August 4, 2020

Yes, you read that right.

According to a recent article in Gizmodo, vibrator apps on cell phones are being used to almost excess to get people off (and not off the phone).

The articles states that per Apptopia, since March, the month when the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic started locking the world down, the top 10 vibrator apps worldwide have averaged 1.1 million monthly new downloads globally on iOS and Android. In July, these apps saw at least 1.6 million downloads. A 171% increase over the previous five months, which recorded an average of 4...

August 2, 2020

As we find ourselves four months into the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses continue to reopen their doors to customers. In many cases, retail shops have no trouble letting customers browse and shop, as long as they wear masks. When it comes to restaurants, outdoor dining has become the new norm. However, when it comes to business where it seems that the indoors space is essential, how is it possible to stay afloat? For one woman, adapting was a necessity to stay open. 

Dr. Teri Goetz is an acupuncturist in New York City who was forced to shut h...

July 28, 2020

As the school year starts up again about a month from now, expectations for what this year holds differ greatly from people’s wishes back a couple of months ago. Near the end of the last academic year, there was the idea that students, whether that be kindergarten or seniors in college, would be going back with some regulations in place. 

However, as months have gone by throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic, the question is: Is it safe for students to return to school? And if so, what measures will be put in place to ensure the safety of students...

July 25, 2020

Images taken from New York Times

I saw an article about Susie Bright on my twitter feed with a NYTimes.com link and I thought that they had interviewed her. So you can imagine my surprise, and glee, when I read that Susie, 62, and Jon Bailiff, 61, had quietly tied the knot on July 14th (Bastille Day) after 32 years of togetherness.

I had been reading Susie since I was in my 20s when she was one of the founders of On Our Backs, a lesbian feminist radical magazine that was one of the first sex positive places anywhere in the feminist movement....

July 21, 2020

While most love stories have been put on hold, such as weddings, engagements, first dates, etc., love has not completely subsided at the hand of the Coronavirus Pandemic. For one woman, Kathryn Streeter, and her family that meant accepting a 14-day quarantine in Scotland… to witness her daughter’s marriage.

In her Washington Post travel article “To Attend Our daughter’s Wedding, We Spent 14 Days Quarantined in Scotland,” she discusses the process and experience of traveling around the world to see her daughter’s wedding, a moment that not ev...

July 16, 2020

On Saturday July 11th, Walt Disney World reopened their Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom Parks to visitors since its closure in mid-March due to the Coronavirus Pandemic. Up until the pandemic, Disney World has only closed a handful of times including multiple Hurricanes, and the 9/11 terrorist attack. However, the issue of public safety arises with Florida becoming the epicenter of outbreak within the United States, breaking single day records for reported cases, clocking in at  over 15,000 positive cases on July 12th. But that hasn’t stop...

July 11, 2020

There is no doubt the pandemic has been brutal for everyone. With spikes of the virus sharply increasing in the states and countries shutting down their borders to protect their citizens, it doesn’t seem like there will be any return to normalcy any time soon. But with the cases rising in the United States and the focus on hospitalizations and deaths, it’s easy to forget the little, more nuanced effects of the pandemic.

In a recent New York Times article reporter Megan Specia details the amount of separation that has occurred as a result of...

July 9, 2020

On July 6th, New York City officially entered Phase 3 of their reopening process due to the Coronavirus Pandemic. With this new stage comes the reopening of nail salons, tanning beds, and tattoo parlors, all of which had been previously closed since March 21st. The impact of COVID-19 on the tattoo industry is unknown as parlors have been losing thousands of dollars each day. However, it is clear that now that the shops are open, people will be rushing to stores to heed their tattoo fix.

Ironically, according to the GQ, with tattoo parlors ha...

July 7, 2020

As businesses begin to open up due to the ever-present Coronavirus Pandemic, many places continue to stay closed due to the restricted social distance requirements. One such industry that still faces constant struggle is the movie theater industry, where the close proximity indoors has an increased risk of spreading the virus. Many films have been forced to postpone their releases in order to make a financial gain, such as “Black Widow,” while other movies have instead been released on streaming platforms. However, all is not lost, with pre...

Remember when news articles reported that The Stonewall Inn, the famous New York City landmark for the LGBTQ+ community, was in financial trouble due to the coronavirus? Well, since then a GoFundMe campaign for Stonewall Inn has been posted and since last week the campaign has garnered up $250k from the Gill Foundation along with another $250k from donors.

According to Gothamist.com, “Scott Miller and Tim Gill…said… ‘Stonewall is a cornerstone of LGBTQ history and it must be protected. Queer people of color – including trans women of color l...

July 3, 2020

As the Coronavirus Pandemic continues to keep our lives on hold, thousands of couples around the globe have been forced to cancel or postpone the day that they have looked forward to their whole lives, their wedding. The wedding industry is a $78 billion business that has been heavily impacted and hurt by the pandemic, which won’t recover until a vaccine is finally found. 

According to a study by The Knot, 96% of couples postponed their weddings, with 65% for later in 2020 and the rest undecided or scheduled for 2021. However the virus is no...

June 25, 2020

Image taken from First Crowdfunding campaign 

With states reopening many patrons of restaurants, bars, pubs and taverns are discovering their favorite place is struggling to keep afloat, or shutting down completely. The Stonewall Inn, a New York City city favorite and a historic landmark for LGBTQ+ community is one such place struggling financially to survive. 

According to PinkNews, the owners said: “We are reaching out because like many families and small businesses around the world, The Stonewall Inn is struggling… Even in the best of time...

June 24, 2020

President Trump’s first campaign rally has received backlash from the very beginning of his announcement. Initially, the rally was scheduled for Juneteenth, the holiday which commemorates the ending of slavery in the United States. Issues came up even further as this year is the 99th anniversary of the Tulsa Massacre, in which hundreds of Black people were murdered by a white mob, destroying and burning down what was known as a prosperous black community.. 

Due to the combination of these two events, in addition to the Black Lives Matter mov...

June 21, 2020

Throughout these past three months, we have been subjected to staying in our homes, ripped from our everyday routines and not allowed to access the outside world except for a limited number of activities due to the Coronavirus Pandemic. However, with infection rates and hospitalizations dropping considerably in the past month, many states have begun to reopen, with people arguing whether or not some states ordered too soon. Yet two states have been reluctant to reopen as quickly--New York and New Jersey--until now. Both states have finally...

June 19, 2020

Photo's from Linda McQueen Bazaar magazine 

No one can deny that we are living through turbulent times, so it is amazing and confounding to read about a couple who decided held their wedding in the midst of the current protests against the nation’s police brutality. They inspire me.

Dr. Kerry Anne and Michael Gordon had to postpone their May 26, 2020 New Jersey wedding due to COVID-19.  When they learned that The Logan Hotel in Philadelphia would loan their lawn to couples whose weddings had been postponed as well as frontline workers looking...

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