Trans Awareness Month Events

November is Transgender Awareness Month (TAM), and there’s a whole series of events planned in Baltimore and beyond, with opportunities for everyone to show their support and solidarity with the transgender community, learn, and become better allies. As well, the Baltimore Transgender Alliance (BTA) is hosting a series of bar fundraisers. Here’s a roster of upcoming events… Tuesday, November 13th – Join PFLAG Columbia / Howard County for their general meeting from 7:30 to 9 pm at the Owen Brown Interfaith Center (7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia), where the topic will be “Transgender 2018: The Year In Review.” Learn about the […]

Elections 2018

On Tuesday, November 6th, Election Day will be upon us again, and the stakes, impact, and repercussions are as high or possibly higher than ever. Community leaders have expressed the great importance of each person voting either via absentee ballot, at an early voting site, or on election day. “It’s important that LGBTQ people turn out to vote,” said Brian Gaither of the Maryland Pride Foundation. “Whichever candidate we might individually support in the election, our visibility and safety as a community will forever be linked to politics. If we choose not to vote, we do so at our own […]

Giving Thanks with the Homeless

For the fifth year in a row, the predominantly LGBTQ led group B & Dee’s Baltimore Love has hosted a Thanksgiving event open to all of Baltimore’s homeless population, with the goal of providing them a hot Thanksgiving meal, as well as useful tools and resources. Last year they served over 1,600 meals per day on two different days, with the support of over 1,200 volunteers, and this year they anticipate even more. This event is a great opportunity for those in our community who are stably housed, and don’t have to worry about where they will lay their heads […]

Baltimore Women’s Chorale Project to Launch

Caite Debevec, director of the Baltimore Men’s Chorus, has had an idea bouncing around in her head for over a year, and has finally taken the initial steps to make that idea a reality, by launching a new musical endeavor, the Baltimore Women’s Chorale. I asked her to share her vision, and how the process would unfold. Bill Redmond-Palmer: Why is this project so important? Cate Debevec: Music is an interesting field to work in. It’s simultaneously freeing, but still holds many limitations for certain communities. When I have sung with women’s choruses in the past, the majority of the […]

Get Set for Black LGBTQ Pride 2018

 “Baltimore Black LGBTQ Pride is a little over two weeks away,” notes Dr. Durryle Brooks, head of Baltimore’s Center for Black Equity. “Baltimore will continue a long-held tradition of honoring and celebrating black LGBTQ life in the city.” This year’s theme is “Healing and celebrating ourselves.” The event officially begins on Friday, October 5th, with the opening celebration from 7:30 to 11:30 pm at the Downtown Radisson Hotel (101 West Fayette Street, Baltimore). Network, dance, and enjoy light refreshments as DJ Rosie spins. FreeState Justice will provide a legal and gender clinic as well as voter registration. On Saturday, October […]

Dining Out for Life: 25th Anniversary

On September 20th, Moveable Feast will celebrate 25 years of Dining Out For Life in Baltimore, to support its mission to provide over 700,000 healthy meals at no cost to nearly 5,000 Maryland residents living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other critical and life-threatening illnesses that make it difficult for them to access healthy meals. So far 60 restaurants throughout the Baltimore area have signed on to contribute between 25 and 50% of the total sales of the meals they serve during lunch or dinner on September 20th to support Moveable Feast, and their belief that “food is medicine.” Most restaurants, […]

Spirits of Baltimore Tour – Sept. 22nd

Join the Baltimore ShipMates on Saturday, September 22nd, for a Spirits Tour of Baltimore. Pick up will be at 11:30 am at the Mount Vernon Stable and Saloon (909 North Charles Street), and is expected to return there by 4:15 pm. The tour of local craft distilleries will include stops at the Sagamore Distilleries, Baltimore Whiskey Company, and Old Line Spirits. Tickets are $50 per person, with transportation and tour admissions included. Space is limited. For more info and reservations, visit their Facebook events page at Bit.ly/2QkU3gn. – Bill Redmond-Palmer Please follow and like us:

Candidate Interview: Gabriel Acevero

This past June, Maryland held its primary elections. Several LGBTQ incumbents won their races, and a handful of newcomers either secured seats, or at least their party’s nomination to stand in the general election in November. Those included the first trans candidates to hold any official office, as well as LGBTQ activist Gabriel Acevero, who, if he wins his race, he would become the first openly gay Afro-Latino person to be elected to the Maryland legislature. I reached out to him for an interview, to help the community get to know this hard-working guy better. Bill Redmond-Palmer: Have you been […]

‘I Don’t Think They Really Appreciated Grassroots Activism’ A chat with newly elected Democratic trans committeewoman Laura Hart

In this past June’s primary election, LGBTQ people achieved several firsts. This included two transgender people being elected for the first time to official office in the state of Maryland. One of those two is Laura Hart, who was elected to a seat on the Democratic Central Committee for St. Mary’s County in southern Maryland. Hart retired from her job as a civilian computer engineer and engineering manager for Naval Aviation after 34 years in September 2006. She currently serves as the chair of the St Mary’s Democratic Club’s voter outreach committee, which is creating a precinct captain program in […]

First Trans Candidate to Win Contested MD Race Reflects An interview with Sharon Brackett

Last month, computer engineer and business executive Sharon Brackett became the first trans woman to be elected to an official office in a contested election in Maryland. Brackett prevailed in a primary against 14 other candidates. She was elected to the District 46 Democratic Central Committee, representing the Baltimore neighborhoods of Canton, Locust Point, Federal Hill, Brooklyn, Curtis Bay, and Cherry Hill. She placed third out of 15 candidates in her very first run for office. I’ve known and respected Sharon for many years and appreciated the opportunity to ask her questions about her election victory. Bill Redmond-Palmer: Have you […]