BALTIMORE PRIDE WEEK 2016 runs July 17th to 24th. Here are some highlights:
On Friday, July 22nd, three very different events will raise funds to support Baltimore Pride and the GLBT Community Center of Baltimore and Central Maryland (GLCCB). At 7 p.m., the GLCCB’s annual Pride cocktail party fundraiser, “Twilight on the Terrace,” is set for Gertrude’s restaurant at the Baltimore Museum of Art (10 Art Museum Drive). The event includes hors d’oeuvres, a four-hour open bar, silent auction, music by Arturo, dancing, and art. For tickets: Twilight2016.eventbrite.com.
A few years ago I had the privilege of working with a group of local LGBTQ youth. The teens themselves were as diverse as the colors of the rainbow that represents our community, but they all had a few things in common. These brave young people banded together to create a safe place for themselves and others like them because, sadly, they felt their community was not a safe place for them. They had all experienced harassment and discrimination; their lives were filled with experiences that proved the world would not accept them. They longed for change, but change seemed impossible.
Dallas, TX - President Barack Obama and former President George W. Bush — in Dallas to speak at the Tuesday, July 12 memorial service for the five officers killed July 7 following a Black Lives Matter protest rally — both spoke this week of the need to heal and to unite to bridge the growing chasm between the black community and police departments nationwide.
In a cramped meeting room in New York City on May 27th, a dozen gay men, HIV-positive and negative alike, came together to answer a vexing question: How do gay men bridge a divide that has been forged through decades of HIV stigma, distrust, and mutual blame? Or, at the very least, what might be done to start a conversation about the divide and begin to heal the wounds?
Urban Lifestyles, a family-owned real estate agency with longtime community roots and history of charitable giving, has joined the national Weichert franchise network. The new office, now known as Weichert, Realtors – Urban Lifestyles, is lead by broker/co-owners Mary and Ron Zimmerman, siblings who’ve lived in the Baltimore area their entire life.
A more youthful and rested look at a reasonable cost with no anesthesia and no need to go under the knife? Is it any wonder that in 2015 nonsurgical cosmetic procedures have increased by over 700% since 2000? That’s according to the American Society for Plastic Surgery. It’s a trend that will likely continue as more of us consider anti-aging alternatives that fall between a facelift and a wrinkle cream.
Ta’von Vinson, an African-American gay playwright and Baltimore native, decides to take a break from writing and hops over to The Drinkery for a much needed stress reliever. One can find him frequently at the Bun Shop or in passing with a friendly demeanor and colorful locks in the community. An outreach specialist with Johns Hopkins, he has many accomplishments, including his book Positively Me (about his experiences with HIV/AIDS) and being producer / director of the play What We’re Taught at the Arena Players under his company, Theater Coven Productions. He personifies through his writing the celebration of diversity with black gay characters in real life. Baltimore OUTloud caught up with Ta’von briefly to ask him some questions about his character choices, works in the future and the imagery of black gay men on television.
On April 4th, 1969 the Spartan Motor Cycle Club called together members of five gay motor cycle clubs to have a meeting. They met at the apartment of one of the members of the Lost Angels in Washington, D.C., and decided to form an umbrella organization that would help the leather clubs work together. One of the main objectives was to help coordinate the scheduling of events so that clubs would not be competing with each other for attendees. The Spartan MC of Washington, Lost Angels of Washington, Cycle MC of New York City, Second City MC of Chicago, and Vikings MC of Boston formed the Atlantic Mid-West Coordinating Council with the mission of coordinating schedules, developing common rules for membership, and assisting in the forming of new clubs. They sent out letters to other gay motorcycle clubs and asked them to join. The organization continued to grow and by 1974 was made up of clubs from not just Florida, Colorado, and many other states, but also Canada and Europe. Growth brought problems. With so many clubs from all over the U.S. and beyond, the Atlantic Mid-West Coordinating Council was just not manageable. The solution was to break into three organizations: European Council of Motor Cycle Clubs, Mid-America Conference, and the Atlantic Motorcycle Coordinating Council.
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