The Trump Administration submitted to Congress on March 28th a report of the list of categories of data it plans to collect for the 2020 Census and the American Community Survey (ACS). In this morning’s version of the Administration’s report, while it conspicuously excluded LGBT people on the list of “planned subjects” for the nation’s decennial census and longer form survey, “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” were included as “proposed” subjects in the appendix – indicating that data collection on these categories may have been in the works in an earlier version. Last year, a number of federal agencies urged the Census Bureau to collect sexual orientation and gender identity data, explaining that the information was critical to their ability to implement and enforce the law.
Grozny, Chechnya – Detainees in Chechen prisons allege that gay men are being tortured and murdered within the facilities. Novaya Gazeta, an independent Russian newspaper, reported that detainees told them Chechen police rounded up more than 100 men suspected to be gay and have killed at least three of them. According to the early April report, some detainees said the men were tortured and electrocuted while they were imprisoned, and others described seeing prisoners beaten to death.
How many of you watched the ABC miniseries “When We Rise”? Not many, according to the ratings.
That might be due to several factors, among them the way the LGBT history series was promoted and its lukewarm reviews. My take is this:
Identity theft is becoming a greater concern as our personal information becomes easier for thieves to access. While you can’t stop someone from hacking your employer’s or your favorite retailer’s data centers, there are things that you can do to reduce the likelihood of having your information stolen and minimize the potential losses if a theft occurs.
Frank Capra once said “There are no rules in filmmaking. Only sins. And the cardinal sin is dullness.” One thing is for sure, filmgoers will not find anything dull about the newly revitalized Stavros Niarchos Foundation Parkway Film Center (SNF Parkway). Boasting a breathtaking 414-seat auditorium with state-of-the-art projection and sound, two smaller 85-seat theatres, as well as a ground-floor bar lounge, the SNF Parkway will permanently serve as the year-round headquarters for the Maryland Film Festival. The theatre will also provide educational opportunities for students and members of Johns Hopkins, MICA, and the community at large.
Harvey Milk once said “All young people, regardless of sexual orientation or identity, deserve a safe and supportive environment in which to achieve their full potential.” Among many of today’s LGBT advocates, Towson University senior and Point Scholar Nicole Sterling is a tour de force as she champions for the rights of today’s LGBT youth.
In 1996, Paula Cole once asked “Where have all the cowboys gone?” Mid-Atlantic residents won’t have to look far, as cowboys and cowgirls from all over will be galloping to Harrisburg to take part in the Keystone State Gay Rodeo this June. Baltimore OUTloud, a proud sponsor for the rodeo, recently chatted with International Gay Rodeo Association (IGRA) President Bruce Gros about the mission of the IGRA and the importance of maintaining the group’s longstanding role in the community.
On the weekend of March 31st through April 2nd, “No Fuckin’ Foolin’ Productions” hosted the second Annual Mid-Atlantic Drummer, Drummer Boy, and Drummer Bootblack contests at Paradise here in Asbury Park. I had the honor of being asked to be one of the judges for Mid-Atlantic Drummer and Mid-Atlantic Drummer Boy, alongside Simon Ruchti (whom I had the pleasure of stalking all weekend), Lisa Clark (Ms. New Jersey Leather 2011), and legendary disco icon, Felipe Rose, the Native American Indian of the Village People. This contest is a feeder contest for Drummer North America and welcomes any type of kink you’re into, jockstraps, pup play, cosplay, you name it. Not just leather or BDSM.
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