Friday, March 20, 2015

Paul Liller – the 2015 Pride coordinator, and now the new development coordinator for the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center of Baltimore and Central Maryland (GLCCB) – is a busy man. His window office on the third floor of the Waxter Center, where the GLCCB is headquartered, though well organized, is packed with binders, papers, charts, and brochures. Liller’s desktop calendar has virtually every block filled in reflecting his additional responsibilities that include all aspects of Pride, GLCCB fundraising, donor interactions, all events, grants implementation, outreach, and much more.

Friday, January 23, 2015

This upcoming Pride season could very well be the most prideful summer ever. The U.S. Supreme Court announced on January 16 that it will be taking up the issue of same-sex marriage and is expected to rule once and for all if gays and lesbians have the Constitutional right to marry and whether lawful marriages must be recognized by other states.

Oral arguments are projected to take place in April and a final ruling is anticipated by the end of June. The Court will extend the time for oral arguments from the normal one hour to two and a half hours.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Lack of HIV treatment increases risk for infecting others

Atlanta, GA - A new study, released last month by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, indicate that over 90 percent of HIV infections “could be averted by diagnosing people living with HIV and ensuring they receive prompt, ongoing care and treatment.” The study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, found that, the further along in treatment a person is, the less likely they are to transmit the virus to another person.

Friday, March 20, 2015

We all have dreams for ourselves – some of us dream of the perfect career or the ideal home; others envision the endless possibilities of financial freedom. But, some of us (a selected few) go the extra mile and dream for humanity. We seek out cures for disease, aspire to speak for those without voices, we search for possibilities to end world hunger or like Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., we dream of equality and fairness for all people.

MLK has inspired us all with such a beautiful and noble vision and even now, 47 years after his death, we continue to try to manifest his dream into reality, well, most of us anyway; which brings me to Ms. Alveda King. (Takes deep breath.) Where does one begin with Ms. Alveda King? Preliminaries first, I guess: Alveda is the niece of the late Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. She is an avid NAACP member, Christian minister, conservative, published author, and considers herself to be a civil rights activist.

Friday, March 20, 2015

In over ten years of writing this blog and newspaper column, I have never before dedicated it to talking about one person. Until today.

Let me take you back to Baltimore of the 1950s and 60s. Pratt Street ran beside a harbor lined with warehouses and decaying commercial buildings left over from the city’s seafaring past. Banana imports and spice manufacturing caused the air to be intensely fragrant, and not always pleasantly so. Fells Point was a seedy neighborhood by most descriptions, with the dilapidated remnants of colonial-era buildings. Canton still hummed to the rhythm of the steel mill and shipyard, but the heyday of those industries was passing. Baltimore was losing population rapidly to the suburbs, and the building of the Interstate System was draining the city of much needed commerce.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Does it make sense?

Dear Dr. Eva,

I have a cousin who is getting chemotherapy for cancer. It makes her pretty sick. I understand that marijuana is the best treatment for cancer pain and for nausea from chemotherapy. Is medical marijuana available here in Maryland?


Friday, March 20, 2015

An Interview with Writer Jonathan Harper

Jonathan Harper’s debut short story collection Daydreamers (Lethe Press, 2015) is the kind of book that you hope it would be – a fantastic introduction to a creative and original voice in fiction. The stories are populated with an arresting assortment of characters, including repo men, tattoo artists, suspension artists, role-playing gamers, friends, family and those occupying the grey area between friendship and kinship. Throughout the stories is a pulsing undercurrent of sexual tension and dilemma that keeps the pages turning. I spoke with Harper about Daydreamers in early 2015.

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