Friday, September 19, 2014

Erasing Hate Through Art

In an effort to bring awareness to hate crimes in general and LGBT victims in particular, a powerful art exhibit called “Erase Hate Through Art” opened on September 14 at the Columbia Art Center (6100 Foreland Garth, Columbia, Maryland), in the Long Reach Village Community Center.

Around 50 people attended the official opening, which took place at a mini-outdoor amphitheater just outside the center where the works of art are displayed. Local drag performer Anita Minett emceed the ceremonies and entertained the audience. Others read poetry, sang songs, or related their experiences of being bullied or being victims of hate and how these events changed their lives.

The Center for Black Equity Baltimore announced that Demetrius Mallisham, an aide to Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, will be the recipient of the Chairman’s Award. Among his other duties, Mallisham is the LGBT liaison to the mayor’s office.

“Demetrius is an activist, a fighter, and a champion in the community who dares to care for us all by giving his unconditional love to many in the community,” Carlton Smith, executive director of the Center for Black Equity Baltimore, told Baltimore OUTloud.

In recognition of the special needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth growing up in foster care, the Maryland judiciary held its first Child Welfare Summit for LGBTQ Youth in Foster Care last Friday at the Maritime Institute and Conference Center in Linthicum. The all-day summit, “Identifying, Supporting, And Meeting The Needs Of LGBTQ Youth,” was sponsored by the Administrative Office of the Court, Foster Care Court Improvement Project (FCCIP), in collaboration with the Maryland Department of Human Resources, the National Resource Center (NRC) on Legal and Judicial Issues, the National Resource Center for Youth Development, and Free State Legal Project, a statewide legal advocacy nonprofit organization that serves low income LGBTQ individuals and families.

Local filmmaker Meikil Berry, who is lesbian, will be holding auditions for her first movie Landlords and Lovers. The film is about a young naive lesbian who is faced with dilemma after dilemma with the different landlords she encounters. She is also exploring her sexuality and is faced with decisions about the lesbians who come into her life.

It may have been a disappointing crowd on August 26 to witness our first-place hometown Baltimore Orioles take on a division rival – the opening of Horseshoe Casino drew almost as many people – but the LGBT contingent among the fans was well represented. The entire total of 100 tickets allotted to the GLCCB was sold out.

Hudson Taylor, founder and executive director of Athlete Ally and former wrestler at University of Maryland-College Park, will be the main speaker at the Maryland Corporate Council’s business over breakfast meeting on September 18. The event will take place from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Lord Baltimore Hotel, 20 West Baltimore Street, Baltimore.

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