Since World AIDS Day (WAD) was established by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1988, December 1 has been a day to remember those who have been lost to AIDS, celebrate the lives of survivors, and raise awareness about HIV in order to prevent new infections. Between 1981 and 2007, more than 25 million people worldwide succumbed to AIDS. Today, it is estimated that more than 30 million people across the globe are infected with HIV. In 2011, the WHO announced that World AIDS Days through 2015 would have the theme of “Getting to Zero: Zero New HIV Infections. Zero Discrimination. Zero AIDS-Related Deaths.”
November marks several transgender events, perhaps the most important being November 20, Transgender Day of Remembrance. This day we remember the lives lost to violence against transgender people. The day was founded in 1998 by activist and Gay Life contributor Gwendolyn Ann Smith, to memorialize the murder of Rita Hester in Massachusetts.
Baltimore Designer Carlous Palmer shows off his stylish creations during New York Fashion Week 2012.
Nicole Breedlove had the idea to create OurSistaCircle.com, the first social networking site for lesbians of color, before she even owned a computer. When she launched in 2009, she was her first and only member. But she knew there must be other African-American, Asian, and Latino lesbians who were looking for a social networking website that united all lesbians of color, and she was right. OurSistaCircle.com (OSC) now has more than 8,300 members worldwide.
On the first Tuesday of November, Marylanders will go to the polls and be asked to vote on Question 6, which would uphold the Civil Marriage Protection Act. The Act will grant same-sex couples the right to be married in the state, effective Jan. 1, 2013.
Identity, a queer-oriented art show, is the first annual event at Baltimore's Gallery 788 that will focus primarily on LGBT artists throughout the mid-Atlantic region.
Stay informed of the latest updates at the GLBT Community Center of Baltimore and Central Maryland.
Meet Our New GLCCB Board Members
Learn about new board members through their online bios: find out who’s known in local poetry and music circles, who can plan your next event, and who is a kickball-playing trivia expert. Visit GLCCB.org/about/our-board-of-directors.
Meet the new board in person by attending the September Town Hall meeting. To engage local leaders and the great community, the board plans to host semi-annual Town Hall meetings during which community members can make suggestions, ask questions, or express concerns about LGBT issues and how the GLCCB can respond.
Sept. 24 • 7pm
The GLCCB • 241 W. Chase St.
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GLCCB Engages New Attorney
Mark Scurti, an attorney at Pessin Katz Law, P.A., has agreed to help the GLCCB board of directors reorganize debts incurred over the past decade. Scurti is providing his services on a pro bono basis.
“We’re committed to doing whatever it takes to ensure that the GLCCB will once again be financially stable and able to be out in front, leading the way to achieving equality, understanding, and respect for the full LGBT community,” said Board President Bud Beehler.
Over the past six weeks, the GLCCB has reorganized its structure, elected a new board president, finished a full review of its bylaws—which can now be found online—and held a community town hall meeting.
“We are fully committed to recreating a thriving center at the forefront of LGBT life in Maryland,” said Board Member Rachael Stern. “But to do that, we have to attend to the health of the organization. This isn’t terminal, but rather a physical that waited just a bit too long.”
The GLCCB Board Seeks Committee Members
After much work over the last three months, the GLCCB has recreated three committees that are vital to the well-being of the Center and its mission to serve the LGBT community of Central Maryland. The board is seeking interested individuals to join the following committees: The Development Committee is charged with ensuring the financial well-being of the organization by recruiting donors, writing grants, and conducting fundraising. The Program Committee is charged with developing a wide range of programs to support the emotional, wellness, and social needs of the community. The Outreach Program is charged with engaging the community by forming collaborations and establishing coalitions with individuals and like-minded organizations to highlight important issues to the community. Interested individuals should call the GLCCB (410.837.5445) or leave a message on their Facebook page.
Join the GLCCB Book Club!
The first meeting of the monthly book club hosted by English professor and bon vivant John Woods, will cover Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin. Copies of the book may be available through the GLCCB free of charge. October’s book club selection will be Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides.
Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City
Sept. 17 • 7-9pm • Room 202
Watch the Baltimore Ravens vs. Philadelphia Eagles on a supersized projection with your friends at the GLCCB. Tailgating includes pizza, wings, and beer.
Football at the GLCCB
$15 • Sept. 16 • 12-5pm • Kickoff 1pm
Next month the GLCCB will offer “Transgender 101,” the first class in a community education series. October will also mark the beginning of First Friday’s at the Center presenting “Movie Night.” Details to follow.
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