Consent • Shades of Gray

Claims of sexual harassment fill the airwaves and are sending famous heads tumbling every day. So what should be an operative definition of consent? A simple “no” won’t do: so many sexual encounters begin with a “no” and turn into a consensual situation. That’s the nature of seduction, and women like seduction. It’s very on-point that the acclaimed new gay film Call Me By Your Name comes out in the midst of this and even women think it’s beautiful. The characters don’t turn to each other and say “Is it okay if I touch your penis?” No romantic movie ever […]

Help Out AIDS Action Baltimore

A letter from AIDS Action Baltimore to our community Dear Friends: AIDS Action Baltimore (AAB) has been providing essential services to people with HIV/AIDS since 1987. Thanks to your generosity, we’re still standing after a long hard financial battle. We know only too well that times are still tough, but as we commemorate our 30th year of service, we hope we can count on your continued support which will help us maintain our many HIV/AIDS programs. We still desperately need your help to keep our doors open and continue to provide our many essential services to the Baltimore HIV/AIDS community. […]

Help Out AIDS Action Baltimore

A letter from AIDS Action Baltimore to our community Dear Friends: AIDS Action Baltimore (AAB) has been providing essential services to people with HIV/AIDS since 1987. Thanks to your generosity, we’re still standing after a long hard financial battle. We know only too well that times are still tough, but as we commemorate our 30th year of service, we hope we can count on your continued support which will help us maintain our many HIV/AIDS programs. We still desperately need your help to keep our doors open and continue to provide our many essential services to the Baltimore HIV/AIDS community. […]

GLSEN to Protest Betsy DeVos

The Trump administration’s Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, main education experience is in the political and financial support for charter schools, and as an owner of a firm that pursues people in default on their student loans. Some have praised her rollback of Obama-era regulations that stripped young men accused of unwanted sex of any presumption of innocence in university tribunals. Others have criticized her for the same. On the LGBT front, DeVos rescinded directives that recommended students have access to facilities based on their asserted gender identities.

Supporting the Homeless for the Holidays

Several upcoming events support those experiencing homelessness this holiday season. Won’t you come out and help? Drag Me to X-mas is set for December 10th from 9 pm to 1 am at Ziascoz Bar and Lounge (1313 East Pratt Street, Baltimore). It’s a fundraiser for B & Dee’s Baltimore Love, a local LGBT-run group supporting the homeless. Tickets are $5. If one hundred people commit to attending, B and Dee’s Baltimore Love founder Brian Dolbow will appear in drag! For more info, visit Bit.ly/2im4Qau.

PA High Court OKs Ouster of Lesbian Judge

Harrisburg – In a five-to-one decision issued November 22nd, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court upheld a lower court’s ruling that permanently bars Dawn A. Segal from holding judicial office. Segal, an open lesbian, served as a municipal-court judge in Philadelphia for about six years until she was suspended without pay last year due to improper conversations with another judge. The majority opinion states that Segal’s actions were “an affront to the administration of justice and diminish confidence in the judiciary at large.” The sole dissenter recommended that the case be remanded to the Court of Judicial Discipline for further review to […]

Creating a Great Wedding Ceremony

Your wedding ceremony bares your heart and soul to the people you love and who love you, inviting them into your marriage to support you and your beloved in your journey together. Your ceremony celebrates what you believe about marriage and proclaims those things that are essential to your marriage. It is your public declaration of your love and devotion to your partner.

Human-Rights Blackout

Much has been made of the lack of attention to human rights by President Trump on his recent excursion to Asia. This, by and of itself, represents the US giving up the mantel on this subject since we first gained prominence on the issue during the Jimmy Carter administration in the 1970s. We were the international leader for this proud cause, and president after president – regardless of being a Democrat or a Republican – raised it on foreign trips. We are told that Trump mentioned the topic of human rights only in passing to the president of the Philippines […]

2017 World AIDS Day Events

30th annual commemoration set for December 1st Friday, December 1st will mark the 30th annual international observance of World AIDS Day. This year’s international theme is “Increasing Impact through Transparency, Accountability, and Partnerships.” Several events will take place throughout the community to honor those living with HIV, and to remember those who have lost their lives while living with HIV/AIDS.