2020 census: Important for LGBTQ people to be counted

Boston – Six months from now, on April 1st, 2020, the federal census will be in full swing. The information collected in this every decade event is used to determine political representation by revising local precinct maps and Congressional districts based on changes in population. It determines the amount of federal funding for education, transportation, health care, housing, and social services. For minority populations such as the LGBTQ communities, basic information provided by the census related to population size and geography also contributes to community representation and support that might otherwise not exist. Although the census does not have any […]

Lawsuits claims maker of Truvada minimized side effects

Charlotte, North Carolina – Truvada, a popular medication used to treat and even prevent HIV, has been connected with serious complications, including lactic acidosis, kidney failure, and liver and bone problems. These side effects are serious and potentially life-threatening. Recent lawsuits allege that Truvada manufacturer Gilead Sciences knowingly downplayed the potential side effects and, even worse, may have suppressed a safer version of the HIV treatment in order to maximize profits. Multiple lawsuits have been filed against Gilead Sciences in courts across the country. According to a court filing made on behalf of plaintiffs in California, Gilead Sciences knew as […]

The Black Cat gay ‘riot’ is well-known … it’s also a myth

Los Angeles – Michael Bedwell writes on the site Lgbtqnation.com that the notion that patrons rioted during a police raid on the Black Cat bar in Los Angeles on New Year’s Day 1967 is myth. Rather the raid lead to a somewhat closeted demonstration in front of the bar on February 11th, 1967. Bedwell says, “When cops wreaked havoc at the Black Cat Tavern, history labelled it “a riot” … but what really happened there? If one takes the time to look behind the curtain, one begins to wonder if it could have simply started as an autocorrect mistake – […]

Feds tell city in Iowa rainbow crosswalks must go

Ames, Iowa – The Trump administration has ordered the city of Ames, Iowa, to remove its newly installed rainbow crosswalks. Ames is the home of Iowa State University, whose students make up about half the city’s 66,000 people. The rainbow crosswalks had been installed this year to commemorate Pride month. In a letter to the city government, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) charged that the crosswalks were in violation of federal rules. The letter ordered the City of Ames to remove the rainbow crosswalks, as they fail to comply with federal traffic-control standards. Federal rules dictate that crosswalks must only […]

Friends raising funds for trans woman attacked in Dallas

Dallas – Friends of Daniela Calderon, a trans women who was seriously injured in an attack on September 20th in Northwest Dallas, have set up a GoFundMe page to help pay her medical bills. Domingo Ramirez-Cayente, the man who has been charged with shooting Calderon multiple times in the chest, abdomen, and arms after shouting transphobic slurs at her, has been released on bail from the Dallas County Jail. According to Stacey Renee Monroe, who established the GoFundMe page, Calderon’s injuries “required emergency surgery, in which doctors had to do a small bowel resection, repair the brachial artery in her […]

Fall has been full of Pride in Texas

Dallas – June may be the official LGBTQ Pride month in most places but Pride broke out all over Texas this fall! First-ever Pride celebrations were held in Tyler and Wimberly, Dallas Southern Pride occurred from September 25th to 29th, Tarrant County Pride had two days’ worth of events October 5th and 6th, and Galls celebrated Texas Latino Pride on October 5th. Both Tyler and Wimberley celebrated their official Pride events in style. Wimberly Pride was held September 20th and 21st and Included a Pre-Pride Kick-off Party on Friday, a Pride March Pre-Party on Saturday, the Pride March, and the […]

Recital with a Focus on African-American Organ Music, October 27th

As part of the Tiffany Series concerts at Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church (1320 Park Avenue, in the Bolton Hill section of Baltimore), renowned organist Mickey Thomas Terry will play a program of European organ classics as well as works by African-American composers. The concert will be on Sunday, October 27th at 3 pm. A reception will follow. Mr. Terry has been widely praised for his “extraordinary skill” (Washington Post), his impeccable musicianship, and the “passion and poetry” of his playing (“Pipedreams,” Minnesota Public Radio). The American Organist described a recital he gave at an American Guild of Organists’ convention as […]

LGBTQ Trivia Night at Red Emma’s

Red Emma’s and Brother Help Thyself invite you to grab your best trivia pals for a night of trivia benefitting Brother Help Thyself and the LGBTQ community on Thursday, October 24th, from 7 to 10 pm at Red Emma’s (1225 Cathedral Street, Baltimore). Over 40-plus years, Brother Help Thyself has distributed over $3 million to over 130 groups supporting the LGBTQ community and HIV service providers. The event will include door prizes, bar specials, 50/50 raffles, and prizes for the best regular and small teams. Best of all, you will have the opportunity to spend the evening with other fun […]

Getting MD Schools More LGBT-Friendly – Meeting on Sex Ed, October 22nd

The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) will be holding a public meeting to discuss new policies affecting Maryland public schools and LGBTQ students. The meeting will take place on Tuesday, October 22nd from 9 to 11 am at 200 West Baltimore Street in Baltimore.The proposed regulation will also require local school systems to develop educational equity policy and regulations, which are designed to create and maintain environments that are equitable, fair, safe, diverse and inclusive and to require that an “equity lens” be used in reviews of staff, curriculum, and instructional materials. This regulation will provide an opportunity to […]

Dreams & Visions: LGBTQ Homelessness in Baltimore

Dreams and Visions, a local LGBTQ spiritual community, will focus their next gathering on the pressing issue of LGBTQ homelessness and housing insecurity in Baltimore. The gathering will be held on Sunday, October 13th from 4 to 5:30 pm at 3400 Norman Avenue, Baltimore. The featured speakers are Kevi Smith and ReQuan Harris. Smith is a local activist who with a focus on restorative community organizing. Harris works as a recovery coach and outreach specialist and is experiencing homelessness but is on a hopeful path to finding permanent housing. Representatives from the Youth Empowerment Society (YES) Drop-In Center will also […]