PRIDE 2018-Official Baltimore Pride events and updates

Welcome one and all to 2018 Baltimore Pride Week! Let’s get ready to come together as “United we shine”! Included here are all the 2018 Baltimore Pride official events. There are three categories of events: • “Official Pride Events,” indicated as “Pride.” These are events that are created, managed, and coordinated by the Baltimore Pride Planning Committee or one of its subcommittees. • The second category is “Official Partner Events,” planned in coordination with outside groups, and raising funds to support Baltimore Pride. They are indicated as “Partner.” • The third category is “Official Outreach Events,” which connect the diversity […]

The Baker and the Colorado Civil Rights Commission Supreme Court decision is more LGBT-friendly than it seems

On June 4th, 2018, the US Supreme Court issued a decision in the case of Masterpiece Cakeshop, et al. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, et al. The case involves the 2012 decision by the Colorado Civil Rights Commission (“CCRC”) finding that the bakery had violated Colorado law in denying a request by a gay male couple to prepare a wedding cake for their reception. The couple was getting married in Massachusetts because, in 2012, same-sex marriage was not legal, and they wanted to have a nice reception in the Colorado town where they lived. Indeed, Justice Kennedy, the author of […]

Black LGBT group seeks resignation of mayor, officer

Washington, DC -The National Black Justice Coalition, the largest LGBTQ civil rights group representing the black community, has released a strongly-worded statement condemning the actions of a small North Carolina town’s mayor and a police officer at the center of a violent arrest. A young black gay man was arrested on May 4th outside a Waffle House in Warsaw, North Carolina, a small town in Duplin County, an hour drive north of Wilmington. The young man, Anthony Wall, 22, as well as other witnesses and advocates say the arrest was unnecessarily violent. Video of the arrest shows a police officer, […]

Texas HS to use trans student’s chosen name at graduation

Allen, Texas – Officials at Allen High School have agreed to call a transgender senior by the student’s chosen name when he walks across the stage to receive his diploma Friday night, June 1st. Although Jay Alfie had been told at the beginning of the school year that school officials had no problems using his correct name at graduation, when he checked again a couple of months ago, Jay was told that school officials would only use his legal name, which at this point is the female name he was given at birth. With his parents and sister helping, Jay […]

French assembly resists setting strict age of consent

Paris, France – In an article by Associated Press, Time magazine reports that France’s lower house of parliament on May 14th started debating a law to further tighten French sex laws – a proposed bill that comes in the wake of the #MeToo movement but is being strongly criticized by women’s groups. The government says the law, which is being examined at National Assembly on May 14th and 15th, aims to better protect children under 15 by introducing a new provision that rape and sexual assault can result from an “abuse of vulnerability” of the victim. Women’s groups insist the […]

Sothern Baptist break with DC branch over lesbian pastors

Washington, DC – The Southern Baptist Convention has broken off ties with its Washington, DC, branch over two lesbian pastors at a DC church. The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) is the largest Christian denomination in the US, with more than 15 million members, and it is strongly opposed to LGBT equality. The District of Columbia Baptist Convention (DCBC) was rejected by its parent group after it declined to take action against Calvary Baptist Church in DC. The church hired a lesbian couple, Sally Sarratt and Maria Swearingen, as co-pastors in 2017. D. August Boto, the denomination’s executive committee president, confirmed […]

Does the body retain DNA from others’ sperm?

Seattle – Mind Foster reports that women retain and carry living DNA from every man with whom they have sexual intercourse, according to a new study by the University of Seattle and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. The study, which discovered the startling information by accident, was originally trying to determine if women who have been pregnant with a son might be more predisposed to certain neurological diseases that occur more frequently in males. The study found that female brains often harbor “male microchimerism,” or in other words, the presence of male DNA that originated from another individual and […]

LGBT activists protest in Brussels after couple attacked

Brussels – Two hundred people staged an impromptu demonstration at Brussels North station against homophobic violence on Saturday, June 2nd. LGBT campaigners and supporters marched on the capital following recent news that a gay couple in Shaerbeek were violently attacked. The couple, Nicolas Juan Nalinne and Jeroen DC, were attacked by their Turkish neighbors, who claim the attack was motivated by homophobia. Details of the attack are sparse but it is the latest incident of homophobic violence in the area of the city. “What happened to us on Monday evening has left a lasting mark on us,” Jeroen told Belga. […]

Philly Gay News publisher donates papers to Smithsonian

Philadelphia – Philadelphia Gay News publisher Mark Segal has donated nearly 50 years of historical LGBT artifacts and memorabilia to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. The collection, nearly two years in the making, documents Segal’s LGBT activism from Stonewall to today. Segal donated his personal papers to the Smithsonian on May 17th – approximately 17 cubic feet of journals, fliers, posters, letters, and materials that chronicle political developments that cover the 1970s to the present. Segal also donated artifacts from his personal collection, including the first state-issued Gay Pride Proclamation in 1975, a donation can he used during […]

Surviving Life Itself

I am a 57-year-old gay man. I have survived things. In the decades since AIDS began murdering my friends, I have faced a host of perilous circumstances apart from my own HIV infection, including a car crash, drug addiction, serious medical procedures, and weapons pointed in my direction. Like everyone else, positive and negative alike, I am a survivor of life itself. My status as a long-term HIV survivor does not make me a champion or a museum piece to be examined and admired. I am a man in the prime of his life. My age and maturity guide me, […]