Howard County Creates LGBT Workgroup

Howard County Executive Calvin Ball signed an executive order November 1st to create a LGBTQ workgroup “to promote the shared community values of diversity and civility.” Ball’s office says that the workgroup will work with county agencies, nonprofits, and other community groups to promote “an environment of inclusion, communication, understanding, and respect throughout Howard County.” “Our vision is to ensure that every person in Howard County, regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation, can live with dignity, be unapologetically proud, and feel totally safe in our community,” said Ball. “We were so proud to hold Howard County’s first Pride […]

Freedom: An Evening of LGBTQ Storytelling

What does it means to be free? That’s the topic of a forum sponsored by FreeState Justice set for on Saturday, November 16th, from 7 to 10 pm, at Baltimore Center Stage (700 North Calvert Street, Baltimore). “Eight powerhouse LGBTQ storytellers will offer their takes on the theme ‘Freedom,’” organizers say. “Some will make you laugh. Some will touch your heart. All will make you see the world in a different way. Fans of ‘Stoop Storytelling’ and ‘The Moth’ won’t want to miss this one-of-a-kind event.” “When it comes to creating change, there’s nothing more powerful that a true story […]

B’more Health Commissioner: LGBT Community Conversation, Nov. 13th

Baltimore’s new health commissioner, Dr. Letitia Dzirasa, in partnership with the Baltimore City office of LGBTQ Affairs, invite you to join them on Wednesday, November 13th from 6 to 8 pm at the Jacques Journey Center (880 Park Avenue, suite 300, Baltimore) to meet the new commissioner, and hear about her goals and vision for LGBTQ health. The event will provide a safe space for open dialogue about the shape of health in the city. The event is free, but try to RSVP for the event to help organizers at For more info, visit For questions or accommodations […]

Freedom: An Redefiniing Masculinity, Nov. 9th

On Saturday, November 9th from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, cosmopolitan genderqueer Baltimore fashion artist Jordi Equitable will lead an interactive discussion about the intersection of fashion and gender identity at Charm City Books (728 Washington Boulevard, Baltimore). Handpicked “lewks” and accessories from Equitable’s wardrobe will adorn the walls and be available for purchase. Jordi will share how to navigate and remain resilient in Baltimore as a genderqueer fashion artist and as the child of Pentecostal missionary parents. Equitable makes an art of deconstructing social norms by curating colorful fashion art. Born in Mexico and raised in Chile and Bolivia, he […]

New ‘Bi-plus’ Social Group

The Baltimore City Office of LGBTQ Affairs invites anyone who identifies as bisexual, pansexual, or any other identity welcoming and affirming of the Bi+ community to join them on Monday, November 18th from 6 to 7 pm at the Enoch Pratt Free Library (400 Cathedral Street, Baltimore), for the first meeting of BiMonthly, a monthly social and discussion group. The goal’s purpose is to build fellowship and visibility within the local Bi-plus communities. For more info, visit Please follow and like us:

Baltimore City LGBTQ Community Strategic Plan

Last year, LGBTQ liaisons representing the Office of the Mayor, City Council, State’s Attorney’s Office, and the Baltimore City LGBTQ Commission hosted an LGBTQ Town Hall at City Hall. At that meeting, they promised to bring the community back together in a year’s time to provide an update on the progress that has been made on addressing the issues of concern raised at that event. After reviewing the comments from the town hall and researching and questioning on their own, they are excited to present to the community a first draft of a strategic plan for Baltimore’s LGBTQ community. This […]

A Show of Titleholders

Join Baltimore’s own Queen of Comedy Shawnna Alexander on Sunday, November 10th, from 8:30 to 11:30 pm as she hosts “A Show of Titleholders” at the Rowan Tree (1633 South Charles Street, Baltimore). Her cast of local and regional titleholders will present a memorable evening of entertainment. You’re encouraged to bring clothing, non-perishable food, and loose change to be donated to B & Dee’s Baltimore Love, to support their work helping area homeless people. There’s no cover and free parking passes are available at the bar. Your first cocktail is free if you show your Lyft or Uber ride receipt. […]

Trans Sexual Health Forum

AIDS Action Baltimore hosts a trans sexual health forum entitled “TRANScending Barriers III” at the Waxter Center (1000 Cathedral Street, Baltimore) on Wednesday, November 20th from 6:30 to 8 pm. This session will feature local providers who address the needs and services related to the trans community. Trans and gender non-conforming people are welcome to identify practical solutions to healthcare challenges, as well as a collective way forward. Dinner will be served. The event is free of charge, but please RSVP to so organizers can have enough food on hand. For questions, call 410-837-2437. Please follow and like us:

Trump to allow LGBTQ discrimination by religious groups

Washington, DC – Alex Bollinger writes in LGBTQ Nation that on November 1st, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) proposed a new rule that would allow adoption and foster agencies to discriminate against LGBTQ people. November is National Adoption Month. HHS defended the proposal by pointing to religious freedom, saying that organizations with religious objections to following the rules should still be allowed to get federal money. The rule would apply to adoption and foster care agencies, allowing them to refuse to work with LGBTQ families. But it would go much further and allow any organization that gets […]

A long history of physique magazines

Charlotte, North Carolina – (The following is abridged from Jesse’s Journal) Jesse Monteadudo saw his first physique magazine when he was 13 years old, in 1966, in a newsstand in downtown Miami. Though he did not yet know what he was, he knew that he found other men attractive, and he was instinctively drawn to the magazines’ models, who were completely naked from the back or tastefully covered with a posing strap upfront. By the time he came out of the closet (1973), the physique magazines were a thing of the past, victims of their own success. Full-frontal nudes were […]