Taking Steps Against HIV

Are you ready to walk and rock to bring HIV and AIDS in Baltimore to zero? In just two weeks, the Baltimore AIDS Walk & Music Festival 2019 will take over Power Plant Live for a day of activities, music, food, and fun in support of HIV and AIDS education, prevention, testing and treatment programs of Chase Brexton Health Care and its community partners. With the event right around the corner, we asked Clare Elliott, development manager for Chase Brexton Health Care, to share a little bit more about how the event will help end HIV and AIDS in Baltimore, […]

LGBTQ Teacher Happy Hour

Following the successful premiere of this event in December, GLSEN Maryland (Gay and Lesbian Students and Educators Network) and the Baltimore City LGBTQ Commission are teaming up to create a space for LGBTQ teachers to have a little recess after work. Join them for this first-of-its-kind event “Mx: An LGBTQ Teacher Happy Hour” on May 10th, from 5 to 7 pm at Chez Hugo Bistro (206 East Redwood Street, Baltimore). More info at Bit.ly/2vsq0Kv. Oh, and in case you were wondering, “Mx” is now a thing. Learn more at En.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/mx. Please follow and like us:

Out Networking at McCormick

The Maryland LGBT Chamber of Commerce invites you to join the group’s monthly “Out Networking” event from 5 to 7 pm on Thursday, May 16th at the new headquarters of their member company McCormick (24 Schilling Road, suite 1, in Hunt Valley). You’ll have an opportunity to mix and mingle with members of McCormick’s LGBT affinity group Prism, while sampling delicious McCormick recipes. Please note that no alcohol will be provided at this event, but plenty of new concoctions and tasty treats will be served up. The event is free to LGBT Chamber and McCormick Prism members and $15 for […]

Pre-Prom Gay-Straight Alliance Mixer, May 17th

If you’re gearing up for this year’s LGBTQ Prom, take a chance to make new friends at the Pre-Prom GSA Mixer on Friday, May 17th, from 4:30 to 7:30 pm, at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School (1400 Orleans Street, Baltimore). This event is for current high school students only. School ID is required for entry. This event is hosted by the Dunbar GSA and supported by Baltimore mayor’s office, the Baltimore City LGBTQ Commission, GLSEN Maryland, and the Len Jackson fund at the Baltimore Community Foundation. Register at Bit.ly/2XTP21h. For tickets or more information about the mixer, visit the Facebook […]

FreeState Justice’s Annual Jazz Brunch, May 11th

Following the successful revival of the event in 2018, FreeState Justice invites everyone to this year’s Jazz Brunch on May 11th, from 11 am to 2 pm at the Haven Street Ballroom (1 North Haven Street, Baltimore). The group has partnered with Haven Street Ballroom, a brand-new venue, along with talented musicians, chefs, and other local talent to create a memorable event. Haven Street Ballroom is an accessible venue with free parking. Tickets are $125. You can also choose your own VIP “lounge,” for you and seven guests with table service, for $1500. If you aren’t able to join in […]

Queer Spirituality: Dreams & Visions Dicusses ‘Families of Choice’

For many in the queer community, being loved and accepted isn’t a given. This compels queer kindred to create families of their own; they parent each other, love each other, and choose each other to rely on. On Sunday, May 12th, from 4 to 5:30 pm, Dreams and Visions invites you to take part as it explore the topic of “Chosen Family” – “leaving family, seeking family, and the family that God creates.” The group will explore what makes a family and consider the damage families can do, as well as the love families can give. “Whatever your background,” organizers […]

Mother’s Day Drag Brunch

Thinking hard about how to make mom’s special day special? Look no further! Of Love & Regret invites you to their Mother’s Day Drag Brunch, which they promise will be sensational! This one-of-a-kind show will be hosted by the living legend, Abbi Kadabra, will star Kristina Kelly, and will feature Kit Valentine, Brie DeVine, Kedra Lattimore, and Saaphyri Wildz. Join in the fun on Sunday, May 12th at Of Love & Regret (1028 South Conkling Street, Baltimore). Doors open for seating at 11 am and the show starts promptly at noon. You are encouraged to get there early to get […]

Wanted: Trans Artists

The Baltimore City Office of LGBTQ Affairs invites Baltimore area transgender artists of all ages and experiences to submit artwork to be featured in a Pride Month art show. Artists may submit 1 to 3 pieces which may be sold and 100% of the proceeds will be returned to the artist. The submission deadline is May 22nd. Interested artists should contact Jabari Lyles at jabari.lyles@baltimorecity.gov with their contact information. They should include in the email the following information about each piece to be submitted: title; dimensions; medium; date created; price; and a digital image of the piece. Please follow and […]

First Annual LGBT Champions Awards Dinner

The Maryland LGBT Chamber of Commerce held its first annual “LGBT+ Champions Awards” dinner on Thursday, April 25th at the Lord Baltimore Hotel. Over 150 LGBT professionals and allies came together to recognize and honor seven outstanding people who have made significant contributions to the LGBT community. The evening was opened by Chamber co-founders Betsy Cerulo and Dave Imre, and was followed by inspiring remarks from the president and co-founder of the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) Justin Nelson and Maryland’s first openly lesbian state senator, Mary Washington. The young LGBT chamber, just wrapping up its second year of […]

Getting to Know LaKesha Davis, Pride Coordinator

LaKesha Davis, a native Baltimorian, is a student at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore pursuing a PhD in organizational leadership. She holds a master’s degree in human services administration and associate’s and bachelor’s degrees in criminal justice. In addition to being a lifelong learner, LaKesha is a full-time mother, employee, and part-time radio personality and entrepreneur. She gives back to her community by serving underprivileged youth, providing training and mentorship. Checkout her many ventures by going to her website Wonanddoneprograms.org. Richard Finger: How long have you been the Pride coordinator? LaKesha Davis: This is my second year as the […]