Military Service for Noncitizens

Persons who wish to serve in the US military and are not citizens can do so if they are lawful permanent residents (have a green card). Or can they? While the websites for the US military all claim that anyone with a green card is at least eligible to apply to join, the reality is that since October 2017, the active duty military, as well as the reserve units, cannot allow someone who is not a citizen of the US to enlist. The reason for such a policy is that Gen. Anthony Kurta, who has been nominated to be the […]

Baltimore Women’s March

Jan. 20th event marks one year from iconic DC protest To commemorate last year’s Women’s March on Washington, a Baltimore march and rally is planned for Saturday, January 20th, from 11 am to 2 pm – one of numerous events planned around the world. Subject to city approval, the rally will begin at 11 am at the War Memorial Plaza in front of City Hall, then march down Holiday and Conway Streets, across Pratt Street, and end at McKeldin Park.

Catholic Bishops Tell Parents to Stop Children Transitioning

Washington, D.C.– An open letter by The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is urging parents to reject transgender children. What did the letter say? “We acknowledge and affirm that all human beings are created by God and thereby have an inherent dignity. We also believe that God created each person male or female; therefore, sexual difference is not an accident or a flaw—it is a gift from God that helps draw us closer to each other and to God. What God has created is good.”

LGBTQ News Compilation-January 5

Some notable people who came out in 2017 Charlotte, NC – This past year, more personalities stepped out into the light and professed their sexual orientation. From pop stars to athletes, the rainbow got a little bit larger with them included. Here are some of those faces in the news. Aaron Carter, onetime child pop sensation, who ruled the airwaves at age 12 with his hit single “I Want Candy” (2000), came out as bisexual in an emotional Twitter post in August. After living with his sexuality “weighing on my chest for nearly half of my life,” he wrote. Alia […]

Italian Rhapsody

Call Me By Your Name is a slow burn of longing and desire A new film is getting a lot of buzz right now not only for its awards possibilities, but for its subject matter as well. Call Me By Your Name, based on the novel by André Aciman, stars Timothée Chalamet (also getting notice for his role in Lady Bird) as Elio, a 17-year-old living in a small town in Northern Italy with his parents. His father (Michael Stuhlbarg) is an antiquities and archeology professor, and each summer for six weeks the family hosts a visiting grad student to […]

Coming Out in ‘The Bay’

Bay City residents fight for redemption, true love and new beginnings in a town where murder, betrayal, heartbreak, and vengeance must be in the water Living in a world where Trumpian politics and pandemonium permeate the daily national news cycle; it’s refreshing to find escapism and fantasy still alive in Amazon Prime’s Emmy Award-winning drama “The Bay.” Shrouded in mystery, the privileged and often time dysfunctional Bay City residents fight for redemption, true love and new beginnings in a town where murder, betrayal, heartbreak, and vengeance must be in the water.

Love Comes in All Forms

Especially in Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water After some big, big movies featuring Gothic horror (Crimson Peak) and giant robots battling giant monsters (Pacific Rim), director Guillermo del Toro returns to the smaller, fairy-tale films that first brought him widespread acclaim (think The Devil’s Backbone and Pan’s Labyrinth) with The Shape of Water, a very unusual romance film.

Magic Michael

An interview with The Carbonaro Effect’s Michael Carbonaro With his mesmerizing and hilarious hidden camera and practical joke series The Carbonaro Effect, now in its third season on truTV, out actor and illusionist Michael Carbonaro keeps viewers (and his unwitting subjects) guessing. A whiz of a wizard, if ever there was, Carbonaro first crossed our gaydar as sex-obsessed Andy in the 2006 rom-com Another Gay Movie. But his greatest success and exposure has occurred through his longtime love of the magical arts on The Carbonaro Effect. Carbonaro is currently on a cross-country live performance tour bringing his effect to your […]

DC’s David Perruzza

Muhmmad Ali once said, “True giving happens when we give from our heart.” In today’s world, where narcissism and selfishness run rampant, it’s refreshing to find people in our neighborhood who give from the heart because it’s the right thing to do. For David Perruzza, the manager of JR’s Bar in Washington, DC, helping others has become part of his everyday norm.