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.
On September 26 fashion photographer Robert W. Mercer, Jr. will launch his 2015 Ripped Genes and Ripped Janes calendars (Rippedgenes.net), the eighth edition of the very popular male series and the second edition of the female version, Ripped Janes. It will take place at The Engineer’s Club at the Garrett-Jacobs Mansion, 11 West Mount Vernon Place, Baltimore.
The Club in Martinsburg, West Virginia, rolled out the red carpet on Friday, August 29 to crown the next Miss Gay West Virginia America. Congratulations to Ashley Bannks, our new Miss Gay West Virginia America, Jada Bee the first alternate and promoter Coby Myers on a job well done.
When Eric was nine years old, he lived with relatives due to his mother’s mental illness. He began to develop what people considered effeminate mannerisms. Neighborhood men would try to “macho him out” by beating him up.
Eric entered foster care at age 12, when his relatives would no longer keep him in their home. He was placed with a foster parent who had two children of her own and another foster child. The foster mother made it clear that he was not welcome there. He was bullied by the foster mother’s children, and the other foster youth. Instead of living in the foster home, he stayed wherever he could – with friends, with family, on the street. He came home on Fridays to get the $25 or $50 his mom would give him for the next week. To maintain the charade, Eric would be present when the caseworker came for a monthly visit.
Several dozen community members gathered on Saturday, August 17 at the Spiritual Empowerment Center in Charles Village to say “until we meet again” to send Mia Henderson home with dignity and to celebrate her life. Mia was a 26-year-old transgender woman, brutally murdered on July 16. Also honored at the service was 40-year-old Kandy Hall, another transgender woman who was viciously murdered a few weeks earlier on June 3. Hall was a hairdresser from Annapolis.
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