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Friday, March 17, 2017

What you can do about the disastrous ‘American Health Care Act’

President Trump and the Republicans in control of the House and Senate longed vowed to kill Obamacare. On March 6th, they unveiled their proposed alternative– the “American Health Care Act” (AHCA)– which the Congressional Budget Office said less than a week later would throw 14 million Americans off the insurance rolls by next year. The number of Americans losing coverage would rise to 24 million by 2026, and premiums would rise all around.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Man comes out at 95 after 67 years of marriage

Los Angeles, CA – As reported by the BBC, a man married to his wife for 67 years decided to come out at age 95. Is it ever too late to come to terms with one's true nature? Perhaps not. Meet Roman, who decided at age 95 that it was time to set the records straight. In a three-and-a-half-minute video interview with popular YouTuber Davey Wavey - himself a gay man - Roman, who is now 96, says he has had a wife for 67 years, two children, five grandchildren and one great grandchild. But last year he decided it was time to "come out of the closet." Davey told the BBC that he was connected with Roman through his grandson Brandon Gross.

Friday, March 17, 2017

The Gay Movement’s challenge in 2017

It is our individual responsibility to continually educate and reeducate ourselves about how we have arrived here – 2017 Trump America. This is a daunting task, and one that cannot be taken lightly. It includes studying our history through today’s eyes and then engaging in the critically thinking necessary to keep publicly testifying the ways that history has shaped the present. It is this continual affirmation: 2017 Trump America did not randomly happen, and those who are marginalized are not so because they “deserve” to be. The injustice and inequality are the results of the conscious decisions of individuals and institutions which have shaped what is now collectively accepted as our “given” societal codes and norms. If our “givens” were scripted, then they are capable of being rescripted. This is the lifelong task of many among us, and I believe they are the heroes among us. However, I fear that their life’s work has been rendered unfathomable in Trump’s America, where social progress is being besieged and assaulted at every turn.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Breaking the stereotypes

At an age when many believe that life is winding down, it’s just getting interesting. Occasionally someone will say to me, “You look good... for 73.” I’ve also heard variations such as, “I’d never guess you were that old.” When I first heard these comments from people, I felt good, as if I’d pulled one over on them. Sometimes I would respond, “I don’t feel like I’m 73.”

Friday, March 17, 2017

Frankie? Who the hell is gay and named Frankie? It should be Francis!” boomed the familiar voice right from the start of the conversation. Funny, witty, genuine, sincere, authentic, big-hearted … all words that describe the rollercoaster that is the incomparable Kathy Griffin. The beloved comedian is bringing her “Celebrity Run-In Tour” to Baltimore’s The Lyric on Friday, April 7th at 8pm.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Lucky Butch, a Pennsylvania resident, is a person who prefers being in the background. She doesn’t want the spotlight and shies away from being the center of attention. She assists in the leather community in so many ways – helping coordinate silent auctions, tending bar for the Philadelphia Women’s Leather Bar Nights she helped co-found, and attending various events around the region. Once you get a chance to meet her, you find an engaging person who cares deeply for her family, friends, and the communities she serves.

Friday, March 17, 2017

The first Keystone State Gay Rodeo will be held June 24th and 25th at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The rodeo weekend includes two exciting full days of rodeo action, line dance lessons, and a Country Ho-Down Saturday night, activities for kids, vendors and a rodeo kick-off party on Friday night.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Take it from an ex-Brooklynite

Hello readers. Allow me to introduce myself! My name is Rai Guerra-Nelson. I’ve been a resident of Asbury Park for almost 20 years. I moved here from Brooklyn, New York, when I bought my first home. Having been born and raised in a big city like Brooklyn, I thought I’d be here for a year, flip the house and go the hell back home. Boy was I in for a surprise! What I found in Asbury Park was a gorgeous beach, great restaurants, but also an incredible gay community unlike any I’ve ever known. A community that really comes together to protect and support their own when it is most needed. Whether it’s someone who needs a heart transplant, someone who has been recently diagnosed with cancer and just needs their “chosen” family to raise a little money to help out with day-to-day expenses, to just needing a ride home after a night at the bar with copious amounts of alcohol – they’re there!

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