Will you watch the Winter Olympics? To be honest, I haven't thought about it much. Besides the opening ceremony and the closing ceremony, I rarely follow any Olympic game. It seems that the LGBT community remains divided about what it should do. There has been no one to lead us in saying "No! I'm sick and tired and I won't take it anymore."
The Pride Center of New Jersey will hold thier Annual Valentine's Day Gala this Saturday, February 8 from 7 pm - Midnight at the Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel, 515 US Highway 1 southbound in Iselin NJ.
Watching "The Dallas Buyers Club" on the big screen this past week, the new film about the early days of the HIV/ AIDS epidemic, had me recalling those dark days when we as a community were literally fighting for our very lives, and appreciating the real heroes of the era. For those with delicate sensibilities, you might not want to read my following memories of those early days.
Openly gay marine and waitress Dayna Morales, who was stiffed out of her tip last week at a restaurant in Bridgewater because of her "lifestyle" has made headlines again by giving a portion of her donations to the Wounded Warrior project according to www.NJ.com.
Gay social app MISTER and a new testing app called Hula have become partners to encourage men to be tested for HIV. It started with a network- wide blast showing local testing centers and encouraging MISTER users to learn their HIV status. Both companies are working on a longer term agreement that would work to better educate mobile app users about HIV transmission.
Out of Town:
It's amazing how easily you can feel completely removed from crowds, urbanity, and the busy pace of modern life, even when you're within 50 miles of several major cities. A nice case in point is the San Juan Islands, a blissfully tranquil and picturesque archipelago in northern Puget Sound that's just 65 miles north of Seattle, 40 miles south of Vancouver, and 10 miles east of British Columbia's capital city, Victoria.
I was instructed to dial a 213 area code at 11 am, input my access code, and I would be connected to the conference call. Christopher Marchant was joined by Mark Cortale, Well Strung's producer/ manager/ co-writer, to speak with me. Three of the quartet members were not available I was told. I asked if it really was early in Los Angeles. It was explained to me that they weren't anywhere near area code 213, which is Los Angeles, so it wasn't 8 am. Rather, the quartet had just performed the previous evening in Provincetown, their final show of their run.
Alec Baldwin has done it again — caught on camera in a cussing tirade hurling anti-gay epithets at the vulturous paparazzi on his heels. This time Baldwin's accused of spewing out the phrase, "c-ksucking f-g."
El' Jai Devoureau, a transgender man in Southern New Jersey who alleged he was barred from working in a male- only job in a Camden New Jersey drug treatment facility has settled his suit. He says in June 2010, Camden Treatment Associates, LLC hired him as a urine monitor for men. His job responsibilities included monitoring male outpatients as they provided urine samples for drug testing.
A new report on LGBT equality in America's cities was just released and New Jersey did well. But Jersey City was the only perfect score in the state at 100 points. Asbury Park scored 59 points, Lambertville scored 76 points, New Brunswick scored 77 points, Newark scored 76 points, Ocean Grove scored 77 points, Paterson scored 60 points, and Trenton scored 57 points. The average score for cities in New Jersey is 70 out of 100 points, which falls well above the national average.