The month of October is here. Fall with the cool crisp mornings, Breast Cancer Awareness, and LGBT History month. So many people have helped to pave the way to make life in 2015 what it is. As far back as the 1900s you will find many different people from all walks of life who have risked everything for the LGBT community. Let’s take a look at some of our history makers.
Tatas, headlights, boobs, bosoms, chesticles, knockers, or my favorite, “The Girls” – there are literally hundreds of slang names for breasts. (Trust me, I googled it just to be sure.) No matter what you call breasts, it’s time to give them some attention because October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
On September 25, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the U.S.’s largest LGBT rights group, announced that Vice President Joe Biden will deliver the keynote address at the 19th annual HRC National Dinner on October 3, 2015, in Washington, D.C.
I remember it like it was yesterday: There I was the day of my 21st birthday, standing in line at The Hippo awaiting my very first club experience. Choosing Hippo as my “first” was a no-brainer really – where else could a young, queer girl go in Baltimore City to have a great time, feel completely accepted and free to be herself, without judgment? It was cold that night and I could feel the wind ripping through my tiny leather jacket and low-rise jeans, but I waited patiently. Once inside my worries and cares quickly evaporated and all I felt was the vibe… the music was booming and the crowed was moving, dancing hard, and so was I. I met so many awesome people that night, many of which are still in my life today.
As the new Dean of the College of Public Affairs at University of Baltimore, I am excited to have been asked to kick-off an ongoing column devoted to higher education and the LGBTQ experience. This has been a remarkable year for the community with the Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage. More remarkable is the incredible change in society and law that happened in only the last few years. In this improved environment, there is a struggle by public servants and the LGBTQ community: How will courts interpret new and revised laws? How will the change be managed by government agencies? In the years ahead, what will equality come to mean in our institutions– political, legal, economic?
Often, I hear people say some version of: “Well, that is how Mary Sue is, just accept it.” Or, when one is talking about one’s self: “That is how I am.” Basically what they mean is that you better accept whatever you may be complaining about because even if you don’t like it, they are not going to change one iota.
On Sunday, September 20, at 5 p.m. Baltimore’s Red Lion Hotel (207 East Redwood Street) hosted its first performer from the LGBTQ community on The Living Stage in an event titled “Renita Clarke, Baltimore’s Fotojunkie.” Renita is an articulate, enthusiastic, young, professional photographer who for the past three years has specialized in photographing events at both Rams Head Live and Rams Head on Stage.
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