Gay Life Volume 33, Number 21
Gay Life Volume 33, Number 21

Gay Life Volume 33, Number 21

The Baltimore city general election takes place on Tuesday, November 8, but for many Baltimoreans election outcomes seemed decided by the primaries. Before the primaries, we asked every last candidate where they stood on major issues concerning the LGBT community (www.BaltimoreGayLife.com/ElectionSurvey). Our goal was not only to inform voters and inspire change, but also to hold candidates accountable even after they gave the answers we wanted to hear.

In the coming months, we will revisit these topics — from LGBT homelessness to transgender protections, bullying in schools to HIV/AIDS funding. We will check on our elected officials and make sure words are followed by action. Thanks to one Baltimore citizen, that effort begins today (p. 12)

This issue includes several other important community topics — TransParent Day (opposite page), Free State Legal's "Will-Power Party" (p. 6) and the new Black White and Gay radio show (p. 7). But no issue is complete without a thorough exploration of upcoming LGBT fun — from Pianist Jeremy Denk (p. 7) and Iron Crow's latest production (p. 14) to ongoing social activities for everyone (p. 10).

Enjoy!

Maggie Beetz, Editor


Sharon Brackett, a co-founder of TransParent Day, now in its third year, shares some of her thoughts on the genesis of the celebration and answers…
Since opening its doors just five months ago, Free State Legal Project (FSLP) has already celebrated early victories, such as successfully advocating for a couple…
It was during the 2010 hearings of the Maryland Civil Marriage Act that the Hollanders, practicing relationship/marriage counselors, met Pastor Larry Brumfield. Lori and Bob…
As a gay resident of Baltimore City for more than 10 years, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's response to the Gay Life candidate survey (Sept. 2) caught…
When I first moved to Baltimore, Maryland I was immediately welcomed amongst the Bear Community and treated as if I'd been part of it for…
For members of the LGBT community living in a large city, such as Baltimore, the best chances for socializing in gay-friendly environments have traditionally centered…
Charismatic classical pianist Jeremy Denk has sold out Carnegie Hall with a venturesome pairing of Bach’s “Goldberg Variations” and György Ligeti’s “Études.” Now he’s off…
Frank Kameny, widely known as the Father of the LBGT Civil Rights movement was found dead in his Washington, DC home on Oct. 11. He…
Washington State’s largest private-sector union, UFCW 21, has voted to endorse marriage equality. Keeping with the union's tradition of supporting equality—UFCW 21 was a major…
In January 2012, the first full-time LGBT senior center will open in New York. The Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders Center (SAGE Center) will…
Tim McGhee, a Republican running for Senate in Virginia, has an odd way of lobbying for votes from the LGBT community. According to GayPolitics.com, McGhee…
Herman Cain, former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza and current GOP presidential candidate, is making waves among LGBT advocates. In an appearance on NBC’s Meet the…
For the first time in history, out LGBT U.S. Troops gathered at the Armed Forces Leadership Summit in Las Vegas, NV. According to Stars and…
President Barack Obama honored gay rights advocate Janice Langbehn with the Presidential Citizens Medal. Langbehn is credited with convincing the president to sign a directive…
Reverend Bill Freeman of Holland, Mich. was arrested on Oct. 19 for protesting the city’s lack of a gay rights anti-discrimination ordinance. The Grand Rapids…
Robert Beedron has become Poland’s first openly gay Member of Parliament (MP). According to THENews.PL, the co-founder of the organization, Campaign Against Homophobia, will take…
Hundreds of thousands of LGBTA Brazilians took to the streets Oct. 10 to celebrate Pride, while simultaneously calling on authorities to enact legislation to outlaw…
Councilors from all parties in Reading, England have unanimously backed a motion to provide a local charity, Support U, with a £10,000 grant. According to…
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