FreeState Justice Wants Your Input: 2019 Legislative Session

FreeState Justice (FSJ) is preparing to tackle next year’s legislative session in Annapolis. Join FSJ for an open house and to participate in a community survey to help them set priorities. On Thursday, December 13th, FSJ will host the open house and appreciation ceremony from 5 to 8 pm at the group’s offices (2526 St. Paul Street, first floor, Baltimore). Join with FSJ to thank the group’s volunteer attorneys and organizational partners, and find out more about FSJ’s work. Beer, wine and light fare will be served. The event is free, but please RSVP at Bit.ly/2AMIbwF. This past fall, FSJ […]

Early Gay Activist Eddie Holl Dies at Age 72

Edward “Eddie” J. Holl, Jr., a founding member of the Baltimore Gay Alliance and its successor organization, the Gay Community Center of Baltimore and Central Maryland, died on Wednesday, November 28th following a nearly two-year struggle with bladder cancer. He was a lifelong resident of Baltimore City who turned 72 on Election Day. A celebration of his life is being planned for January. For further information look for updates on Baltimoreoutloud.com. Eddie grew up on Montpelier Street in Waverly and moved to Charles Village in the early 1970s. After living on Abell Avenue for 13 years, he moved to Calvert […]

Mid-Town Belvedere Resident Beaten and Murdered

On November 8th, 43-year-old Brendon Michaels was found dead in his Mid-Town Belvedere apartment, in the 1200 block of St. Paul Street. He had been beaten, and his death was ruled a homicide. Michaels was a certified personal trainer and fitness center coordinator at Carroll Community College, and worked as a server at the Olive Garden in Westminster. Anyone with information on Michaels’ murder is asked to call the Baltimore Police Department at 410-396-2100 or send a message to its text-for-tip line at 443-902-4824. Please follow and like us:

Stories for the Season: Baltimore Men’s Chorus Winter Concert

Director Caite Debevec invites you to join the Baltimore Men’s Chorus on Saturday, December 15th in the sanctuary at the First Unitarian Church of Baltimore (1 West Franklin Street) for the group’s winter concert, “Stories for the Season,” a collection of musical moments sharing the tales of the winter season, ranging from holiday favorites from many cultures and traditions, to music inspired by the winter chill, and a few other surprises. “Stories for the Season,” said Debevec, “explores telling tales through music. You will hear music from locations around the world ranging from the Scottish Highlands to sub-Saharan Africa to […]

Golden Girls: ’Twas the Night Before Christmas

“’Twas the night before Christmas…” So, begins the tale we all know. A new iteration, The Golden Girls: ’Twas the Night Before Christmas, by Francesco Sedita and Douglas Yacka, with illustrations by Alex Fine, features our four favorite golden girls. “While Ma in her sweatshirt and Dorothy in vest had just settled down for a much-needed rest. Rose, snug with her teddy bear, laid down her head, while visions of St. Olaf danced in her head.” Dorothy, Blanche, Rose, and Sophia, are all back in a new illustrated hardcover book, a must for your holiday gift giving list, and your […]

Pence doesn’t mention LGBTQ people in World Aids Day speech

Washington, DC – Last Saturday, December 1st, was World AIDS Day, and there were many events planned throughout the country and the world dedicated to focusing attention on the continuing AIDS epidemic and its devastating impact on our world. The White House held its World AIDS Day event on Thursday, November 29th, and for some unknown reason, Vice President Mike Pence was tapped to deliver the event’s keynote address. Pence once ran for Congress on a pledge not to support reauthorization of the Ryan White CARE (Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency) Act until “after completion of an audit to ensure that […]

British MP reveals that he is HIV positive

London – On November 29th, Labor member of Parliament (MP) Lloyd Russell-Moyle revealed he’s living with HIV. He is the Labor MP for Brighton Kemptown and is the only sitting MP to disclose his HIV status. “This Saturday 1 December will mark the 30th anniversary of World AIDS Day, and next year it will be ten years since I became HIV positive,” he told the House of Commons. “I was 22 years old, and diagnosed early. Since then, I have been on world-class treatment provided by the NHS – so I have not only survived, I’ve prospered, and any partner […]

Is there an outright cure for HIV in sight?

London – As reported in The Guardian, more than 50 years after it jumped the species barrier and became one of the most devastating viruses to affect mankind, HIV remains a stubborn adversary. Treatment has improved dramatically over the past 20 years, but people who are infected will remain so for the rest of their lives, and must take one pill daily – at one time it was a cocktail of 30. Dr Jonathan Angel, chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases at Ottawa Hospital Research Institute said, “In my personal opinion, our therapies have become so good that looking […]

Trump trans military ban Supreme Court appeal premature

Seattle – On November 23rd, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) asked the US Supreme Court to review three preliminary federal district court rulings that have kept the Trump administration from implementing its plan to prevent transgender people from serving in the US armed services. The three preliminary rulings include one out of the US District Court for the Western District of Washington in the lawsuit, brought by Lambda Legal and OutServe-SLDN and joined by the State of Washington, challenging the constitutionality of the proposed ban. “Today, the US Department of Justice announced its intent to short-circuit established practice, asking […]

Pope Francis expresses serious concern about gay clergy

Vatican City – Barbie Latza Nadeau reports in the Daily Beast that Pope Francis continues to send mixed messages on the acceptance of LGBTQ people in the church but is very concerned about their participation as clergy. Nadeau reminds the reader that back in 2013, shortly after Pope Francis was elected, he shocked the world with his words: “If a person seeks God and has goodwill, then who am I to judge,” when asked about a gay priest? In some ways, Francis has been eating his words ever since, constantly called to explain by conservatives in the church what he […]