Documenting the history of AIDS and its impact on gay sex

London – Tom Crewe writes in the London Book Review that “AIDS starts with the deaths. With the dying. At first there was only confusion, incomprehension. Bodies that quickly became unintelligible to themselves. Night sweats, shingles, thrush, diarrhea, sores that crowded into mouths and made it impossible to eat. A fantastically rare form of pneumonia. Dementia in men of 20: brains that shrank and withered…. Men dying in the time it takes to catch and throw off a cold. Later, there were tests. A virus detectable in the blood. You were ill, but you might not feel it yet. Might […]

Furor Over Int’l AIDS Confab Set for US

 It is every bit as absurd as it sounds. The International AIDS Society (IAS) plans to hold their global AIDS 2020 conference in San Francisco – an insanely expensive and privileged city located in a country that has become dangerously inhospitable to the very populations the IAS claims to serve. Thank goodness for a growing army of activists and organizations (under the banner of #AIDS2020forAll) who are demanding that the IAS remove the conference from the US. Maybe this all looks like inside baseball to you, a ruckus between factions, but I am here to tell you that this has everything to do with our […]

Finding Her Calling A profile of Karen Bellesky – Chase Brexton’s longest-serving employee

It took a little while before Karen Bellesky’s new job became her calling – all of two months. Hired in April 1992 as Chase Brexton Health Care’s first registered dietician, Karen wasn’t familiar with the clinic and believed she was taking just another job. Instead, she was deeply moved by the dedication of her colleagues and the great struggles her patients faced, and quickly became a passionate advocate for Chase Brexton’s work. The turning point came about two months into her tenure, when Karen met with a person dying of AIDS and the patient’s partner. The couple playfully asked how […]

Update From City Hall

Long-time community leader Jabari Lyles discusses his new role as the LGBTQ Affairs Liaison in the Baltimore City Mayor’s Office. Jabari Lyles Earlier this year, I moved on from my role as board president of Baltimore’s LGBTQ community center, GLCCB. After three eventful years of serving as president, acting executive director, and Baltimore Pride chair, I was ready to take everything I had learned, ponder what I hadn’t learned, enjoy some time to heal, and re-emerge into the next phase of life. I am confident GLCCB is in a better place today than how I found it on the third […]

Stopping Medicines Safely

Dear Dr. Eva, Is it really dangerous to stop medications without tapering off? People (me included) often seem to do it with no problems. Skeptical Dear Skeptical, It is true that many prescription medications can be stopped suddenly without problems. However, there are some kinds of medications that are dangerous to stop suddenly. Whether it is safe to stop a medication suddenly depends on two things: how the medicine is metabolized (broken down and eliminated from the body) and what condition is being treated. When a medicine is prescribed to treat a chronic problem like diabetes, high blood pressure, or […]

Living with Anxiety

You know that feeling of butterflies in the stomach, being out of sorts, shaky, not able to focus on what you have to do but your mind worrying, worrying about all kinds of things? Sometimes it can immobilize you, because of fear about what might happen. At times, it could be that you are ruminating and thinking of what the partner may be up to … Is he or she thinking of leaving the relationship? Or falling in love with someone else? What anxiety signifies is the mind sensing a threat, an arrow aimed at you, your sense of self, […]

BSO: ‘I Love a Piano’: A Night with Tony DeSare

For award-winning composer, Tony DeSare, partnering with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) for his upcoming concert “I Love a Piano” is a walk down memory lane. “The show is made up of the songs, artists, and styles that I loved when I was ten years old and just beginning to learn the piano,” says DeSare. “It was artists like Billy Joel, Elton John, and Ray Charles that kept me motivated to keep practicing and playing until I could play the song like they did.” Fans of DeSare and the BSO will enjoy an evening of music honoring pop music’s greatest […]

To Theme or Not to Theme?

Renaissance, anime, costume, Halloween, goth, Gatsby, period, geek, and a full-on Harry Potter wedding, with Dumbledore acting as the officiant! All have happened – or in the case of the Harry Potter wedding, are about to happen –  at Chase Court, the wedding venue I own and run. Theme weddings are always memorable, and always lots of fun! In fact, the common thread running through every theme wedding that I’ve experienced is “fun.” So, one way to have fun is to have a theme wedding. But is it right for you? Couples are attracted to each other by – and […]

Paging READERS! Baltimore Book Festival features bisexual memoirist Anthony Moll, Sept. 29th & 30th

The 23rd annual Baltimore Book Festival returns to the Inner Harbor on Friday, September 28th through Sunday, September 30th. Produced by the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts, the festival features local, regional and national authors. This year’s lineup includes White House correspondent April Ryan, New York Times bestselling author A.J. Jacobs, Hurston / Wright Legacy Award recipient Tayari Jones, and many others. Baltimore author Anthony Moll is excited to be included in the festival. His book, Out of Step: A Memoir, is about a bisexual boy that enlists in the army during the era of “Don’t ask, don’t […]

Five Takeaways from the 2018 US Conference on AIDS

The 2018 US Conference on AIDS (USCA) – the HIV advocacy, education and networking behemoth produced by the National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC) – is the benevolent and wealthy grandfather of the HIV conference scene. We adore him sincerely, we marvel at his station in the world and the fortitude that got him there, and we tread carefully. And sometimes, to our delight or to our chagrin, Grandpa does the damnedest things. The recent USCA in Orlando was no exception. Thousands of community HIV advocates converged in Orlando on September 6th to 9th for a highly professional event rich with corporate sponsors […]