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By Michael Gold and The Baltimore Sun | June 6, 2013
Former Ravens linebacker and outspoken same-sex marriage advocate Brendon Ayanbadejo is turning his attention from playing time to publishing. Weeks after being released by the Super Bowl champions, Ayanbadejo announced today that he will serve as the guest editor of a sports-themed issue of LGBT newspaper The Washington Blade. "I'm extremely honored to be able to work with the Blade," Ayanbadejo said at a press conference. "I think through sports is the easiest way to reach a lot of people in a demographic that typically wouldn't hear about equality and why it is so near and dear to us. " Since his playing days ended -- for now, at least -- Ayanbadejo has continued advocating for the LGBT community, has made several media appearances and took part in the NFL's inaugural sports journalism boot camp.
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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 Michael Gold, The Baltimore Sun | January 8, 2014
Baltimore County Del. Jon Cardin introduced Wednesday a bill that would prohibit administering so-called "gay conversion therapy" to Maryland minors. The bill would prevent mental health professionals from engaging in efforts to change a youth's sexual orientation, a controversial practice that has been criticized by professional groups like the American Psychiatric Association and American Academy of Pediatrics. Cardin, who is running for attorney general, announced his intention to introduce the bill in December.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | August 7, 2014
If you're a fan of The Quest Bar on Fleet Street in East Baltimore, the good news is there's a big party there this Saturday. The bad news is the party is a last hurrah. After nearly 15 years, bar owner Tom Mathison is selling his longtime Highlandtown establishment -- perhaps the last true gay bar on the east side -- to developers, who plan to tear the tavern down and put in townhomes, he said Thursday. "It's just bittersweet when you've done something half your life, seeing it end," said Mathison, 66, who spent years tending bars on Boston Street and in Fells Point before starting Quest.
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By John Fritze and Annie Linskey, The Baltimore Sun | June 6, 2012
The daughter of Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland disclosed Wednesday that she is a lesbian, an announcement gay advocates hope will boost their effort to keep the state's new same-sex marriage law on the books. Stefany Hoyer Hemmer said her decision to come out of the closet publicly was driven in part by her support for Maryland's law, which Gov. Martin O'Malley, a Democrat, signed in March and which is likely to appear on the ballot in November. "It was important for me to come out because of my dad's visibility both on a local level and on a national level," Hemmer told The Baltimore Sun. "The referendum is a big deal and I'm encouraged by the numbers" indicating support for the new law, she said.
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By L'Oreal Thompson, The Baltimore Sun | May 31, 2013
Wedding date: April 20, 2013 Tom's story: Tom Gloss, 59, grew up in Buffalo, N.Y. He is a retired federal employee. His mother, Wilma, is a homemaker and his father, Norman Gloss Sr., is deceased. Jim's story: Jim Flower, 63, grew up in LaSalle, Ill. He owns James E. Flower Insurance Agency in Owings Mills. His mother, Darlene, and his father, James E. Flower Sr., are deceased. Their story: Tom and Jim met in July 2001. Both had been previously married, gotten divorces and were looking for love.
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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 | July 10, 2014
Two television productions that pushed the LGBT envelope on the small screen this year were big winners Thursday, as the 2014 Emmy nominations were announced. The HBO movie "The Normal Heart," centered on the outbreak of AIDS in 1980s New York City , earned 16 nominations, while the women's prison comedy "Orange is the New Black" on Netflix took 12 nominations. Among the "Orange" nods was one for outstanding guest actress in a comedy series for Laverne Cox, a transgender activist whose success on the show has launched her acting career -- and landed her on the cover of Time .  According to The Advocate , Cox's nomination is the first given to an openly transgender actress.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | April 23, 2014
A federal judge in Washington has dismissed the high-profile discrimination lawsuit of a Gallaudet University official who claimed she was unfairly demoted for signing a petition to put Maryland's same-sex marriage law to referendum. U.S. District Judge James E. Boasberg ruled April 14 that Angela McCaskill, Gallaudet's former chief diversity officer, had failed to show she had been discriminated against under the D.C. Human Right's Act -- whether for her religion, political beliefs or identity as a straight woman -- or that the university had acted negligently.
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By Michael Gold, The Baltimore Sun | December 12, 2013
Gay sex is now illegal -- again -- in the second-most populous nation in the world. India's Supreme Court restored a 150-year-old law banning sodomy Wednesday, declaring that a lower court that struck it down in 2009 lacked the power to do so. Put another way: After a four-year reprise, a 19th-century British law is what governs gay sex in India. The statute, introduced by Britain when they were colonizing India and reading Charles Dickens, outlaws "carnal intercourse against the order of nature.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | July 10, 2014
Two television productions that pushed the LGBT envelope on the small screen this year were big winners Thursday, as the 2014 Emmy nominations were announced. The HBO movie "The Normal Heart," centered on the outbreak of AIDS in 1980s New York City , earned 16 nominations, while the women's prison comedy "Orange is the New Black" on Netflix took 12 nominations. Among the "Orange" nods was one for outstanding guest actress in a comedy series for Laverne Cox, a transgender activist whose success on the show has launched her acting career -- and landed her on the cover of Time .  According to The Advocate , Cox's nomination is the first given to an openly transgender actress.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | April 23, 2014
A federal judge in Washington has dismissed the high-profile discrimination lawsuit of a Gallaudet University official who claimed she was unfairly demoted for signing a petition to put Maryland's same-sex marriage law to referendum. U.S. District Judge James E. Boasberg ruled April 14 that Angela McCaskill, Gallaudet's former chief diversity officer, had failed to show she had been discriminated against under the D.C. Human Right's Act -- whether for her religion, political beliefs or identity as a straight woman -- or that the university had acted negligently.
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By Michael Gold, The Baltimore Sun | January 8, 2014
Baltimore County Del. Jon Cardin introduced Wednesday a bill that would prohibit administering so-called "gay conversion therapy" to Maryland minors. The bill would prevent mental health professionals from engaging in efforts to change a youth's sexual orientation, a controversial practice that has been criticized by professional groups like the American Psychiatric Association and American Academy of Pediatrics. Cardin, who is running for attorney general, announced his intention to introduce the bill in December.
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By Michael Gold, The Baltimore Sun | December 12, 2013
Gay sex is now illegal -- again -- in the second-most populous nation in the world. India's Supreme Court restored a 150-year-old law banning sodomy Wednesday, declaring that a lower court that struck it down in 2009 lacked the power to do so. Put another way: After a four-year reprise, a 19th-century British law is what governs gay sex in India. The statute, introduced by Britain when they were colonizing India and reading Charles Dickens, outlaws "carnal intercourse against the order of nature.
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By Michael Gold and The Baltimore Sun | June 6, 2013
Former Ravens linebacker and outspoken same-sex marriage advocate Brendon Ayanbadejo is turning his attention from playing time to publishing. Weeks after being released by the Super Bowl champions, Ayanbadejo announced today that he will serve as the guest editor of a sports-themed issue of LGBT newspaper The Washington Blade. "I'm extremely honored to be able to work with the Blade," Ayanbadejo said at a press conference. "I think through sports is the easiest way to reach a lot of people in a demographic that typically wouldn't hear about equality and why it is so near and dear to us. " Since his playing days ended -- for now, at least -- Ayanbadejo has continued advocating for the LGBT community, has made several media appearances and took part in the NFL's inaugural sports journalism boot camp.
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By L'Oreal Thompson, The Baltimore Sun | May 31, 2013
Wedding date: April 20, 2013 Tom's story: Tom Gloss, 59, grew up in Buffalo, N.Y. He is a retired federal employee. His mother, Wilma, is a homemaker and his father, Norman Gloss Sr., is deceased. Jim's story: Jim Flower, 63, grew up in LaSalle, Ill. He owns James E. Flower Insurance Agency in Owings Mills. His mother, Darlene, and his father, James E. Flower Sr., are deceased. Their story: Tom and Jim met in July 2001. Both had been previously married, gotten divorces and were looking for love.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | August 7, 2014
If you're a fan of The Quest Bar on Fleet Street in East Baltimore, the good news is there's a big party there this Saturday. The bad news is the party is a last hurrah. After nearly 15 years, bar owner Tom Mathison is selling his longtime Highlandtown establishment -- perhaps the last true gay bar on the east side -- to developers, who plan to tear the tavern down and put in townhomes, he said Thursday. "It's just bittersweet when you've done something half your life, seeing it end," said Mathison, 66, who spent years tending bars on Boston Street and in Fells Point before starting Quest.
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by Annie Linskey | October 4, 2012
Football and politics meet again: Former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue and his wife have said they will give $100,000 to Maryland's same-sex marriage campaign. The donation, reported first by the Washington Blade, is the latest in what is becoming quite the trend of the NFL involving itself in Maryland state politics. According to the Blade, Tagliabue announced the the donation at a fundraiser earlier this week in Washington, D.C. “We had the privilege of raising our family in Maryland.
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By John Fritze and Annie Linskey, The Baltimore Sun | June 6, 2012
The daughter of Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland disclosed Wednesday that she is a lesbian, an announcement gay advocates hope will boost their effort to keep the state's new same-sex marriage law on the books. Stefany Hoyer Hemmer said her decision to come out of the closet publicly was driven in part by her support for Maryland's law, which Gov. Martin O'Malley, a Democrat, signed in March and which is likely to appear on the ballot in November. "It was important for me to come out because of my dad's visibility both on a local level and on a national level," Hemmer told The Baltimore Sun. "The referendum is a big deal and I'm encouraged by the numbers" indicating support for the new law, she said.
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