Is North Korea Gay-friendly?

With the North Korea situation being in front of the news, the answer to that question is simple: No. But it gives us an opportunity as a community to look at how the US and our community are dealing with other nations and their LGBT policies.  The best examples from the last few years are in the Middle East, Africa, and Chechnya. Please follow and like us:

Frankfurt Nicht nur Geschäftlich! (Not just business!)

Although Frankfurt is a major business hub with towering buildings and offices of over 300 major banks and the Frankfurt stock exchange, it’s also one of the most popular tourist destinations in Germany. There are beer gardens, street markets, bistros, fashion boutiques, and candy stores. It’s the birthplace of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Germany’s Shakespeare, whose former home is now the Goethe House Museum, a popular tourist destination. With Frankfurt’s strategic location, getting around to other parts of Germany or going to other major European cities is easy. Frankfurt Airport is one of the world’s busiest international airports and Frankfurt […]

Provincetown • Artsy & Quaint

Provincetown, Massachusetts– also called P-town– is a great place to visit, especially for the LGBT community. It is located on the extreme tip of Cape Cod. Provincetown is the site of the Mayflower’s landing in 1620, and it is commemorated by the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum. Traveling from Baltimore to Provincetown for a weekend trip is easy: fly into Boston, take the Sliver Line bus to the World Trade Center stop, and about two blocks away, is the ferry terminal. The Bay State Cruises Company offers round trip tickets for about $90. Although getting there is easy, focusing on […]

Provincetown • Artsy & Quaint

Provincetown, Massachusetts– also called P-town– is a great place to visit, especially for the LGBT community. It is located on the extreme tip of Cape Cod. Provincetown is the site of the Mayflower’s landing in 1620, and it is commemorated by the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum. Traveling from Baltimore to Provincetown for a weekend trip is easy: fly into Boston, take the Sliver Line bus to the World Trade Center stop, and about two blocks away, is the ferry terminal. The Bay State Cruises Company offers round trip tickets for about $90. Although getting there is easy, focusing on […]

EDITORIAL: #MeToo & the Perils of Shooting First

AS WE WRITE THIS, DOUG JONES has defeated Roy Moore in a special senate election in Alabama and Time magazine has named “The Silence Breakers,” the women who have brought to glaring light work[pace sexual harassment, especially by men with power. Both of these events could be a harbinger of a long overdue social and political awakening. However, given our society’s difficulty with rational discussions about sex, we fear there a moral panic may be the outcome. As Masha Gessen recently wrote in the New Yorker, citing the work of pioneering feminist scholar Gayle Rubin, we seem to be in […]

Baltimore Theatre Shines

Ladies and gentlemen, look upon this man sitting on his meager pallet of straw, this unfortunate man who, for the amusement of all of you here, has foregone physical nourishment for 40 days … this Hunger Artist, who without dispute the greatest practioner of his craft the world over has sat in this very cage in this mighty hall and has not taken even the slightest morsel of sustenance. So, states the impresario of A Hunger Artist, and if one needed any more evidence that the Baltimore theatre scene is vibrant and exploding, there was Baltimore Theatre Project’s limited performance […]

Awesome • Osaka

Japan’s 3rd biggest city boasts stunning architecture & unique eats Traveling from Tokyo to Osaka by bullet train is about three hours and the train ride takes you through Japan’s beautiful countryside. Osaka is a large port city located in the southern center of Japan. It’s Japan’s third most populated city and is a major economic area. Although it was heavily destroyed during World War II, it was rebuilt and recovered quickly. Osaka’s nickname is Tenka no Daidokoro (nation’s kitchen) because of its reputation as a foodie’s paradise and its food exports to other countries and to other cities in […]

Consent • Shades of Gray

Claims of sexual harassment fill the airwaves and are sending famous heads tumbling every day. So what should be an operative definition of consent? A simple “no” won’t do: so many sexual encounters begin with a “no” and turn into a consensual situation. That’s the nature of seduction, and women like seduction. It’s very on-point that the acclaimed new gay film Call Me By Your Name comes out in the midst of this and even women think it’s beautiful. The characters don’t turn to each other and say “Is it okay if I touch your penis?” No romantic movie ever […]

Human-Rights Blackout

Much has been made of the lack of attention to human rights by President Trump on his recent excursion to Asia. This, by and of itself, represents the US giving up the mantel on this subject since we first gained prominence on the issue during the Jimmy Carter administration in the 1970s. We were the international leader for this proud cause, and president after president – regardless of being a Democrat or a Republican – raised it on foreign trips. We are told that Trump mentioned the topic of human rights only in passing to the president of the Philippines […]