Equality Maryland is sponsoring the screening of The New Black, which will take place on July 30 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Chase Brexton Building Community Meeting Room, 1111 N. Charles St. in Baltimore. The New Black is a documentary by Yoruba Richen that tells the story of how the African-American community is grappling with the gay rights issue in light of the recent marriage equality movement and the fight over civil rights. The film documents activists, families and clergy on both sides of the campaign to legalize gay marriage and examines homophobia in the black community’s institutional pillar—the black church and reveals the Christian right wing’s strategy of exploiting this phenomenon in order to pursue an anti-gay political agenda.

Sharon Brackett and Steve Charing, representing Baltimore OUTloud, gave presentations to the 2014 Statewide EEO Conference called “Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) in the 21st Century Workplace.” The conference, which was comprised of EEO professionals from agencies throughout Maryland, took place on July 10 at the Baltimore City Community College (BCCC) campus.

When the current president (and resident cat-herder) of the Eastern Panhandle LGBTQ Alliance of West Virginia and I sat in my living room in the mountain community of Shannondale and we decided to try to piece together an organization to pull our local LGBTQ community together, we never dreamed of pulling off a Pride Day celebration within 13 months’ time. But we have weathered a complete turnover of our governing board, a low time in late winter/early spring when we just weren’t sure that it was all “worth it,” and all of the stress (that John– especially John– endured) to come out on the end of our local Pride celebration completely humbled and flattered and insanely reassured that this celebration was not only a good idea, but that our local LGBTQ community has actually been starved for such a celebration of its identity.

Carl Streed Jr., MD received the AMA Foundation Excellence in Medicine Leadership Award. Dr. Streed has advocated for the inclusion of LGBT health issues in the Johns Hopkins Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health curricula, has increased the visibility and value of the LGBT community at Hopkins through community advocacy, and has successfully achieved transgender equity in health insurance coverage.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

GLCCB to Assess Pride

Given the changes in format and venue for Baltimore Pride 2014, the GLCCB is seeking community input on how things went. The organization, which has sponsored Baltimore LGBT Pride for over three decades, hosted an open town hall meeting on July 23 at the Waxter Center building. It took place at press time, but full coverage will appear in our August 8 issue.

Baltimore police confirmed the killing of Mia Henderson, 26, a transgender woman who died of “severe trauma.” Her body was found July 16 just before 6 a.m. in an alley in the 3400 block of Piedmont Avenue near Lake Ashburton in Northwest Baltimore. Police officers discovered the body while attempting to serve a warrant in an unrelated case. Lt. Colonel David Reitz at a press conference held later that day indicated that the victim “appeared to have been there for a few hours.”

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