More than 75 people gathered at the Single Carrot Theatre on May 16th in celebration of National Honor Our LGBT Elders Day.

Hosted by the LGBT Health Resource Center and emceed by youth advocate and educator Lamont Bryant, the evening saw community leaders share stories of an LGBTQ elder who inspired them and made an impact in their lives.

Sharing stories were: Jasmine Pope of Star TRACK, honoring Sheila Boone-Dow; activist Mark S. King, honoring his brother Richard King; Jillian Silveira, honoring Richard Wilson; Kenneth Morrison, honoring Cleo Manago, Lori McPherson, honoring Glenda Rider; “Downtown” Kevin Brown, honoring Calvin Tolbert; and audience member Cris Camp, who honored Harry Woolsey. Afterward, honorees were pinned with a special commemorative Elders Day pin.

The event also included a performance excerpt from Peter Pan, an LGBTQ adaption by Joshua Conkel featuring the Single Carrot Theatre Ensemble, and citations from the offices of Senator Chris Van Hollen and Mayor Catherine Pugh.

In addition, the 2018 National Honor Our LGBT Elders Day banner created by Shanti Flagg was unveiled; the banner will be on permanent display at The LGBT Health Resource Center (1111 North Charles Street).

Honor Our LGBT Elders Day is a national day to draw awareness to and appreciation of the lifetime of contributions made by LGBT older adults. The gains made each year in LGBT rights and equality sit squarely on the backs of those who fought and lived through large and small victories in order to be their true selves. Honor Our LGBT Elders Day works to unite the LGBTQ community and its allies to celebrate and thank those individuals who fought on behalf of us all. For more info, please visit LGBTeldersday.org.

National Honor Our LGBT Elders Day 2018 was sponsored by, among others, GLCCB, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, Safe: Stop Abuse of Elders; Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service, Bernadette Mouskanas, and Alexa Milanytch & Brad Miller in Honor of Nate Sweeney. In kind sponsors include Heartland Assisted Living, Baltimore Center Stage, the Baltimore Eagle Night Club and Bar, and Gertrude’s Restaurant.

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