Honoring Our LGBTQ Black Pioneers

From 1960s civil rights activist Bayard Rustin to newly elected Minnesota councilwoman Andrea Jenkins, black LGBTQ Americans have long been blazing trails and making history. Starting out as Negro History Week in 1926 in public schools in the US to teach black history, the event initially was not widely accepted. In 1970, a proposal from black educators and students at Kent State University, the week was expanded into Black History Month, and six years later was officially endorsed by President Gerald Ford. In celebration of Black History Month let us honor some of our LGBTQ pioneers, from our past and […]

Black History Month Celebration

B & Dee’s Baltimore Love invites you to join them for their third annual Black History Month Celebration on Sunday, February 24, 2019, from 1 to 4 pm at 421 Fallsway under the Jones Falls Expressway. The event will be integrated with their February Lunch Patrol, as they are determined to make a huge impact in Baltimore City this month. This community outreach event is intended to inspire the city’s less fortunate, while celebrating African-American culture past and present. They will be serving a hot comfort and soul food buffet, as well as their signature brown bag lunches. Entertainment will […]

Intro to HIV Cure Research

AIDS Action Baltimore invites you to join them on Wednesday, February 27th from 6:30 to 8 pm for dinner and a Community HIV Cure Research Forum with Lynda Dee, who will provide an introduction to HIV cure research. The forum will be held at the Waxter Center (1000 Cathedral Street, Baltimore) at the corner of Cathedral and Eager Streets. Please RSVP to baltoaids@aol.com so they can order an appropriate amount of food. For more info, email or call 410-837-2437. Please follow and like us:

Baltimore Drag Showdown Premiere

EC Pops in Fells Point has partnered with Moby’s (721 South Broadway, Fells Point) to host the Baltimore Drag Showdown. It starts February 26th, and continues alternate Tuesdays for eight weeks. This new and unique competition in Baltimore will feature 12 talented Baltimore drag performers taking to the stage to compete for the chance to win a grand prize of $2,000. Doors will open at 7 pm and the show will begin at 8:30. There’s no cover for the events, and each week will have a different theme. Off weeks will feature sponsored dance parties. A unique feature of the […]

Bill Seeks to Increase Gender Options on State ID

A bill has been filed with the State Legislature in Annapolis that would update state identification laws to make self-attestation of gender the criterion of state-recognized gender status, as well as adding an unspecified gender marker. This bill addresses the problem of a person’s driver’s license indicating a gender that does not match his or her gender presentation, a situation which can “out” transgender and non-binary people in any situation where they need to show their license, such as traveling, applying for jobs or schools, entering any public establishment that requires identification, or obtaining any other benefits that require proof […]

LGBT Business Networking, Feb. 21st & 22nd

The Maryland LGBT Chamber of Commerce will be hosting two upcoming events that will provide business owners and professionals some unique networking opportunities. On Thursday, February 21st, join the Chamber from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the Elephant (924 North Charles Street, Baltimore) for its monthly Out Networking Happy Hour. Meet and network with local professionals and business owners. The event is free for members, $15 for non-members, and tickets are available on the Facebook event page at Bit.ly/2E9PQrV. On Friday, February 22nd, the LGBT Chamber will join with members and guests of the Maryland Business Connection (MBX), Business Networking […]

Anti-Lovers Valentines Day Bash

Are you over Valentine’s day? Are you over the lovey-dovey kiss-kiss? Then this is the perfect cure to you diaper wearing cherub blues. Join hosts Jezzi Bell Devine and Anita Minett for the Anti-Lovers Bash on Saturday, February 23rd from 8 pm to midnight at VFW Post 160 (2597 Dorsey Road, Glen Burnie). An amazing cast of performers will turn out the party and show how they feel about love, inspired by the words of the Tina Turner song, “What’s love got to do with it?” A 50/50 raffle and door prizes will add to the fun. The event cover […]

Trump praised for pledges to end HIV transmissions by 2030

Washington, DC – In his State of the Union address, Donald Trump announced that his administration planned to end HIV transmission in the US by 2030. Both political leaders and LGBT activists lauded the goal but also expressed skepticism about Trump’s commitment to help. AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) praised President Trump for his commitment. “As the largest HIV/AIDS organization in the world, AHF stands ready to partner in this daunting effort,” said said Michael Weinstein, the group’s president. “The president’s call for ending HIV transmission in America is interesting, but if he is serious about ending the HIV/AIDS crisis, he […]

Will Arizona join states saying porn is a public health crisis?

Phoenix – Republican State Rep. Michelle Udall has put forth a resolution calling pornography a public health crisis, CNN reports. Arizona will be following the lead of about a dozen other states if the resolution passes. Utah led the way in 2016. “Like the tobacco industry, the pornography industry has created a public health crisis,” Udall claimed, according to a report at the Arizona Republic. “Pornography is used pervasively, even by minors,” she added. The resolution itself offers a laundry list of allegations about the effects pornography supposedly has on those who view it, including “toxic sexual behaviors, emotional, mental […]

Australian judge marries partner of 50 years

Sydney – Australian former High Court judge Michael Kirby married his partner of 50 years, Johan van Vloten, on February 10th. The pair tied the knot 50 years to the day after they first met at legendary gay venue the Rex Hotel in Sydney in 1969. Kirby told Radio National “the relationship that was made that night lasted from that moment on really, and it’s still going strong.” He said he had been “skeptical” about marriage. But, he said, they wanted to show their relationship was not “second class.” “When gays started to get married, they started to fall out […]