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Friday, August 18, 2017

Baltimore rallies against hate and violence

The white supremacists stood in a circle in the Charlottesville park, hoodless but waving Confederate and Nazi flags and posters of the cross, chanting in booming unison “Fuck you, faggots.” They were surrounded by counter-protesters but separated from them by two fences, yellow police tape, and a wall of stone-faced police in their lime green vests. A Huffington Post reporter captured the moment in a tweet: “You heard that right. They’re chanting “Fuck you faggots.” 2017. #Charlottesville”

Friday, August 18, 2017

Trans service members sue Trump over military ban

Washington, D.C. - Five Transgender service members filed suit against Donald Trump and other federal officials on August 9. The five are collectively identified as 'Jane Doe' in the 15-page complaint filed on their behalf by the National Center for Lesbian Rights and GLAD (GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders). The lawsuit - now known as Doe v. Trump - charges that Trump's tweets barring Trans people from military service “upset the reasonable expectations of plaintiffs and thousands of other transgender service members and the men and women with whom they serve and fight.” This undermining of Trans service members' expectation of continued military service amounts to a violation of the right to equal protection and due process under the Fifth Amendment of the US Constitution, the lawsuit says. The lawsuit seeks a declaration that Trump's proposed ban on Transgender military service is unconstitutional, and asks the court for an injunction stopping it from going into effect.

Friday, August 18, 2017

To the entire LGBT community: Let’s begin as a community to state the truth without putting lipstick on a pig. Personally, it sickens me when I see someone from GLAAD or HRC on television calling conversion therapy “praying the gay away.” That is downright as truthful as a Donald Trump tweet, and might show how we attempt to soften our message for consumption by the mainstream. Or, it might hide something very sad: our own attempt to not accept what has been done to us as a collective community for years – and that, my friends, is torture.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Mark your calendars and make your reservations now for Dining Out for Life to benefit Moveable Feast, set for Thursday, September 14th. So far 49 restaurants and eateries are joining the event, now in its 24th year, for breakfast, lunch, or dinner on September 14th. The eateries will donate at least 25% of the cost of the meal to Moveable Feast. This year, the Woodberry Kitchen (2010 Clipper Park Road) and Gertrude’s (10 Art Museum Drive), both in Baltimore, will contribute 50%.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Travel back to the 16th century through drama, song, food, and magic

The sound of merriment once again returns the 27-acre village of Revel Grove in celebration of the 2017 Maryland Renaissance Festival. A crown-jewel of Maryland, the festival begins on August 26th and runs Saturdays and Sundays (and Labor Day Monday) through October 22nd.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Scion of Irish royalty settles into Country-Western matrimony

Once upon a not-so-very long time ago, in the arena of the Inaugural Keystone State Gay Rodeo, two cowboys declared their love for each other. As the glittering assemblage of cowboys, cowgirls, and rodeo royalty looked on, the wedding of Floyd and Mark Zwiers was celebrated with thunderous applause. Chatting exclusively with Baltimore OUTloud, both Floyd and Mark reflected on how they met, their ties to the Keystone State Gay Rodeo (KSGRA) and their recent June nuptials.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Think rodeo!

Well with fall creeping up you might be looking for ideas to do on the weekends. Here’s something you may have done a long time ago or something you have never done– Trail Riding. Think of it … long walks in the woods with new friends where you just sit and let something else do the walking.

Friday, August 18, 2017

In the wake of President Trump’s announcement that he would ban transgender Americans from serving in the military, today U.S. Senator Cory Booker was joined by LGBT advocates at Garden State Equality’s office in Asbury Park to discuss legislative efforts to protect transgender service members.

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