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Friday, August 19, 2016

Management digs in as some in community protest

The firing of five staff members at Chase Brexton Health Services has raised qutestions and concerns throughout Baltimore’s LGBT and HIV-impacted communities. The timing of the firings appears to many in the community– and the Chase Brexton workers in question– to be related to a recent move by a large group of employees to create a union bargaining unit of SEIU District 1199 Healthcare Workers East.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Walk into most churches and you are likely to hear someone say, “This is my church family.” For some, this is simply a way to define our church friends in a way that implies closeness. For others, it’s merely a term that is used without much thought or meaning. However, for those in the LGBTQ community who have been ostracized by their -families of origin, a church family may be much more significant.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Protest held as Trump, Rubio headline anti-LGBTQ event

Orlando, FL - Equality Federation member Equality Florida, faith leaders, and family members of victims of the Pulse shooting were joined by nearly 200 local advocates on August 11th outside the “Rediscovering God in America” conference in Orlando to call out Marco Rubio and Donald Trump.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

I can be a person of great extremes. I either have long dreads, a head full of hair, or no hair at all. I am not a gray person at all. My philosophy has been “Pick a side.” So with this, it’s no surprise that in order to remain in the closet, I picked an extreme philosophy to mirror the revulsion I had for my own gender dysphoria.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Connor and I love spending time with our dogs. This means going on walks, enjoying quiet time, and the excitement of mealtime. Of course, the most entertaining is playtime. We have a big yard and we also have an empty field nearby which works well for playing with dogs. The biggest part of playing with our dogs involves running of some sort. Running in some ways is primordial to dogs. In the wild, a good run resulted in a good meal. Then when dogs became domesticated, it was their skill at running that made them such an asset to humans. Dogs could run after sheep to keep the flock moving or they could find and chase after prey. They are made to run. Running is a great way to let off steam, to let loose and act crazy, and most of all it is just plain old fun. There are several ways that a dog may enjoy running and each of our dogs has her or his own favorite.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

When we travel it becomes easy to find excuses to not exercise, “There’s no gym, there’s no space, my kids are here, etc.” These are just excuses… fitness isn’t about time, space or gyms it’s about choices! Here is an easy workout you can do anywhere!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Twenty years after the original, four-person line-up of The Monkees released its final album, and four years after Davy Jones died, remaining members Mike Nesmith, Mickey Dolenz, and Peter Tork have regrouped for Good Times! (Rhino). Produced by Adam Schlesinger (of Fountains of Wayne fame), who also contributed a couple of tracks, the album has the kind of hipster glow to it that helped artists such as Glen Campbell, Mavis Staples, Johnny Cash, Bobby Womack, and Loretta Lynn, gain renewed credibility among a whole new generation of fans. It also helps that new songs written for the disc by Rivers Cuomo (of Weezer), Andy Partridge (of XTC), Ben Gibbard (of Death Cab For Cutie), and a collaboration by Noel Gallagher (of Oasis), and Paul Weller (of The Jam and The Style Council) make up the bulk of the material. Additionally, there are new songs by Nesmith, Dolenz, and Tork, as well as new recordings of tunes by songwriters who played a role in The Monkees’ success, including Carole King and Gerry Goffin, Neil Diamond, (Harry) Nilsson, and Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart. Of course, all of these details wouldn’t matter in the least if the music wasn’t any good. Yes, it’s good, especially “You Bring The Summer,” “Me & Magdalena,” “She Makes Me Laugh,” “Whatever’s Right” and “Birth of an Accidental Hipster.”

Friday, August 19, 2016

I can’t remember the very first time I saw a copy of Drummer magazine, but I will never forget how it made me feel. I grew up in a time when gay men were only portrayed in the mainstream media as effeminate or as cross-dressers. I knew that I was attracted to men – but I was attracted to hairy, muscular, masculine men and in my naive world those men could not be gay.

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