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 […]

The First Ladies of AIDS

My first job in AIDS in the 1980s was at the Los Angeles Shanti Foundation, an organization that provided companions for the dying. When our founding director, Daniel P. Warner, retired from the organization, the final candidates for his job met with the full staff for final interviews.One of those job candidates, Sue Crumpton, had the audacity to be a straight woman. Trying to replace our gay founder. At an AIDS agency. In 1991.Sue’s credentials as a skilled administrator with a background working on behalf of battered women didn’t resonate with some of us. For gay men like me, our […]

Can You Get That from a Toilet Seat?

Dear Dr. Eva, ​I love your columns and appreciate the variety of topics you address – always sensitively. ​I know this sounds nutty, but how safe (or not) are public / shared toilets? I remember as a kid my mom would carry those paper toilet seat covers or use toilet paper before sitting down. My sister does the same. But is it really necessary? Especially if there’s nothing visible on it and you know it’s cleaned nightly? I’ve been wondering this for years but have been too embarrassed to ask. ​;) Thanks!! ​Pee-shy   Dear Pee-Shy, ​It’s not necessary. There […]

Living Alone

I am old enough to remember that once upon a time, a man – or heaven forbid, a woman – living alone was frowned upon. There were all kinds of explanations or rumors as to why they may be doing so. We now know that there are millions of people in this country and elsewhere who choose to live by themselves and enjoy every minute of it. There are also those who for different reasons end up in the same lifestyle but are not happy about it. It definitely creates much consternation when one does not have a choice in […]