Jason Collins, a basketball player who last played for the Washington Wizards, became the first professional male athlete in the four major North American sports leagues – Major League Baseball, National Football League, National Hockey League and the National Basketball Association – to come out as gay while still an active player. Collins declared in the May 6 issue of Sports Illustrated, “I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay.”
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A night of entertainment, energy, and emotion permeated throughout the Club Hippo on April 22 as the 2013 Miss Gay Maryland America was crowned. Araya Sparxx, a resident of Hagerstown, won the title, and Anastacia Amor, who hails from Baltimore, was the First Alternate. Both will travel to St. Louis, Missouri, October 9-13 of this year to compete with other winners throughout the U.S. for the title Miss Gay America 2014.
The trial of a North Carolina man suspected in the August 10, 2012, shooting of two well-known Mount Vernon residents, Joseph Alexander “Alex” Ulrich, Jr., 40, and Lawrence R. Peterson, 56, was postponed. It was originally scheduled for April 22 when jury selection was to take place. However, a spokesperson for the Baltimore City Circuit Court told Baltimore OUTloud that the trial had been postponed to June 27 at 9:30 a.m. at Courthouse East. No reason for the postponement was given. Ulrich was killed in the attack and Peterson recovered following multiple surgeries.
The University of Baltimore Law School’s only LGBT group, Out Law, presented its annual COBALT awards on April 25 at the Club Hippo before approximately 50 in attendance. COBALT stands for “Celebration of Our Baltimore Area LGBT Trailblazers.”
Chesapeake Pride Festival will be hosting an Equality Dinner and Dance on Saturday, May 11 from 7 p.m. to midnight at the Annapolis Elks Lodge (2 Pythian Drive in Edgewater, Maryland). Hors d’oeuvres will be served, including carving station (beef & turkey), boneless chicken breast skewers, and Italian meatballs. In addition, there will be pasta salad, crab dip, fresh fruit, cheeses, and a veggie platter. A DJ will provide music for dancing, and a silent auction featuring items and services from local artists, restaurants, and businesses will take place.
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