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June 30, 2013
After reading commentator Brandon Ambrosino's arguments about what good the LGBT Pride Celebration does, I feel sorry for the author because I don't find his arguments lofty so much as childlike ("What I would march for," June 28). He reminds me of a fussy child who refuses to eat broccoli - in spite of never having eaten before - and says: "I don't like it!" Mr. Ambrosino looks down on gay pride celebrations even though he admits never going to one. Instead, he bases his opinion on what he has seen in the media or what he has heard from others.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | July 9, 2014
Elliott A. Brager, an attorney who was an accomplished fundraiser for HIV treatment and research, died of heart failure Monday at his Mount Washington home. He was 72. Born in Baltimore and raised in the Park Heights area, he was the son of Philip Brager, a wholesale shoe inventory control specialist, and the former Hilda Levitz, an executive secretary who also worked in the shoe business. He attended Robert E. Lee School No. 49 and was a 1959 City College graduate. He earned a bachelor's degree at the University of Maryland, College Park and was a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law. As a young lawyer, he worked for attorney Abraham L. Adler in his office in downtown Baltimore.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | October 25, 2013
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, a Baltimore native, will next month receive a "lifetime achievement award for her longtime dedication to LGBT rights and her work to fight HIV/AIDS in Congress," gay leaders in Baltimore said Friday. The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center of Baltimore is giving Pelosi the award at its inaugural "Hometown Hero Awards & Champagne Brunch" on Nov. 17 in Baltimore, an event it expects some 500 people to attend. Matt Thorn, executive director of the GLCCB, said in a statement that Pelosi's “unending support for our community and commitment for equality make her the perfect choice for our lifetime achievement award.
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By Michael Gold, The Baltimore Sun | December 11, 2013
Knocking down the barrier preventing federally-recognized same-sex marriages just doesn't have the same punch it used to. Edith Windsor, the 84-year-old woman whose legal fight ended with the Supreme Court declaring the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional, took the number three spot in Time magazine's annual Person of the Year contest . The top Person of the Year honors went to Pope Francis , the first non-European leader of...
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By David M. Graves | June 26, 2001
BALTIMORE REALLY knows how to make you feel good about being gay. And you could feel the pride all around. During the city's gay-pride weekend festivities June 16-17, Fragrance, the cross-dressing host of the block party on Greene and Lexington streets, stepped on stage - in such neon makeup and bright plumes, he almost appeared radioactive - and screamed, "Hey Baltimore ... we've got to love each other!" To him, it didn't matter if you were gay, straight, black, white, old, young; if you were having a good time, you were welcome to the party.
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By Ginger Thompson | September 11, 1991
As Baltimore's primary campaign draws to a close, City Council President Mary Pat Clarke has begun a behind-the-scenes effort in the city's gay community to defeat an independent candidate for the City Council in the 2nd District, Peter Beilenson.Mrs. Clarke, whose political home base is the center-city 2nd District, has been making calls to leaders of gay and lesbian groups urging them to support her chosen candidates: incumbents Anthony J. Ambridge, Carl Stokes and challenger Paula Johnson Branch instead of Dr. Beilenson.
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By Jameson Currier and Jameson Currier,Los Angeles Times | May 22, 1994
For gay men coming of age in the 1960s and 1970s, especially those growing up in rural areas or suburban enclaves, there were few gay role models. Television and film offered little beyond the stereotypes of hairdressers and designers. What positive role models did exist were writers who could be labeled as gay or whose work could be detected as gay-themed: Tennessee Williams, Truman Capote, James Baldwin, Gore Vidal and William Burroughs are well-known examples. But while gay men were sometimes fully realized characters in their books and plays, they were still depicted as social outcasts, victims or doomed martyrs.
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By Mary Corey and Mary Corey,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | July 17, 1997
MIAMI -- As the national manhunt for the suspected killer of fashion designer Gianni Versace intensified yesterday, an air of unease hung over glitzy South Beach -- and particularly the gay community here.Police released little new information about Andrew Phillip Cunanan, the prime suspect and reported gay prostitute who has been linked to four other slyings around the country, most often of gay men he seemed to know.WPLG-TV, an ABC affiliate, reported last night that video from a surveillance camera at a hotel near the scene of Versace's death might further link Cunanan to the crime.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | May 14, 2013
Organizers of this year's Baltimore Pride celebration have chosen Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to serve as grand marshal in recognition of her support for the gay community. The GLBT Community Center of Baltimore and Central Maryland is hosting the annual parade and block party in Mount Vernon and the festival at Druid Hill Park - the largest gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender gathering in the state - on June 15 and 16. "Mayor Rawlings-Blake's commitment to the LGBT community has been undoubtedly one of the best records in Maryland and for the City of Baltimore," the center said Tuesday in a statement.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | July 25, 2004
WASHINGTON - There was a time when Washington's robust and politicized gay community functioned under the same unspoken social rules that apply to other politically involved people in town. Heated battles waged during the day were left at the bar door at night. Barbs might fly over hot topics, but nothing got too personal. No more. The election-year fight over gay marriage has altered the gay scene here in ways that have left some in the community - most notably gay Republicans - stunned and even fearful.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | October 25, 2013
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, a Baltimore native, will next month receive a "lifetime achievement award for her longtime dedication to LGBT rights and her work to fight HIV/AIDS in Congress," gay leaders in Baltimore said Friday. The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center of Baltimore is giving Pelosi the award at its inaugural "Hometown Hero Awards & Champagne Brunch" on Nov. 17 in Baltimore, an event it expects some 500 people to attend. Matt Thorn, executive director of the GLCCB, said in a statement that Pelosi's “unending support for our community and commitment for equality make her the perfect choice for our lifetime achievement award.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | September 20, 2013
In the midst of sorting a mound of yellowed newspapers in the hot attic of a century-old building in Mount Vernon, Arnie VandeBrake would occasionally pause, caught up by letters from the volatile early days of the gay rights movement. "The correspondence would be so poignant, it would feel like a disservice just to put it down and not understand what it meant," said VandeBrake, 30. As the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center of Baltimore prepares to relocate this fall after more than 30 years at its West Chase Street headquarters, a small group of volunteers is working to compile, catalog and preserve records they say highlight the history of the center and the trajectory of the nation through a time of rapid changes.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | August 1, 2013
Those suggesting a boycott of the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia due to the country's recent passage of draconian anti-gay laws should reconsider. It's clear from the decades-long gay rights movement here in the United States that gays and lesbians have always changed hearts and minds and forced public policy changes by being counted, not by sitting it out. The gay community here has won key rights, including marriage in more than a dozen states like Maryland , not by refusing to participate in the political and legal systems that have discriminated against them, but by getting smart and using those systems to their own advantage.
NEWS
June 30, 2013
After reading commentator Brandon Ambrosino's arguments about what good the LGBT Pride Celebration does, I feel sorry for the author because I don't find his arguments lofty so much as childlike ("What I would march for," June 28). He reminds me of a fussy child who refuses to eat broccoli - in spite of never having eaten before - and says: "I don't like it!" Mr. Ambrosino looks down on gay pride celebrations even though he admits never going to one. Instead, he bases his opinion on what he has seen in the media or what he has heard from others.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | June 14, 2013
Making good on a promise by Baltimore police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts after the severe beating of a gay East Baltimore man, the city Police Department announced Friday a special advisory council to help improve its relations with the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. The panel of activists, civil rights advocates and attorneys also plans to work to improve the atmosphere for gay and transgendered officers within the Police Department as it increases efforts to recruit from that community.
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By Chris Kaltenbach The Baltimore Sun | June 13, 2013
In a year when Maryland's same-sex couples can, for the first time, legally marry, the organizers of Baltimore Pride 2013 decided some special celebrating was required. A landmark occasion, they reasoned, called for a landmark commemoration. So they organized a wedding for Sunday afternoon. Not just any wedding, mind you, but a group wedding, one in which some 20 gay and lesbian couples will join together and say, "I do. " And who better to preside over WeDo Baltimore than Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, a longtime friend of the LGBT community who already knows the drill, having performed marriages for several gay couples just after midnight Jan. 1, within minutes of same-sex marriages becoming legal in the state?
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By Phillip McGowan and Phillip McGowan,SUN STAFF | June 19, 2005
Angie Henle was just a spectator when she partied last year at the Baltimore Pride Block Party. But when the signature event of Baltimore Pride 2005 got going last night, Henle could say that, for a few moments at least, she was the life of the party. Henle, 20, who lives in Dundalk, beat out a legion of performers last month in an American Idol-like contest to earn the right to sing in front of thousands at the gay, lesbian and transsexual celebration in Mount Vernon. "This year I get to experience this at a whole 'nother level," Henle said.
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By Renee Graham and Renee Graham,BOSTON GLOBE | August 17, 1997
There's been much discussion in the gay community lately concerning the so-called "circuit parties," which have become annual high holy days for tens of thousands of gay men. For the uninitiated, circuit parties, in such gay meccas as Fire Island and Palm Springs, are marathon bacchanals where gay men ingest prodigious amounts of drugs, cruise incessantly, and bop and bounce their stunningly buff bods at 140 beats per minute.They've been going on for years, but they've been under the microscope since last August, when a Fire Island partygoer overdosed and ended up comatose and on life support.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | May 20, 2013
Consider this our encore applause for Macklemore's performance at Preakness. This weekend, the self-made Seattle rapper took the stage at the Triple Crown's second jewel and delivered a set that included his two most recognizable songs -- "Thrift Shop" and "Can't Hold Us" -- but also the song "Same Love," in which he stands up for same-sex marriage and gay rights in an unabashedly forward way. Here's a link to the song's video on YouTube....
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By Michael Gold and The Baltimore Sun | May 15, 2013
"The New Normal" was supposed to be the new normal. After "Modern Family" brought two gay dads into the spotlight on ABC, NBC was bringing audiences a show that put a gay family at its center. "The New Normal" executive producer Ryan Murphy had already shown two gay teens' first sexual encounter on "Glee. " There was little concern his new show's central couple (Bryan and David) would be the chaste, sexless gay men generally seen on primetime television. I tuned in eagerly when the show premiered, elated to see a romantic gay duo given the amount of screen time generally reserved for straight sitcom leads.
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