New report exposes global reach of ‘conversion therapy’

New York City – A groundbreaking report released by OutRight Action International today exposes the global reach of so-called conversion therapy. Drawing on data from survey results with almost 500 respondents from 80 countries, and in-depth interviews with experts and those subjected from more than a dozen countries, the report overwhelmingly shows that so-called conversion therapy efforts occur across the world and are predominantly promoted and perpetrated by people acting in the name of religion or pseudo-health care, often instigated by family pressure. “Conversion therapy” is the most widely used term to describe practices [of] attempting to change, suppress, or […]

Who, Me? Entitled?

One of the issues that emerge in human interactions is what is called a sense of entitlement. How do we define and detect this? If you have ever felt like someone is bearing down on you with their needs, wants, and demands, you know what it feels like. The question that pops into one’s mind is: Why does this person feel they are entitled to this privilege or satisfaction of what they want? Why is it my duty to keep them satisfied regardless of what I want? This becomes a destructive factor in a relationship if the demands are going […]

Skin Cancer Prevention

A discussion with Dr. Ciro Martins of Belcara Health Q. My brother was just diagnosed with melanoma. What can I do to reduce my chances of getting it too? First, I’m sorry to hear about your brother’s diagnosis; I wish him a swift recovery. I’m happy you are seeking information on preventive measures, for the risk of developing skin cancer can be exponentially decreased by taking the right precautions. Although skin cancers can be deadly, they are often completely curable when diagnosed early. Each year millions of people get skin cancer, and contrary to popular belief, anyone can get it. […]

Delving into the Heart of Storytelling

Baltimore Center Stage’s upcoming 2019/2020 season offers audiences a fabulous journey through storytelling and the imagination. “Though this marks the 57th season for Baltimore Center Stage, it’s the first for me,” began Aritistic Director Stephanie Ybarra. “Curating this season meant leaning unapologetically into imaginative storytelling jam-packed with joy. And by centering the voices of artists whose identities are normally diminished and erased, I think the 2019-2020 season at Baltimore Center Stage puts this art form one step closer to fulfilling its ultimate potential.” Everyone has baggage in Miss You Like Hell, running September 12th to October 13th. This timely mother-daughter […]

Xanadu Skates into Baltimore this September with ‘Drag Race’ Alumni

Xanadu, the hilarious roller-skating musical adventure, returns in a national tour this September to Baltimore’s Hippodrome Theatre with some fierce new twists! The story follows the beautiful Greek muse Kira, as she journeys from the heavens of Mount Olympus to Venice Beach, circa 1980, on a quest to inspire scrappy artist-on-the-rise Sonny to achieve the greatest artistic creation of all time – the first roller disco! But when Kira stumbles into forbidden love with Sonny, a mere mortal, her salty sisters (“RuPaul’s Drag Race” stars Ginger Minj and Jinkx Monsoon) take matters into their own hands. Baltimore OUTloud recently chatted […]

A Royal Gay Rom-Com

Beloved writer James Baldwin once said, “Everybody’s journey is individual. If you fall in love with a boy, you fall in love with a boy. The fact that many Americans consider it a disease says more about them than it does about homosexuality.” Writer Casey McQuiston’s debut novel Red, White, and Royal Blue is a fabulous blend of American politics and the British royals, peppered with just the right amount of scandal while exploring the taboo relationship between the progenies of two world powers. The New York Times bestseller follows Texan-native Alex, a fictionalized First Son, who finds himself in […]

On Yearbooks, Memories, and Trans-Disconnect

The early 2000s. A mixed bag of gender identity / sexual orientation / hobbies left teenage me scrambling to find more than a couple people who understood me in anything more than simplistic terms. I was able to cultivate a handful of friendships that withstood the volatile mess that most of my 20s were, and while grateful to have those people still in my life, the more removed I am from my teenage years, the more I feel a physical wall between my present and my past My reality is one where the person who lives in my old yearbooks […]

Top Five Reasons

Buying a ready-made suit is very easy to do; the difficulty is pulling the look off. If you believe that you can make a great impression in any suit that you purchase from a department store, you’re misguided. The reason for this is that ready-made suits are mass-produced and are not meant to flatter a variety of body shapes and sizes. Ready-made suits are less expensive than custom-made suits, but you’ll never look as good in a ready-made suit as you would in a suit designed exclusively for you. If you’re not convinced, here are some reasons why you need […]

Snake Hill Sausage Grill & Tavern

Snake Hill Sausage Grill & Tavern 418 S. Clinton Street, Baltimore 410-469-9003 Snakehillbaltimore.com   Have you ever wanted to eat that cute little bunny? Gorge on a gator? Slobber on snake? Well great news! We finally have an establishment in Baltimore where the zoo becomes the buffet. Snake Hill Sausage Grill & Tavern is where the sausage party begins. With well over a dozen homemade options to choose from on any given day, there is something for everyone in this neat little corner bar with a kick-ass booze selection. The sausages range from the usual brats and Italian-style sausages to […]

Philadelphia LGBT Center gets $1 million state grant

Philadelphia – The William Way LGBT Community Center will undergo $1 million worth of renovations thanks to a grant from Governor Tom Wolf. The funds, from the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program subsidized by the state’s Office of the Budget, will go toward updating the organization’s public spaces, namely the lobby, ballroom, art gallery and historical archives, as well as offices. Updated technology, such as modernized lighting and hanging systems, will be added to enhance the presentation of the organization’s artistic and cultural items. The grant will fund the first part of William Way’s two-phase redevelopment plan, with a focus on […]