Salvation Army says it isn’t discriminatory to LGBTQ people

Dallas – The Salvation Army has released a statement about the LGBTQ community following allegations that the group was anti-gay. The organization said: “We’re saddened to learn that a corporate partner has felt it necessary to divert funding to other hunger, education, and homelessness organizations – areas in which the Salvation Army, as the largest social services provider in the world, is already fully committed. We serve more than 23 million individuals a year, including those in the LGBTQ community. In fact, we believe we are the largest provider of poverty relief to the LGBTQ population. When misinformation is perpetuated […]

Holiday Choral Extravaganzas

Sweep aside the crass consumerism, mindless bustle, canned Christmas “muzak,” and family tensions often rising to a pitch, and there’s one authentically good thing about the holidays – how it brings together people in song. Even if spontaneous neighborhood wassailing is hard to come by now (who wants to get busted for public drinking?), hundreds of millions around the world look to choral forces this time of year to embody ideals of camaraderie in pursuit of beauty, concord, and maybe even a spark of the divine. Choirs sprout up wherever people come together, and the LGBT world is no exception. […]

Comic Adam Sank Won’t Do HIV Jokes

Comedian Adam Sank has a joke about HIV that left me gasping when he told it to me, the kind of story that has a punchline that mortifies you with shock and a naughty, guilty delight. I would tell you this joke right away but you might get the wrong idea about Adam. There are other things you should know about him first. Adam was a frustrated musical theatre geek in college, made all the more frustrating because he wasn’t the greatest singer or dancer. But he did have confidence. What he needed was the right platform. When Adam graduated with a […]

Candy-Colored Christmas

Look out Mariah Carey! Randy Rainbow has released a Christmas album that rivals yours. Hey Gurl, It’s Christmas (Broadway Records) has everything you want to unwrap in a Randy Rainbow holiday recording. The title track, co-written by Rainbow and Marc Shaiman, is seasonally sassy, combines a sense of humor with the spirit of the holidays. Rainbow’s take on “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” features Kathy Griffin and Alan Cumming playing his shrink. Norm Lewis joins Rainbow for the more straightforward “Merry Christmas Darling / What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve” medley, which is followed by the hilarious “My […]

Yesterday Today

More than 50 years into his solo recording career, James Taylor shows no signs of slowing down, still performing concerts to sold out houses. Taylor, the first non-Beatle artist signed to Apple Records, went on to record six studio albums for Warner Brothers, followed by a long association with Columbia Records. Taylor’s WB albums, released from the early to mid-1970s, have been reissued in the creatively titled little box set, the Warner Bros. Albums 1970-1976 (WB / Rhino). Taylor set the bar (almost too) high with the first two, 1970’s Sweet Baby James and 1971’s Mud Slide Slim and the […]

A Holiday Plea

As I write this, I want to start by saying that today is November 30th and I was over this year’s holiday season by 3:15 pm on Thanksgiving. Which, considering my shift that day did not start until 3, is a pretty quick turnaround from me walking in just minutes prior with a bellyful of turkey, excited to see the decorations outside of the hotel in all of their winter glory. I had yesterday off, and while spending the day with my wife, my dog, and in my quiet, peaceful house helped rekindle that magic, coming back to work today […]

About Hatching

Trans folks call ourselves eggs when we talk about “the time before.” The people we had to be, the roles we had to act out, those were our shells. Realizing you’re trans is “hatching.” We talk a lot about the hatching, breaking free of the restraints that gave us a shape and form that didn’t belong to us. I have a strange relationship with my shell. It hurt me. It hurt me to be in that form, pretending to be that person. It nearly killed me. And so I’m struggling with this other feeling I feel towards it – gratitude. […]

Mr. and Ms. DC Eagle 2020 Selected

Justin Sawyers from Washington, DC, and a pledge of the DC boys of Leather club was sashed Mr. DC Eagle 2020 and Mx. Symphonee Sym, president of the Mid-Atlantic ONYX Pearls leather cub was sashed Ms. DC Eagle 2020 in a contest held on November 23rd at the DC Eagle bar. Also competing for the title of Mr. DC Eagle 2020 were first runner-up Tim Woody from Washington, DC, and a member of the Highwaymen TNT and Cody Puffe from Virginia Beach, Virginia, and a member of the Knight Hawks of Virginia leather club. There were plans to add a […]

Drag queen joins crowd to watch impeachment hearings

Washington, DC – The nation’s capital, Twitter, and probably the whole internet was all abuzz November 13th as the official impeachment hearings began in Congress. But the real question on everyone’s mind seems to be, “So, who is the ‘Lady in Red’”? NBC News correspondent Heidi Przybyla tweeted out a photo of a statuesque blonde drag queen wearing a very short red dress and very high red pumps apparently getting ready to go in to watch the hearing. She wrote, “Just arrived for #ImpeachmentHearings. Someone did ask me last night if there’s anything in DC that surprises me anymore. @JohnBrabender.” […]

Winter Blues

How many of you have already been affected by the changing seasons? Although winter has not officially set in, I think we can all agree that this season can have both a positive and negative impact on our moods. For some, the seasonal changes can have a profound impact on their moods, which could stem from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). What is Seasonal Affective Disorder? SAD is a type of mood disorder that affects around five percent of the country’s total population each year. As a psychiatrist at Sheppard Pratt Health System who specializes in mood disorders, I have seen […]