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Trump reissues so called “religious freedom” executive order

Washington, D.C. - An executive order signed by Donald Trump on May 4 will make it easier for churches to get involved in politics and for employers to deny reproductive health coverage to their employees, but it does not include language explicitly endorsing discrimination against LGBT Americans. Trump's so-called “Executive Order on Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty” was issued on May 4, designated as the National Day of Prayer, as a nod to Christian conservatives who promoted his candidacy.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Celebrating 15 Years

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Anniversaries offer an opportunity to reflect, take stock, and celebrate. This year is one of those milestone anniversaries for Baltimore OUTloud. On May 16th we celebrate our 15th year publishing as an independent voice for Baltimore’s LGBT communities. It hasn’t always been easy, especially in the dramatically changing landscape facing print media, but we’ve managed because of the incredible dedication of our staff, volunteers, advertisers, and you, the members of Baltimore’s sexual minority communities!

Chase Brexton Health Care will join communities and organizations around the world in celebration of National Honor Our LGBT Elders Day on Tuesday, May 16th, a day of recognition established by Chase Brexton’s own LGBT Health Resource Center. The challenges, struggles, and triumphs of older LGBT adults who fought for greater freedoms will be highlighted during a special event from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Baltimore Eagle (2022 North Charles Street, Baltimore).

The AIDS Walk & Run Baltimore 2017 presented by Quest Diagnostics succeeded in raising nearly $100,000 to support Chase Brexton Health Care’s HIV/AIDS prevention, outreach, and testing services. More than 600 attendees gathered at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore on Sunday, May 7th to take steps to end HIV and AIDS in Baltimore. They were welcomed to the event by Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen, Chase Brexton Health Care president and CEO Patrick Mutch, and emcee Chardelle Moore of Fox 45 Baltimore.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Welcome Back Baltimore Eagle

The Grand Opening event of the brand “spanking” new Baltimore Eagle was recently held to the delight of Charm City’s nightlife. The leather soiree was the most recent celebration to welcome the Eagle back to Baltimore’s LGBT bar scene. Celebrating in style atop the newly renovated Nest, partygoers were greeted at the door and offered a fantastic cocktail choice of champagne or Moscow mules. If those didn’t tickle the fancy of celebrants then an open top-shelf bar awaited them, as well. Delicious appetizers were served and prepared by the Eagle’s brand new kitchen. The kitchen, which boasts well-trained chefs and local culinary talent, has been a welcome addition to the bar.

Not yesterday’s epidemic: Baltimore’s infection rate is 7.5 times the U.S. average

The 2017 AIDS Walk & Run Baltimore, presented by Quest Diagnostics, is set for the Maryland Zoo on Sunday, May 7th, with the goal of raising $150,000 for Chase Brexton Health Care, to further expand its HIV testing, awareness, and care programs.

Baltimore’s rate of infection is 7.5 times higher than the national average, and the third highest rate of HIV diagnosis in the U.S., according to the CDC. HIV/AIDS is the fourth leading cause of death in the city of Baltimore, but at least one in six residents has not been tested for HIV. Baltimore City alone accounts for 41% of all new cases in Maryland. One in every five new HIV cases is an individual 13 to 24 years old.

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