Friday, November 27, 2015

World AIDS Day 2015

December 1, 2015 will mark the 28th annual international observance of World AIDS Day. This year a broad coalition of groups will be hosting events throughout the community under the “B’more Aware of HIV” banner to honor those living with HIV, and to remember those who have lost their lives while living with HIV / AIDS.

Friday, November 27, 2015

The Club in Martinsburg, West Virginia, owned by Dale Gish, has closed its doors just shy of celebrating what would have been there four-year anniversary. With a record breaking attendance of 368 patrons coming through the door the last night raises questions on why would such an amazing venue close down.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

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.

Friday, November 27, 2015

And the elusive nature of solace

I am sorry that I cannot make it okay. I am sorry that I cannot save you … You have been cast into a race in which the wind is always at your face and the hounds are always at your heels. And to varying degrees this is true of all life. The difference is that you do not have the privilege of living in ignorance of this essential fact.” –Ta-Nehisi Coates to his son Somari, from Between the World and Me

I sat in JHU’s Shriver Hall recently on a rainy Thursday evening, expectantly waiting for the speaker to appear. The free talk was booked to capacity, with an overflow room somewhere on campus for the scores who showed up to listen to the event being broadcast live. When he came on stage, Ta-Nehisi Coates was tall and controlled, in a waistlong sweater and jeans. He started by explaining to the room that this was the last stop on his book tour, so it was in fact “the last time he was going to be talking for a long time.” He was frank and down to earth, peppering his speech with “you know” and offering up descriptions of how surreal it felt to have been awarded the National Book Award a couple of days before. He read from his book, and then took questions from an audience which featured a diversity of age, race, and nationality. At one point he moved to cut off the questioners, sending a few already standing in line disappointingly back to their seats. I just wished he would keep on talking…

Friday, November 27, 2015

When constructed in 1911, the Bromo-Seltzer Tower (actually Emerson Tower), at the corner of Eutaw and Lombard Streets, was the tallest structure in Baltimore at 289 feet high. That honor lasted until 1923 when the Baltimore and Ohio Locust Point Grain Terminal Elevator was constructed (now Silo Point). The vision of Bromo-Seltzer inventor “Captain” Isaac E. Emerson, the design of the tower and factory at its base was inspired by the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, Italy. The factory was demolished in 1969 and replaced with a firehouse.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Dear Dr. Eva,

The holidays are upon us and as I prepare myself for dinner with the family I remember that, every year, I come home with a cold. This happens even though I get the flu shot in October. What good is it if it can’t protect me from the colds I know will follow after my runny-nosed nieces and nephews climb onto my lap?

Dreading the Holiday Bugs

Friday, November 27, 2015

It’s that time of year again, dubbed “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” in song, a time for family and friends to gather and enjoy each other’s company (in most cases). And it’s also that time of year when Hollywood will give us a few movies set during the holiday season. We’ve already had the poorly received Love the Coopers hit the local Cineplex, and this week The Night Before arrives bringing with it the spirit of Christmas past ... specifically A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Danny P. Hawkins was sashed Mr. D.C. Eagle 2016 on Saturday, November 22 as part of the bar’s 44th anniversary weekend. Danny who, as he stated on stage, was “born and bred many times in Washington” will represent our nation’s capital in May at the International Mr. Leather 2016 Contest in Chicago. Many will recall that Mr. D.C. Eagle 2015 Dan Ronneberg was selected less than a year ago on March 21, 2015. The 2015 contest could not be held last year on the traditional November date because the D.C. Eagle’s new location at 3701 Benning Road N.E. was not yet open. Fortunately for Dan he brought the American Leatherman 2015 sash home from Chicago in October and will have a full year with his new title.


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