Howard County Creates LGBT Workgroup

Howard County Executive Calvin Ball signed an executive order November 1st to create a LGBTQ workgroup “to promote the shared community values of diversity and civility.” Ball’s office says that the workgroup will work with county agencies, nonprofits, and other community groups to promote “an environment of inclusion, communication, understanding, and respect throughout Howard County.” “Our vision is to ensure that every person in Howard County, regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation, can live with dignity, be unapologetically proud, and feel totally safe in our community,” said Ball. “We were so proud to hold Howard County’s first Pride […]

Freedom: An Evening of LGBTQ Storytelling

What does it means to be free? That’s the topic of a forum sponsored by FreeState Justice set for on Saturday, November 16th, from 7 to 10 pm, at Baltimore Center Stage (700 North Calvert Street, Baltimore). “Eight powerhouse LGBTQ storytellers will offer their takes on the theme ‘Freedom,’” organizers say. “Some will make you laugh. Some will touch your heart. All will make you see the world in a different way. Fans of ‘Stoop Storytelling’ and ‘The Moth’ won’t want to miss this one-of-a-kind event.” “When it comes to creating change, there’s nothing more powerful that a true story […]

B’more Health Commissioner: LGBT Community Conversation, Nov. 13th

Baltimore’s new health commissioner, Dr. Letitia Dzirasa, in partnership with the Baltimore City office of LGBTQ Affairs, invite you to join them on Wednesday, November 13th from 6 to 8 pm at the Jacques Journey Center (880 Park Avenue, suite 300, Baltimore) to meet the new commissioner, and hear about her goals and vision for LGBTQ health. The event will provide a safe space for open dialogue about the shape of health in the city. The event is free, but try to RSVP for the event to help organizers at Bit.ly/2PO2mDy. For more info, visit Bit.ly/34tAnNI. For questions or accommodations […]

New ‘Bi-plus’ Social Group

The Baltimore City Office of LGBTQ Affairs invites anyone who identifies as bisexual, pansexual, or any other identity welcoming and affirming of the Bi+ community to join them on Monday, November 18th from 6 to 7 pm at the Enoch Pratt Free Library (400 Cathedral Street, Baltimore), for the first meeting of BiMonthly, a monthly social and discussion group. The goal’s purpose is to build fellowship and visibility within the local Bi-plus communities. For more info, visit Bit.ly/2pJFryD. Please follow and like us:

Baltimore City LGBTQ Community Strategic Plan

Last year, LGBTQ liaisons representing the Office of the Mayor, City Council, State’s Attorney’s Office, and the Baltimore City LGBTQ Commission hosted an LGBTQ Town Hall at City Hall. At that meeting, they promised to bring the community back together in a year’s time to provide an update on the progress that has been made on addressing the issues of concern raised at that event. After reviewing the comments from the town hall and researching and questioning on their own, they are excited to present to the community a first draft of a strategic plan for Baltimore’s LGBTQ community. This […]

A Show of Titleholders

Join Baltimore’s own Queen of Comedy Shawnna Alexander on Sunday, November 10th, from 8:30 to 11:30 pm as she hosts “A Show of Titleholders” at the Rowan Tree (1633 South Charles Street, Baltimore). Her cast of local and regional titleholders will present a memorable evening of entertainment. You’re encouraged to bring clothing, non-perishable food, and loose change to be donated to B & Dee’s Baltimore Love, to support their work helping area homeless people. There’s no cover and free parking passes are available at the bar. Your first cocktail is free if you show your Lyft or Uber ride receipt. […]

Trans Sexual Health Forum

AIDS Action Baltimore hosts a trans sexual health forum entitled “TRANScending Barriers III” at the Waxter Center (1000 Cathedral Street, Baltimore) on Wednesday, November 20th from 6:30 to 8 pm. This session will feature local providers who address the needs and services related to the trans community. Trans and gender non-conforming people are welcome to identify practical solutions to healthcare challenges, as well as a collective way forward. Dinner will be served. The event is free of charge, but please RSVP to baltoaids@aol.com so organizers can have enough food on hand. For questions, call 410-837-2437. Please follow and like us:

Three Proven Health Benefits of Pumpkin

By Lindsey Gass With fall in full-swing, pumpkin everything is filling grocery store shelves! Although pumpkin flavors may taste great to most of us, the actual vegetable is packed with so many nutrients that it’s easy to add it to almost any recipe for a nutritional boost. Youfit’s registered dietician, Lindsey Gass, is here to provide. Three of the best reasons to eat pumpkin this fall season: 1) It can improve skin – Pumpkin is full of a carotenoid called beta-carotene that gives it that orange hue. Beta-carotene (a provitamin) breaks down into vitamin A in the body. One-half cup […]

MENTAL HEALTH MOMENT – All it Takes is One

Nine out of ten LGBTQ youth reported experiencing bullying in the past year. And LGBTQ youth are twice as likely to experience physical assault as their peers. During National Bullying Prevention Month in October, it is important to recognize the signs and symptoms of bullying, and how you can help those impacted.  Bullying is defined by the Merriam-Webster Dictionary as “abuse and mistreatment of someone vulnerable by someone stronger or more powerful.” Symptoms of someone who is being bullied include isolation, declining grades, disinterest in eating, poor sleep habits, and irritability and anger. While much of the literature about bullying […]

Skip Peacock

On September 16th, Skip Peacock – aka Tia Chambers – passed away from kidney failure. She was a beloved member of our community and our 1991 and 1992 Queen of Pride. At the time of press no other information was available but have been told by family they are working on his celebration of life. As soon as we get it, we will publish it.  RIP Skip – we love you. Please follow and like us: