Biden Wins! Our Long National Nightmare Is Ending

Former vice president Joe Biden has been elected president of the United States and, by the vote of the people, to paraphrase our 38th president Gerald Ford, our long national nightmare has ended. Ford said these words to an exhausted nation on August 9, 1974 during his inauguration following Richard Nixon’s resignation in disgrace due to the Watergate scandal. How naïve of us to believe that the Nixon presidency would be the nadir for presidential misdeeds. Little did we know what was coming our way in 2016.             Leading into Election Day on November 3, the polls predicted a national […]

Retro-activity

The losses to the entertainment world in 2020, COVID-related and otherwise, have been substantial. Rock and roll pioneer Little Richard died at 87 in May and Fleetwood Mac founder Peter Green died in July at the age of 73. Released 25 years after his breakout debut, Little Richard’s 1972 album The Second Coming (Omnivore), newly reissued with four bonus tracks, manages to honor his roots (“Rockin’ Rockin’ Boogie,” “Mockingbird Sally”) while also fitting into the sonic funk style (“Second Line,” “Nuki Suki”) of the early 1970s. Little Richard, who struggled with both his sexuality and religious upbringing, became a preacher […]

Help for Your Mental Health

By Laura Webb, VP and Chief Nursing Officer COVID-19 has cut us adrift in a sea of uncertainty: Will I have a job six months from now? Will I or my loved ones get sick? How should I educate my kids? These incessant worries can do a number on our mental health. In fact, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a report in August 2020 that found during the pandemic, U.S. adults reported considerably elevated rates of symptoms consistent with mental health conditions. Overall, 40% of respondents reported at least one mental health concern or condition, such […]

With Darkness Growing All Around, Resources for Coping with LGBT Stress

“Spooky Season” has arrived and the beautiful autumn finds us all…STRESSED. Truly, this has been one of the most stressful periods in many of our living memories. The pandemic has been a game-changer, even for those who have not suffered COVID-19 illness or the loss of a loved one. Tragically, many of us have lost someone, often under heartbreaking circumstances where we didn’t get the chance to say goodbye. Every one of us who survives 2020 will have scars to show for the remainder of our lives. The adjustments our culture has made are remarkable. But they’re also causing us […]

When We Meet Again

I hope that the next time you click on or pick up the publication that the air around all of us has changed. I hope that there is a definitive countdown on the end of our current dystopia, and a hopeful horizon inching towards us as we lean into the winter and January 2021. I hope that the pandemic that continues to inundate every facet of our society has suddenly shifted in trajectory to something we know we will triumph over, because we will soon have leadership that trusts science and rationale, and not literally a single person, thought or […]

You, me, and ’Rona

As we all adjust to living with a deadly and most importantly, invisible virus, what happens between us, our partners, family, friends, neighbors and coworkers? How do we negotiate the emotional impact of less or no physical contact and the social lack of connections as we used to have? Human beings are social animals. Yes, I know, there are those who are introverts and really prefer their own company and maybe even shun being around others. But even they, seek the comfort of another individual at different times, when their emotional needs peak in crisis situations. So how do we […]

Is It Over?

As I’m sure you have heard by now, the big Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend produced by the Centaur MC and scheduled for January 2021 in Washington, DC has been canceled. MAL joins an endless line of leather events that have been canceled in the last seven months due to the coronavirus outbreak. Add to that the closing of such long-running an iconic leather establishments as the DC Eagle ( after 49 years) and Sigma DC ( “ DC’s only all male BDSM play space for over 25 years”) and it is starting to look like 2020 is the end of the […]

Pennsylvania issues guidelines for sex during COVID crisis

Harrisburg, PA – Earlier this month, the State of Pennsylvania issued guidelines for sexual health and practices during the COVID-19 pandemic. Montgomery County also recently issued guidelines. Both follow the actions taken by Philadelphia’s Department of Public Health, as well as Erie and Allegheny Counties, who released similar guidelines in May. Pennsylvania has seen an uptick in COVID cases in the past month. “For many people, the stay-at-home time has passed,” said Adrian Shanker, Executive Director of the Bradbury-Sullivan Community Center. “It’s also unrealistic to think people will avoid sex until this has passed. We are empowering our community to […]

The Haunted House’s History

The house has stood for decades. No one knows when it was built or what happened to its owners, whom haven’t been seen or heard from in our lifetime. Nature has reclaimed the land and house itself. What once was a porch is now a broken, sagging collection of boards. The beams of the roof have rotted, collapsing inwards to the heart of the house. A “No Trespassing” sign hangs on what is left of the front door. Perhaps the sign has served its purpose because there is no graffiti or any sign of vandalism to be found; or, it […]

Philly police make arrest in murder of black trans woman

Philadelphia, PA – Philadelphia police made a swift arrest in the death of 29-year-old Mia Green, a transgender woman of color who was shot and killed in the Belmont area of West Philadelphia on September 28. Abdullah Ibn El-Amin Jaamia was charged for Green’s murder. Police apprehended Jaamia after initially pulling him over for running a stop sign in the vicinity of 41st Street and Westminster Avenue at around 8 a.m. Green, who was in the car at the time, was taken to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead from a gunshot wound to the neck, according […]