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With the chaos in Washington and a new presidential election starting to take shape, we hear a lot about different social issues and policy proposals. One that has not received much attention, despite its significance and current relevance, is the Older Americans Act and the provision of services to older adults across the country. The next few months are of great importance to the Older Americans Act as its current authorization is set to expire in the fall.

It’s Pride season, and I want to remind you that as everyone grabs a paper cup of slightly cool beer and goes out to party in the streets, we are honoring the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising. This was a street riot against injustice at the hands of law enforcement — aimed largely toward a poor, LGBTQ community.

As a young person who identifies as nonbinary, accessing pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) was a challenging quest. PrEP is a once-daily pill regimen that supports people in remaining HIV negative. Although I have been an organizer and advocate in support of LGBTQ youth for over five years in Philadelphia, I have only been aware of PrEP for about two years.

When my spouse and I first tried to start our family 17 years ago, we searched vainly for a book on assisted reproduction that was authoritative, detailed, and inclusive. A new book by a fertility expert — who also happens to be a lesbian mom herself — is just the book we would have hoped to have.

Traversing transgender medical care is a handful. When I started out, you had to go to two different therapists for evaluation — which took months if you were lucky — before you could even access hormones, and you were required to live at least one year in your “chosen” gender before surgery.

How drag queens are becoming the heroes of HIV prevention


My love affair with drag queens goes way back. Since my childhood in the suburbs of East L.A. (an area noticeably lacking in glitz and glamour), I have been fascinated with these magical creatures. My first glimpses of queens were on daytime talk — which, in the pre-internet ’80s, was also my only window into “the real world” that existed beyond my ’hood. “Geraldo” would have the club kids on, and on “The Jenny Jones Show” and “Ricki Lake,” my beloved queens. (I made sure to scour the TV guide daily for such appearances.)

“No Ashes in the Fire” by writer and activist Darnell Moore is a beautifully written memoir of a young black queer boy finding his freedom in America. Darnell Moore is considered one of the most prolific, important voices in young Black American culture.

The biggest challenge for liberals is that we don’t understand the difference between passion and practicality.  For instance, I have so much passion for presidential candidates such as Kamala “Mommala” Harris, and Pete “the fleet” Buttigieg.

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