Should You Be Tested for Vitamin D?

Dear Dr. Eva, My old doctor used to test me every year or so for vitamin D, but my new doctor says it’s not necessary. What do you think? Healthy So Far   Dear Healthy, Like fashion, nutrition, and politics, medical testing goes through fads. About ten years ago, many doctors began checking their patients’ vitamin D blood levels. It had long been known that vitamin D, along with calcium, is important for bone health and that vitamin D supplements can be useful for adults who have osteoporosis (loss of bone density) and low levels of vitamin D. Not many […]

The U.S. Border Patrol is Separating People with HIV from Their Family

The slow-motion train wreck once known as the United States Constitution continued its human wreckage Thursday, when Chief Brian Hastings of the Custom and Border Patrol (CBP) casually explained to Rep. Jamie Raskin in a congressional hearing that HIV status is a criteria used to separate families at the border. The House Judiciary Committee hearing, “Oversight of Family Separation and U.S. Customs and Border Protection Hearing,” contained this jaw-dropping exchange between the two men (it occurs around the 2:26:00 mark in the video below):   Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD): If a mother or father has an HIV positive status, is that […]

LGBT Family Day at the Zoo

A day at the zoo and a benefit for FreeState Justice are all wrapped in on Sunday, August 25th from 11 am to 3 pm at LGBT Family Day at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore (1 Safari Place). Join other LGBTQ families, friends, and allies at the Waterfowl Pavilion at the zoo for lawn games and family friendly activities, alongside the whole cast of animal characters that make the zoo their home. Take part in a scavenger hunt, get your face painted, or take a snooze in the shade of the pavilion. Friends and families of all ages are welcome. […]

Modern Horror Stories

With his second feature-length horror film Us (Universal), now available on Blu-ray, writer / director Jordan Peele got 2019 off to a great start. Like Ari Aster (Hereditary and Midsommar), Peele is redefining and revitalizing a genre that had become somewhat, well, horrifying. Setting the stage in 1986, with an ad for the charity stunt Hands Across America (remember that?) and a mention of the miles of tunnels that exist beneath the continental US, Us takes us to the Santa Cruz beach boardwalk amusement park, where young Addy (Madison Curry) wanders away from her parents. On the way to the […]

Fall into the New Season with Hagerstown Hopes

The summer days may be winding down, but the folks at Hagerstown Hopes are only heating up! Fresh off the heels of another successful Hagerstown Pride, we recently supported our community to the north as a part of Franklin County, Pennsylvania’s annual pride celebration on August 4th. “Drag Race” star Kalorie Kardashian led the festivities with help from Hagerstown Hope’s own Queen of Pride, Miss Chasity Vain, as well as many of the area’s many talented drag superstars. It was a perfect way to wind down Pride season with a family-friendly event that truly allows Hopes to bridge new relationships […]

Old Traditions in a New World

The national news has been filled this summer with stories about Latino people in America. These news reports are upsetting, sad, and not in keeping with the America I was raised to believe in, even growing up in my very white world in western Maryland. In the spring I made a new friend named Selvin. He and his family immigrated from Salcajá in Guatemala, a city rich in history and tradition that is known for the Church of San Jacinto, the first church built in Central America, which dates to 1524. Many members of his family, like Selvin, are now […]

TRANS LIVES: My Journey Rolls On

Hello Everyone, my name is Karen Kendra Holmes and I am so excited to have my column and I welcome you all to “Trans Lives”. Within my column I will be talking about various topics that I want to share and yours if you care to share with other readers. I want to shed lots of faith, hope, and love that we give respect and earn the respect that we so deserve. From each article written I want you all to know that I have you each in my heart and you have a close friend in me. I just […]

First Impression

I’d like to introduce myself – my name is Art Solop. I am a custom clothier with Benchmark Clothiers. I am a professional clothier and wardrobe consultant to many successful people in the Baltimore / Washington, DC, area. I am a trained and certified master custom tailor by the Custom Tailors and Designers Association of America. I have developed and cultivated a great knowledge of style and fabrics that has allowed me to assist my clients in creating a wardrobe that is appropriate for any occasion: formal, business, or casual. Benchmark Clothiers is a full-service provider of men’s and ladies […]

Hagerstown Hopes ‘Love Grows’: Our Greatest Pride Yet

Hagerstown Pride was a huge success, and all of us at Hagerstown Hopes would like to thank everyone for their support! This was our biggest Pride to date. We estimate nearly 4,000 people braved the heat to visit, enjoy some amazing live entertainment, and spend time with our local LGBTQ community. Beacon House provided a fun, family-friendly Kid Zone, complete with games and arts and crafts projects. Butch Kelly and Chasity Vain, King and Queen of Hagerstown Pride, performed with local favorites and gave the crowd even more reasons to celebrate. Maya Montana, our headliner and former Miss Gay Maryland […]

It’s official: CDC says undetectable means not transmittable

Atlanta – “For HIV-positive MSM [men who have sex with men], taking ART [antiretroviral therapy] regularly greatly reduces the risk of HIV transmission to a negative partner. For persons who achieve and maintain viral suppression, there is effectively no risk of transmitting HIV to their HIV-negative sexual partner,” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now says. “This translates to an effectiveness estimate of 100% for taking ART regularly as prescribed and achieving and maintaining viral suppression. Effectiveness is lower, and there is a risk of transmitting HIV, when persons do not take ART as prescribed or stop taking […]