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March 27, 2014

Republicans, including one who said 'What this bill does is change nature,' fail in attempts to gut the legislation of protections

Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley is poised to sign into law a bill that makes it illegal to discriminate against transgender people in employment, housing, credit and public accommodations.

The state's House of Delegates passed a bill by a vote of 82-57 on Thursday (27 March). the state Senate had passed the legislation earlier this month by a vote of 32-15.

SB 212 expands to all of Maryland's 23 counties protections that already exist for transgender people in the counties of Howard, Montgomery, Baltimore and the city of Baltimore.

January 4, 2014

But former Baltimore Raven does believe Chris Kluwe's activism led to firing from Vikings

Brendon Ayanbadejo's NFL career ended last year after he became well-known for his outspoken efforts on behalf of marriage equality.

But the former Baltimore Raven tells Gay Star News he does not believe his LGBTI activism cost him his job.

'Not at all,' he said in a recent interview. 'The average NFL career ends in three-and-a-half years. I played until I was 36. I don't think it in any way it effected my career.'

But Chris Kluwe is another matter.

October 29, 2013

Baltimore's Morgan State University chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi now under investigation for alleged discrimination against Brian Stewart

It seems Brian Stewart gets more respect at The White House than he did from a fraternity he tried to join.

A gay student at Morgan State University in Baltimore claims he was rejected as a member of the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity because of his sexuality.

Brian Stewart, 20, has been an intern at The White House and chose this particular fraternity because his pastor had been a mentor.

September 7, 2013

'It could have been Divine's Drag Race instead of RuPaul's Drag Race'

Documentary filmmaker Jeffrey Schwarz has enjoyed working the film festival circuit this year showing his movie about the drag legend known as Divine.

The film I Am Divine, which screens Saturday (7 September) at QFest in Long Beach, California, has given audiences a taste of who this bigger-than-life character was and his impact on drag culture.

'A lot of the drag queens that you see that are really outrageous and over-the-top and kind of scary, Divine spearheaded all of that,' Schwarz tells Gay Star News.

April 4, 2013

Thanks city and Super Bowl winning team for 'an amazing ride'

Brendon Ayanbadejo, the most outspoken LGBT ally in the National Football League, has been let go by his team, Super Bowl champions the Baltimore Ravens.

'I would like to thank the city of Baltimore and the Ravens organization for an amazing ride,' Ayanbadejo said in a tweet. 'We will forever be united as champions!'

According to, the Ravens have let a bunch of players go in the last few weeks and Brendon is simply the latest in a long line.

March 15, 2013

Baltimore rabbi Jason Klein has been elected to the role of president of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association in what is the first time that a gay man has been appointed to lead a Jewish religious order in the US

Baltimore rabbi Jason Klein has become the first gay man to lead an American Jewish religious order.

Klein was elected to the role of president of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association at its conference in New Orleans this week.

Klein thanked his colleagues for their support in electing him for the role.

March 14, 2013

A global meeting of medical student associations has backed marriage equality at a conference in Baltimore in what may be the first time that a global body has voted to support the rights of same-sex couples to marry

The International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA) has endorsed a policy statement in favor of marriage equality at its global conference in Baltimore, Maryland.

The conference voted to support a motion put forward by the Australian Medical Students Association (AMSA).

AMSA president Ben Veness presented the ‘Marriage Equality and Health’ policy statement to the IFMSA General Assembly in Baltimore.

March 4, 2013

We meet the LGBT multi-sports organization from the US state of Delaware as they plan ahead for the Gay Games in 2014

You might not have heard of Rehoboth Beach. It’s a small coastal community that’s part of the rapidly growing Delaware Beaches area – easily reached from Washington DC, Baltimore, and Philadelphia – making it a popular resort town during the summer.

It’s also home to Team Rehoboth Beach, the LGBT multi-sports organization.

As part of our continuing series to document the LGBT sports clubs around the world, we spoke with Bill McManus from Team Rehoboth Beach to find out more.

January 13, 2013

Maryland delegate Don H. Dwyer Jr blames some of his troubles on his anti-gay marriage work

Last year wasn't very good for Maryland delegate Don H. Dwyer Jr.

In August, he admitted to being drunk when accidentally crashing his boat into another full of children. Four of the youngsters were injured with one, a five year old girl, taken by helicopter to Baltimore’s Johns Hopkins Children’s Center.

January 1, 2013

Several gay and lesbian couples celebrated the arrival of the New Year with marriage across the state of Maryland

Seven gay couples were married on the New Year’s first moments, in Maryland, with thousands of same-sex couples to follow, after the state legalized gay marriage.

The couples were pronounced lawfully married at half past midnight during a ceremony on New Year's Day (1 January 2013) in Baltimore's City Hall, the state's largest city.

Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake officiated at the wedding of the first of the couples, 68-year-old James Scales and 60-year-old William Tasker.

The couple have been together for 35 years.

November 2, 2012

We meet IBM vice president Claudia Brind-Woody and find out about her ambitions for gay workplace equality

How can gay and trans equality boost our economies and help towards everyone’s future and why should companies be advocating for it?

Those are some of the bigger questions delegates discussed at Out & Equal’s Workplace Summit in Baltimore, Maryland which finished yesterday (1 November).

Claudia Brind-Woody is a vice president at IBM and a board member of Out & Equal – the organization which campaigns for workplace equality in the US.

October 31, 2012

Vernice ‘FlyGirl’ Armour says she is pleased gays can now fight and die for the US, free to be who they really are

The first African American female combat pilot has spoken about being gay and how pleased she is Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) is over.

DADT, which prevented lesbian, gay and bisexual people from serving openly in the US armed forces, finished a year ago. Research has since shown the change has had no impact on morale or military readiness.

Vernice ‘FlyGirl’ Armour left the US Marines several years ago after a career as a helicopter combat pilot including deployments in Iraq and around the Middle East.

October 31, 2012

New report released at Out & Equal’s conference shows US is moving forward equality agenda at work

More gay people are standing up for themselves at work and ‘straight allies’ are keen to flex their muscles to support their LGBT colleagues.

That’s the finding of a new study released this morning in Baltimore, Maryland where Out & Equal is having it’s annual gay and trans workplace summit.

The Harris Interactive and Witeck Communications study found that a little over a quarter (26%) of US adults self-identify as allies to the LGBT community.

October 30, 2012

Delegates get back to workplace conference in Baltimore after disruption caused by Hurricane Sandy overnight

The Out & Equal LGBT Workplace Summit has got under way again in the wake of Hurricane Sandy – with the launch of a new book.

The city of Baltimore, Maryland was battered by the Sandy Halloween ‘Frankenstorm’ overnight (29 to 30 October) but downtown survived relatively unscathed.

October 29, 2012

Out & Equal’s 2012 Workplace Summit in Baltimore is starting today, in spite of worse storm in years battering the coast

Hurricane Sandy is starting to batter the eastern coast of the US, the worst storm in 20 years to hit the region, but Out & Equal’s LGBT Workplace Summit is still on.

The event in Baltimore is in the path of the storm which is whipping up strong winds and torrential rain.

Many delegates and some key speakers have been unable to travel to the city in Maryland with trains cancelled, airplanes grounded and warnings not to travel on many key roads.

October 28, 2012

New York Mayor Micheal Bloomberg stumps for marriage in Maryland

As Maryland voters get prepared to decide if their state should allow same sex marriages, equality advocates were boosted by a major supporter from up north: New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Bloomberg joined Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and the state's governor, Martin O'Malley, at 26 Oct. press conference showing their support for the mid-Atlantic state's marriage initiative.

October 6, 2012

Ayanbadejo says Birk's anti-gay marriage beliefs 'hurts people', and hopes to change his mind

American football players Matt Birk and Brendan Ayanbadejo have clashed over their opposing views on gay marriage.

In a video demanding people vote against marriage equality in Maryland, Birk says: ‘[Marriage] provides unique foundation for society and children.

'Marriage is more than what adults want for themselves, it is also about the next generation. 

‘Marriage is, and should remain, between a man and a woman.’

October 4, 2012

Ru Paul's Drag Race alum was just 27

Some light is being shed on the sudden death this week of the drag star known as Sahara Davenport. reports that Davenport, whose real name was Antoine Ashley, died of heart failure on Monday (1 October) at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.

He was just 27.

August 24, 2012

A Maryland lawmaker who thinks same-sex marriage will lead to the teaching of homosexuality in schools has injured four children in a drunken boating accident

A homophobic Maryland lawmaker has admitted to being drunk when he accidentally crashed his boat into a boat full of children.

Maryland delegate Don H. Dwyer Jr was drinking with another man on his boat on the Magothy River in Pasadena around 7pm when his boat struck a smaller vessel with five children on board.

Four of the children were injured with one, a five year old girl, taken by helicopter to Baltimore’s Johns Hopkins Children’s Center.

Two adults on the boat were unharmed.

The smash was so severe that Dwyer’s boat sunk in the river.

June 13, 2012

'We’re moving forward to a country where we treat everybody fairly and everybody equally'

Now that he has come out in favor gay marriages, President Barack Obama is no longer using surrogates to speak out against state ballot initiatives that seek to ban them.

Obama appeared at a campaign fundraiser on Tuesday (12 June) in Maryland and urged voters to defeat a measure that, if it qualifies for the ballot, would prevent gay marriages which were just signed into law on March 2 by Gov. Martin O'Malley.

May 27, 2012

Midshipmen describe academy life with the end of  Don't Ask, Don' Tell

Last September, for the first time in 17 years, LGBT troops no longer had to worry about being kicked out of the military because of sexuality. With the repeal of the policy 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' coming out as gay no longer derailed a military career.

This month,  as US military academies graduate midshipmen and cadets, future officers note not much has changed with open service.

January 28, 2012

NAACP leader speaks at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force conference

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, a LGBT rights organization, is holding a four day summit in Baltimore, Maryland.

Called the Creating Change conference,  Ben Jealous, the president and CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, was its keynote speaker.

The NAACP is the oldest civil rights organization in the United States.