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Decorated American veteran Captain Luis Carlos Montalvan and his service dog, Tuesday, will be the honorees at Baltimore Humane Society’s Black Tie & Tails Gala on March 23.

At its Feb. 11 board meeting, the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center of Baltimore and Central Maryland (GLCCB) elected Mike McCarthy as its new board president. McCarthy has served on the board for more than a year, most recently as its vice president.

The Baltimore NOW chapter, in conjunction with United for Equality and more than 50 other organizations, is actively working to secure the elimination of the deadline placed on the 1972 Equal Rights Amendment (ERA).

Join the Baltimore Human Society on February 14 for Valentine’s Day nuptials between Tippy and Fuschia, two of their adoptable shelter dogs, and King Julian and Elena, two of their adoptable shelter cats. It is a celebration of hope, caring, and friendship in the lives of animals who have lost the love and support of their families, but who tirelessly search for it again. The public is invited.

Each month, Gay Life will feature outstanding individuals who have made Baltimore a better, more inclusive, and enlightened place to be proud.

Seventeen local, state, and national organizations have joined with individual activists to form the Maryland Coalition for Trans* Equality (MTCE), in the most broadly based effort the state has ever seen for trans*rights. The formation of the coalition represents the fruition of a year of intensive outreach, organizing, listening, and discussion.

In Gay Life’s first-ever BProud Awards, readers of Gay Life and friends of The GLCCB cast their votes online to name their favorite places to live, work, and play. Preferred LGBT-friendly organizations and businesses were selected in 29 categories. We congratulate this year’s winners and runners-up.

It’s 2013 and you know what that means—we can all get married! Not that everyone will (or should!) but we created the ultimate resource for those darling lovebirds who are ready and finally able to tie the proverbial knot. We scoured and searched, collected and compiled, we called out, recruited, and maybe even hassled—all so you that you have don’t have to. And here it is, Gay Life’s first official guide to LGBT and LGBT-friendly vendors, venues, and everything else you need to plan your beautiful, special, and legally-binding-in-the-state-of-Maryland day!

Places of Worship for LGBT Persons in Baltimore and Beyond

The Baltimore Feminist Reading Group formed in June 2011 with the aim to create an anti-racist, transfeminist space and analysis, and to foster feminist activism in Baltimore. The group now meets weekly at the GLCCB and discusses an ever-widening range of feminist texts: theory and fiction, manifestos, zines and academic articles, and on occasion, movies and radio shows. Topics range from the health of incarcerated trans folks to the racial hierarchies in reproductive labor, theories of intersectionality to histories of feminism, afro-pessimism to neo-liberalism, and more. The readings serve as a point of departure for discussion, but are definitely not mandatory for one’s participation. Recent texts include Feminism is for Everybody by bell hooks, Women, Unions, and Work by Selma James, “Racial Ethnic Women’s Labor” by Evelyn Nakano Glenn, and the online essay, “Towards an Insurrectionary Transfeminism.”

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