Meet the Emcee

Monty Howard is a gay Episcopalian partnered graphic designer and community activist. Monty was born in California, as a military brat, and moved with his family 29 times. He’s lived and worked in Virginia, Minnesota, Texas, and Delaware before coming to Baltimore and feeling “right at home” from the start. We asked Monty a few questions about his gig as Baltimore Pride Parade emcee… Richard Finger: Have you been an emcee at events prior to Baltimore Pride? Monty Howard: Oh yes, folks from Bolton Hill and the church community know me as the “Quiz Master” for an annual dinner fund-raiser […]

AIDS WATCH: ‘Strong Interest’ in Hearings on Truvada Patent Profits

Advocates pressuring the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to claim royalties from sales of “Truvada as PrEP” report “strong interest” in congressional hearings on the growing controversy, based on visits to the Hill between HIV advocates and their elected officials and staffs. The CDC owns patents to the use of Truvada as PrEP and has been criticized for not claiming what could be billions of dollars in royalties from Gilead, the manufacturer of Truvada. “Senior health policy staffers have a strong interest in claiming the money the CDC has left on the table,” said James Krellenstein, part of […]

WorldPride NYC 2019 to March Down 5th Avenue to Village

The 2019 Pride March, which commemorates the 50th Anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Uprising, will step off at noon on Sunday, June 30th from 26th Street and 5th Avenue. Some 150,000 marchers will proceed south on 5th Avenue before heading west on 8th Street. After crossing over 6th Avenue, the March will continue on Christopher Street, passing the site designated in 2016 by President Barack Obama as the Stonewall National Monument. It will then turn north on 7th Avenue, passing the New York City AIDS Memorial, before dispersing in Chelsea just north of 23rd Street and 7th Avenue.  “As we […]

CityLit 2019, Books & More, April 27th

Bright lights, big city! People flock to urban centers because they’re so, ahem, “lit” up. That’s the idea behind the 16th annual CityLit Festival, set for Saturday, April 27th at the University of Baltimore’s Thumel Business Center (11 West Mount Royal Avenue, Baltimore). “This free, day-long literary arts celebration will feature published authors, conversations on craft, a literary marketplace, and panel discussions,” say organizers. CityLit will include a soon-to-be-announced keynote speaker and master class; 30-minute one-on-one editorial sessions with authors and editors; sessions and panel discussions featuring published authors and emerging writers; conversations on the craft of writing and topics […]

MD General Assembly: Teens Can Get HIV Prevention Drug Without Parental Consent

On March 25th, the Maryland legislature voted to allow doctors, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants to prescribe a drug – pre-exposure prophylaxis, also known as “PrEP” – that helps prevent HIV to minors, without requiring parental consent. The House voted 109 to 21 in favor of the final bill (SB 251), sponsored by Senator Lam (District 12), which passed the Senate by a vote of 47 to 0 on March 13. The bill now goes to Governor Hogan for his signature. Advocates say this bill will dramatically extend the lifespan of young black men, particularly those living in poverty. According […]

Finding Redemption on the Ride for the Feast

Angie Kelley found her redemption on a bicycle, somewhere along the 140-mile route of Ride for the Feast, the annual fundraiser for Moveable Feast. The arduous trail transformed a young woman with a troubled past into something entirely new.  A queer advocate. A mother. A woman of worth. “I once thought that if people saw who I was on the inside, no one would be my friend,” Angie says, taking stock of a recent past that now feels like a lifetime away. It includes growing up in a volatile household, feelings of hopelessness, and then trying to escape it all […]

Jewish Tradition in Relation to Gender Pronouns: March 26th

Ever wondered what Jewish tradition has to say about gender, sexuality, and identity? Charm City Tribe invites you to learn, consider, and explore at “She, He, They, XYZ: How We Think About Me” on Tuesday, March 26th from 6:30 to 9:30 pm. It’s a night of “learning, conversation, and storytelling.” The event will be held at 2640 Saint Paul Street, Baltimore. The evening will include a talk by Rabbi Ariana Katz of Hinenu, as well as an interactive experience and discussion facilitated by J. Little and Missy Smith from QueerCore. QueerCore “gives life to the stories behind Smith’s ‘coming out’ […]

Spring Showcase: ‘Broadway Our Way’

The New Wave Singers of Baltimore, a LGBT chorus, invites you to join them for their upcoming spring showcase – Broadway Our Way! – featuring their interpretation of Broadway tunes. It all takes place on Saturday, March 30th from 7 to 10 pm at the Towson Unitarian-Universalist Church (1710 Dulaney Valley Road, Lutherville). The show will feature a mix of gender-swapped vocals, “songs we’d never sing,” and of course a few standards. During the show they will hold a silent auction and raffle, with opportunities to bid on and win a variety of prizes. This is their biggest fundraiser of […]

Safe Schools Volunteer Training

Are you interested in deepening your advocacy for LGBTQ youth in Maryland’s schools? Do you have a penchant for colorful PowerPoint slides, chart paper, and icebreakers? Are you, on occasion, able to make yourself available during school hours? If you answered “yes” to at least two of those questions, you may be an ideal candidate to conduct LGBTQ safe space presentations. As part of their mission to ensure all Maryland schools are safe and welcoming for all students, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, GLSEN Maryland is looking for community members to fill vital roles as volunteer […]

March Lunch Patrol: Social Worker Appreciation Edition

Join B and Dee’s Baltimore Love at 1 pm on Sunday, March 31st for March’s “Social Worker Appreciation” edition of Lunch Patrol, to help distribute brown bag lunches to the area homeless. This month the group will honor the hard work and dedication of social workers. The brown bag lunches are delivered on foot and by vehicle. People of all ages are encouraged to participate. Volunteers meet up at the Avenue Market (1700 Pennsylvania Avenue, Baltimore) and then are sent to different areas. For more info, visit their Facebook event page at Bit.ly/2O0pDPH Please follow and like us: