2020 census: Important for LGBTQ people to be counted

Boston – Six months from now, on April 1st, 2020, the federal census will be in full swing. The information collected in this every decade event is used to determine political representation by revising local precinct maps and Congressional districts based on changes in population. It determines the amount of federal funding for education, transportation, health care, housing, and social services. For minority populations such as the LGBTQ communities, basic information provided by the census related to population size and geography also contributes to community representation and support that might otherwise not exist. Although the census does not have any […]

All About Our Pronouns at Chase Brexton Health Care

It’s Pronoun-palooza at Chase Brexton Health Care! Our centers are honored to serve nearly 4,000 gender-diverse children, adolescents, adults, and elders. In creating a welcoming, affirming care environment, using the appropriate name and pronoun for every patient is non-negotiable. In that spirit, our LGBT Health Resource Center is leading an internal campaign about the importance of correct pronouns in patient care. Using the patient’s chosen name and appropriate pronoun isn’t just good manners – it’s good health care. Demonstrating respect by seeing someone as the whole person they are is the basis of a therapeutic relationship. The cost of being […]

‘Disney on Ice’ Skates into Charm City

This month, at Royal Farms Arena, Disney on Ice presents Road Trip Adventures which will take families on a fun-fueled excursion to iconic Disney Destinations. Running October 9th to 13th, the immersive “getaway” will feature new and classic Disney tales, providing a multi-generational experience chock-full of magical moments for families. Baltimore OUTloud recently chatted with Steven Grant, a performer with Disney on Ice. “I think that Disney on Ice just brings everyone such joy,” began Grant. The Oakdale, Minnesota-native, who has been skating since he was three years old, shared that this production has taken Disney on Ice to a […]

Vinyl Destination

One of the best things about the vinyl revival is that albums initially issued on CD (and in some cases cassette) only, during the mid-to-late 1990s and throughout the early part of the 2000s, are finally getting the chance to be heard in the beloved, “warm,” classic format. Originally released in 1999, the eponymous debut by Disney darling turned sex kitten Christina Aguilera is now available in a 20th anniversary limited edition on vinyl “pressed on genie orange with fiery red swirls” from RCA / Legacy. Keep in mind this is before her Xtina transformation as she and the far […]

The Big, Bad Scary

As a bona fide horror buff, one of the things I love about the genre is that it’s constantly evolving. Looking back, we can see trends. The 70s brought us religious horror with films like The Exorcist and The Omen. The 80s established the teen-slasher flick with titles like A Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the 13th. More recently we endured a celluloid sea of zombies before venturing into arthouse horror films like The Witch and Hereditary. What I find to be so interesting is that horror films, like all films, have to be relevant to audiences to be […]

Navigating Venue and Catering Fees

The first purchasing decision you’re likely to make when you’re planning your wedding is your venue. The second is your caterer. These are generally your two largest purchases, and it’s best to make them in that order.  Sometimes the venue is a stand-alone cost, and sometimes it’s combined with catering. There are pros and cons to each. For the purposes of the moment, we’ll consider venue and catering separately. In Maryland, venue fees start with a no-cost home wedding and continue up into the low five-figure range. Costs can vary by season; by day of the week; and on weekends, […]

The Right to Disconnect

In reading through the fall issue of HR magazine, I came across an interesting article that would seem odd to an American audience. The article focuses on France and Spain’s increased effort to decrease workplace stress by allowing employees the right to disconnect from electronic devices while not on duty. In our society, where exempt employees seem to be on the clock sometimes 24/7, this approach may be something to consider as we look at our own work-life balance. Specifically, the article cites that the blurring of the line between work and personal time, and the accompanying stress and intrusion […]

Is David Bowd Perfectly Fine with Your Mom sitting in on a Job Interview for Salt Hotels?

David Bowd is the co-founder and CEO of Salt Hotels, currently spanning five properties, including Provincetown’s Salt House Inn and Eben House. He has no problem steering the next generation of hoteliers, having lived through his own mother attending his first interview for a hotel position. David talks his community work with Salt School, launching the Salt Hotels brand, and responds to humanity’s discovery of how to fold a fitted sheet.   Kevin: As a hotelier, is it time to retool the expression, “Even the salty customer is always right?” David: It’s a very old fashioned phrase that doesn’t always […]

Changing with the Times

Let’s talk about the cops – today’s cops. Not the cops from 50 years ago, ten years ago, or even last year. I’m talking about the ones in uniform today who want to be included in our community, who want to protect us, and treat us as equal human beings of worth and value. I’m not talking about the cops who dismiss us, or bully us, or don’t give our humanity a second thought. I’m talking about the ones who want to understand us; who want to defend us; change policies, procedures, and ultimately laws for us. The cops who […]

Dangers of Vaping

Dear Dr. Eva, I am worried about the recent news on deaths from vaping. I have two teenage nephews that vape, and, according to them, so do most of their friends. They think it’s much safer than smoking. What do you think? Concerned   Dear Concerned, I’m concerned too. In case there are readers who don’t know, vaping means inhaling vapor from heated oil containing nicotine, THC (the active ingredient in marijuana), and other chemicals. This is done using electronic cigarettes (“e-cigarettes”) and other vaping devices. As you may have read or heard in the news, we are in the […]