Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz signed the gender anti-discrimination bill into law on February 28. Earlier this month, the Baltimore County Council passed the legislation, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity and expression, and sexual orientation, in the areas of housing, employment, public accommodations, and financing on February 21, according to a joint press release from Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians & Gays (PFLAG) Baltimore County and Gender Rights Maryland (GRMD), an organization dedicated to enacting similar statewide protections—the two groups that initiated the bill. The measure passed on a 5-2 vote.
The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Community Center of Baltimore (GLCCB) is congratulating lawmakers and activists after the Maryland Senate passed the Civil Marriage Protection Acton February 23 in a 25 to 22 vote. The House of Delegates passed the marriage equality legislation in a 72 to 67 vote on February 17.
Tom Goss and Stewart Lewis are performing together at the GLCCB on March 18. The two have been at the forefront of the LGBT songwriter scene for almost a decade. They continue to create original, imaginative, and accessible songs that have landed on HBO, ABC, FOX, and MTV, as well as in the ears of thousands of listeners worldwide.
Straight off of her Super Bowl halftime performance, Madonna announced she's embarking on her next world tour. Madonna added a second show at the Verizon Center on September 24 after the September 23 show sold out. Tickets for the second show are on sale now.
The national tour of the new musical, The Addams Family, makes its Baltimore premiere March 6 at the Hippodrome Theatre. The family's patriarch, Gomez Addams, is played by Douglas Sills, who has received Tony and Drama Desk nominations and the Los Angeles Ovation Award for his performance as The Scarlet Pimpernel on Broadway.
The Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) was recently designated a "Premier Campus" by Campus Pride, a national nonprofit organization working to create safer campus environments for LGBT students.
Enjoy shopping for treasures? Love finding a bargain? Everyone is encouraged to stop by the GLCCB's indoor yard sale Saturday, February 25 to pursue the many tables of goodies. You'll find one-of-a-kind items, multitudes of books, as well as practical purchase like seriously discounted school and office supplies.
Free State Legal Project was honored by the Brother, Help Thyself Foundation with the Billy Collison Award, January 28. This award is given to a "nonprofit that goes above and beyond, an organization that embodies the spirit of Billy, who was one of our champions at BHT."
"The GLCCB applauds Free State Legal Project's receipt of the Billy Collison Award," said GLCCB Director Gary Wolnitzek. "This award demonstrates the dedication of Free State Legal Project's Board, volunteers, and, especially, Executive Director Lee Ann Hopkins in working to fulfill their mission."
Free State Legal Project is the pro bono and reduced fee legal service for LGBT Marylanders who are experiencing discrimination or other difficulties stemming from their gender identity or sexual orientation.
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