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By Meredith Cohn, The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2010
Baltimore continues to lead major American cities in the percentage of gay men infected with HIV, according to a recently released report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About 38 percent of men who have sex with men in Baltimore were infected — twice the overall percentage in the 21 cities studied by the CDC in 2008. More troubling, researchers said, was the number of those who were unaware of their infection. That was nearly three-quarters in Baltimore and rising, compared with about 44 percent nationwide.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | April 3, 2014
Don't say, "I told you so," but British diver Tom Daley is gay. Daley, 19, reportedly answered "I am" when asked if he is "a gay man now" on the British television show "Celebrity Juice" on Wednesday. (Here's the "TOTALLY gay" video. ) The comment clashes with a December video he posted to YouTube, in which he said, "Of course I still fancy girls," while announcing he is dating a man (screenwriter Dustin Lance Black). Here's how MTV UK responded to Wednesday's news on Twitter: "Look away ladies!
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By Tyler Coyle | November 3, 2013
The Food and Drug Administration's 1983 blanket ban on blood donation from men who have sex with men (MSM) is outdated, discriminatory and medically unjustifiable. Millions of Americans are denied the opportunity to donate life-saving blood products based solely on their sexual orientation - instead of on their individual risk profiles. This antiquated policy stigmatizes gay men and unnecessarily depletes medical resources. The FDA's argument for banning MSM donors is that the prevalence and incidence of HIV and hepatitis cases remain higher among MSM than their proportional representation in our population.
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Thomas F. Schaller | March 4, 2014
Beyond the characters, writing and wardrobes, the reason I most enjoy AMC's superb television series "Mad Men" is that it disabuses Americans - whether or not they old enough to remember the nation as it really was 50 years ago - of the false conceit that the United States was pure and idyllic prior to the civil rights, feminist and environmental revolutions. In the show, men routinely grope women at the office; black bellhops and elevator operators are treated like curios, or worse; Don and Betty Draper finish a picnic by lifting their blanket and strewing trash across a public park.
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | November 4, 2011
The Bel Air High School production of "Almost, Maine," almost debuted in Harford County absent a scene many students considered critical to the drama about love in a small town. When county school officials demanded that the scene involving homosexual romance be deleted from the show, students cried censorship and discrimination and contacted the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland. After a strongly worded letter from the civil rights organization, officials reversed their decision with apologies.
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By GLENN MCNATT | February 23, 1997
THE BALTIMORE premiere of playwright Terrence McNally's "The Lisbon Traviata" at Everyman Theatre last week provided yet another reminder that the gay cult of Maria Callas continues apace.In McNally's play, four gay men struggle to come to terms with the frustration they experience in love and relationships. The title refers to a legendary performance of Verdi's "La Traviata" that Callas recorded in Lisbon late in her career, and one character's search for that cult object sets the dramatic action in motion.
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By Peter Jensen and Peter Jensen,Sun Staff | July 11, 1999
It's a familiar story: Jesse Green was in his late 30s, single, independent and career-oriented, when he met someone who changed all that. His new love had a child, and his life was forever transformed.This Cinderella story had just one twist: Green is gay.He also happens to be a skilled writer whose articles have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the New Yorker, GQ and others. "The Velveteen Father: An Unexpected Journey to Parenthood" [$23.95, Villard] is Green's intimate and often witty account of his transformation from Greenwich Village single to Brooklyn family man.The experience turned out to be more universal than unique: From diapers to sleepless nights, dealing with family and self-doubt, Green's family life reads closer to Ozzie and Harriet than naysayers (both straight and gay)
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | November 27, 2003
The number of new HIV cases diagnosed in the United States is continuing to climb, and the sharpest rise has been among Hispanics and gay and bisexual men, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The study, which appeared in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, looked at figures from 29 states that have collected HIV reporting data that include a confidential, name-based system in place since 1999. As a result, the picture may actually be much worse because states with the highest populations and possibly the highest infection rates, such as New York and California, were not included in this four-year study.
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By Jonathan Bor and Jonathan Bor,SUN STAFF | June 1, 2001
Twenty years after AIDS began to ravage a gay population that was in the midst of a sexual revolution, researchers are reporting an alarming rise in infections among a new generation of gay men in the United States. They are becoming infected at a rate similar to that seen in the mid-1980s, when the epidemic was reaching its peak and killing thousands, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The trend is highest among young African-American men, who are acquiring the virus at four times the rate seen among gays of all races.
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By Rob Hiaasen and Jaimee Rose and Rob Hiaasen and Jaimee Rose,SUN STAFF | June 21, 2001
On a carefree Sunday night on Eager Street - near a "June 27th is National HIV Testing Day" billboard - a blue sedan pulls over. The driver, who looks like a middle-aged weekend golfer, asks a pedestrian if he could borrow a safety pin. A safety pin? The driver says they put cheap zippers in pants these days, then motions toward his own zipper. He smiles, a smile not seen on any golf course or theater. Male hustling is alive and well in Baltimore. On the 20th anniversary of the start of the AIDS epidemic, hustling apparently hasn't changed.
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By Michael Gold and The Baltimore Sun | January 16, 2014
"Looking," HBO's newest half-hour comedy, is a show about gay men, but that doesn't make it a gay show. Which is not to say the series (which premieres Sunday at 10:30 p.m.) doesn't have gay sexuality at its center. Its central characters are three out men living in San Francisco, the long-reigning epicenter of LGBT culture. And these guys - - video-game designer Patrick, artist's assistant Augustin and longtime waiter Dom - - are hardly shy about their sexual desires. The show's opening moments depict what may be TV's most stunningly awkward "helping hand.
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By Tyler Coyle | November 3, 2013
The Food and Drug Administration's 1983 blanket ban on blood donation from men who have sex with men (MSM) is outdated, discriminatory and medically unjustifiable. Millions of Americans are denied the opportunity to donate life-saving blood products based solely on their sexual orientation - instead of on their individual risk profiles. This antiquated policy stigmatizes gay men and unnecessarily depletes medical resources. The FDA's argument for banning MSM donors is that the prevalence and incidence of HIV and hepatitis cases remain higher among MSM than their proportional representation in our population.
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By Meghan Daum | March 23, 2013
The other day, I stumbled across a conversation about homosexuality on a local Christian radio station. There were three people talking, and after the predictable hemming and hawing about loving the sinner and hating the sin (though in this case, the sin and sinner seemed so inextricably linked when it comes to sexual activity that the distinction was largely irrelevant), one of them homed in on a grand observation. "Notice how you don't see many images of older people in gay literature and media.
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By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | January 5, 2013
An ambitious bookworm in my youth, I once started Victor Hugo's Les Miserables . It was on a recommended-reading list. I ground to a halt a few pages in and discarded the recommended-reading list. I have never seen the musical and have never consciously listened to any of the tunes. And now, as you are already surmising, I intend to give the movie a miss.  I've had a warning from TheMattWalshBlog : "  I cried tears of blissful joy when Russell Crowe threw himself off a bridge at the end because it meant he'd finally stop singing.
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April 23, 2012
Letter writer John C. Murphy, a Catholic, heard a message by CardinalEdwin F. O'Brienurging Marylanders to support the referendum against same-sex marriage. But he won't accept his leader's understanding of the nature of marriage, nor that of most Protestants ("Catholics should know better than to oppose gay marriage," April 18). As Christians, we look to words of Scripture. Jesus was gender specific in referring to marriage: "Haven't you read," he replied, "that at the beginning the Creator 'made them male and female,' and said, 'For this reason, a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.' So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore, what God has joined together, let man not separate" (Matthew 19:4-6)
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | November 4, 2011
The Bel Air High School production of "Almost, Maine," almost debuted in Harford County absent a scene many students considered critical to the drama about love in a small town. When county school officials demanded that the scene involving homosexual romance be deleted from the show, students cried censorship and discrimination and contacted the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland. After a strongly worded letter from the civil rights organization, officials reversed their decision with apologies.
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By DAN BERGER | November 13, 1992
Bill decided that gay men have the right to die for their country, which he elected not to do, and it is the gay men who are pleased about it.Wanted: Expert who knows how to apply laser beams to th economy. Apply White House, back door, after January. Confidence required, experience desirable.
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October 4, 2010
Sexually transmitted diseases proliferate among men and women who have multiple sexual partners. If the recent measure of HIV infection among Baltimore's gay men was restricted to those who frequent "gay" bars and clubs, then it will overestimate the prevalence of HIV in Baltimore because it will not include those gay men who are not seeking extra partners ("Baltimore leads in HIV infection in gay men," Oct. 2). The prime public health message to the people in any community seeking to reduce STDs, including HIV, is and has ever been, "If you are sexually active, have few and preferably only one sexual partner.
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By Yeganeh June Torbati, The Baltimore Sun | April 20, 2011
The party for some 400 of Baltimore's gay and transgender community of color, held at a downtown hotel, included fishnet stockings and stilettos, music and dancing — as well as bowls of condoms and free HIV testing. Inside the Sheraton Inner Harbor hotel, workers from the city and local universities were stationed at tables, armed with pamphlets about dental services, food stamps and housing, plus free goodies such as water bottles. Before guests could enter the main hall, workers approached them, promoting the benefits of HIV testing.
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October 4, 2010
Sexually transmitted diseases proliferate among men and women who have multiple sexual partners. If the recent measure of HIV infection among Baltimore's gay men was restricted to those who frequent "gay" bars and clubs, then it will overestimate the prevalence of HIV in Baltimore because it will not include those gay men who are not seeking extra partners ("Baltimore leads in HIV infection in gay men," Oct. 2). The prime public health message to the people in any community seeking to reduce STDs, including HIV, is and has ever been, "If you are sexually active, have few and preferably only one sexual partner.
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