Steuben Society of America itself, that von Steuben was a gay man. That’s very important – maybe the most important LGBT American-history fact there is. Let […]

Here & Queer Even in a Catholic Boys’ High School part 2 of 2

I just graduated from Calvert Hall College High School, a private, Catholic, all-boys school in Towson, Maryland.  The institution is renowned across the country for its excellent academics and athletics, but an area I feel they could improve in is inclusivity and acceptance.  While attending the school, I noticed an environment of homophobia which at times made students, including myself, feel unwelcome. This past year I wrote an article addressing this for the school paper, and thanks to the support of many teachers and friends it was at long last published.   Unfortunately I dropped parts for appeasement’s sake, and […]

Here & Queer Even in a Catholic Boys’ High School

I just graduated from Calvert Hall College High School, a private, Catholic, all-boys school in Towson, Maryland.  The institution is renowned across the country for its excellent academics and athletics, but an area I feel they could improve in is inclusivity and acceptance.  While attending the school, I noticed an environment of homophobia which at times made students, including myself, feel unwelcome. This past year I wrote an article addressing this for the school paper, and thanks to the support of many teachers and friends it was at long last published.   Unfortunately I dropped parts for appeasement’s sake, and […]

Candidate Kevin Mack Opens Up about Life with HIV

The garden party fund-raising event last month in Montgomery County, Maryland, had all the usual markers of a political candidate on the rise. Well-dressed children frolicked on the lawn of the stately home while guests helped themselves to finger foods and glasses of wine. Several elected officials made appearances. There was even an iconic Olympic athlete in attendance, good-naturedly taking selfies with fans. But something that might have been unthinkable only a few years ago was about to happen. Kevin Mack, an openly gay candidate running for the Maryland House of Delegates in the 15th District, has a personal story […]