Not Bored Games

Universal Pictures pulled its thriller The Hunt from release due to recent tragic events, so it’s a bit surprising that Fox Searchlight is moving ahead with its release of the thriller Ready or Not. I suppose that since the action is confined to one location and a single family, it’s not going to be as upsetting as The Hunt (which is basically just a remake of the 1930s thriller The Most Dangerous Game). Ready or Not has a very simple, yet effective, premise. A young couple, Grace (Samara Weaving) and Alex (Mark O’Brien), are getting married. Alex is part of […]

Fathers & Sons

Part of growing up is letting go of the dreams we had as children and young adults. Most of us didn’t grow up to become astronauts or rock stars or princesses, and that’s okay. Each of us has different talents, skills, and interests that shape the person we ultimately become. All of these have a way of changing and growing over time and, during that process, we begin to accept that some things just aren’t in the cards for us. Usually that’s okay because we’ve outgrown some of our dreams, but others still sting a bit when we think about […]

Small is Beautiful

In weddings, size is everything and nothing. People fret over their guest lists more than anything else when they’re planning their wedding. Who to invite, who not to invite, who must be invited. And if that’s not enough to make you crazy, there’s the whole money thing. Weddings are often the third most expensive thing people buy in their lifetimes, right after a house and a car. Ten, twenty, thirty thousand dollars or more can go into your wedding. Or not. There was a time, from the mid-1910s until 1938, that Maryland was the quickie state. Most of the surrounding […]

Selected MAL Woman / Bootblack 2020

Treasure (Reem Wheeler) from Baltimore, a member of the ONYX Pearls, was sashed Mid-Atlantic Leather Woman 2020 and Ren Laine, from Columbia, Maryland, was selected Mid-Atlantic Leather Woman Bootblack 2020 during the annual contest held over the weekend of August 23rd to 25th in Baltimore. There were no additional contestants. Treasure becomes the 11th Mid-Atlantic Leather Woman and Ren is now the fourth person to hold the title of Mid-Atlantic Leather Woman Bootblack. Produced by Evil Twins Production (Rik Newton-Treadway and Tina Landi) this year’s contest took advantage of the beautiful cooler temperatures with much time spent outside at the […]

Calling All Wannabe Cowboys & Cowgirls

So what’s a rodeo school? A rodeo school is an event dedicated to teaching newbies how to perform the events in a gay rodeo. At a gay rodeo, you’ll find traditional rodeo events like barrel racing, bull riding, and calf roping. Gay rodeos also add in some fun crowd-pleasing camp events that even those who don’t know how to ride a horse or have never been around livestock can do. The three added camp events that you’ll find at a gay rodeo are goat dressing (a team relay race to put underwear on a goat), steer decorating (a team event […]

Results Published: National Survey on LGBTQ Youth Mental Health

A new report published during June’s Pride Month by the Trevor Project, a nonprofit that seeks to prevent suicide among LGBTQ youth, found significant rates of mental health issues and discrimination among LGBTQ youth. According to the Trevor Project, this is the “largest survey of LGBTQ youth mental health ever conducted,” with more than 34,000 respondents from across the US. Among the survey’s most troubling statistics was the finding that 39% of LGBTQ youth – and more than half of respondents who identified as transgender or non-binary – had seriously considered attempting suicide in the past year. And 71% of […]

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 […]