Nearly a thousand people gathered for a community event culminating in a candlelight vigil at the Ynot Lot on Monday, June 13th, 2016. They joined together to remember those killed and injured in, and those affected by the June 12th Pulse nightclub shooting, and to support each other in grappling with the many difficult feelings the tragedy evoked in the LGBT community.
It’s funny how definitions change. Originally, the word faggot simply meant a bundle of sticks. Eventually it became an insult meaning worthless; a waste of space. More time went by and faggot, along with the abbreviated fag, became the go-to slur for gay men and our community in general.
Dallas, TX - Cathedral of Hope, Dallas LGBT church, was evacuated early Sunday morning, June 19, where three suspicious suitcases were found in the building. The 9 a.m. service was held under the trees behind the Interfaith Peace Chapel. The Dallas Police Department, including the bomb squad, responded and removed the packages, which we subsequently deemed harmless... An all-clear was given just before the 11 a.m. service.
I woke up Sunday morning to the horrible, alarmingly common news of an incident of gun violence and terrorism. But this one was different: The shooter’s target was the LGBT community. I learned about the incident as I was getting ready to march in Philadelphia’s Gay Pride Parade. I never questioned whether I would march, but it took me hours to realize why.
If you’re a parent, one of the decisions you need to make is when to and what type of computer to get your child. These days with more middle and high schools moving to a bring-your-own-device system, you’re probably looking at purchasing your child multiple laptops over time.
The week that started June 12, 2016 was one of the longest weeks ever. The week after a death often is that way. It takes time to grasp the reality of the change, absorb the knowledge that you will not see your friend or family member again. Few, if any, of us in Baltimore personally knew any of the 49 people killed and 53 people injured at the gay nightclub Pulse in Orlando. It affects us deeply nonetheless.
We’ve been seeing the previews for months now with an overweight Dwayne Johnson dancing in the shower to En Vogue’s “My Loving (You’re Never Gonna Get It)” and his transformation into the Johnson we know and love. And now we finally get to see the how and why of that transformation as Central Intelligence finally hits the big screen.
When it was announced on May 19th that the Baltimore City Board of Liquor License Commissioners had voted to close The Drinkery, a gay bar in Baltimore that had been around for 44 years, I felt that another part of my world had slipped away. After the closing of the Club Hippo and Jay’s on Read all in the last 12 months, I couldn’t fathom the loss of another one of my hangouts. Oh I know. The Drinkery is just an old, rundown dive bar that will never be Zagat rated– but I’ve been stopping in for a cold beer with friends ever since I moved to Baltimore in 1984.
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