The Rainbow-Lit White House Made America Greater

Michelle Obama is African-American, straight, a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law, economically well off, a former First Lady, and gorgeously tall. It just so happens that I am none of these things. In fact, we could not be more different. And yet, when the Supreme Court ruled that I was free to legally marry in any state in America, Michelle Obama was lit throughout with excitement and joy. On that hot June night in 2015 when the Supreme Court came down with the decision in Washington legalizing gay marriage all over this country, it was a thrilling night […]

Dr. Leana Wen Looked Out For Us

“In one hospital, a man is denied surgery for a broken arm because he’s transgender. A woman is told she can’t get birth control because she’s unmarried. A child won’t be given vaccinations because he has same-sex parents. You might be wondering what barbaric society could allow laws that permit such blatant discrimination. That society is ours, and the laws are already in place.” –Dr. Leana Wen ••• THIS IS LEANA WEN’S recent description of the Trump administration’s creation of a Conscience and Religious Freedom Division within the Department of Health & Human Services, thus expanding the right of health care […]

The Supreme Court’s Job

Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall once stated that “Equal means getting the same thing, at the same time and in the same place.” During the years of the Marshall Court and those that followed, when the huge social issues of the day made their way to the Supreme Court, people like you and me and all the other members of the LGBT community held out hope that achieving that definition of equality could happen someday for us. Maybe it would not be today and maybe not tomorrow – but the hope and the faith that one day we would be […]

Ben Jealous Needs Our Support For Governor

“We can’t count on Washington to protect our civil rights… Marylanders need a governor with the courage to do that at the state level and when I’m elected that’s exactly what we’ll do.” – Ben Jealous, Democratic candidate for governor It’s no secret that we’re into September and the nitty-gritty heart of election season in Maryland. It’s no secret that the current Republican governor has a nearly bottomless war chest and a barrage of state-wide television ads flooding the airways. It’s no secret that Democratic candidate Ben Jealous has struggled early to find his messaging. But it also should be […]

Living His Most Authentic Life

A profile of Merrick Moses, part 2 “First and foremost, the foundation of my life is my vocation. I’m very clear that I was born to be the priest that I am – it centers me, and I often have to go back to that. As a priest/activist: how do I cultivate my humanity and help others do the same? That anchors me.” – Rev. Merrick Moses Last week, the Baltimore City Board of Estimates made history when they lifted the health-insurance exclusion which had denied coverage for gender confirmation surgery for city employees. And it was Rev. Merrick Moses […]

Profile In LGBT Courage

“I am the transgender son of a black Panamanian immigrant.” So, begins Merrick Moses, by way of self-introduction. The many worlds this statement unleashes is just the beginning of his complex and beautiful Baltimore story – one that spans decades of hardship, growth, and inimitable progress. Merrick Moses came to Baltimore as a teenager searching for a refuge. Along the way he found his true self, and that journey encompasses the pain, courage, and determined endurance of our city itself. As a victims rights advocate, Merrick daily helps those who have been traumatized by crime navigate their way through the […]