Florida Board of Education Slammed for Don’t Say LGBTQ+ Expansion

Tallahassee – On April 19th, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and Equality Florida, joined teachers, parents, and students in slamming Florida’s Board of Education for voting to expand Gov. Ron DeSantis’s shameful “Don’t Say LGBTQ+” bill to all grades. At a roundtable event in Tallahassee, they also spoke out against the Florida legislature’s unprecedented efforts to advance a slate of hateful anti-LGBTQ+ bills and proposals attacking the LGBTQ+ community. The rights of millions of Floridians are being rolled back by Gov. DeSantis and his allies who – to pander to the most extreme fringes of their base – have proposed […]

Iranian LGBTQ+ activist released after receiving death sentence

London – Amelia Hansford reports for Pink News that Elham Choubdar, one of two women sentenced to death on charges of “promoting homosexuality”, has been released from custody in Iran. The LGBTQ+ activist was released on Monday, March 13th after her bail of one billion rial (approximately £19,500) was paid. She was arrested in 2021 alongside Sareh Sedighi-Hamadani on charges of “corruption on Earth” for “promoting homosexuality” and “depravity”. They were also charged with “promoting Christianity” and of “communicating with the media opposing the Islamic Republic”. It was reported by Amnesty International in January that Iran had overturned the death […]

Growing Attacks On Transgender Medical Care

Bills to ban best-practice medical care for transgender people are growing in number, growing in scope, and growing more extreme, according to a report released today by the Movement Advancement Project (MAP), entitled “Bans on Medical Care for Transgender People.” The report looks at the sweeping attempts to ban and restrict medical care for not only transgender youth – but also transgender adults. Just last week, Missouri became the first state to effectively ban medically necessary care for both youth and adults. MAP analyzed the more than 250 bills introduced in recent years that attack access to medical care for […]

Edgar Allen Poe comes home to Baltimore and it’s Not a Midnight Dreary

In 2006, the musical Nevermore, with music by Matt Conner and book by Grace Barnes featuring lyrics adapted from the writings of Edgar Allan Poe, made its live theatre debut. In northern Virginia. What’s wrong with this story? Ask any Baltimorean – Poe is ours. Yet somehow the musical ran in Virginia, England, and even Australia. Never Baltimore. After a 16-year wait, Stillpointe Theatre is to thank for Nevermore’s Baltimore debut. Director Ryan Haase, along with the talented cast and crew, have delivered a cryptic and immersive experience to finish their 13th season. Nevermore isn’t a full biography, but an […]

FreeState Justice Offers Free Legal Advice

FreeState Justice is excited to partner with the Pride Center of Maryland to bring pro-bono legal resources to LGBTQIA+ communities across the state. These clinics will focus on helping Marylanders with name and gender marker changes on all official documents and a chance for clients to ask our team of pro bono attorneys for legal advice. There will be monthly clinics for the next three months, with a special one at Pride in the Park in June. These clinics will be at 2601 North Howard Street, Baltimore, and are entirely free of cost. Whether you are in need of these […]

Angels in America’s Michael Kevin Darnall on Overcoming Fear and Avoiding Apathy

If you regularly attend live theatre in Washington, DC, there’s a good chance you’ve seen Michael Kevin Darnall perform onstage. Frequently spotted at the Hub Theatre and Spooky Action Theatre, Darnall recently made his Arena Stage debut in Tony Kushner’s epic play,  Angels in America Part One: Millennium Approaches, which recently ended it’s run on the Fichandler Stage on April 23. Top image: Michael Kevin Darnall as Louis in Angels in America, Part One: Millenium Approaches. Photo by Margot Schulman. Darnall, who plays the role of Louis Ironson, spoke with Baltimore OUTLoud to share his thoughts on Arena Stage, the AIDS epidemic, […]

West Texas A&M prez sued for canceling drag show

Dallas – The student chapter of Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression (FIRE) and two of the group’s student leaders have filed suit against West Texas A&M University President Walter Wendler after Wendler announced earlier this week he was cancelling a student-organized drag show that would have benefitted the Trevor Project. Wendler issued a letter declaring there is “no such thing” as a “harmless drag show,” comparing drag to blackface and claiming drag “denigrates” women. Drag shows, he claimed, “stereotype women in cartoon-like extremes for the amusement of others and discriminate against womanhood.” In a press release announcing the lawsuit, […]

United trans flight attendant featured in ad commits suicide

Denver, Colorado – Greg Owen writes in LGBTQ Nation that a popular and well-known trans flight attendant was found dead at her home on Monday, March 20th, by Denver Police after posting a suicide note to social media. On Monday morning at 2:28 am, Kayleigh Scott posted to Facebook and Instagram: “As I take my final breaths and exit this living earth, I would like to apologize to everyone I let down. I am so sorry I could not be better.” Shortly after Scott posted the note, friends on social media alerted authorities. The police conducted a wellness check but […]

Right-wing Catholic group tracks priest using gay dating apps

Denver, Colorado – Emily Chudy writes for Pink News that a Catholic group in Colorado has reportedly spent millions to identify gay priests who use hook-up and dating apps. The conservative, not-for-profit group, Catholic Laity and Clergy for Renewal (CLCR), are said to have spent at least $4 million to find priests who used gay dating apps, and shared the data with bishops across America, the Washington Post reported. The data spans from 2018 until 2021, and was taken from numerous apps, including Grindr, Scruff, Growlr, Jack’d and OkCupid. The Washington Post reported that it was “not clear” what kind […]

Children of same-sex couples fare as well or better

London – The Guardian reports that the children of same-sex couples fare just as well, if not better, than those of heterosexual couples, research has shown. While data on so-called “sexual minority families” is limited, the UK’s Office for National Statistics recorded 212,000 same-sex families in the UK in 2019, a 40% rise since 2015. The number of same-sex parents rose from 4,000 in 2010 to 12,000 in 2013. A new study backs up previous research, concluding that a child’s development has little to do with their parents’ sexual orientation or gender identity. “Contrary to many concerns, our review found […]