“Queer Eye for the Bible” at Annapolis Church
(Annapolis, Maryland) Queer Eye for the Bible – a hard hitting look at how the Bible has been used to control, condemn and hate a multitude of groups over the centuries. This is not a workshop on decorating, fashion tips or cooking based on Biblical texts. The workshop will explore these concerns: How inclusive of diversity is the Bible? What are the texts of terror and hatred saying? Is there room in the Reign of God for all people? Are gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transgender people condemned to hell? What is the Bible’s understanding of the role of women in church? How about the imperfect? Are they welcome? Are there gay people in the Biblical narrative? Are friends and family “tainted” by their love and support for them?
A Town Hall On Marriage Equality And The Asian Pacific American Communities
A town hall on marriage equality to inform and involve the Asian Pacific American (APA) communities and their allies in light of the recent ACLU marriage equality lawsuit, Deane and Polyak v. Conaway, challenging Maryland’s refusal to issue marriage licenses to lesbian and gay couples.
Pikesville High School Students to Rally for Inclusiveness
Pikesville, Md — Anti-gay rhetoric of protesters outside of Pikesville High School Monday was so disturbing to several students, including some involved with the school’s gay-straight alliance (GSA), that several pupils are planning a “show of support” for an educational environment of inclusiveness this Thursday. Upon hearing about activities surrounding National Coming Out Week sponsored by the GSA, anti-gay members of a church from outside Pikesville organized a protest yesterday encouraging gay students to “embrace Jesus Christ” and “abandon the homosexual lifestyle.”
NAACP Chairman Julian Bond to Give Keynote Address at November 20 Baltimore Event
BALTIMORE – Equality Maryland, the state’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender advocacy organization, announced today that Julian Bond, Chairman of the Board of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the oldest and largest U.S. civil rights organization, will be the keynote speaker at its Third Annual Jazz Brunch scheduled for November 20th at the Wyndham Hotel in Baltimore.
Equality Maryland Chosen by Washington Blade as Best Non-Profit Organization in Best of DC Issue
Equality Maryland, a non-partisan, statewide gay civil rights organization with its headquarters in Silver Spring, has been in the news recently in its effort to build support for overturning a Maryland law banning same-sex couples from marrying. With the ACLU representing nine same-sex couples in a lawsuit seeking to strike down that law, Equality Maryland organized a campaign to show how prohibiting same-sex couples from marrying negatively impacts the lives of many Marylanders and their families.
Equality Maryland co-sponsors the screening “Views of Justice Film Series: Cruel and Unusual”
Creative Alliance follows the camera behind bars in its Views of Justice documentary series with a documentary on a very important criminal justice issue – Transgender people in prison. Director Dan Hunt premieres a first-ever look into the lives of transgender women in men’s prisons Oct 27!
Equality Maryland Field Organizer Receives Baltimore Black Gay Pride Icon Award
For the fourth annual Baltimore Black Gay Pride celebration, dubbed “The Power of Black Pride,” taking place October 7-9, a wide array of festivities is planned for the thousands of expected attendees. Not only are there block parties and special theme nights at local bars and nightclubs, but also educational workshops, spiritual gatherings, and social.
“Teach the Facts – Just Say NOW to Comprehensive and Inclusive Health Education”
(Updated September 9, 2005) Rockville, MD – As the Montgomery County Public School System prepares improvements to its 8th and 10th grade health education curriculum, TeachTheFacts.Org today announces a community forum, “Teach the Facts – Just Say NOW to Comprehensive and Inclusive Health Education,” to be held on Sunday afternoon, September 25, 2005, in the auditorium of Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, 4301 East-West Highway, Bethesda, MD, from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM.
“The Struggle for Marriage Equality: A Public Forum on the State of Gay Marriage in America”
will be held on Wednesday, September 28, at 7:30 p.m., at The First and Franklin Street Presbyterian Church, 210 West Madison Street, in Baltimore.
California State Senate Passes Marriage Equality Legislation
SACRAMENTO- The California State Senate passed a measure today that would allow for the issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Assembly Bill 849, The Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act, passed 21-15 and now heads for an Assembly floor vote. If the Assembly approves the measure, California will become the first legislature in the country to pass equal marriage rights legislation for same-sex couples.
ACLU Urges Maryland Court To Strike Down Law Barring Same-Sex Couples From Marriage Protections
BALTIMORE – The American Civil Liberties Union today asked a Maryland circuit court to strike down a state law than bars same-sex couples from marriage and the hundreds of family protections afforded to married couples.
Maryland Religious Leaders Join Together To Support Marriage For Same-Sex Couples
BALTIMORE -Religious leaders from throughout the state convened today at a Baltimore church to express their support for providing same-sex couples with the legal protections of marriage The gathering took place on the eve of a hearing on the constitutionality of Maryland law that bars same-sex couples from marriage. The lawsuit, brought by the American Civil Liberties Union with the support of Equality Maryland, the state’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender advocacy organization, was filed on behalf of nine same-sex couples and a recently widowed man.
Equality Maryland’s Marylanders Of Color Collective Calls On ‘Millions More March’ Organizers To Reach Out To LGBT Community
Silver Spring, MD – The Marylanders of Color Collective, a subcommittee of Equality Maryland dedicated to making life better for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people of color, condemned Reverend Willie Wilson for comments made during a deeply homophobic sermon and urged Millions More March organizers to embrace the participation of the Black LGBT community in the March. The Millions More Movement is a celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Million Man March. Rev. Wilson is the Executive Director of the Millions More Movement.