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Friday, May 13, 2016

On the morning of April 28th, 2016, Demetrius Mallisham, well known throughout Baltimore as the mayor’s LGBT community liaison, passed away at the age of 46. Mallisham’s death has been attributed to multiple organ failure associated with pancreatitis. He had been hospitalized at Johns Hopkins University Hospital since early April and underwent at least five surgeries that were ultimately unsuccessful.

Friday, May 13, 2016

What can you do about it? I was asked to write about the heroin epidemic for this issue. Where to go with that in only 500 words? I could cite statistics that show how devastating the epidemic has been statewide: seven deaths in Worcester County the first nine months of 2015, ,one death in Garrett County in that same time period, and 189 deaths in Baltimore City. Some neighborhoods have been decimated. In fact, the only county in Maryland that was spared a heroin overdose death in that time period was Caroline County.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Gay Rights activists hacked to death in Bangladesh

Dhaka, Bangladesh – Human Rights Watch has called on Bangladeshi authorities to immediately investigate the killings of two lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) human rights activists. Police found Xulhaz Mannan and Tonoy Mahbub hacked to death in a Dhaka apartment on the evening of April 25, 2016. The killings follow a spate of recent targeted attacks on writers, educators, bloggers, and editors who promote liberal and secular ideas that radical groups believe are against Islam. The killings of Mannan and Mahbub brings to nine the number of liberals hacked to death in Bangladesh in 2016.

Friday, May 13, 2016

All that it was, and the limitless promise

A bitter, cold Monday evening in Baltimore this past February – the kind of night when if you had an event on the calendar, you searched for the smallest possible excuse to skip it and just head homeward. I was on the brink of just such a decision when a last gasp burst of energy prompted me to head down instead to my planned destination, the GLCCB Center on Cathedral Street.

Friday, May 13, 2016

So your computer is dying a slow death and you have scads of important documents. Unfortunately the operating system doesn’t start properly anymore and you can’t access them. This article will go over ways to retrieve what you’re looking for, and even better, to make sure documents are backed up before disaster strikes.

Friday, May 13, 2016

What makes it possible for us to have emotions in response to another person’s joy, happiness, sadness, pain or agitation? It is a human quality called empathy, which allows us to feel a kinship with another person. In fact, those who cannot experience this would be considered cold, unfeeling, and insensitive. I bring this up because not a day goes by when we read accounts of someone posting a self-revealing, difficult event and then being bombarded by nasty and cruel comments. Of course, the anonymity of the internet facilitates this. I wonder just how many people would make the same comments in person. What is so discouraging is that we see people who in fact say hurtful things to their friends, family, and partners. What motivates that?

Friday, May 13, 2016

An interview with writer James Magruder

James Magruder is a busy man. In addition to teaching at Swarthmore College, Magruder’s 21st century output has included his 2009 debut novel Sugarless and the 2014 linked short story collection Let Me See It. His sexy and funny new novel, Love Slaves of Helen Hadley Hall (Queen’s Ferry Press, 2016), takes readers back to 1983 on the campus of Yale University. The Helen Hadley Hall of the title is the dormitory that is site of a series of escapades, sexual and social, hilarious and heartbreaking, and all observed and reported by none other than the ghost of Helen Hadley herself. A playwright whose works have been performed on and off-Broadway and around the globe, Magruder was good enough to answer some interview questions after returning to the States following a trip to Italy.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Last issue I gave you a brief look at a few leather events coming up soon in the Mid-Atlantic area. Most were well-established gatherings that are held every year. This week I want to make sure you’re aware of a new leather contest scheduled to happen right here in Baltimore on the weekend of August 19th through 21st. Have you heard about the inaugural Atlantic States Leather Weekend?

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