Dr. Bernie Branson Shares Stories of Chase Brexton’s Early Days, Establishment of HERO

Sitting in a bar on St. Patrick’s Day in the mid-1980s, Dr. Bernie Branson had a choice to make.  From 1978 to 1982, Branson served as the first medical director of the gay men’s venereal disease clinic that would grow and evolve into Chase Brexton Health Care, before entering private practice. But as HIV and AIDS took hold in Baltimore’s LGBT community, Branson and providers across the city had to decide whether to continue to provide care to those affected. With so little understood about the disease, many straight health care providers refused to provide care—or sometimes, even simple respect—to […]

New Chief at Chase Brexton An interview with incoming director Sam McClure

The LGBT Health Resource Center recently welcomed a new director, Sam McClure, who looks to continue the center’s mission to provide health information and resources to Baltimore’s LGBT community. McClure joined the center on August 20th from the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, where she was an executive overseeing affiliate relations, external affairs, advocacy, and supplier diversity teams. She takes over for Nate Sweeney, who departed the center this past spring. We caught up with Sam to ask her about her background and her goals for the center. What brings you to Chase Brexton? I saw an opportunity […]

Love Your Liver

 Chase Brexton Health Care Millions of people worldwide are affected by hepatitis, a viral disease spread through blood contact which attacks the liver. Each year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention observes July 28th as World Hepatitis Day, an opportunity to recognize those impacted by the disease and spread awareness of the availability of a cure. Here in Baltimore, Chase Brexton Health Care is leading the efforts against hepatitis C, a common form of the disease often found in baby boomers. Chase Brexton’s Infectious Disease Center of Excellence has developed a comprehensive and effective treatment program which successfully cured […]

Elder PRIDE Returning to Pride Festival in Druid Hill Park on June 17th

Elder Pride will return to Druid Hill Park at the upcoming Baltimore Pride Festival on June 17th, the second straight year that the LGBT Health Resource Center will offer LGBT elders the chance to connect with their community, receive important information and resources, and reflect on their journey. The Elder Pride tent will once again be located in Druid Hill Park on Swann Drive, near the Family Pride location. Attendees will have the chance to add themselves to a timeline of LGBT history, celebrate their “coming out” anniversary in an “Out Proud” photo booth, and receive free testing, resources, and […]