Republicans giving in on same sex marriage, not trans rights

Washington, D.C. – Republican insiders have abandoned their longstanding opposition to marriage equality, according to a report in Politico, but they still strongly oppose Transgender rights. The magazine said it had interviewed Republican operatives, former Trump administration officials, and conservative leaders, and found there is a widespread acceptance that marriage equality is a settled issue. There is no serious discussion about trying to overturn Obergefell v. Hodges, Politico said. In Congress, LGBTQ activists found potential allies in newly elected Republicans like Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX), Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY), and Rep. Young Kim (R-CA). Republicans were definitely late to the […]

Delta variant of Covid: What is it, and is it really that big a deal?

Dear Dr. Eva,  We are hearing about another new Covid variant, Delta. We’ve already heard about, and some people have panicked over, the British variant and the Brazilian variant. However, those don’t seem to have changed the course of the pandemic in our country. Is this just another cry of “wolf,” or is it really time to go get the masks out again? Skeptic   Dear Skeptic, It does seem as if there’s a new coronavirus scare every month. So far, new strains haven’t affected most people’s lives or the Covid death rate in this country as a whole. Unless […]

SAVE THE DATE – 5th Annual Keystone State Gay Rodeo – October 2, 2021

The 5th Annual Keystone State Gay Rodeo rides into action October 2, 2021 starting at 11:30 am at Red Man Ranch & Arena, 359 Strawberry Road, New Freedom, PA 17349.    The event is a family-friendly, inclusive rodeo and country event that merges traditional rodeo favorites with some non-traditional fun and hilarious events all in a safe and inviting atmosphere where everyone feels welcome. Both men and women compete equally in all rodeo events and anyone ages 10 and over are welcome to compete. If you are attending you can expect to see some traditional rodeo events such as barrel racing, […]

Being an Ernest Hemmingway Fan

Being an Ernest Hemmingway fan, I asked a bartender named Jenna, kind of pictured above, if she knew what Death in the Afternoon was. She had been bartending for twenty years and had never heard of it. So, we did what every red blood American does, we googled it. Ernest Hemingway is known as much for his writing as for his drinking. Through his books and throughout his life, he championed cocktails like the Daiquiri and the Mojito, but nothing stirs the imagination quite like the Death in the Afternoon. Here’s to Hemingway for inspiring me to write today. BY […]

The Trouble with ESG Investing

Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) investing has become increasingly popular.  According to Morningstar, over $51 billion flowed into this investment strategy in 2020.[i]  That’s not a surprise, given the prospect of no longer having to choose between our values and making money.  Unfortunately, while developments are promising, there’s still much work to be done to consider ESG a viable investment strategy.  In fact, ESG seems to have more gray areas than green ones, so it’s critical that you know exactly what you’re buying. If you’re interested in ESG investing, here are some issues to consider. Lack of a universal definition […]

Gay podcaster Mat George killed in hit-and-run accident

Los Angeles, CA – In Out Voices Phoenix, Merryn Johns reports that Mat George, who co-hosted the podcast “She Rates Dogs,” was killed in a hit-and-run in Los Angeles early on Saturday morning July 17, his co-host Michaela Okland confirmed Sunday. According to CBS Los Angeles, a male pedestrian was struck by a BMW in the Beverly Grove community at around 2:20 a.m, and the Los Angeles County coroner’s office identified that person as Matthew Thomas George, 26. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The New York Times reported that George was struck as he crossed a street at […]

Oregon city councilor slammed for gender identity comment

Roseburg, OR – Juwan J. Holmes reports for LGBTQ Nation that a city councilor for a town in Oregon was criticized after making an anti-trans remark in jest during a public virtual council session. After being called out for the remarks, the councilor made further derogatory, anti-trans remarks that have now led to calls that he resign his office. The initial comment was made on June 28, as the council was preparing for a meeting. One councilmember’s name was misspelled, and another said the name resemble a typically feminine name, leading Council President Bob Cotterell to quip, “Well that’s fine, […]

Man tells Tucker Carlson “You are the worst human being”

Montana – Edge Media Network reports that when Tucker Carlson visited a Montana fishing supply store on July 23, he was likely expecting an echo chamber of toxic, anti-vaccine rhetoric. Instead, he was told by a fisherman and hunter Tom Bailey, “You are the worst human being known to man. I want you to know that,” reports the Daily Mail. In response, Carlson says. “I appreciate that. I appreciate that.” Bailey posted the 22-second video to his Instagram account the next day, where it has been seen by nearly 150,000. In his confrontation with Carlson, Bailey continues, “What you have […]

EU challenges Poland and Hungary over LGBTQ rights

Brussels, Belgium – The European Union (EU) Commission has given both Poland and Hungary a deadline of two months to change their nations’ individual anti-LGBTQ laws and policies. Discrimination against queer employees has been illegal in the EU since 2000 and only four of the 27 EU states do not recognize either same-sex marriage or same-sex civil union. The Commission has pointed out that Article 2 of the Treaty of the European Union would classify Poland and Hungary’s laws and positions as going against their citizens’ fundamental human rights. Poland’s position against LGBTQ equality has come into question as a […]

Eastern Europe not alone, dangerous hate in Texas, too!

Fort Worth, TX – No Hate in Hurst using rainbow sidewalks, silent protest and ‘a loving mindset’ to rid their city of Stedfast Baptist Church. It was June 2016, shortly after the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, when a group staged a protest one Sunday morning outside the Stedfast Baptist Church in Sansom Park, a tiny enclave on the northwest edge of Fort Worth. The protest was prompted by a video posted to YouTube by Stedfast’s pastor, Donnie Romero, in which he preached that the victims at Pulse deserved to die because they were LGBTQ. Romero resigned […]