More Than $150,000 Raised to Support HIV Services

The AIDS Walk & Music Festival Baltimore 2019 surpassed its goal to raise $150,000 to support HIV services of Chase Brexton Health Care and its community partners.  More than 500 walkers, sponsors, performers, and volunteers gathered at Power Plant Live! on Sunday, June 9th to take steps to end HIV and AIDS in Baltimore. They were welcomed to the event by Chase Brexton head Patrick Mutch, special guest Montel Williams, and emcees Kai Jackson and Brandi Proctor of WBFF Fox 45. Donations will continue to be accepted through June 30th; visit BaltimoreAIDSWalk.org to make a contribution. “So many runners, walkers, volunteers, and teams […]

Exploring New Territory

Image credit: The Pacific Center Dear Andre, I’m a queer non-binary person in my early 30s, and I was recently approached by a woman in her early 20s who’s interested in pursuing a relationship with me. Despite the age difference she seems mature and level headed, and I’m totally attracted to her. However, she’s completely new to her queer identity, and I would be the first non-cis male she’s slept with. I’ve actually never “taken someone’s virginity” (ick), and I know that’s not exactly what’s happening here, but I do feel personally invested in making sure she’s okay. How do […]

No Time to Cook?

Not only do you need to work out your body, but you also need to fuel it properly to reach the goals you’ve set for yourself. This spring, Youfit Health Clubs brought Lindsey Gass, a registered dietician, on to the team to provide professional knowledge and insight into the food portion of the health and wellness path. Summer can have schedules all out of whack (in a good way – hey there, beach vacation!) where it’s easy to make unhealthy decisions. Lindsey has just the ticket for you to eat healthier this summer and that ticket is meal replacement shakes. […]

Is Kristiann Mills Making a Splash with the Key West Mermaid Festival?

Kristiann Mills is the owner of the Captain Mermaid’s Boutique and a seriously waterlogged island girl who is launching the inaugural Key West Mermaid Festival this July. Sporting 30-pound prosthetic tails in the summer heat and launching aquatic themed festivities around one of the country’s busiest weekends means she’s sufficiently off the walls to answer these questions. Kevin Assam: Were you a mermaid brat growing up? Always rushing off behind the soggy bleachers with the newest scruffy merman? What makes you such an expert? Kristi Mills: A mermaid brat. Yes! I was waterlogged growing up in the Florida Keys. My mermom […]

Five Things to Do When Death is at Hand

Of the things we’d rather not think about, death certainly tops the list. But whether you see the end of life in spiritual, practical, or philosophical terms, it’s something we all must confront eventually. In the words of one living will, “Death is as much a reality as birth, growth, maturity, and old age—it is the one certainty.” The unpleasantness of the topic can make planning for death easy to put off. In fact, the vast majority of Americans will leave this earth without ever having prepared a will. But when the reality of death is fast approaching, perhaps through […]

Baltimore at a Crossroads

With the recent resignation, in disgrace, of Mayor Catherine Pugh, Baltimore finds itself at a  crucial inflection point in its history.   The last three elected leaders of the city have left office either as a result of criminal corruption or ineffectual incompetence. During the same period, the leadership of the police department has become a revolving door for the same reasons: one of our recent police chiefs is currently in jail for income tax evasion. The resulting rise in the city’s murder rate can only be seen as a direct result of the poor choices made by those selected […]

Summer Skin and Summer Penis Summer has some special ‘Season’s greetings’ in store for your privates!

Dear Dr. Eva, Every summer I get an itchy rash in my crotch area, sometimes also in my underarms and below my belly. I have been given creams for this, but they only relieve the itch, not the rash and then the itch comes back as soon as I run out of cream. What can I do to get rid of this for good? Summer Rash   Dear Summer, The rash you are describing is called intertrigo or intertriginous dermatitis – which is just Latin for irritated skin folds. This can occur anywhere on the body where folds of skin […]

Self-Talk is Your Friend

Our minds do not like to be idle or shut down. If you have tried to relax, meditate or just push the off-button to go to sleep, you have experienced the frustration in this. In fact, worrying per say is an activity that keeps it occupied, adding more angst to the whole process. To be sure, all brain activity does not produce what we don’t want to acknowledge: It also leads to solving problems, creativity, introspection and greater insight into ourselves, all needed for healthy lives. The self-talk I want to focus on is the negative kind that is not […]

June is Men’s Health Month

First off … Happy Pride! I came out to myself and a few friends in 1987. The year 1988 saw me in my first Pride parade dressed in my Boy Scout uniform in order to make a statement. A lot has happened in the 32 years since coming out and I am proud of our community on a global and local level! I honor those who came before me to fight for the rights I had when I came out so that I may fight for the rights we now enjoy and hope that people today won’t personally experience the […]