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.
Franklin N. McNeil, Jr., honoring T. Calhoun (Cal) Strawhand; Jabari Lyles honoring Kay Halle; Vann Michael honoring Ross Avery Walker; Betsy Cerulo honoring Cheryl Spector; and Rik Newton-Treadway honoring Charles “Chuck” Leo Bowers.
Afterwards, honorees were pinned with a special commemorative Elders Day pin, hosted by pin master, Carlton “the Duchess” Smith. The program concluded with the unveiling of the 2019 Elders Day banner, created by Jaimes Mayhew. The banner will be on permanent display at the LHRC (1111 North Charles Street, 2nd floor).
Honor Our LGBT Elders Day is a national day to draw awareness to and appreciation of the lifetime of contributions made by LGBT older adults. The gains made each year in LGBT rights and equality sit squarely on the backs of those who fought and lived their lives through large and small victories in order to be their true selves. Honor Our LGBT Elders Day works to unite the LGBTQ community and its allies to celebrate and thank those individuals who fought on behalf of us all. For more information, please visit Lgbteldersday.org.
National Honor Our LGBT Elders Day in Baltimore was sponsored by Baltimore Center Stage; PayPal; Betsy Cerulo and Susan Murray, in memory of Cheryl Spector; Outstanding Women Embracing Life (OWEL); Heartland Assisted Living at Severna Park, the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service; Dudley Physical Therapy; CHANA; and SAFE: Stop Abuse of Elders; AARP Maryland; Pride Center of Maryland; Moveable Feast; the Maryland LGBT Chamber of Commerce; Rosenberg, Martin, Greenberg LLP; and New Wave Singers.