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B’More Queer Fest presents Del Shores

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Del Shores will be in Baltimore next month. (Photo courtesy Shores)

The third event of B’More QFest will be a Del Shores double bill on April 6 that is called a Southern Tragic Double Bill: Del Shores’ “Sordid Lives” and “Southern Baptist Sissies”.

Guests will have the opportunity to meet Del Shores, writer/director of “Sordid Lives” and Emerson Collins, the producer/star of “Southern Baptist Sissies” and Bravo’s “The People’s Couch.” There will be a church potluck style meet and greet for $50.

If you come as your favorite “Sordid Lives” character you can win prizes like all access passes, tickets to other events and festival films. If you are just interested in the films the price is $15.

The event takes place between 2-8 p.m. at Chase Brexton Health Services, 1111 North Charles St. For tickets, visit


GLCCB to host town hall on PrEP

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Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) is a medical protocol that is designed to treat people who have not been exposed to specific diseases, but are at high risk of contracting them.

The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center of Baltimore and Central Maryland (GLCCB) will host a town hall panel and discussion on April 28 on the use of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)— an HIV prevention method in which people who do not have HIV take a daily pill to reduce their risk of becoming infected.

“The use and effects of PrEP still remain a mystery to many in our community,” GLCCB board member Chris Adkins said in a statement. “This month’s town hall is designed to allow for an open dialogue between community members and health care professionals to educate, clarify, and demystify the use of this often misunderstood HIV prevention method.”

The town hall will be held in the Mason Lord Room of the Waxter Center from 7-9 p.m. and will feature guest speakers Deb Dun of Chase Brexton Health Services; Brian M. Palmer of Gilead Sciences, Inc.; Dr. Renata Arrington-Sanders of Johns Hopkins Hospital; and Dr. Patrick Ryscavage of University of Maryland Medical Center.

The panel will address the risks and benefits of the medication, accessing health insurance and co-pay assistance programs needed to cover the costs, and ways to access medication in Baltimore. Additionally, HIV testing will be offered and local physicians will be available to answer any related questions.

Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) is a medical protocol that is designed to treat people who have not been exposed to specific diseases, but are at high risk of contracting them.


Chase Brexton CEO to address LGBT group

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Chase Brexton Health Services marching at Baltimore Pride. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

The Maryland Corporate Council, in partnership with Chase Brexton Health Services, will host a Network & Nosh event on Jan. 17. Chase Brexton CEO Richard Larison will speak on LGBT health issues.

The event, which is free to members and their guests, takes place from 6-8 p.m. at the Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St. in Baltimore.

Complimentary light hors d’oeuvres and beer and wine provided by Sasha’s will be served. Music will be provided by Mark Meadows. Registration is required; visit to register or become a member.


Ravens win, Ayanbadejo speaks out

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Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo is an ally and vocal LGBT advocate. (Photo by Thibous via Wikimedia Commons)

Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo continues to use the attention surrounding his team’s Super Bowl victory to highlight his support of marriage rights for same-sex couples.

He reiterated his support during an interview with gay CNN anchor Don Lemon on Feb. 5.

“It’s time that we treat everybody fairly and not only are we trying to dictate who people should love, we’re also trying to dictate who people should be,” Ayanbadejo said. “If a woman wants to wear men’s clothes or if a man wants to wear women’s clothes or you feel like you’re a woman on the inside and you’re really a man, who cares? Let’s just treat everybody equally. Let’s move on. Let’s evolve as a culture, as a people.”

Ayanbadejo described the passage of Maryland’s same-sex marriage referendum last November to Lemon as “trendsetting and trailblazing.”

“I’m so proud just to be a Baltimore Raven and to be in the state of Maryland,” he said. “We’re a state that’s really making a difference.”

The Washington Blade won a bet with San Francisco newspaper Bay Area Reporter as a result of the game’s outcome. According to terms of the bet, BAR will send the Blade staff a lunch of Dungeness crabs and a check for $1,000 to a local charity. The Blade designated Baltimore’s Chase Brexton Health Services to receive the money.