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Friday, May 27, 2016

Death sentence annulled...but what next?

Before the disease even had a name, June 5, 1981, was the beginning of HIV/AIDS awareness. On that day, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a notice about cases of a rare pneumonia affecting several young gay men living in Los Angeles, noting that two had since died. For this reason in 2014, June 5 was chosen as the date for National HIV Long-Term Survivor Awareness Day (NHLTSAD). This year marks 35 years since that fateful date, as well as 15 years since the introduction in 1996 of the first highly-active antiretroviral therapies (HAART).

Friday, May 27, 2016

Pride season is upon us, an exciting season of fun, parties, and celebrations for the LGBTQ community. This is a time for us to be proud of who we are, to gather and show ourselves in public, and to let the world know that we are here in numbers too big to ignore (thank you, Helen Reddy).

As a feeling, pride can be tricky. Some of us were taught that pride is a sin to be avoided. Expressing pride requires balancing sharing strong personal feelings with modesty. Nobody likes a braggart.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Clinton campaign in Mass. nixes two Transgender delegates

Boston, MA - A couple of weeks ago, Diego Sanchez and Holly Ryan received email messages from a representative of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign named Charlie Baker, who was in charge of selecting delegates from Massachusetts to support the former Secretary of State at the upcoming Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Citing a need to “consider diversity and inclusion goals” set forth by the Democratic Party, Baker told Ryan and Sanchez that they had been deemed ineligible to be considered for delegate positions allotted to the Clinton campaign. “I am writing to inform you that, unfortunately, your name will not be eligible to be entered into nomination for one of these positions,” the email said.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Daniel Cardone’s essential but relentlessly grim documentary about longtime AIDS survivors, Desert Migration, is fascinated with the bodies of the gay men it profiles. The film begins with lingering shots of each of the subjects as they begin their day.  It follows them through their routine, some of them naked, as they prepare breakfast, shower, shave, meditate. Their faces peer directly at us– a few of them handsome, all of them weathered– in high definition close-up.

Friday, May 27, 2016

How to settle an estate

When someone dies, the task of settling the person’s estate descends upon the personal representative. Being appointed a personal representative, or “executor,” is an honor that includes a broad range of responsibilities. This person must be part administrator, part accountant, and part diplomat!

Friday, May 27, 2016

Dear Dr. Eva,

In your last column you talked about hay fever. Well, I have hay fever-type symptoms, but I have them just about all year round! Is it still caused by allergies when it’s continuous like this? My primary care provider advised me to have my basement (which is moist) mold-proofed, but it turns out that costs several thousand dollars, which is not possible for me. What else could help?

Always Stuffy

Friday, May 27, 2016

An interview with Lorrie Morgan

It’s been five years since country diva Lorrie Morgan released a new studio album. If you’ve been waiting patiently, your persistence is about to be rewarded with not one, but two new albums from Morgan. The first, Letting You Go... Slow (Shanachie), is a fabulous mix of covers of classic tunes (“Ode To Billie Joe,” “Lay Lady Lay,” “Is it Raining at Your House?”) with newer selections (“Slow,” “Something About Trains,” the Morgan original “How Does it Feel”), that is a most welcome return. The second album, A Picture of Me (Goldenlane) takes an unusual approach to the greatest-hits concept with all-new recordings of some of Morgan’s most beloved songs, alongside cover versions of some of her personal favorites. I spoke with Morgan about the new albums and more before she embarked on a concert tour.

Friday, May 27, 2016

If you’ve attended any major leather function you’ve seen them. Hairy, burly men dressed in nuns’ habits with white face paint and colorful make-up on their often bearded faces. Who are these guys? At January’s Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend they were working the doors of the ballroom and checking for wristbands that allowed admission into the Leather Cocktails event. What is their story? I must admit that as often as I have seen them, I really didn’t know what they were all about. So I did some research and learned a little bit about these twisted sisters in our community.

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