Friday, November 28, 2014

A Day to Remember and Recommit

The 2014 theme for World AIDS Day on December 1 in the United States is “Focus, Partner, Achieve: An AIDS-free Generation.”  The World AIDS Campaign's Global Steering Committee’s theme is “Getting to Zero,” for the annual observances from 2011 – 2015. The theme is about reducing new HIV infections, discrimination and AIDS-related deaths to zero through increased advances and equal access to HIV prevention, testing, treatment and care.

World AIDS Day provides powerful opportunities to raise awareness, to honor and remember those who have passed on, and to celebrate achievements such as increased access to treatment and prevention services.

New Wave Singers of Baltimore will open its 2014-2015 season with performances of its holiday concert, “’Twas the Night.” In addition to Clement Clark Moore’s choral version of the classic poem, “’Twas the Night Before Christmas,” the concert will include selections by composers Morten Lauridsen, John Rutter, Enya, and others. An added highlight will be selections presented by small ensembles of New Wave Singers’ members, offering a variety of popular Christmas favorites for all ages.

Friday, November 28, 2014

The Battle Against LGBT Homelessness

Meet Francis Soane who is now 27. Francis had a rough childhood. His grandma passed away when he was five years old. He grew up in the beginning with his mom – a bartender – who bounced him around all over from place to place. Francis dealt with watching his mom and her men drinking and fighting a lot. In the bar she worked in he found a love for music. Music was his refuge to escape everyday problems. Mom died when he was 12.

Earlier this month, Maryland’s Medicaid Coverage Policy Advisory Committee recommended that Maryland’s Medicaid coverage be updated to provide transgender-inclusive health coverage for all participants in Maryland’s Medical Assistance (Medicaid) program. The Medical Assistance program is the primary source of health insurance coverage for low-income adults, families, and children in the State. The updated coverage will provide coverage for medically necessary comprehensive services for gender transition.

Salisbury University’s (SU) Safe Spaces Workshop is now being offered statewide through a partnership with the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights (MCCR). It’s a free program that aims to make all environments welcoming of LGBT individuals.

GLSEN issued a school climate “state snapshot” for Maryland on November 13 as part of a nationwide survey that found that many LGBT students in secondary schools experience harassment and bullying. As a result of these activities, LGBT students often miss school out of their fear for safety, which hurts them academically.

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