Carl Patrick “Charles” Hughes, a founding member of the Baltimore Gay Alliance and Gay Community Center of Baltimore, died March 7th in his Charles Village home of 53 years. He was 78 and had been diagnosed with an inoperable aneurysm after suffering a heart attack in October. The aneurysm was the likely cause of his death. Cover image: Charles (right) and Scott Emmons at gay pride in New York in the 1970s Charles, also known as Buster, was born in Palm Beach, Florida, but lived most of his life in Baltimore City. He was the son of Joseph Hughes, a […]
CHARLEY SHIVELY, one of the pivotal figures in the gay liberation movement, died Friday, October 6th at the Cambridge Rehabilitation and Nursing Home, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He had been a resident since June of 2011. He would have been 80 on December 8th 2017.
August 29, 1942 – October 25, 2008 Norman Thomas, one of the founders of the Baltimore Gay Alliance (BGA) and Gay Community Center of Baltimore and one of the first African Americans to own a downtown gift shop, died at Mercy Hospital on October 25th from MRSA, a virulent, antibiotic resistant staph infection. He was 66 and a lifelong Baltimore resident. Norman was one of a core group of men and women with roots in the anti-Vietnam War, civil rights, and early women’s movements, who came together in 1975 to form BGA, a single purpose gay rights organization that lobbied […]