I’m Home, Baltimore

If I have any one place to thank for my rich queer identity, it’s Baltimore. I grew up in a small farming town in southern New Jersey. Flush in resources like produce stands and ignorance, it left much to be desired when it came to embracing its LGBTQ youth. “Survival” looked a whole lot like maintaining good friends and a resilient spirit, as well as having access to the worldwide web. The Internet provided a haven for our raging hormones and conflicted thoughts, one that taught us about queerness, desire, pleasure, anatomy, reproductive rights, and cultural diversity. We learned shame […]

Furor Over Int’l AIDS Confab Set for US

 It is every bit as absurd as it sounds. The International AIDS Society (IAS) plans to hold their global AIDS 2020 conference in San Francisco – an insanely expensive and privileged city located in a country that has become dangerously inhospitable to the very populations the IAS claims to serve. Thank goodness for a growing army of activists and organizations (under the banner of #AIDS2020forAll) who are demanding that the IAS remove the conference from the US. Maybe this all looks like inside baseball to you, a ruckus between factions, but I am here to tell you that this has everything to do with our […]

Finding Her Calling A profile of Karen Bellesky – Chase Brexton’s longest-serving employee

It took a little while before Karen Bellesky’s new job became her calling – all of two months. Hired in April 1992 as Chase Brexton Health Care’s first registered dietician, Karen wasn’t familiar with the clinic and believed she was taking just another job. Instead, she was deeply moved by the dedication of her colleagues and the great struggles her patients faced, and quickly became a passionate advocate for Chase Brexton’s work. The turning point came about two months into her tenure, when Karen met with a person dying of AIDS and the patient’s partner. The couple playfully asked how […]

Update From City Hall

Long-time community leader Jabari Lyles discusses his new role as the LGBTQ Affairs Liaison in the Baltimore City Mayor’s Office. Jabari Lyles Earlier this year, I moved on from my role as board president of Baltimore’s LGBTQ community center, GLCCB. After three eventful years of serving as president, acting executive director, and Baltimore Pride chair, I was ready to take everything I had learned, ponder what I hadn’t learned, enjoy some time to heal, and re-emerge into the next phase of life. I am confident GLCCB is in a better place today than how I found it on the third […]

Undetectable = Untransmittable: Community Discussion

Does U=U? That is, “Undetectable HIV = untransmittable HIV”? That’s the topic on tap for a discussion sponsored by AIDS Action Baltimore on Wednesday, October 24th from 6:30 to 8 pm at the Waxter Center (1000 Cathedral Street, Baltimore). The agenda will include the latest information on safe sex for people living with HIV. Representatives of the Baltimore City Health Department will present information on their U=U campaign, which aims to eliminate the stigma of living with HIV through community education, empowerment and engagement. There will also be a community panel discussion on U=U strategies. The event is free, and […]

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 […]

Maryland LGBT Chamber Receives National Award

Last August 16th, at their annual International Business and Leadership Conference in Philadelphia, the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) named the Maryland LGBT Chamber of Commerce their 2018 Rising Star Chamber. The Rising Star Award honors a chamber that has exhibited strong growth, new vitality, and relevance in their local LGBT business community, says the NGLCC, and while supporting the national movement. Each year, the Rising Star is seen as a role model for other new chambers and raises the bar for impacting the LGBT business community where they live and work. “The Maryland LGBT Chamber is creating new, […]

Lunch Patrol: Halloween Edition

On October 28, 2018, join B & Dee’s Baltimore Love for their Halloween edition of Lunch Patrol. They will distribute brown bag lunches to area homeless. Participants are encouraged to decorate their cars for Halloween, come in costume, and / or bring Halloween candy and snacks to distribute. The gathering place for this month is 421 Fallsway. Donations and volunteers are needed. All are welcome. For information about donations, and signup information, and for gathering information, please stay tuned to B & Dee’s Facebook event page at Bit.ly/2A01aVw.   Please follow and like us:

Documenting the history of AIDS and its impact on gay sex

London – Tom Crewe writes in the London Book Review that “AIDS starts with the deaths. With the dying. At first there was only confusion, incomprehension. Bodies that quickly became unintelligible to themselves. Night sweats, shingles, thrush, diarrhea, sores that crowded into mouths and made it impossible to eat. A fantastically rare form of pneumonia. Dementia in men of 20: brains that shrank and withered…. Men dying in the time it takes to catch and throw off a cold. Later, there were tests. A virus detectable in the blood. You were ill, but you might not feel it yet. Might […]

Study shows impact of HIV criminalization laws

  Los Angeles – Florida laws that criminalize people living with HIV directly affected 614 people from 1986 to 2017, according to a new report by the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law. Researchers found that women were disproportionately affected by HIV criminalization. White women were disproportionately arrested for HIV offenses in Florida, and black women were most likely to be convicted for HIV offenses related to sex work. HIV criminalization is a term used to describe laws that either criminalize otherwise legal conduct or increase the penalties for illegal conduct based upon a person’s HIV-positive status. More […]