On Saturday, January 30, 2016, at Grand Central in Baltimore, Brother, Help Thyself (BHT), presented its annual grant awards totaling $76,000 to 23 nonprofit organizations serving the LGBTQ and HIV/AIDS communities in the Baltimore / Washington, D.C., metro area. In doing so, BHT eclipsed the $3-millionth grant dollar given since its incorporation in 1978.
On January 31st, 2016 the Gourmet Goat hosted the seventh annual Wine and Cheese “Silent & Lively” Auction at 28 South Restaurant to benefit the Community Free Clinic of Hagerstown, Maryland. The Community Free Clinic is a nonprofit organization with a small staff and receives no government funding. The clinic is open to all no matter one’s race, gender, orientation, or age. They are fully funded by donations, and every dollar donated provides eight dollars in medical services.
As we mark Transgender Awareness Month, there is much to celebrate in terms of awareness for the transgender community but there are urgent issues that must be addressed that directly affect transgender lives.
Given that February is the month for lovers, I thought it high time to put the focus in this month’s article on the greatest love of all: loving yourself. Whether you are in a relationship or not, self-love is the foundation of your health, wealth and happiness. In fact, more truthfully: self-love is the foundation of your survival. Just ask Whitney Houston, who sang the song, but struggled to make it happen in her cut-short life.
It is not unusual to have a monument dedicated to George Washington in your city or town, but what is unique is if that monument was the first ever erected in his honor. This is the case with The Monument located in the center of the public squares in Mount Vernon Place in Baltimore City.
Researchers from the University of California in San Francisco (UCSF) unearthed new information about PrEP usage in transgender women by taking an innovative look at the new IPREX study data. The IPREX study was a 2010 French Canadian study in mostly negative gay and bisexual men that was the first to show the positive effect of emtricitabane plus tenofovir fumarate – which is combined in one pill known as Truvada – for HIV prevention. No such efficacy was found in transgender women because their initial numbers were too small to make any definitive findings. Only 29 people were initially identified as transgender women.
Lesbian singer / actress / comedian / writer Lea DeLaria has been challenging our preconceived notions of what an entertainer is for more than 25 (!) years. Queer folks probably knew her first as a raunchy comedian of the highest order (“whack a butt plug,” anyone?) and will also remember her from the gay movie Edge of Seventeen, as well as her show-stopping performance on Broadway in On the Town. Of course, once we heard her sing, we knew exactly what she was born to do. Over the course of her first three musical albums, DeLaria left her distinctively jazzy mark on show-tunes, standards and punk classics. On House of David (Ghostlight / Razor & Tie), DeLaria turns her lez-laser focus on the songs of David Bowie. From the dazzling album cover (a respectful nod to Bowie’s Changesonebowie comp) to her inspired interpretations of “Golden Years,” “Fame,” “Suffragette City” (featuring Janis Siegel of Manhattan Transfer), the dramatic “Modern Love,” the out of this world “Life on Mars,” and especially the aptly swinging “Boys Keep Swinging” (which deserves to be a hit!), the house that Lea built is sturdy and architecturally interesting.
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