John Waters hits back at Trump over Baltimore comments

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, Courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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ABOVE: John Waters, Washington Blade photo by Michael Key.

Filmmaker and Baltimore native John Waters clapped back at President Donald Trump over his recent tweets bashing Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) and the city of Baltimore.

The “Hairspray” director responded to Trump’s tweet in a statement to Artnews saying: “Give me the rats and roaches of Baltimore any day over the lies and racism of your Washington, Mr Trump. Come on over to that neighborhood and see if you have the nerve to say it in person!”

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Baltimore man charged in trans woman Zoe Spears’ murder

By : Lou Chibbaro Jr. OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Zoe Spears. (Photo courtesy of Ruby Corado)

Prince George’s County Police announced on July 18 that they have charged a 33-year-old Baltimore man with first-degree murder for the June 13 shooting death of transgender woman Zoe Spears, 23, on a street in Fairmount Heights, Md., just across the D.C. border.

At a news conference at P.G. County Police Headquarters, Commander Brian Reilly, who oversees the department’s Homicide Unit, said police arrested Geraldo Thomas July 17 in Baltimore City. He said Thomas was being held without bond.

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Maryland voter forms to provide third gender option

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ABOVE: Maryland’s State Board of Elections host a conference to prepare for the 2020 elections and beyond. Photo courtesy Maryland’s State Board of Elections Facebook page.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) | Voters in Maryland will no longer be required to identify themselves as male or female when they register to vote.

The Baltimore Sun reports that the Maryland State Board of Elections will soon allow voters to choose “X” or “unspecified'” as a gender when they fill out voter registration forms.

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Church rally draws more than 200 after LGBTQ sign vandalized

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TOWSON, Md. (AP) | The Baltimore County executive has agreed to meet with a coalition of community activists and people of faith in the next 30 days to discuss further actions after a church sign promoting support for LGBTQ people was vandalized.

The Baltimore Sun reports County Executive Johnny Olszewski Jr. attended a rally Feb. 17 at Maryland Presbyterian Church in Towson with his 3-year-old daughter, Daria, and more than 200 other people. The church’s sign was vandalized more than a week ago.

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Nashville becomes first Southern city to recognize LGBT-owned businesses

By : James Wellemeyer OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Nashville on Feb. 11 became the first city in the South to recognize LGBT-owned businesses.

Nashville Mayor David Briley signed an executive order including LGBT Business Enterprises certified by the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce in contracting and procurement opportunities throughout the city.

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‘House of Cards’ employees allege sexual misconduct against Kevin Spacey

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Kevin Spacey is facing new sexual misconduct allegations from employees on the “House of Cards” set days after Netflix halted production on the series.

CNN reports that eight people have come forward to disclose that Spacey had sexually harassed male crew members over the course of the series’ six-season run.

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Arrest made in Baltimore murder of gay man

By : Lou Chibbaro Jr. of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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ABOVE: Eric Jones was arrested in the beating death of George Ted Yurek. (Photo courtesy of the Baltimore Police Department)

Baltimore City police on Sunday arrested a 52-year-old man, whose photo they released days earlier as a person of interest, for the Sept. 3 beating death of George Ted Yurek.

Police said Yurek, who was also 52, was found about 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 3 in an alley near the Baltimore jail suffering from a severe head wound. He was last seen alive by friends and family members at the Baltimore gay bar Grand Central the night before he was found in the alley, police said.

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Trans woman murdered in Baltimore

By : Steve Charing OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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A transgender woman, yet to be identified, was fatally shot in the 2400 block of Guilford Avenue Wednesday morning. At approximately 4:15 a.m., officers responded to that location for a shooting.

According to Baltimore Police, upon arrival, officers located a 38-year-old transgender female who was suffering from a gunshot wound to the stomach. The victim was transported to Johns Hopkins Hospital where she was pronounced dead a short time later.

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Maryland senator seeks apology for fired workers in ‘lavender scare’

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BALTIMORE (AP) – Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin wants Secretary of State John Kerry to formally apologize to hundreds of federal workers who were fired decades ago because of their perceived sexual orientation.

The Baltimore Sun reports that the Democratic senator said in a letter to Kerry on Nov. 29 that it’s time for the country to apologize for the so-called “lavender scare.”

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You can’t stop the beat with ‘Hairspray Live!’ telecast

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UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. (AP) – In the steadily escalating battle of the TV musicals, NBC’s Hairspray Live! is the most ambitious contender yet.

It’s got a deep bench of stars, including Kristin Chenoweth, Jennifer Hudson, Ariana Grande and Martin Short. It boasts strong themes of racial equality, tolerance and self-acceptance. And it has the outsized, joyful talents of Harvey Fierstein as writer and actor, reprising his Tony Award-winning role as Edna Turnblad.

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Orlando’s Overheard: Love for Orlando, stick figure stickers and a Thirsty film

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Good morning Baltimore!

It’s great to see the love that continues to come from all over the world. Sometimes that love comes in the form of donations, sometimes it comes in the form of expression by artistic mediums. The Baltimore Love Project completed their “LOVE” hands mural, now on the side of the Kaley Street Einstein Bagels.

The project has taken four months to be completed, raising money to cover the cost of the mural and additional funds will benefit the OnePulse Foundation. We were advised that they have exceeded their goal of $3,000. The new mural will feature giant hands spelling out one word: LOVE. It will feature forty nine Orange Blossoms (the state flower) in honor to those who lost their lives on June 12.

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Lesbian Maryland state trooper alleges bias in federal lawsuit

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BALTIMORE (AP) – A lesbian Maryland State Police trooper is alleging discrimination in a federal lawsuit.

Chelsea Raley of the Cumberland barrack contends she’s also been subjected to retaliation and a hostile work environment based on her sexual orientation and gender.

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