Two separate attacks on young gay couples took place in Baltimore within two weeks of each other that has caused the community to be concerned about safety. The first occurred on May 28 after midnight outside the Cathedral Court Apartments near Read Street. Jeremy Smith said he was coming home from a bar with his fiancé and a group of six black men, according to the police report, came up from behind. “I think they were hiding or I was just oblivious to their presence,” Smith told Baltimore OUTloud. “They said just take it and jumped us. They were saying some pretty hateful stuff.” Smith said they were calling the men “bitches” and “queers” during the attack.
The Frederick Center is proud to announce the return of Sampson McCormick as the official master of ceremonies for Frederick Pride 2015, taking place on June 27 in the Carroll Creek Linear Park in the heart of downtown Frederick. Sampson delivered a full day of laughter and energy two years ago at Frederick Pride 2013, and the Pride Planning Committee is thrilled to bring his humor and mischief to this year’s creek-side celebration.
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.
Where would I be without the work I love? There is nothing more rewarding to me than working on behalf of American workers. Serving U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez is both an honor and a joy, and I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished as a public servant during my “tour of duties” as a political appointee in the Clinton and Obama administrations. The work is exhilarating, interesting every day, and has become a central part of who I am.
In 2013, members of the LGBT Ministry of St. Matthews Catholic Church in northeast Baltimore were inspired to march in the upcoming Baltimore Pride Parade, but wanted to create a bigger impact. They met with their neighbors at Faith Presbyterian Church, who had been marching for several years with other Presbyterian churches. They began speaking to people they knew in other faith communities, and the group began to grow.
Spices have been used for thousands of years, lending their own unique aromatic and exotic flavors to foods. Asia, Arabia, and the Mediterranean regions have a longstanding history of spice trade with some spices valued as highly as gold. Spices have been used for many aspects of human culture throughout time and include embalming of the deceased, anointing oils, body ointments, and to fumigate homes. Spices were so highly sought after they became the catalyst for developing empires and waging wars during Roman times and throughout the Middle Ages. Trade routes were established during early European times and explorers embarked on long journeys to find spices indigenous to a region or culture, yet highly prized beyond for their flavor and medicinal value.
Do you have trouble telling a bear from an otter? Let John Waters help.
“The bear community is a community that all gay people know what they are, but no straight people do,” he says. “Bears are middle-aged, overweight gay men, and they like it. They are hairy and they like cubs, which are younger versions. And then there are otters, people who aren’t fat or hairy yet but will be.”
One would think that summer is not a good time for leather folks. After all it gets hot and sticky in the Mid-Atlantic area and who would want to put on leather in this weather? The leather community is not seasonal and even though it is warming up outside, lots of leather events are on the schedule and available to make your summer even hotter. I am often reminded of a few years ago when I saw a current leather titleholder at Baltimore Pride in khaki shorts and a t-shirt. When I asked him why he was dressed down he replied that he was “incognito.” Real leather folks are never incognito. We wear our leather with pride and at Pride. So break out those leather shorts and that leather harness and checkout some of these events.
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