In an effort to provide needed services and programs to residents in Charles Village and Waverly, a new non-profit called the North Baltimore Equality (NBEq) Center is being planned. Using the catchy theme “Let’s Bmore Equal,” the goal, according to founder Kelly Neel, is “to bring a small community center environment with programming and resources through partnerships for all ages, races, sexual orientations, gender identities, religions, etc. with a focus on LGBTQ individuals, in addition to programming and services for all underserved populations.”

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Miss Hippo 2015

Dimitria Blackwell Wins Miss Hippo Contest–
On January 9 Dimitria Blackwell (a.k.a. Paul Liller) captured the title of Miss Gay Hippo Maryland America 2015. Pictured from left are: Eva Couture (first runner up), Dimitria Blackwell (winner), Alondra Sancheez (Miss Gay Maryland America), and Jocelyn Carrillo (second runner up).

This upcoming Pride season could very well be the most prideful summer ever. The U.S. Supreme Court announced on January 16 that it will be taking up the issue of same-sex marriage and is expected to rule once and for all if gays and lesbians have the Constitutional right to marry and whether lawful marriages must be recognized by other states.

Oral arguments are projected to take place in April and a final ruling is anticipated by the end of June. The Court will extend the time for oral arguments from the normal one hour to two and a half hours.

With the U.S. Supreme Court poised to consider marriage equality to be possibly the law of the land, President Obama in the State of the Union Address on January 20 asserted that same-sex marriage is a civil right. During the address, Obama said, “I’ve seen something like gay marriage go from a wedge issue used to drive us apart to a story of freedom across our country, a civil right now legal in states that seven in ten Americans call home.”

This reference to marriage equality as a “civil right” signals the Obama administration’s desire to argue before the Supreme Court to strike down remaining state bans on same-sex marriage.

On Saturday, January 24, 2015, Brother, Help Thyself (BHT), will hold its annual Grants and Awards Reception at the new DC Eagle (3701 Benning Road NE, Washington, D.C.).  Doors open at 1:30 p.m. and the program begins at 2:30 p.m. Nearly 30 non-profits will be receiving grant checks, and BHT’s board of directors will present four community awards.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Bonderenko to Speak at Prime Timers

Thomas Bonderenko, executive director of Movable Feast, will be the guest speaker at the Prime Timers of Baltimore meeting on February 8. It will be held at 6 p.m. at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 20th and St. Paul Streets in Baltimore.

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