Divine Light, a faith-based non-profit outpatient treatment and recovery program geared towards the LGBTQ community that started in Philadelphia over seven years ago, has opened an office in downtown Baltimore. Divine Light CEO / founder Sakina Dean welcomed invited guest to the new Baltimore location at 1 North Charles Street, suite 1504, on January 10th. Ms. Dean told Baltimore OUTloud that Divine Light is excited about expanding into the Baltimore area where it can provide a clean, safe environment for outpatient recovery from substance abuse as well as mental health counseling that is welcoming to sexual and gender minorities.

During a brief presented, guest heard testimonies from graduates from Divine Light programs who had traveled to Philadelphia from Baltimore because they were unable to find services in Baltimore that did not judge them regarding their sexual orientation or gender identity. Terry Hickey, director of the Baltimore Mayor’s Office of Human Services, presented Ms. Dean with a proclamation from Mayor Pugh and wished Divine Light much success in their Baltimore operation. For more info, visit DivineLightIncIntensiveOutpatient.com or contact the office at 443-552-1460.

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Rodney Burger
Rodney Burger
Rodney is originally from Hagerstown, Maryland and for many years has lived in Baltimore. In April 2017, Rodney was sworn in for his 10th year as the President of the ShipMates Club of Baltimore. He has been involved in the leather community for many years, but often denies that he sold Jell-O shots at The Last Supper. He has been writing THE LEATHER LINE for the BALTIMORE OUTLOUD newspaper (Baltimoreoutloud.com.) for over fourteen years. He has produced the Mr. & Ms. Baltimore Eagle Contest and the Maryland LeatherSIR/Leatherboy Contest. In 2001 he was proud to serve as Maryland Mr. Drummer 2001. Rodney also does stand-up comedy and in 2013 was thrilled to perform at Philadelphia Leather Pride Night. He has been nominated multiple times for a Pantheon of Leather Award, was selected Leather Man of the Year in 2013 by COMMAND M.C. and by the Baltimore Leather Association of the Deaf in 2006. The 11th annual 12 Days of Christmas benefit show was dedicated to Rodney and his partner Sir Steve. He has been twice selected as ShipMate of the Year. He has judged Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather 2015, Atlantic States LeatherSIR / Leatherboy and recently judged Mr. Eagle NYC 2018. He is delighted to be able to bring news of his beloved leather community to his readers every issue.