Furor Over Int’l AIDS Confab Set for US

 It is every bit as absurd as it sounds. The International AIDS Society (IAS) plans to hold their global AIDS 2020 conference in San Francisco – an insanely expensive and privileged city located in a country that has become dangerously inhospitable to the very populations the IAS claims to serve. Thank goodness for a growing army of activists and organizations (under the banner of #AIDS2020forAll) who are demanding that the IAS remove the conference from the US. Maybe this all looks like inside baseball to you, a ruckus between factions, but I am here to tell you that this has everything to do with our […]

Finding Her Calling A profile of Karen Bellesky – Chase Brexton’s longest-serving employee

It took a little while before Karen Bellesky’s new job became her calling – all of two months. Hired in April 1992 as Chase Brexton Health Care’s first registered dietician, Karen wasn’t familiar with the clinic and believed she was taking just another job. Instead, she was deeply moved by the dedication of her colleagues and the great struggles her patients faced, and quickly became a passionate advocate for Chase Brexton’s work. The turning point came about two months into her tenure, when Karen met with a person dying of AIDS and the patient’s partner. The couple playfully asked how […]

Update From City Hall

Long-time community leader Jabari Lyles discusses his new role as the LGBTQ Affairs Liaison in the Baltimore City Mayor’s Office. Jabari Lyles Earlier this year, I moved on from my role as board president of Baltimore’s LGBTQ community center, GLCCB. After three eventful years of serving as president, acting executive director, and Baltimore Pride chair, I was ready to take everything I had learned, ponder what I hadn’t learned, enjoy some time to heal, and re-emerge into the next phase of life. I am confident GLCCB is in a better place today than how I found it on the third […]

Undetectable = Untransmittable: Community Discussion

Does U=U? That is, “Undetectable HIV = untransmittable HIV”? That’s the topic on tap for a discussion sponsored by AIDS Action Baltimore on Wednesday, October 24th from 6:30 to 8 pm at the Waxter Center (1000 Cathedral Street, Baltimore). The agenda will include the latest information on safe sex for people living with HIV. Representatives of the Baltimore City Health Department will present information on their U=U campaign, which aims to eliminate the stigma of living with HIV through community education, empowerment and engagement. There will also be a community panel discussion on U=U strategies. The event is free, and […]

Baltimore Women’s Chorale Project to Launch

Caite Debevec, director of the Baltimore Men’s Chorus, has had an idea bouncing around in her head for over a year, and has finally taken the initial steps to make that idea a reality, by launching a new musical endeavor, the Baltimore Women’s Chorale. I asked her to share her vision, and how the process would unfold. Bill Redmond-Palmer: Why is this project so important? Cate Debevec: Music is an interesting field to work in. It’s simultaneously freeing, but still holds many limitations for certain communities. When I have sung with women’s choruses in the past, the majority of the […]

Maryland LGBT Chamber Receives National Award

Last August 16th, at their annual International Business and Leadership Conference in Philadelphia, the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) named the Maryland LGBT Chamber of Commerce their 2018 Rising Star Chamber. The Rising Star Award honors a chamber that has exhibited strong growth, new vitality, and relevance in their local LGBT business community, says the NGLCC, and while supporting the national movement. Each year, the Rising Star is seen as a role model for other new chambers and raises the bar for impacting the LGBT business community where they live and work. “The Maryland LGBT Chamber is creating new, […]

Get Set for Black LGBTQ Pride 2018

 “Baltimore Black LGBTQ Pride is a little over two weeks away,” notes Dr. Durryle Brooks, head of Baltimore’s Center for Black Equity. “Baltimore will continue a long-held tradition of honoring and celebrating black LGBTQ life in the city.” This year’s theme is “Healing and celebrating ourselves.” The event officially begins on Friday, October 5th, with the opening celebration from 7:30 to 11:30 pm at the Downtown Radisson Hotel (101 West Fayette Street, Baltimore). Network, dance, and enjoy light refreshments as DJ Rosie spins. FreeState Justice will provide a legal and gender clinic as well as voter registration. On Saturday, October […]

Paging READERS! Baltimore Book Festival features bisexual memoirist Anthony Moll, Sept. 29th & 30th

The 23rd annual Baltimore Book Festival returns to the Inner Harbor on Friday, September 28th through Sunday, September 30th. Produced by the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts, the festival features local, regional and national authors. This year’s lineup includes White House correspondent April Ryan, New York Times bestselling author A.J. Jacobs, Hurston / Wright Legacy Award recipient Tayari Jones, and many others. Baltimore author Anthony Moll is excited to be included in the festival. His book, Out of Step: A Memoir, is about a bisexual boy that enlists in the army during the era of “Don’t ask, don’t […]

New Lutheran-Based Church Group Welcomes LGBT Parishoners

A new Lutheran faith group,“#Imagine AChurch,” has formed in Baltimore, and welcomes LGBT people. The group is not having regular services just yet, but 25 to 30 people are gathering about once a month, with each meeting exploring a theme. This month’s gathering will be September 30th from 4 to 5:30 pm at the Red Canoe (4337 Harford Road, Baltimore). The group is part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and supported by the Delaware-Maryland Synod. “Lutherans believe that no matter how far we have wandered, we are never out of God’s reach,” says Pastor Emily Scott. “We believe […]

Help the Homeless: Lunch Patrol: Sept. 30th

Join B and Dee’s Baltimore Love on September 30th at 1 pm for the September Lunch Patrol, to help distribute brown bag lunches to the area homeless. Participants will deliver food on foot and by vehicle. People of all ages are encouraged to participate. Meet at the Phoenix Shot Tower, with volunteers then spreading out to different areas. For more info, visit Bit.ly/2ObaUE5. Please follow and like us: