Afghan LGBTQ people in danger as Taliban to use sharia law

Kabul, Afghanistan – Bil Browning reports for LGBTQ Nation that a Taliban spokesman has dispelled any notion that Afghanistan will remain a democracy, saying the country will likely be governed by a ruling council similar to the last time they held power. “There will be no democratic system at all because it does not have any base in our country,” Waheedullah Hashimi told Reuters. “We will not discuss what type of political system should we apply in Afghanistan because it is clear. It is sharia law and that is it.” Afghan citizens and their families who worked with Americans are […]

Cardinal Burke: anti-gay, anti-vax hospitalized with COVID

The Vatican – David Hudson writes for Queerty that Catholic Cardinal Raymond L. Burke has been hospitalized with Covid and placed on a ventilator, according to a Tweet on his official Twitter account. The 73-year-old, who has previously spoken out against social distancing and expressed skepticism regarding vaccines, announced August 10 that he had been diagnosed with Covid. He said in a Tweet that he was “resting comfortably and receiving excellent medical care.” However, on August 14 his communications team said he had been moved to a hospital in Wisconsin, where he previously served as an archbishop, and was on […]

Waiter who got homophobic note for a tip getting lots of love

Madison, WI Emma Powys Maurice reports for Pink News that a waiter who was left a homophobic comment in place of a tip got the last laugh when hundreds of kind strangers surprised him with $4,500. After dining at a restaurant in Madison, Wisconsin on August 15, one hateful customer refused to leave the waiter a tip because they disapproved of his sexuality. “Service was good but we don’t tip sinfull [sic] homosexuals,” they scrawled on the receipt for their $142.95 meal. A photo of the note was shared on Facebook by Eric Salzwedel, co-founder of Do Good Wisconsin, a […]

Summer Market a Little More Friendly to Buyers

Frustrated by the market in the first half of 2021? According to’s Weekly Housing Trends report on July 8, there could be some small amount of relief in the coming weeks.   First, new listings had been growing in number year-over-year in twelve of the previous fifteen weeks, which had helped to slow the red hot price growth we had been experiencing. Also, the rapid pace that homes disappeared from the market had been slowing, again in a year-over-year comparison.   All this good news for buyers is hinting that with COVID restrictions easing we may be seeing the return […]

Could You Would You

I have a question for my transgender peeps. Could you, would you, dress as your old self if your spouse asked you to for an event? My wife got a new job and had an event where she was brought on board. Before you answer I think I need to add context. I understand my wife is on her own transition. That is, coming to terms of having a transgender spouse. She is a few years behind me and doing a great job. But at times it’s very hard on her and I remember how hard it is to be […]

Resilience Needed. Again.

We are living in a time of turmoil and transition. Just as it seemed the road was open, there came another obstacle to clear, a hurricane to go through, or debris to throw away. So once again, we have to tap into our resources to claim the energy to persist, the determination to hang onto our resolve and to maintain the hope that we will prevail. That our vaccinated, mask-wearing and distancing family, friends, neighbors, or other people we come in contact with, will do the same so we can overcome an invisible virus that kills. In this process, it […]

Struggling to Make the Most of It

For the LGBTQ+ community, June means Pride Month. It is a time to remember and honor those proud people who fought for respect and equity. It is also a time to celebrate how far we have come. In June of 2019 my fellow ShipMate Club members and I participated and enjoyed area Pride events in Washington, Baltimore, Frederick, Westminster, and Annapolis. June of 2019 was a great Pride Month. I had a wonderful time. I do not need to tell you what happened in June of 2020. Everything was canceled. There was nothing to do but sit back and wait […]

Luke Prokop, first Nation Hockey League player to come out

Nashville, TN – Canadian-native Luke Prokop became the first openly gay National Hockey League (NHL) player after posting about his sexual orientation via Instagram on July 19. At only nineteen years old, Prokop was chosen by the Nashville Predators during the 2020 NHL Entry Draft. Much like National Football League (NFL) defensive end Carl Nassib, Prokop chose to come out online by telling followers about his journey in the LGBTQ community and about the support that he has received from family, friends and agents. “I hope that in sharing who I am I can help other people see that gay […]

Jamie Lee Curtis reveals transition of one of her children

Dallas, TX – Jamie Lee Curtis has revealed that one of her children is transgender. Curtis said that she and her husband, Christopher Guest, “have watched in wonder and pride as our son became our daughter Ruby,” according to AARP Magazine. In a wide-ranging article in which she talks about everything from her childhood with her “strict” mother Janet Leigh and stepfather Robert Brandt to overcoming her addiction to opiates to how much she loves watching flash-mob proposal videos set to Bruno Mars’ “Marry You,” Curtis said she is “somebody who sheds every day. … It’s all about old ideas […]

LGBTQ rights after 6 months of Biden Administration

Washington, D.C. – Juwan J. Holmes writes in LGBTQ Nation that we are officially halfway through the first year of the Biden-Harris administration. Among other issues, President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris ran on a platform promising progress for LGBTQ equality and civil rights. Although the Equality Act remains stuck in the Senate and Republicans are obstructing pro-LGBTQ progress across the country, the White House still has the ability to reverse past anti-LGBTQ policies and advocate for equality. To ensure that the White House is doing just that, GLAAD launched the Biden Equality Accountability Tracker (BEAT) on the […]