Avuncular Secrets

Dear Andre, This isn’t really a love or relationship question, but I’m still hoping you can help me out. I’m 26 years old and a lesbian, and recently one of my uncles passed away unexpectedly. The two of us always had a strong bond, and he felt more like a best friend than family. I’m absolutely devastated. About a week ago my mother asked if I would go to his apartment with her and help organize his belongings. While doing so, I stumbled on a shoe box under his bed that was filled to the brim with explicit gay male […]

A Farewell to Project Inform

The HIV community was dealt a sad blow when it was announced that the iconic non-profit HIV treatment advocacy organization, Project Inform, will end its programs. Project Inform’s director of research advocacy, David Evans, has been working with the organization in various capacities for the last 27 years. In this message shared with My Fabulous Disease, David reflects on Project Inform’s legacy and on the influence of its legendary founder, Martin Delaney. We must all honor this legacy by ensuring that HIV treatment advocacy remain at the forefront of our movement. – Mark S. King by David Evans Project Inform It’s […]

Take a Moment for Your Testicles

April is testicular cancer awareness month with April 1st kicking off awareness week. Over 9,000 men will be diagnosed this year, but the good news is the survival rate averages 95% with 99% survival for early detection before it spreads out of the testicle. I had the opportunity to interview fellow physical therapist and testicular cancer survivor Scott Chupnick about his experience with testicular cancer with regard to what initial symptoms took him to the doctor, the challenges and transformation he and his family have gone through, as well as the life lessons from this experience. He also has an […]

U=U Maryland Campaign

Last fall, Baltimore became the newest city to join the worldwide scientific consensus that HIV-positive individuals who are in treatment and have an undetectable viral load cannot transmit the disease to their sexual partners – Undetectable=Untransmittable. Since then, the community-driven U=U Maryland campaign has worked to share this critically important message statewide, including at an upcoming Lunch & Learn workshop scheduled for Thursday, April 11th from noon to 1:30 pm at Chase Brexton Health Care’s Mount Vernon Center (1111 North Charles Street, Baltimore). The session will include information from Dr. Sebastian Ruhs, director of Chase Brexton’s Infectious Diseases Center of […]

Schoolhouse Murder Set to Song

This April, an advanced workshop and two staged readings of the new musical Living Over the Rainbow will take place in Dallas, Texas. The play is based on a true story that made national headlines in 2008 when a young gay teenager, Lawrence King, was murdered by a fellow classmate at his high school in Oxnard, California. The circumstances of his death and the issues brought to light by it have now been made into a heartfelt and inspirational work about acceptance and finding peace crafted by Roz Esposito. Baltimore OUTloud recently chatted with Esposito, whose book and score brilliantly […]

Who Let the Dogs Out?

It all started as a subculture of the leather community and as a part of dominant / submissive relationships. The submissive would adopt canine mannerisms and would be less than a boy, he would be a dog. Many enjoyed the headspace of puppy play either with other dogs, some of whom were lead dogs or “Alphas” or with a dominant man or a handler. As the popularity of puppy play grew, the Lone State boys of Leather produced a contest. Alpha-pup Ray of Alaska was awarded the title of International Puppy 2001 in a contest held in Houston, Texas. Just […]

Poppy Champlin’s ‘Queer Queens of Qomedy’ Back to B’more

Charm City is always buzzing when the delightfully funny Poppy Champlin is in town. Back in Baltimore to perform “The Queer Queens of Qomedy” at Magooby’s Joke House on Sunday, March 31st, Poppy brings with her two additional comedians that will be sure to have audiences in stitches. Poppy recently chatted with Baltimore OUTloud to tell audiences about the performance, a health scare, and the healing touch found in comedy. “This is the fourth or fifth time our Queer Queens of Qomedy have come back to Baltimore,” Champlin noted. “Baltimore seems to love us, and I love that we keep […]

Dinner with Friends at Everyman Theatre

Everyman Theatre’s Beth Hylton is one of the Baltimore theater community’s indomitable powerhouse actresses. The DC-based member of the Everyman resident company recently chatted with Baltimore OUTloud regarding her upcoming role in Donald Margulies’ Dinner with Friends – the tale of a fabulous dinner at the home of food writers Gabe and Karen which abruptly comes to a halt when Beth drops the bomb that husband Tom wants out of their 12-year marriage. Both couples suddenly find themselves grappling with questions of loyalty, individuality, and commitment. Frankie Kujawa: What can audiences expect from this upcoming performance of Dinner with Friends? […]

Two Measles Epidemics

There is currently a measles epidemic in the United States, and another, much larger one in Madagascar. In the US, there have been about 660 cases this year, mostly in young children in Washington state, Illinois, Texas, and New York. No deaths from measles have been reported in the US so far this year. Measles can develop into pneumonia and can lead to brain damage (from swelling of the brain) and blindness. Measles is transmitted by tiny droplets of fluid in the air. Droplets are produced when a person who is infected with measles sneezes or coughs. The droplets are […]

Passion or Obsession?

What is that dividing line between passion and obsession? In the news was the breaking and entering of a man, a stalker, of Taylor Swift’s apartment and this for the third time. He was arrested and of course, this is a crime. But there are those who are so passionate about a hobby, an activity or an item that it may be hard not to label it an obsession. And it will affect any relationship. The dictionary defines passion as: a strong or extravagant fondness, enthusiasm, or desire for anything; and obsession as: the domination of one’s thoughts or feelings […]