The Rainbow-Lit White House Made America Greater

Michelle Obama is African-American, straight, a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law, economically well off, a former First Lady, and gorgeously tall. It just so happens that I am none of these things. In fact, we could not be more different. And yet, when the Supreme Court ruled that I was free to legally marry in any state in America, Michelle Obama was lit throughout with excitement and joy. On that hot June night in 2015 when the Supreme Court came down with the decision in Washington legalizing gay marriage all over this country, it was a thrilling night […]

Dr. Leana Wen Looked Out For Us

“In one hospital, a man is denied surgery for a broken arm because he’s transgender. A woman is told she can’t get birth control because she’s unmarried. A child won’t be given vaccinations because he has same-sex parents. You might be wondering what barbaric society could allow laws that permit such blatant discrimination. That society is ours, and the laws are already in place.” –Dr. Leana Wen ••• THIS IS LEANA WEN’S recent description of the Trump administration’s creation of a Conscience and Religious Freedom Division within the Department of Health & Human Services, thus expanding the right of health care […]

Ben Jealous Needs Our Support For Governor

“We can’t count on Washington to protect our civil rights… Marylanders need a governor with the courage to do that at the state level and when I’m elected that’s exactly what we’ll do.” – Ben Jealous, Democratic candidate for governor It’s no secret that we’re into September and the nitty-gritty heart of election season in Maryland. It’s no secret that the current Republican governor has a nearly bottomless war chest and a barrage of state-wide television ads flooding the airways. It’s no secret that Democratic candidate Ben Jealous has struggled early to find his messaging. But it also should be […]

Living His Most Authentic Life

A profile of Merrick Moses, part 2 “First and foremost, the foundation of my life is my vocation. I’m very clear that I was born to be the priest that I am – it centers me, and I often have to go back to that. As a priest/activist: how do I cultivate my humanity and help others do the same? That anchors me.” – Rev. Merrick Moses Last week, the Baltimore City Board of Estimates made history when they lifted the health-insurance exclusion which had denied coverage for gender confirmation surgery for city employees. And it was Rev. Merrick Moses […]

Profile In LGBT Courage

“I am the transgender son of a black Panamanian immigrant.” So, begins Merrick Moses, by way of self-introduction. The many worlds this statement unleashes is just the beginning of his complex and beautiful Baltimore story – one that spans decades of hardship, growth, and inimitable progress. Merrick Moses came to Baltimore as a teenager searching for a refuge. Along the way he found his true self, and that journey encompasses the pain, courage, and determined endurance of our city itself. As a victims rights advocate, Merrick daily helps those who have been traumatized by crime navigate their way through the […]

‘Skeleton Crew’ Walks Many Lines

She strides across the stage with the confidence of a spry mother tiger in her prime, ready to pounce. She lowers herself into the breakroom couch with the near-unbearable weight of the world on her shoulders. She inhales on a cigarette as if it is her last breath on this grimy, wretched earth, and then breezily exhales like she hasn’t a care in the world. She holds everyone else together, knows what they’re going to feel before they do, bears all but never bares all, and in the end, she does what needs to be done. She is Faye – […]