‘Municipal Equality Index’ – B’more Earns Top Score

Leaving aside economic justice for a moment, the Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index (MEI) examines how inclusive municipal laws, policies, and services are of LGBTQ people who live and work there. Cities are rated based on non-discrimination laws, the municipality as an employer, municipal services, law enforcement, and the city leadership’s public position on equality. While a score of 100 means Baltimore is ahead of hundreds of cities across the country, there’s still plenty of work to do. Please follow and like us:

Backbar Movies: Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Paulie Gee’s Backbar at Paulie Gee’s in Hamden (3535 Chestnut Avenue, Baltimore) invites you to the next installment of “Backbar Movies” on Tuesday, November 26th from 8 to 10 pm for a screening of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Enjoy the event voted Baltimore magazine’s 2019 “Best Movie Night” where they pay for the movie, and you get to enjoy it and eat cheap food! Hedwig and the Angry Inch is the story of an East German emigrant and victim of a botched sex-change operation living in a trailer in Kansas. The 2001 film is James Cameron Mitchell’s film adaptation […]

12 Days of Christmas is Finally Legal

On Saturday, December 14th, one of Baltimore’s longest running fundraising events, the “12 Days of Christmas,” turns 21 and the theme is “We’re Finally Legal.” If you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t heard of this event presented by Hooker and Boys, it features a live performance, drag, and skit variety show with a silent auction, raffles, bootblacks, pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus, cupcakes from Belton and more. The event raises funds for local charities that support the LGBTQ and HIV communities. This year’s beneficiaries are the Scott Stamford Memorial Fund, administered by AIDS Action Baltimore (Aidsactionbaltimore.org); the […]

Hearts & Ears Celebrates 20 Years

For the past 20 years, Hearts and Ears has served Baltimore’s sexual-minority community with support and mental-health services. The non-profit group supports a peer-led wellness and recovery center for LGBTQ individuals with mental health and substance use recovery concerns, providing support, advocacy, awareness, and educational opportunities. Join Hearts and Ears for an open house on December 6th from 3 to 7 pm at their location at 611 Park Avenue in Baltimore. For more info visit Bit.ly/33MFgk1. Hearts and Ears provides a drop-in center at its Park Avenue location that is open 20 hours a week. It hosts weekly confidential support […]

New Horizons Winter Holiday Party, Dec. 18th

AIDS Action Baltimore and New Horizons invites you to join them at their third annual Winter Holiday Party on Wednesday, December 18th, from 6 to 8 pm at the Waxter Center (1000 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, at the corner of Cathedral and Eager Streets). Everyone is welcome but RSVP to baltoaids@aol.com so that they can provide sufficient food. For more info call 410-837-2437. Please follow and like us:

Trans Craft Fair, Dec. 14th

Trans folks know a thing or two about making things look good. On December 14th, from noon to 5 pm, there’s a Trans Craft Fair, just in time for the holiday season, sponsored by the Baltimore Transgender Alliance. All the artists and crafters whose wares will be sold at the event are trans. The fair will be held at Charm City Meadworks (400 Biddle Street, Baltimore). Proceeds will benefit the Alliance. For more info, visit Bit.ly/2sHLKUR. Please follow and like us:

Salvation Army says it isn’t discriminatory to LGBTQ people

Dallas – The Salvation Army has released a statement about the LGBTQ community following allegations that the group was anti-gay. The organization said: “We’re saddened to learn that a corporate partner has felt it necessary to divert funding to other hunger, education, and homelessness organizations – areas in which the Salvation Army, as the largest social services provider in the world, is already fully committed. We serve more than 23 million individuals a year, including those in the LGBTQ community. In fact, we believe we are the largest provider of poverty relief to the LGBTQ population. When misinformation is perpetuated […]

Library of Congress gifted AIDS Quilt & will house it in SF

Washington, DC – The Names Project Foundation (NPF) announced on November 20th that the National AIDS Memorial will become the new caretaker of the AIDS Memorial Quilt and Names Project programs. As part of the transition, the Names Project and the National AIDS Memorial have agreed to jointly gift care and stewardship of the quilt’s archival collections to the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, making this collection available through the world’s largest public library. “The Library of Congress is proud to serve as the home of the National AIDS Memorial Quilt Archive to preserve its legacy and […]

Haitian LGBTQ activist Jeudy Charlot found dead

Port-au-Prince – Jeudy Charlot, one of Haiti’s most prominent LGBTQ activists, was found dead at his home in Pétion-Ville, outside of the capital of Port-au-Prince, on the morning of November 25th, according to officials with OutRight Action International, an LGBTQ rights group. The circumstances of his death are still unclear, OutRight officials said, “and an autopsy is needed to determine the cause of death.” Charlot was executive director of Kouraj, one of Haiti’s only LGBT organizations and OutRight’s partner in a multi-year project fighting sexual and gender-based violence in Haiti. While the cause of death has not yet been determined, […]

Univ of Penna drops claim trans workers are not protected

Philadelphia – The University of Pennsylvania has withdrawn its legal stance in a contentious court case that trans workers in the region aren’t protected from discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, a federal workplace-antibias law. In July, Penn and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania were sued by “Jane Doe,” a trans woman and former employee at HUP, who alleges she was illegally fired from her job at HUP after experiencing severe harassment while a patient there. One of her claims is employment discrimination covered by Title VII, which bans workplace bias on the basis of […]