Having heard a good amount of criticism at a GLCCB-held town hall meeting last month (see Community Members Confront GLCCB), the board of directors and staff of the GLCCB have immediately taken steps to increase transparency regarding the board’s business meetings and financial status. Using the organization’s website, the Center has posted the minutes of board meetings from 2010-2013 as well as displaying 990 tax forms for the past seven years. The GLCCB’s bylaws, strategic plan, application for board of directors and other job listings are also online.

Thursday, August 07, 2014

The Quest Has Ended

On May 22, I stopped by The Quest Bar on Fleet Street in the Highlandtown section of Baltimore to check on a rumor I had heard. The word on the street was that this fun neighborhood gay bar was closing. When I arrived, I noticed a large zoning notice plastered on the front of the building. A public hearing was being held on June 3 at city hall for a permit to “consolidate/subdivide and construct ten three-story single-family dwellings with rooftop decks accessed from stair enclosures on these premises.” Not only was I sad to think that another of my watering holes was closing, but my club, The ShipMates, had an event scheduled there on July 13. I went inside to investigate. (And to have a few beers.)

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Community Members Confront GLCCB

There was some heat and a bit of a storm on the night of July 23 but we’re not referring to the weather outside the Waxter Center, the new home of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center of Baltimore (GLCCB). What was billed as a town hall meeting to provide feedback concerning the Pride celebration on the weekend of June 14-15, the meeting morphed into a sometimes heated discussion of the broader issues what some claimed was the GLCCB’s past and current lack of accountability and relevancy.

Aaron Merki, one of the founders of FreeState Legal, will be stepping down from his post as executive director, which he has held for two years.  FreeState Legal is a Baltimore-based non-profit legal services organization that works to improve the lives of Maryland’s low-income LGBT community.

On Sunday, August 17 the Metropolitan Community Church of Baltimore will host the Pastoral Installation of Reverend Victoria L. Burson.  This is the first Pastoral Installation held at Metropolitan Community Church of Baltimore in 20 years.   Rev. Burson was sought after and elected Lead Pastor and Moderator in September, 2013.

On August 5, the Baltimore Center for Black Equity and FreeState Legal Project, Inc. announced a strategic partnership to engage Black LGBTQ individuals in the Baltimore community. This partnership will include the Speak Fire! Dialogues, a series of panel discussions about issues relevant to the Black LGBTQ community.

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