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 […]

Men on Ice

The Next Ice Age recently celebrated over 30 years of excellence as one of only three dance companies on ice in America. On Thursday, May 16th, the Mount Pleasant Ice Arena will host the Next Ice Age, which will join with the Ice Men, a group of amateur young male skaters, in the revival of choreographer John Curry’s adaptation for skaters of Aaron Copland’s score for the ballet Rodeo. During this performance, ten of the best male figure skaters from around the globe perform with six young male skaters in a program in which they will skate to Aaron Copland’s […]

GLCCB Renamed ‘Pride Center of MD’ – Plans Building Purchase

At the cusp of major changes, the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center of Baltimore and Central Maryland – widely known for decades as the GLCCB – is changing its name to Pride Center of Maryland and has taken the first step toward purchasing a building which will serve as its new home. With the support of State Senator Mary Washington and State Delegate Maggie Macintosh, the center secured at $500,000 bond from the Maryland General Assembly which will allow for the purchase of a five-story building in the Charles North and Old Goucher neighborhoods. Following the passage of […]

PrEP takers at risk for STIs but not for lack of condom use

Melbourne, Australia – People on PrEP are at risk of acquiring sexually transmitted infections (STIs), but not because they’re using condoms less than those not on PrEP, according to new research. The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, tracked 2,981 gay and bi men in the heavily populated Australian state of Victoria, in which Melbourne is located. Researchers found a 20% increase in the rates of new STIs among people on a PrEP trial called “PrEPX.” They also found there was an increased risk of acquiring an STI while on PrEP compared to before starting PrEP. […]

Family says 11-year-old’s suicide the result of bullying

Philadelphia – A family in Southwest Philadelphia is mourning the loss of an 11-year-old who they say died by suicide after he and his brother faced constant bullying at their school. Phillip Spruill, Jr., a fifth grader at Benjamin B. Comegys Elementary, ended his life April 5th in his Bartram Village home. Spruill’s grandmother, Linda Lash-Smith, 56, told Philadelphia Gay News that her grandson wasn’t a model student. He was a fighter. He had been suspended 15 times between November and March because he was involved in physical altercations on school grounds – but she said he had to fight […]

Chelsea Manning in jail for refusing to testify

Richmond, Virginia – A federal judge in Virginia on April 22nd denied a request from Chelsea Manning to be released from jail on bail. The judge further upheld a lower court’s decision to hold Manning in civil contempt for refusing to testify in an investigation about WikiLeaks. Federal judge Claude M. Hilton originally placed Manning in custody on March 8th. While the investigation for which Manning was asked to testify remains under seal, she told reporters outside the courthouse it had to do with WikiLeaks. “These secret proceedings tend to favor the government,” she said before the hearing and her […]