Health Insurance Open Enrollment is Here

Open enrollment is here, and everything you need to know to determine your eligibility and get signed up for health insurance will be discussed at the LGBT Health Resource Center’s next Lunch & Learn workshop. The workshop will take place on Thursday, November 14th from noon to 1:30 pm in the community rooms at Chase Brexton’s Mount Vernon Center (1111 North Charles Street, Baltimore). The session will be presented by Chase Brexton Health Care social work case managers Alyson Mullie and Robin Mayfield, along with eligibility specialist Ronday Wilson. We asked the trio to share a bit of the information […]

Starting the U=U Conversation in Maryland

The Baltimore City Health Department and community partners across the city joined the international U=U conversation last December with the launch of the U=U Maryland campaign, spreading the scientific consensus that HIV-positive individuals with an undetectable viral load cannot transmit the disease to sexual partners. In the months since, the campaign has been a presence at community events, resource fairs, and health discussions across the city. Guiding the campaign’s efforts is its community board, chaired by Anthony McCarty. We asked Andrew to reflect on the first year of U=U Maryland, and what it took to bring the campaign’s message to […]

All About Our Pronouns at Chase Brexton Health Care

It’s Pronoun-palooza at Chase Brexton Health Care! Our centers are honored to serve nearly 4,000 gender-diverse children, adolescents, adults, and elders. In creating a welcoming, affirming care environment, using the appropriate name and pronoun for every patient is non-negotiable. In that spirit, our LGBT Health Resource Center is leading an internal campaign about the importance of correct pronouns in patient care. Using the patient’s chosen name and appropriate pronoun isn’t just good manners – it’s good health care. Demonstrating respect by seeing someone as the whole person they are is the basis of a therapeutic relationship. The cost of being […]

Upcoming Workshop to Discuss Abuse in the LGBT Community

If you needed help to escape an abusive relationship, where would you go? What long-lasting impacts can abuse have on an individual? What barriers does the LGBT community face in improving the resources available to survivors? The topic and more will be discussed at the next “Lunch and Learn” event, hosted by the LGBT Health Resource Center of Chase Brexton Health Care on Thursday, October 10th from noon to 1:30 pm in the community rooms at Chase Brexton’s Mount Vernon Center (1111 North Charles Street, Baltimore). We asked Kate Bishop, education coordinator for the LGBT Health Resource Center, and social […]

Back-To-School Guide for LGBTQ Students

Back-to-school can be an anxious time for many LGBTQ youth, who may expect to face bullying, humiliation, and discrimination at school. Though the atmosphere for LGBTQ students has improved greatly in the past decade, school can still be a rough place to spend your day. In the 2017 National School Climate Survey, national LGBTQ student advocacy group GLSEN found that 90% of Maryland students heard homophobic, biphobic or transphobic slurs at school. More than half of queer and gender diverse high school students had been verbally harassed, a quarter were physically harassed, and 10% had been physically assaulted. When our […]

Brushing Up on Dental Health for LGBT Elders

Dental care isn’t just about keeping your teeth sparking and healthy – oral hygiene can have a major impact on an elder’s overall health and quality of life. You can brush up on these topics and much more at the next Lunch and Learn event, hosted by the LGBT Health Resource Center of Chase Brexton Health Care on Thursday, August 8th from noon to 1:30 pm in the community rooms at Chase Brexton’s Mount Vernon Center (1111 North Charles Street, Baltimore). The program will be presented by Karyn Carr Porter RDH BS, supervisor of dental hygiene for Chase Brexton Health […]

Sexual Benefits of Kegel Exercises

If you’ve heard of Kegel exercises, you might think that their positive effects are limited to women, particularly following childbirth. But Kegel exercises can improve anyone’s sexual function, improve bladder and bowel health, and even help with back pain! These benefits will be detailed at an upcoming Lunch & Learn workshop hosted by the LGBT Health Resource Center on Thursday, July 11th from noon to 1:30 pm. We asked Charles Dudley, a Baltimore-based personal trainer and the session’s presenter, to share a bit more about Kegel exercises and their positive benefits. How can Kegels affect sexual function? Kegels are exercises […]

More Than $150,000 Raised to Support HIV Services

The AIDS Walk & Music Festival Baltimore 2019 surpassed its goal to raise $150,000 to support HIV services of Chase Brexton Health Care and its community partners.  More than 500 walkers, sponsors, performers, and volunteers gathered at Power Plant Live! on Sunday, June 9th to take steps to end HIV and AIDS in Baltimore. They were welcomed to the event by Chase Brexton head Patrick Mutch, special guest Montel Williams, and emcees Kai Jackson and Brandi Proctor of WBFF Fox 45. Donations will continue to be accepted through June 30th; visit BaltimoreAIDSWalk.org to make a contribution. “So many runners, walkers, volunteers, and teams […]

National Honor our LGBT Elders Day

It was a night of laughter, inspiration, and recognition, as more than 100 friends, family, and community members met at Baltimore Center Stage on Thursday, May 16th to celebrate National Honor Our LGBT Elders Day. The evening, hosted by the LGBT Health Resource Center of Chase Brexton Health Care (LHRC) and emceed by State Senator Mary Washington, featured community members sharing inspirational stories of an LGBTQ elder who made a difference in their life. Speakers included: Franklin N. McNeil, Jr., honoring T. Calhoun (Cal) Strawhand; Jabari Lyles honoring Kay Halle; Vann Michael honoring Ross Avery Walker; Betsy Cerulo honoring Cheryl […]

Montel Williams Talks AIDS Walk & Music Fest

Baltimore’s own Montel Williams will take steps against HIV and AIDS in Charm City at the Baltimore AIDS Walk & Music Festival this Sunday, June 9th at Power Plant Live. Join the beloved television personality as he helps Chase Brexton Health Care and its community partners raise funds to end HIV and AIDS in his hometown by registering today at Baltimoreaidswalk.org. We asked Montel to discuss his history in talking about HIV and AIDS, and how he’s seen that conversation change in the past few decades. You’ve been a longtime supporter of the fight against HIV and AIDS. What has fueled […]