This issue of Baltimore OUTloud a milestone for us as we celebrate 10 years of activist journalism in service to Baltimore’s sexual-minority communities. In our first issue on May 16, 2003, founding publisher Mike Chase described the launch of the paper as time-consuming, nerve-wracking, and exciting – the beginning of an adventure. It has indeed been all of these with ups, downs, triumphs and tragedies, successes to celebrate and obstacles to overcome. Yet, despite the economic crisis of the last five years and the demise of much of the print media, here we are, ten years and counting! Our success against the odds and conventional wisdom, rest squarely with our superb staff, loyal columnist and writers – volunteers all, committed advertisers, and most importantly you, Baltimore’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities.
The Baltimore Sun reporting that with same-sex marriage now available, Maryland state employees in same-sex relationships have been notified that they won’t be able to include domestic partners in their health insurance as of January 1, 2014. With 11 states, the District of Columbia, and three Native American tribes having legalized same-sex marriage, employers that have domestic-partner benefits are increasingly reexamining their policies in that area.
On May 10-12, 2013, the Maryland Leather Clubs welcomed the traveling Carter/Johnson Leather Library & Collection (www.leatherlibrary.org) to the Gay & Lesbian Community Center of Baltimore. This exhibit includes Leather, fetish, S/m and alternative sexuality books, periodicals, posters, art, and ephemera dating back to the 1700s, and has been collected by librarian Vi Johnson. This event marks the first time The Library has had a major exhibition in Baltimore. An estimated 300 people came to the GLCCB to see the work, some coming from as far as Denver and San Francisco.
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