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!
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.”
The Express Yourself program is not your typical popsicle-sticks-and-glitter-glue art class. It is a weekly workshop held at the GLCCB designed specifically for LGBTQ teens to come together and develop their artistic and expressive skills.
The following wedding and engagement announcements were included in our December 2012 issue.
Rebecca Trexler and Elizabeth Kenderdine became engaged to be married on July 28, 2012 in Rehoboth Beach, Del., where they were celebrating five years together as a couple. Ms. Trexler, formerly of Pennsylvania, is employed in the Pediatrics Department at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Ms. Kenderdine, an attorney, is a native of Baltimore. The couple resides in Rodgers Forge and are happily preparing for a 2013 wedding in Baltimore.
Richard L. Skolasky, Jr. and Scott C. Eckhardt announce their Sept. 29, 2012 wedding, which was celebrated at their home in Baltimore City amongst friends and family. Dr. Skolasky, formerly of Dundalk, Md., works as a health services researcher at The Johns Hopkins University. Mr. Eckhardt, formerly of Arnold, Md., works as director of judicial affairs at The Community College of Baltimore County. The couple vacationed in Lost River, W.Va., and now, with their two daughters, reside in the Original Northwood neighborhood of Baltimore City.
Eric Beard and David Sackett became engaged to be married on Nov. 6, 2012. Mr. Beard, son of Ken & Dixie Beard of York, Pa., is a design architect at Whitman, Requardt & Associates. Mr. Sackett, parents deceased, is a risk manager for T. Rowe Price. Both reside in Baltimore, Md. and are planning a summer 2013 wedding for close friends and family.
Rik Newton-Treadway and Paulie Treadway III proudly announce they will celebrate their 13th anniversary of their Baltimore, Vt., civil union by getting married in their hometown of Baltimore, Md., Nov. 11, 2013.