Trump to allow LGBTQ discrimination by religious groups

Washington, DC – Alex Bollinger writes in LGBTQ Nation that on November 1st, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) proposed a new rule that would allow adoption and foster agencies to discriminate against LGBTQ people. November is National Adoption Month. HHS defended the proposal by pointing to religious freedom, saying that organizations with religious objections to following the rules should still be allowed to get federal money. The rule would apply to adoption and foster care agencies, allowing them to refuse to work with LGBTQ families. But it would go much further and allow any organization that gets […]

Homophobic Outrage in Virginia

Last month, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring (D) succeeded in his aim of incarcerating a gay man indefinitely for sending text messages.AG Herring maintains the man – who has never been accused or arrestedfor any act of violence – is a “Sexually Violent Predator.” Virgina’streatment of Galen Baughman, now 36, has attracted protests from LGBT and criminal-justice groups, and at least one Virginia lawmaker. His casehighlights the dangers of Orwellian civil-commitment laws that allowindefinite confinement of people to prevent possible future offenses. Baughman – a former Indiana University student and Soros Justicefellowship recipient – was condemned October 17th by an […]

Call Me By My Name

Since December 2017 the Anne Arundel County Police Department has had a department policy on how to interact with transgender people in an appropriate and dignified manner. We’ve been reviewing the policy in class. The policy states that, “no person shall be discriminated against based on gender identity, sexual orientation, or any other basis.” The policy not only provides some very basic definitions, it also gives instructions on addressing members of the trans community with a person’s preferred first name and appropriate pronouns. The policy prompts the officer to remember that you can’t ask a person about their anatomy or […]

Hippodrome’s Aladdin to Take Charm City on a Magic Carpet Ride

Running at the Hippodrome Theatre from Wednesday, November 13th to Sunday, December 1st, Disney’s Aladdin takes audiences on a magic carpet ride to discover a whole new world. Baltimore OUTloud recently chatted with Rutherford, New Jersey-native Ben Chavez about his upcoming role as Omar in the Disney classic. Frankie Kujawa: What can audiences expect from this upcoming performance of Aladdin? Ben Chavez: They will see a beautiful love story about two people who feel stuck in two very different worlds and want to escape to find a better life for themselves. They face a lot of trials, but they do […]

Keeping it Real with Real Housewife of New Jersey’s Dolores Catania

Mother Teresa once said, “It’s not about how much you do, but how much love you put into what you do that counts. Life isn’t worth living, unless it’s lived for other people.” Amidst the dramatic twists and turns facing the cast members in the upcoming tenth season of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey,” there is a beacon of light that shines bright. That gleaming, glittering light is the heart of gold that resides inside of housewife Dolores Catania. Speaking exclusively to Baltimore OUTloud, Catania recently chatted about the upcoming season, her spectacular new look, her philanthropy, and finally […]

November’s Other Memorial Day

The riot began in the early morning hours of June 28th, 1969. Some say it started with a thrown brick. Others say it was a tossed shot glass dubbed “The shot glass heard ‘round the world”. It happened at the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village, New York City, after years of police harassment and repeated raids on gay bars. A line had finally been crossed and the Stonewall Riots sparked the beginning of the modern LGBTQ movement. There has been much discussion about the role transwomen played at Stonewall. Termed transvestites or drag queens or transsexuals at the time, two […]

Haircuts, Masculinity, and Me

I’ve been thinking about growing my hair out. Since 14, I’ve been slowly cutting it back, with the exception of senior year of high school, when I donned an afro that left people sitting behind me in class frustrated. These days, it’s shaved on the sides, with a fade at the top that I sometimes allow to grow to a length such that one ringlet of a curl can be seen. My journey with hair has been, well, arduous. As a child, it was my telltale giveaway that I was assigned female at birth. My grass-stained jeans and backwards cap […]

Joining the Maryland Defense Force

Getting sworn into the Maryland Defense Force (MDDF) as a state guard soldier one evening in November 2011 was something I’ll never forget. This is Maryland’s state defense force. The MDDF is organized as a volunteer military organization, parallel to the Maryland National Guard, which it is designed to augment during stateside emergencies. Before getting into my journey with MDDF let me take you back to August 2011. It was a summer day in August when I was with the Prince George’s County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). The CERT program trains citizens to prepare for emergency situations in their communities. […]

Uganda may have reversed plan to execute gay people

Kampala, Uganda – On October 10th, Simon Lokodo, the Ethics and Integrity minister of Uganda, announced in an interview with Reuters that he planned to introduce to the Ugandan parliament a bill imposing the death penalty for same-sex relations and “promotion and recruitment” of homosexuality in order to curb a rise in “unnatural sex.” Fortunately, the government appears to have had a change in heart on going forward with this so called “Kill the Gays” bill according to the Peter Tatchell Foundation and Pink News in a post by John Milton on October 18th. LGBTQ activists were wrapped in fear […]

Treatments for Discomfort During Intimacy

A discussion with Dr. Andrew London of Belcara Health   Q: Intimacy has become more and more uncomfortable. Can laser treatments really help? A: In most cases, yes! Specialized laser treatments have shown to be highly effective for reducing discomfort during intercourse, especially for menopausal women. Painful sex, clinically known as “dyspareunia,” can be caused by a wide range of physical and psychological conditions, but the primary cause is vaginal dryness, a common symptom of menopause. Menopause is a natural biological process that occurs when a woman’s menstrual cycles end, usually somewhere around age 50. During menopause, the body’s natural production […]