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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | December 23, 2013
Choosing from a slate of three Democratic candidates who have all been friendly to its cause, Maryland's largest gay rights organization on Monday endorsed Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown for governor. Equality Maryland interviewed Brown and each of his two Democratic opponents -- Attorney General Douglas Gansler and Del. Heather Mizeur -- and decided Brown and his running mate, Howard County Executive Ken Ulman, would be the "most effective" allies in Annapolis, said Executive Director Carrie Evans.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2014
The summer may have ended, but pride season in Baltimore has not. The city's annual Baltimore Black Pride events kick off next week, including nights out on the town, parties for youth and cultural events. The week culminates on Sunday, Oct. 12 with a Fall Festival at Club Bunns on W. Lexington Avenue at 4 p.m. This year's events are the first to be thrown by The Center for Black Equity - Baltimore, the new name taken up this year by Baltimore Black Pride, Inc. The change brings the organization, which has been working in Baltimore for more than a decade, under the umbrella of the national Center for Black Equity.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | August 28, 2014
Carrie Evans, the executive director of Equality Maryland, was arrested at an immigration reform rally in Washington on Thursday afternoon, the state's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender organization said. The arrest wasn't surprising , as Evans had announced earlier this week that she planned to participate in a collective act of civil disobedience in front of the White House with marchers from Casa de Maryland and other social justice organizations. The event Thursday, which began in front of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement headquarters in Washington, was dubbed the #FightforFamilies march.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | August 28, 2014
Carrie Evans, the executive director of Equality Maryland, was arrested at an immigration reform rally in Washington on Thursday afternoon, the state's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender organization said. The arrest wasn't surprising , as Evans had announced earlier this week that she planned to participate in a collective act of civil disobedience in front of the White House with marchers from Casa de Maryland and other social justice organizations. The event Thursday, which began in front of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement headquarters in Washington, was dubbed the #FightforFamilies march.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | June 26, 2014
The results of primary elections in Maryland on Tuesday bode well for LGBT rights -- at least according to Equality Maryland, the state's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights organization. Of 93 candidates endorsed by the group in statewide races and the General Assembly this election cycle, 83 -- or about 89 percent -- won their races. That includes Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown winning the Democratic nod for governor and not Del. Heather Mizeur, the lesbian Montgomery County legislator who was also running for the state's top job but did not receive Equality Maryland's endorsement -- to the chagrin of some.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | March 14, 2014
Gay rights advocates and the state legislator who introduced legislation this session to ban so-called "gay conversion therapy" in Maryland have withdrawn the bill, saying they will instead pursue regulatory oversight of the controversial practice. "If we can do this without legislation, I am all about it," said Baltimore County Del. John Cardin, the bill's sponsor, in a statement Friday. "I am not interested in the glory. I'm interested in solving problems. " Cardin's bill would have banned mental health professionals, but not unlicensed church clergy or therapists, from engaging in efforts to change a youth's sexual orientation or gender identity.
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By Rona Marech and Rona Marech,rona.marech@baltsun.com | November 2, 2008
When Dan Furmansky, 34, steps down from his position as executive director at Equality Maryland next month, gay couples still won't be able to get married in Maryland, much to his disappointment. But there were also victories during his five-year tenure at the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization, he said, and as he moves on, he remains hopeful about the gay rights movement. What brought you to this advocacy work? In my first job after college, I ran community programs for an animal shelter.
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By Brian Griffiths | December 24, 2013
Interesting to see that that among its endorsements, Equality Maryland is supporting the team of Lt. Governor Anthony Brown and Howard County Executive Ken Ulman. Not interesting that Equality Maryland endorsed Brown/Ulman over the other candidates but that Equality Maryland is willing to look past Brown's employment of Jim Messina.   The Quinton Report notes that Messina, a consultant to the Brown-Ulman ticket, notably used homophobia as a campaign tactic on at least one occasion.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | May 8, 2014
The board of directors of the state's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender advocacy organization has put its money where its mouth is when it comes to raising funds to defend the transgender protections legislation that passed the General Assembly this legislative session. As part of a new "Growing Equality for Our Communities" fundraising campaign running now through the end of the year, the board of Equality Maryland says it will match all contributions up to $25,000.
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By L'Oreal Thompson, The Baltimore Sun | January 9, 2013
First comes love. Then comes marriage. But first, there's the wedding! This month, two local organizations are hosting events to help same-sex couples navigate the exciting (and sometimes confusing) world of nuptials. First up is “To Marriage Equality and Beyond,” hosted by Equality Maryland, the state's largest LGBT civil rights group. The event will be held Thursday, Jan. 10 from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Chase Court in downtown Baltimore. It will feature catering by Chef's Expressions, wine from Barefoot Winery, music by Absolute Entertainment and a wedding cake created by Baltimore Cakery among other sponsors.
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July 5, 2014
Over the last six months I volunteered with a team of supporters to elect Heather Mizeur as Maryland's next governor. Heather's campaign was inspiring, honest, respectful, progressive and transparent. She ran on issues that matter to Maryland's people. She brought up things that others wouldn't dare touch in a campaign (for example, death with dignity, disability rights and marijuana legalization). She inspired so many new people to care and rally around the vision we share for Maryland.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | June 26, 2014
The results of primary elections in Maryland on Tuesday bode well for LGBT rights -- at least according to Equality Maryland, the state's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights organization. Of 93 candidates endorsed by the group in statewide races and the General Assembly this election cycle, 83 -- or about 89 percent -- won their races. That includes Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown winning the Democratic nod for governor and not Del. Heather Mizeur, the lesbian Montgomery County legislator who was also running for the state's top job but did not receive Equality Maryland's endorsement -- to the chagrin of some.
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By David Zurawik, The Baltimore Sun | June 16, 2014
It took decades before serious documentaries about the civil rights struggle of the 1960s began to appear. But less than a year after some of the biggest victories in the fight for same-sex marriage, a social movement often compared to civil rights, compelling nonfiction films chronicling that history are already starting to arrive. I'm not certain whether such near-instant history will prove to be a good or bad thing, but it's sure to shape the way the fight for marriage equality and gay rights is perceived in future battlegrounds and by future generations.
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By Justin Fenton and Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | June 4, 2014
Baltimore police acknowledged Wednesday afternoon that a homicide victim found early Tuesday in a field in Northeast Baltimore was a transgender woman, but details surrounding the case remained scarce. Police said Tuesday night that a man had been found dead that morning at 6:30 a.m. in the 1400 block of Fillmore St., near the U.S. Post Office in the Coldstream-Homestead-Montebello neighborhood. They identified the victim as Ricky Carlos Hall, of the 4000 block of Raymonn Ave. Police confirmed on Wednesday afternoon that Hall was a transgender woman who was known as "Kandy.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | May 15, 2014
Back in November, we reported that Baltimore was among just 25 cities across the country to receive top marks for LGBT equality in municipal policies, according to an analysis by the Human Rights Campaign. The organization's Municipality Equality Index rated 291 cities nationwide on issues related to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality, from whether same-sex marriage was allowed to whether employment protections were in place. Tonight, HRC officials will be honoring Baltimore's achievement -- scoring a 100, the most possible -- at a 6 p.m. event at Birroteca , located at 1520 Clipper Road.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | May 11, 2014
Christopher Doyle says he doesn't think there is anything wrong with being gay, but he also believes he can help children and others rid themselves of "unwanted same-sex attractions" through therapy sessions in a tidy suburban home in Bowie. That has made the licensed psychotherapist the target of intense criticism over the years - so much so, he says, that he closely protects the address of the International Healing Foundation, the nearly 25-year-old nonprofit he runs. "Unfortunately, we get targeted by activists," Doyle said in the home on a recent morning.
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By Matt Vensel | March 8, 2011
Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo has long been a proponent of same-sex marriage, and he penned an op-ed piece on the hot-button issue for The Huffington Post two years ago. With the battle to recognize same-sex marriages continuing here in Maryland, Equality Maryland released a video of Ayanbadejo encouraging Marylanders to join him "in the land of the brave for standing on the side of love. " Here is the transcription of the video, which is embedded below: "Hello.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | May 8, 2014
The board of directors of the state's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender advocacy organization has put its money where its mouth is when it comes to raising funds to defend the transgender protections legislation that passed the General Assembly this legislative session. As part of a new "Growing Equality for Our Communities" fundraising campaign running now through the end of the year, the board of Equality Maryland says it will match all contributions up to $25,000.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | April 17, 2014
Advocates in Maryland who backed the successful passage of the first statewide legal protections for transgender citizens in housing, employment and public accommodations this legislative session don't consider their work complete. The Maryland Coaltion of Transgender Equality says opponents of the bill are pushing misinformation, possibly in an effort to collect enough petition signatures to put the legislation up for a referendum vote -- just as was accomplished by opponents of Maryland's same-sex marriage bill.
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