Friday, May 01, 2015

Baltimore is undergoing an emotional, volatile time. There is no shortage of opinions on how the unrest, which began on April 27, was caused and on how conditions that led to rioting could be improved. On the day that Freddie Gray, who died from injuries that were sustained while in police custody, was laid to rest, Baltimore became the focus of unwelcome national and international news. Two days earlier on Saturday, April 25, there had been peaceful protests and marches against the police’s actions in connection with this case. Those demonstrations devolved into vandalism and skirmishes but were calmed down later that night.

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, May 01, 2015

Clinton controversial in progressive and LGBT communities

Dallas, TX - To Hillary Clinton’s supporters, she’s a passionate advocate well versed in domestic and international issues, who has long been a thoughtful and pragmatic ally to the LGBT community. But not everyone’s on board with the former secretary of state, senator and first lady. To her detractors, she’s power hungry, cozy with Wall Street bankers and wishy-washy on LGBT issues. Such is the paradox of Hillary Clinton, who announced her second bid for the Democratic presidential nomination on Sunday, April 10.

Friday, May 01, 2015

We emphatically condemn the mayhem that began on Monday and hope that it will not be as disastrous for the city as the riots of 1968. For those too young to remember, in 1968 Baltimore joined other urban centers in rioting over the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Those riots destroyed neighborhoods that have yet to recover, as many middle-class African-Americans joined the white citizens of Baltimore in an exodus to the suburbs that had been going on for nearly two decades. Although there are many causes for the urban decay that Baltimore and other industrialized cities have experienced in the past half century, the endless rows of vacant and boarded up row houses is a visible reminder of that tragedy – it literally sapped the vitality of some neighborhoods.

Friday, May 01, 2015

An Appreciation

In the 1950s, a commercial decline in central Baltimore prompted two groups to join forces to create Charles Center. The Committee for Downtown and the Greater Baltimore Committee submitted a master plan developed by American urban planner and architect David A. Wallace to redevelop the site bordered by North Charles Street to the east, Cathedral Street to the west, West Saratoga Street to the north and West Fayette Street to the south. The plan was the basis for a $25 million bond issue voted on by Baltimore City residents in the November 1958 municipal elections.

Friday, May 01, 2015

Two PrEP trials at CROI show an 86% reduced risk of HIV transmission in MSMs

This year’s Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2015) was held in Seattle, Washington, from February 23 to 26. Arguably, the most exciting news this year involves three pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) studies.

Friday, May 01, 2015

I love movies. I love going to the movies and I love watching movies at home. I love writing about movies, something I’ve been doing now for 15 years. But I often feel like I’ve become jaded by seeing so many movies. It’s hard to find something that really surprises me anymore, something I desperately want to talk about with my friends after a screening. Maybe Hollywood just isn’t turning out those kinds of gems anymore, focusing more on blockbuster tent pole event movies that they can hopefully extend on for many, many sequels at the cost of doing something new and original.

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