The GLCCB announced that the building at 241 W. Chase Street, which has been the headquarters for the 36 year-old organization since 1980, has been sold. Closing took place on May 31. The then Gay Community Center of Baltimore, under the leadership of Harvey Schwartz, had purchased the building to fulfill his as well as many other local activists’ vision that the Baltimore’s gay community needed to have its own space and moved from its rented Maryland Avenue address.
As the nation marks the opening of LGBT Pride month, executive directors from 34 LGBT and HIV/AIDS organizations from across the United States have released a joint letter committing themselves and their organizations to re-engaging the broader LGBT community in the fight against HIV. While issues like marriage equality and employment protections for LGBT workers have taken center stage, HIV continues to ravage the LGBT community. Despite making up just two percent of the population, gay and bisexual men accounted for more than 63 percent of new HIV infections in 2010. In fact, gay men are the only group in which HIV infections are increasing.
Known for appealing to everyone from everywhere, New Hope Celebrates (NHC) will present a week of events and activities May 11-19 to commemorate LGBT Pride in New Hope, Pennsylvania (Bucks County) and Lambertville, New Jersey. The week-long mixture of history, fact, frolic, and fun is having its tenth-year anniversary and has become an area tradition.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – Encouraged by reports of an upcoming review of lethal force used by Philadelphia police, advocates for Nizah Morris are pushing for a federal probe of her homicide. Representatives of the U.S Department of Justice will be in Philadelphia in July to assist with the review, requested by Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey. Morris was a transgender woman found with blunt-force trauma to her head shortly after she received a courtesy ride from Philadelphia police in 2002. Her homicide remains unsolved, and Morris’ relatives are concerned that police used excessive force while transporting her.
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