The long-fought battle to secure non-discrimination protections based on gender identity in employment, housing, credit and public accommodations moved one step closer to reality. On March 27, the House of Delegates voted 82 to 57 to approve SB212, the Fairness for All Marylanders Act, sending it to Governor Martin O’Malley’s desk for final approval. No Republican voted in favor of the bill. Luke Clippinger (D-Baltimore City), who is openly gay, introduced it in the House.
Typically when someone wins at bingo there are usually good-natured groans or even a boo now and then from the other contestants expressing their disappointment. But when Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake shouted “Bingo” signaling that she had the requisite numbers on her card for one game, thunderous cheers erupted from some 60 folks participating in the weekly “Gay Bingo” event at the Club Hippo.
The 21st annual Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) was held in Boston from March 3-6, 2014. Last year we learned about the Mississippi Baby, the first toddler cured of HIV. The Mississippi Baby remains cured of HIV. The results were reported by our own Deborah Persaud of Hopkins who also reported on another baby from California who is also being treated in the same manner as the Mississippi Baby. In the California case, the baby was treated four hours after birth and remains on treatment. We will not know if this very early treatment case will be successful until the child has a treatment interruption, the only way we have at this juncture to ascertain whether the baby will experience a viral load rebound while not taking antiretroviral (ARV) treatment.
It may have been a cold rainy Sunday on March 30, but inside Levering Hall on the campus of Johns Hopkins University, the energy and enthusiasm coming from the students attending the B’MORE Proud LGBTIA Leadership Summit warmed things up.
The Baltimore Police Commissioner’s LGBT Advisory Council Meeting has scheduled a community meeting with Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts. It will take place on April 14 from 7:00 to 9 p.m. at the Northwest District Community Action Center, 3939 Reisterstown Road, Baltimore.
The Advisory Council indicated that Commissioner Batts is eager to hear from members of the Baltimore’s LGBT communities and request that folks attend to share any compliments, concerns and thoughts.
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