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 […]

PRIDE 2018-What’s happening when and where

THE 2018 BALTIMORE PRIDE season is upon us! Pull out those rainbow accessories and get ready to connect with community so that “United We Shine.” Dedicated volunteers are working around the clock to make the 2018 Baltimore Pride Month memorable! “I can’t wait to see you there,” said LaKesha Davis, the Pride coordinator for Baltimore Pride. “An exact timeline of the weekend events will be posted soon. Until then, here’s a sneak peak of what you can expect. You have so many events to choose from!” Visit the event page at BaltimorePride.org to purchase tickets for Twilight on the Terrace, […]

Baltimore Celebrates National Honor Our LGBT Elders Day

More than 75 people gathered at the Single Carrot Theatre on May 16th in celebration of National Honor Our LGBT Elders Day. Hosted by the LGBT Health Resource Center and emceed by youth advocate and educator Lamont Bryant, the evening saw community leaders share stories of an LGBTQ elder who inspired them and made an impact in their lives. Sharing stories were: Jasmine Pope of Star TRACK, honoring Sheila Boone-Dow; activist Mark S. King, honoring his brother Richard King; Jillian Silveira, honoring Richard Wilson; Kenneth Morrison, honoring Cleo Manago, Lori McPherson, honoring Glenda Rider; “Downtown” Kevin Brown, honoring Calvin Tolbert; […]

BHT To Hold Grant Writing Workshops

A little money for a worthy project never hurts! On June 4th, Brother Help Thyself will hold a “Grant Writing 101” workshop from 7 to 9 pm at the Helping Up Mission (1029 East Baltimore Street, Baltimore). BHT plans to offer technical guidance to organizations in need of grant writing expertise, and a refresher to existing grantees. They will also discuss minor modifications that have been made to their own grant application. Refreshments will be served. The new chair of BHT’s grants committee, Jackie Adams, will be introduced. Adams is a former grant writer with Chase Brexton Health Care, and […]

MD LGBT PAC Launch Party, May 31

A new political action committee (PAC) is forming in Maryland, with the goal of helping elect openly LGBT non-incumbent candidates. Their focus this year is on races for the General Assembly, with the goal of expanding the scope of their work in future elections. The group is holding a launch party on May 31st, at Denizens Brewing Company (1115 East-West Highway, Silver Spring). You are invited to come and meet candidates, learn more about the PAC, and hear how you can help more openly LGBT candidates get elected to statewide public office. The event is free and open to the […]

Mayoral Pride Month Welcoming Reception

Mayor Catherine Pugh, together with the mayor’s newly assembled LGBTQ Commission, plan to host a Pride Month Welcoming Reception on May 30th, from 6 to 8 pm, at the Baltimore War Memorial Assembly Hall (101 North Gay Street). There will be opportunities for conversations and light refreshments. This will be the long-anticipated opportunity to meet the members of the new LGBTQ Commission, whose formation was promised during her election campaign for mayor in 2016. The event is free however, but please RSVP for a ticket at Tinyurl.com/PrideBMORE. Please note that tickets do not guarantee seating, and admission is first-come-first-serve. For […]

Honoring Those Living Longest with HIV / AIDS, June 5th

June 5th will be the fifth annual HIV Long-Term Survivors Awareness Day (HLTSAD) and will mark the 37th anniversary of the beginning of the AIDS pandemic. HLTSAD is a day to educate the community about the present day needs and issues of those living longest with HIV and AIDS. HLTSAD was started in 2014 by “Let’s Kick ASS” (AIDS Survivor Syndrome) founder Tez Anderson. This year’s theme for the day is “HIV It Is (Still) Not Over,” because health departments, researchers, HIV service organizations and the community are focused on “ending AIDS” and “getting to zero.” These are lofty goals, […]

Governor Signs LGBTQ Youth Bills

On May 15th, Gov. Larry Hogan signed into law SB 1028 and SB 1218, two important bills affecting LGBTQ youth in Maryland. SB 1028 bans the practice of so-called conversion therapy for minors. Conversion therapy centers on attempts to “convert” people from LGBTQ to heterosexual cisgender people. Maryland joins 11 states and the District of Columbia, as well as a growing number of municipalities that have enacted similar protections. State legislatures in Hawaii and New Hampshire recently passed similar protections that await their governors’ respective signatures. A recent report from the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law, finds […]

HIV & Brain Impairment: Forum, May 30th

AIDS Action Baltimore invites you to join them for dinner with Johns Hopkins’s Jason Creighton on May 30th, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, at the Waxter Center (1000 Cathedral Street, Baltimore – at the corner of Eager and Cathedral Streets). Creighton is part of a team working to understand why people with HIV can be doing very well in many other aspects, but still suffer from neurological impairment. This presentation on HIV and brain impairment will explore whether the causes are rooted in HIV disease, the drugs that fight HIV, or both. They encourage you to join them for this […]