Orioles’ LGBT Fans Come Out to the Ballgame

It may have been a disappointing crowd on Aug. 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.

This outing against the Tampa Bay Rays, whom the Orioles defeated 4-2, was organized by the GLCCB as a social event but it also served as a fundraiser for the organization. It was the fourth and final such game of the season with the other outings being held April, May and June. Each of those sold 25 to 30 tickets according to GLCCB Director of Communications Dan McEvily. Last year, a similar outing was held in conjunction with Pride and sold just under 80 tickets. As a result of this event, the GLCCB raised $700.

Summit Addresses LGBTQ Youth in Foster Care

The Maryland Judiciary held a summit on Sept. 10 to help LGBTQ young people in the foster care system. The summit, “Identifying, Supporting, and Meeting the Needs of LGBTQ Youth,” which took place at the Maritime Institute and Conference Center in Linthicum, Md., is thought to be the first in the nation designed to help judges, court professionals, attorneys, social services professionals, and others who work with foster youth identify the barriers LGBTQ foster youths face and develop actions plans for their local jurisdictions.

“We are delighted that nearly 200 people from across 22 Maryland jurisdictions participated in the LGBTQ Foster Youth Summit, including representatives from the courts, the local departments of social services, juvenile services, health departments, children’s counsel, Office of the Public Defender and other key stakeholders,” said Tracy Watkins-Tribbitt, Director, Foster Care Court Improvement Project (FCCIP).

Art exhibit takes aim on hate, bullying

In an effort to bring awareness to hate crimes in general and LGBT victims in particular, a powerful art exhibit called “Erase Hate Through Art” opened on Sept. 14 at the Columbia Art Center (6100 Foreland Garth, Columbia, Md.). It runs through Oct. 12.

Around 50 people attended the official opening, which took place at a mini-outdoor amphitheater just outside the Center where the works of art are displayed. There were 10 artists displaying multiple pieces that represent a wide swath of art depicting for the most part images of victims of hate and bullying. The works included multi-media art, sculpture, photography, stained glass, and paintings.

Local drag performer Anita Minett emceed the ceremonies and entertained the audience. Others read poetry, sang songs, or related their experiences of being bullied or being victims of hate and how these events changed their lives.

The exhibit is in tandem with a limited engagement of The Laramie Project, which will be performed in Ellicott City on weekends from Oct. 3-12. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of art and The Laramie Project will go to the Matthew Shepard Foundation.

For more information, visit erasehatethroughart.com.

Gay Life October 2014

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