Travelogue: See East Coast Pride via Amtrak

New York City – In a promotional Queerty suggests that with the successful rollout of the Covid vaccines, people are thinking about venturing out again and one way to do so is by riding Amtrak to Pride destinations along the east coast from Washington to Boston with stops in Charm City, Philadelphia, New York and Boston. Although Amtrak does not have a specific Pride promotion, the idea of riding the train to visit multiple cities along the route is reminiscent of the train’s $40 bicentennial 1976 round trip ticket that allowed passengers to visit every city. Catch Amtrak’s flagship high-speed […]

Florida governor continues attack on LGBTQ communities

Tallahassee, FL – In yet another spate of anti-LGBTQ activity in a Republican-controlled southern state, Florida governor Ron DeSantis has upped his efforts with a crazed crusade on the second day of Pride Month by vetoing all funding for LGBTQ programs from the state budget. Canceled funding includes money earmarked for mental health programming to support survivors of the Pulse Massacre, to house homeless LGBTQ children, and for Orlando’s LGBTQ Community Center. After signing the Transgender Youth Sports Ban into law June 1, Gov. DeSantis has now turned his attention to stripping funding for mental health support from survivors of […]

Gay, Black man elected to San Antonio City Council

San Antonio, TX – Jalen McKee-Rodriguez has won his bid for the District 2 seat on the San Antonio City Council, making him the first openly gay Black man elected to public office in Texas, according to LGBTQ Victory Fund, which endorsed McKee-Rodriguez in the race. He is also the youngest person ever elected to represent District 2, and one of the first openly gay men elected to the San Antonio City Council. McKee-Rodriguez, 26, is a high school math teacher who used to work for the District 2 incumbent, Jada Andrews-Sullivan. According to a press release from the Victory […]

HED: Celebrating ElderPride – Our Roots Keep Us Strong

The LGBTQ movement grew, as all do, because it was necessary. Our Elders and 20th century ancestors were degraded, pathologized, systematically brainwashed to deny their own truth. Those who couldn’t or wouldn’t be “discreet” were outcast, murdered, and institutionalized. The only safe option for so many was hiding, and we now know from a pile of research that living a shadow life of deception and shame slowly kills you. Pride dawned from the dignity of our people. Pride was the flower of our convictions—the way I love is valid, my gender is worthy, the desires I have are honorable—and our […]

Lesbian settles antibias suit against St. Joseph’s University

Philadelphia, PA – Noel Koenke, a former employee at St. Joseph’s University, has settled her antibias case against the university. Koenke worked at SJU for about seven years. But “hateful” pressure from supervisors to stay in the closet ruined her career, caused her to attempt suicide and resulted in the dissolution of her same-sex marriage. She resigned her position in November 2017, according to court papers. The settlement was announced by the court on May 27, but its terms were private. “I can confirm that the case has been resolved,” said a university spokeswoman in an email. Attorneys for Koenke […]

Q&A with Monty Ephraim, the Coordinator of ELDERPRIDE

Tell us a little about yourself… I am a 64 year young lesbian. I have been with the person of my life Leitner for 31 years. We have two 4 footed children Onyx and Paulie and one amazing adult daughter an amazing artist.  I grew up with my familiarity of the LGBTQ community in Mt. Vernon and PRIDE at the Dell. I am a therapist by profession and advocate by nature. My role in the community today is to advocate for all with an emphasis on our Elders which we will all become eventually become hopefully with grace and nature. […]

Q&A of Lakesha Davis, Baltimore Pride Coordinator

How long have you been involved with planning Pride festivities for Baltimore? I started in 2017 as part of my internship for my Master’s program. I was trusted into the position of chairing the entertainment committee. The following year, I was the Pride chair running the entire festival. I have been blessed with an awesome team to help me execute the plan every year since! Why do you do it? What motivates you? I want to see Baltimore be as big as the other festivals around it! Besides the community members need it! A safe space and time to express who they […]

Queer Youth Under Stress: New Survey from The Trevor Project

The Trevor Project 2021 Survey The Trevor Project started in 1998 as a suicide prevention hotline for LGBT youth. Besides directly supporting youth through its phone and text hotlines, the Trevor Project has become a major force in advocating for better social conditions and more accessible mental health care for LGBTQ young people. This month, the Trevor Project released the results of its third annual survey on LGBTQ youth mental health. Thirty-five thousand young people throughout the United States, aged 13-24, were included in this study. Thirty-eight percent reported identifying as transgender or non-binary. Participation by youth of color was […]

The Easy Way To Leave Your Car to a Loved One

When someone dies, their car is often the first thing the heirs will ask about. Who gets it, they wonder, and how long will it take to transfer the title? Whether the vehicle in question is a gleaming new SUV or a humble and aging hatchback, getting it to the new owner can be a priority. A car can sit for only so long before maintenance problems develop, and the deceased owner’s estate will be responsible for paying insurance premiums in the meantime. When the vehicle is part of the deceased owner’s estate, the estate must generally be opened before […]

Michael Gottlieb: 40 Years After His First CDC Report

This June 5, 2021 marks 40 years since the famous report in a CDC publication, the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), in which Dr. Michael Gottlieb outlined the troublesome cases of five gay men dealing with pneumonia and skin cancers. It is widely considered the “start” of scientific acknowledgement of the emerging AIDS crisis – before it even had a name – and the first writing about it in a scientific or governmental publication. The peculiar new cases were already on the radar of other clinicians who served gay men, of course, including the writings of New York physician Dr. Lawrence Mass in The […]