Dallas mayor proclaims September LGBTQ Business Month

Dallas, TX – Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson issued a formal proclamation during the Dallas City Council Briefing on Wednesday, Sept. 1, declaring September to be LGBTQ Business Month in Dallas. Mayor Pro Tem — and North Texas Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) Chamber of Commerce member — Chad West read them proclamation aloud at the meeting. Tony Vedda, the chamber’s president and CEO, explained that the chamber had asked for the proclamation to help highlight the economic contributions made by LGBTQ-owned business and support those businesses. Gary Sanchez, board chair for the chamber and director of public affairs at VisitDallas, […]

“Unsanitized” for your protection: an interview with Bianca Del Rio

Could there possibly be a better way to spend one’s birthday than interviewing RuPaul’s Drag Race’s season six champion Bianca Del Rio? I’ll have to get back to you. But that’s precisely what I did in June 2021. We talked about her writing career, her success as a podcaster, how she passed the time while isolating during the COVID-19 pandemic, and, of course, about her new live show Unsanitized. Coming to a major metro area beginning in September and continuing through November, Bianca Del Rio promises her devotees a night of no-hold-barred barbs and laughs.   Gregg Shapiro: It’s nice to speak with […]

The Way of the Force: an interview with Q-Force’s Gabe Liedman

Do you love to hear cartoon characters swearing and talking dirty? What about seeing them naked, muscular, and anatomically correct? Oh, and can you dig a story involving brainwashing, world domination and LGBTQ+ folks saving the planet? If so, the hot new Netflix series Q-Force is meant for you! Featuring the voices of a stellar cast of queer and queer-friendly actors including Sean Hayes (voicing Steve Maryweather aka Agent Mary), Wanda Sykes (voicing Deb), Patti Harrison (voicing Stat), Matt Rogers (voicing Twink), Laurie Metcalf (voicing V) and Gabe Liedman (voicing Benji) in lead roles, as well as several other guest stars, Q-Force takes animation […]

Lesbian couple killed while camping, no arrest made

Moab, UT – A newlywed Utah couple Kylen Schulte, 24, and Crystal Turner, 38, known for their love of the outdoors, often camped and traveled together in their van. So, a summer weekend trip into Moab National Park wasn’t out of the ordinary for them. But while they were enjoying their evening on Thursday, August 19, things took a dark turn once nightfall crept over their campsite. As the sun went down, the women began to take note of a “weirdo” camping in the next site over. He had reportedly been observing and following them throughout the day, and as […]

High percentage of LGBTQ+ people have gotten COVID vax

Washington, D.C. – The Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC) released survey data showing that 92% of LGBTQ+ adults living in the United States have received at least one coronavirus vaccination dose. The foundation focuses on understanding and encouraging the lives of LGBTQ+ individuals globally. The 2021 LGBTQ Community Survey, generated by the HRC Foundation, Wells Fargo and CMI Media Group, gathered data from approximately 15,000 self-identified LGBTQ+ respondents in the US. This year’s version, the 15th since the survey began, is the first one to include a focus on LGBTQ+ individuals and coronavirus vaccination data. Survey respondents reported high rates […]

Lehigh Valley holds in-person Pride as COVID numbers rise

Allentown, PA – In the early afternoon of August 15, a line of over a thousand people stretched around the block outside the Jewish Community Center in Allentown. They were all waiting to get into Lehigh Valley Pride — an annual celebration of the LGBTQ+ community in the Lehigh Valley area. After last year’s event was held virtually due to coronavirus restrictions, the event welcomed back thousands of patrons in person for its 28th annual festival after organizers made the decision to hold the event in person just ten weeks beforehand due to the lifting of many coronavirus restrictions [Ed […]

Republicans giving in on same sex marriage, not trans rights

Washington, D.C. – Republican insiders have abandoned their longstanding opposition to marriage equality, according to a report in Politico, but they still strongly oppose Transgender rights. The magazine said it had interviewed Republican operatives, former Trump administration officials, and conservative leaders, and found there is a widespread acceptance that marriage equality is a settled issue. There is no serious discussion about trying to overturn Obergefell v. Hodges, Politico said. In Congress, LGBTQ activists found potential allies in newly elected Republicans like Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX), Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY), and Rep. Young Kim (R-CA). Republicans were definitely late to the […]

Delta variant of Covid: What is it, and is it really that big a deal?

Dear Dr. Eva,  We are hearing about another new Covid variant, Delta. We’ve already heard about, and some people have panicked over, the British variant and the Brazilian variant. However, those don’t seem to have changed the course of the pandemic in our country. Is this just another cry of “wolf,” or is it really time to go get the masks out again? Skeptic   Dear Skeptic, It does seem as if there’s a new coronavirus scare every month. So far, new strains haven’t affected most people’s lives or the Covid death rate in this country as a whole. Unless […]

SAVE THE DATE – 5th Annual Keystone State Gay Rodeo – October 2, 2021

The 5th Annual Keystone State Gay Rodeo rides into action October 2, 2021 starting at 11:30 am at Red Man Ranch & Arena, 359 Strawberry Road, New Freedom, PA 17349.    The event is a family-friendly, inclusive rodeo and country event that merges traditional rodeo favorites with some non-traditional fun and hilarious events all in a safe and inviting atmosphere where everyone feels welcome. Both men and women compete equally in all rodeo events and anyone ages 10 and over are welcome to compete. If you are attending you can expect to see some traditional rodeo events such as barrel racing, […]

Being an Ernest Hemmingway Fan

Being an Ernest Hemmingway fan, I asked a bartender named Jenna, kind of pictured above, if she knew what Death in the Afternoon was. She had been bartending for twenty years and had never heard of it. So, we did what every red blood American does, we googled it. Ernest Hemingway is known as much for his writing as for his drinking. Through his books and throughout his life, he championed cocktails like the Daiquiri and the Mojito, but nothing stirs the imagination quite like the Death in the Afternoon. Here’s to Hemingway for inspiring me to write today. BY […]