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“It’s like a manhood thing for him — as if manhood could ever be associated with him — this wall thing.”

- House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to Democratic colleagues after an Oval Office confrontation with President Trump Dec. 11 over funding his border wall.

“What’s on the horizon: if we can have a long-action form of PrEP that allows folks to have protection for three or four month increments, we will also hopefully reverse this trend of intermittent PrEP use that we see.” - Mario Perez, LA County Dept. of Public Health Division of HIV & STD Programs, to In The Meantime Men at National PrEP Summit at the Biomedical Conference in LA Dec. 3-4.

“So a lot of people thought, you know, I got a call from the Secret Service or got in fake Hollywood trouble. But, no, this is real-life trouble.”

– Comedian Kathy Griffin on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” Dec. 7 explaining how the government investigated her for “conspiracy to assassinate the president of the United States” after she posed for a photo holding a fake bloody Donald Trump head. Griffin was the guest of the Washington Blade at the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner during the controversy.


Andrea Gaylord was quickly evacuated when fire swept Paradise, Calif., on Nov. 8, forcing her to leave behind her two beloved dogs, Madison and Miguel. The raging Camp Fire eventually killed at least 85 people, ravaged territory the size of Chicago, destroyed 14,000 residences and took more than 17 days to contain, displacing thousands in Northern California. It took weeks for the animal rescue organization K9 Paw Print Rescue to find Miguel in another city. But volunteer rescuer Shayla Sullivan had a harder time finding Madison. She spotted him sometimes in the canyon and left out fresh Coming upon Madison at his home in Paradise. Photo via Facebook food and water, hoping he would show up, according to Sullivan’s Facebook post. She even kept a piece of clothing that smelled like Gaylord near the home “to keep Madison’s hope alive until his people could return,” Sullivan wrote. But when the evacuation order was lifted—a miracle. Gaylord returned to her burned out property and found Madison appearing to guard the family home. “I’m so happy I’m crying as I write this! He didn’t give up through the storms or the fire! A LOOOOONG month it must have been for him!” Sullivan wrote. “Imagine the loyalty of hanging in through the worst of circumstances and being here waiting,” Gaylord told ABC10. “You could never ask for better animals.” Fighting through tears, she added: “You are the best dog. The best.” — Karen Ocamb

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