Less than three weeks after Tamala Harris was charged in connection with the stabbing death of her girlfriend Tekeya Amanda Johnson in the 6000 block of Amberwood Road in Northeast Baltimore ("Woman Stabs Girlfriend to Death", Baltimore OUTloud), another murder involving a gay couple struck the area on October 11.  Andre Nicholas, 28, who performed a variety of handyman jobs at Club Bunns, was found dead in the basement of his boyfriend’s mother’s home at the 2500 block of Garrett Avenue.  Nicholas’s boyfriend of about a year and a half, Jermaine Jackson, also 28, was arrested and charged in the homicide.

The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center of Baltimore and Central Maryland (GLCCB) appointed Joel Tinsley-Hall of Glen Burnie, Maryland, to be its next executive director. The appointment was effective on October 3, the last day that the interim executive director Kelly Neel served. Neel had resigned citing vision and values differences with the GLCCB’s board. She had been a candidate for the position but withdrew.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Hello Baltimore!

I am so very excited and honored to join the GLCCB as the new executive director. I’d like to thank the GLCCB board of directors for entrusting me with the responsibility to serve Baltimore’s LGBT community through this leadership post. It’s a responsibility that I don’t take lightly, and in the coming weeks and months, I look forward to meeting and getting to know many of you as I transition into this executive director role.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Jewish Group to Host Two Events

JQ Baltimore (, an organization that strives to make Baltimore a welcoming community for Jewish LGBT individuals, families, and allies, will be hosting two events. On October 25, there will be a Rainbow Shabbat – a vegetarian potluck dinner and Havdalah Service in honor of Noah and the Ark. It will take place at 5 p.m. in Pikesville, and all are welcome.

Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown last week criticized Larry Hogan’s positions on marriage rights for same-sex couples and the state’s transgender rights law.

Brown told the Washington Blade on Sunday during a telephone interview that Hogan has been “very clear that he does not support marriage equality,” even though his Republican rival for the governor’s office has previously said he would not seek to repeal the law if Maryland voters next month elect him to succeed Gov. Martin O’Malley.

The Westminster chapter of PFLAG will present Diana Philip from the FreeState Legal Project who will discuss the recently published report from the Youth Equality Alliance (YEA), “Living in the Margins,” which looks at challenges of LGBTQ youth face in education, foster and juvenile justice systems. The meeting takes place on October 19 at 5 p.m. at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, 17 Bond Street (Corner of Bond & Green Streets), Westminster, Maryland.


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