Hey, 2020, there’s the door. Please take your bags with you when you leave.mcbride cover

I don’t know anyone that will say that this year has been a good one. So, having 2020 come to an end makes this a “more-joyous” occasion than the usual year-end passing of the torch. For most of us, 2020 has taught us about pain and loss. But it has also shown us that if we participate, we can be part of change, and help to shape it for the better. I believe that things happen for a reason, but people are not forced to change. We are shown better and different ways that situations could happen, and it is our responsibility to either learn the lesson now, or do this all again, and learn the lessons later. Let’s try for now.

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Special Issue - Holiday Shopping Two 2020662

Typically, this time of year would be a time of cheerful celebration, but it is with a heavy heart we announce the death of Laurie McBride. She passed away after lingering stroke complications on Friday, December 4th. We will be paying tribute to her in our December 22 issue, but wanted to immediately acknowledge the loss of one of our community’s groundbreakers. Our thoughts are with her wife of 35 years, Donna Yutzy, as well as the rest of her family.

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Today is World AIDS Day

Given the social and political climate that has been so prevelent over the past four years, it’s easy to lose track of other things that are important in life, both great things and things we still need to pay attention to and work on. We think this statement from Senator Scott Wiener (D-SF) does a wonderful job reminding us of the importance of today’s designation:

“Forty years into the HIV pandemic, HIV continues to infect and kill people, particularly in low income communities and communities of color. While we have made huge strides in preventing, testing for, and treating HIV, far too many people struggle to access these life-saving tools. We must expand access to PrEP and PEP — powerful HIV preventatives — as well as rapid HIV testing. We must also continue the fight for healthcare access, including shoring up the Affordable Care Act and working toward single-payer healthcare. Working together, we can end new HIV infections and help those living with the virus lead healthy, successful lives.”

 

Outword’s Annual Holiday Shopping – Part One is Out Now!661

Holiday Shopping is a Big Deal! That’s why we have not one, but two Holiday Shopping issues… With this issue we ease you into the spirit with some great ideas about where you can get some fun presents, that doesn’t include going to the mall. And, this is just the beginning. The next issue of Outword will have even more stuff, but this one should get you started...

Read more: Outword’s Annual Holiday Shopping One

 

We have a new issue and we have a new President and Vice President-Elect!660

Introducing President-Elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. and history-making first black female Vice-President-Elect Kamala D. Harris. Last issue, we were optimistic we would be able to announce this, and on Saturday, November 7th, our hope came to fruition.

Read more: We have a new President and Vice President-Elect!

 

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