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By Matt Vensel | July 27, 2011
Kudos to the Orioles for jumping on board with the It Gets Better Project and the Trevor Project, which bring awareness to the bullying of LGBT youth, by releasing a video featuring Jake Arrieta, Jason Berken, Zach Britton, Kevin Gregg and Michael Gonzalez that encourages victims of bullying to hang in there. “The Orioles are proud to support the It Gets Better Project and the Trevor Project,” Orioles Director of Communications Greg Bader said in a statement. “Bullying of any kind, for any reason, is unacceptable to our organization, and we are pleased to have our players speak out against this behavior in the hope it will provide encouragement to LGBT youth, and all children, who are facing hatred and prejudice.” I'd comment about how bullying in the AL East seems to be acceptable to the Orioles, but now is not the time.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | August 12, 2014
DiJohn Thomas grew up bouncing between foster placements in Baltimore, never knowing how his peers, the next foster parents or staff at his next group home would respond to his being gay. Sometimes the adults responded negatively, he said, and his peers with their fists. "I've never been homeless to the point where I had to sleep outside, but there were times when I would leave group homes and wouldn't have anywhere to go but to a friend's house, sleeping on a couch," said Thomas, who is now 21 and first entered the foster system at age 6. "Most of the time, I would fight or people wouldn't like me just because they knew I was gay. " Advocates for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community say Thomas's experiences are all too common.
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By Michael Gold and The Baltimore Sun | October 10, 2013
Just when you thought Betty White couldn't possibly do more to endear herself to the LGBT community, the "Golden Girls" alumna took part in a promotional video for Spirit Day , GLAAD's anti-bullying initiative that asks people to wear purple to show support for LGBT youth. Doing her best mugging while reading copy that makes NBC's The More You Know campaign look Pulitzer-worthy, White jokes about changing her name on Oct. 17 to "Betty Purple" as a way to stand up for LGBT teens and young adults.
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By Michael Gold and The Baltimore Sun | October 10, 2013
Just when you thought Betty White couldn't possibly do more to endear herself to the LGBT community, the "Golden Girls" alumna took part in a promotional video for Spirit Day , GLAAD's anti-bullying initiative that asks people to wear purple to show support for LGBT youth. Doing her best mugging while reading copy that makes NBC's The More You Know campaign look Pulitzer-worthy, White jokes about changing her name on Oct. 17 to "Betty Purple" as a way to stand up for LGBT teens and young adults.
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By Michael Gold and The Baltimore Sun | July 16, 2013
Days after a jury acquitted George Zimmerman of second-degree murder and manslaughter in the shooting of Florida teen Trayvon Martin, a coalition of LGBT rights groups has issued an open letter declaring "solidarity" with Martin's family and friends. Led by the National Black Justice Coalition and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, 35 national LGBT advocacy groups signed on for a letter saying they plan to "honor Trayvon Martin by strengthening our commitment to end bias, hatred, profiling and violence across our communities.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | August 12, 2014
DiJohn Thomas grew up bouncing between foster placements in Baltimore, never knowing how his peers, the next foster parents or staff at his next group home would respond to his being gay. Sometimes the adults responded negatively, he said, and his peers with their fists. "I've never been homeless to the point where I had to sleep outside, but there were times when I would leave group homes and wouldn't have anywhere to go but to a friend's house, sleeping on a couch," said Thomas, who is now 21 and first entered the foster system at age 6. "Most of the time, I would fight or people wouldn't like me just because they knew I was gay. " Advocates for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community say Thomas's experiences are all too common.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2013
The LGBT-supportive It Gets Better Project will partner this month -- LGBT History Month -- with the Maryland-based Quist app to boost awareness of gay history. The Berwyn Heights-based Quist, which offers those who download it daily history lessons on big LGBT moments of the past, announced the partnership on Tuesday. The It Gets Better Project, which has recorded famous people telling LGBT youth struggling with their identity that hardships get easier with time, will be sharing Quist information via its social media accounts.
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By Michael Gold and The Baltimore Sun | August 2, 2013
Despite previous assurances from the International Olympic Committee, Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said that athletes and spectators at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics could be arrested for violating Russia's anti-LGBT propaganda law. "No one is forbidding an athlete with non-traditional sexual orientation from coming to Sochi, but if he goes onto the street and starts propagandizing it, then of course he will be held accountable," ...
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By Jordan Bartel, b | July 20, 2011
1. Dew Tour 2011 I will never be cool enough to be a skateboarder. Or a BMXer. Generally, extreme sports ... out. But that doesn't mean I can't watch pros such as Bucky Lasek, Shaun White and Ryan Nyquist do their action-sports thing for the tour's first stop in Ocean City Thursday-Sunday. Bonus: Kid Cudi plays a free show Saturday. Ocean City Pier, 4001 Coastal Highway. $24-$29 (includes festival village access). dewtouroc.com 2. 'Captain America: The First Avenger' A beyond-buff Chris Evans stars as dude-turned-superhero who loves him some red, white and blue shield and hates him some Nazis.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | August 14, 2014
His eccentricity, boundary-pushing bravado and brilliant knack for flamboyance could have all made it so on their own, but it was perhaps Robin Williams' way of taking up queer characters with just the right balance of warmth and pitch-perfect irreverence that made us love him most. Yes, Williams -- gay cabaret owner in "The Birdcage" and the one-and-only dad-in-drag "Mrs. Doubtfire," among other favorites -- was an icon for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community just as much as he was a cherished persona for anyone in the world who loves comedy and could tell a genius of the form when they saw one. Williams' death by suicide this week was no doubt more cutting for many in the LGBT community because of the support he'd shown for them and theirs , decades before many of their own family and friends would do the same.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2013
The LGBT-supportive It Gets Better Project will partner this month -- LGBT History Month -- with the Maryland-based Quist app to boost awareness of gay history. The Berwyn Heights-based Quist, which offers those who download it daily history lessons on big LGBT moments of the past, announced the partnership on Tuesday. The It Gets Better Project, which has recorded famous people telling LGBT youth struggling with their identity that hardships get easier with time, will be sharing Quist information via its social media accounts.
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By Michael Gold and The Baltimore Sun | August 2, 2013
Despite previous assurances from the International Olympic Committee, Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said that athletes and spectators at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics could be arrested for violating Russia's anti-LGBT propaganda law. "No one is forbidding an athlete with non-traditional sexual orientation from coming to Sochi, but if he goes onto the street and starts propagandizing it, then of course he will be held accountable," ...
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By Michael Gold and The Baltimore Sun | July 16, 2013
Days after a jury acquitted George Zimmerman of second-degree murder and manslaughter in the shooting of Florida teen Trayvon Martin, a coalition of LGBT rights groups has issued an open letter declaring "solidarity" with Martin's family and friends. Led by the National Black Justice Coalition and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, 35 national LGBT advocacy groups signed on for a letter saying they plan to "honor Trayvon Martin by strengthening our commitment to end bias, hatred, profiling and violence across our communities.
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By Matt Vensel | July 27, 2011
Kudos to the Orioles for jumping on board with the It Gets Better Project and the Trevor Project, which bring awareness to the bullying of LGBT youth, by releasing a video featuring Jake Arrieta, Jason Berken, Zach Britton, Kevin Gregg and Michael Gonzalez that encourages victims of bullying to hang in there. “The Orioles are proud to support the It Gets Better Project and the Trevor Project,” Orioles Director of Communications Greg Bader said in a statement. “Bullying of any kind, for any reason, is unacceptable to our organization, and we are pleased to have our players speak out against this behavior in the hope it will provide encouragement to LGBT youth, and all children, who are facing hatred and prejudice.” I'd comment about how bullying in the AL East seems to be acceptable to the Orioles, but now is not the time.
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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 Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | September 11, 2014
A Harford County judge who helped lead this week's Maryland Judiciary summit on care for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth in the state's foster care system said the event was a success and could lead to substantive improvements in the future. "It went very well. We had excellent speakers," said Judge William O. Carr, a Harford County Circuit Court administrative judge and chair of the outreach and programming subcommittee of the state Foster Care Court Improvement Project.
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