Equality Act passes US House faces uncertainty in Senate

Washington, D.C. – After several hours of often contentious debate, the Equality Act passed the House of Representatives on February 25 with a 224-206 vote. Every Democrat voted for the bill, with three GOP members joining. In 2019, eight Republicans voted for the Equality Act when it came before the House. But in 2021, only Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA). John Katko (R-NY) and Tom Reed (R-NY) voted with the Democrats. Reps. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) and Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) voted for the bill in 2019, but not in 2021. GOP Reps. Susan Brooks (R-IN), Will Hurd (R-TX) and Greg Walden (R-OR) voted […]

Swimming in a sea of whiteness makes it hard to breathe

Charlotte. NC – It is difficult to understand what it feels like to be Black and an LGBTQ person. If you are not, however, here is my stab at it. Being Black in America, a nation that rose to its meteoric heights by stealing Black bodies from Africa and around the world for free labor, is like having the oxygen needed for strong life diminished. We definitely have other groups who were exploited, such as all immigrant and ethnic minority groups. However, no other group was stripped of their homelands, stripped of their language, stripped of their culture, stripped of […]

Two out Gay men run for Dallas City Council

Dallas, TX – Three Dallas City Council members have reached their term limit and will not be able to run for re-election., including openly gay Mayor Pro Tem Adam Medrano, who represents District 2, which includes part of the Gay neighborhood Oak Lawn. Dallas limits council members to four consecutive two-year terms. Each of the 14 seats on the Dallas City Council is contested, with more than 50 candidates having filed to run. In addition to Medrano, the City Council has two other gay incumbents: Omar Narvaez in District 6 and Chad West in District 1.             Six candidates have […]

Social Security Income

When considering Social Security income, most people think it best to take the income as soon as possible.  In most cases, this would be starting their income at age 62.  While this strategy works for some, there are some other options to consider. You can begin receiving individual Social Security benefits anytime between ages 62 and 70. Your benefit amount will differ, however, based on your full retirement age. This is based on your year of birth and ranges from age 66 for those born 1948-1954 to age 67 for those born in 1960+. The maximum benefit depends on the […]

Newsflash: Covid vaccine does not affect fertility. Also, it does not contain microchips.

You may have heard some strange things about Covid vaccine. Do you think it might contain microchips? Did you hear that it could keep women from getting pregnant?  These are surprisingly common fears. Although they may seem silly to some of us, these ideas, or myths, are keeping quite a few people from getting vaccinated. These myths started with misunderstandings, which became rumors, then spread through the Internet. Perhaps the strangest fear is the idea that “Bill Gates is putting microchips into Covid vaccine.” This idea first appeared after Bill Gates, founder of the huge software company;op- Microsoft, said in […]

Are You Surprised?

The first thought that rolled into my brain when I learned that Ted Cruz had fled a Texas that had become Arendelle after Elsa let it go, was “of course he did.” Because, to skip all of the introductory banter, of course he did. Of course, he left his state and his constituents to soak up the Mexican paradise, without the family dog. The dog and the security guard could keep each other warm as they watched the Cruz family drive away towards the airport, without a single empathetic thought amongst them. As the reports continued to air, and were […]

The Constant Anchor

Every day begins the same. I wake up, feed my dog, and brew a pot of coffee. Then I cozy up on the couch and begin my daily Spanish lessons, sipping coffee while my mind and body power up and prepare for the day. At first, I simply wanted to brush up on all the high school Spanish I learned and later forgot after years of disuse. It was a fun and easy way to start the day, with the added benefit of seeing tangible progress both within the language app and in my new ability to understand and  comprehend […]

In Your Corner Fighting For You

Wow in the past 10 years of my life it has been awesome for me since my transition. I know that with some Transgender people their lives have not been all that great.  I just want to give you some Hope, Faith, and Love to say, “I Will Be In Your Corner Fighting For You”! I have been asked since my Genital Reconstructive Surgery (GRS) in 2016, why I am still so supportive and hanging out with the girls who are Crossdressers? My one answer to them all is, and I will always believe and say is, “I Will Never […]

It’s a Sin is painful but important

HBO Max has been making good investments when it comes to bringing TV shows from the UK to the US, and now they are presenting the critically acclaimed limited series It’s a Sin from Russell T. Davies, the man behind everything from the original UK Queer as Folk to Doctor Who and Torchwood, Banana, A Very English Scandal and Years and Years. Davies is known for bringing LGBTQ stories and characters front and center with grace and humanity, never sensationalizing the subject matter for prurient interests. And he’s done the same with his latest series. The five episodes of It’s […]

The Suit Guy Is A Leather Man

In 1997 Patrick Grady was working as the Director of Catering at the Washington Plaza Hotel on Logan Circle in Washington, DC when he learned that a leather club called the Centaur MC had booked the hotel for their Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend. Although born in the small town of Peru, Indiana, Patrick was from a military family whose father was stationed in England and brought him to Europe as a small child on the RMS Queen Elizabeth, so he had seen a thing or two in his life. Plus, he always loved seeing men in boots and uniforms dating back […]