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GLCCB elects new board members

Redmond-Palmer takes over as president

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Bill Redmond-Palmer (Blade photo by Steve Charing)

The board of directors of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center of Baltimore and Central Maryland (GLCCB) elected a new president and re-elected the vice president and treasurer during the annual election meeting on Dec. 8.

Long-time activist and former GLCCB board member William J. “Bill” Redmond-Palmer was elected unanimously to succeed outgoing term-limited President Michael McCarthy. Chris Adkins was re-elected as vice president as was Daniel Moore as treasurer. The board is seeking a secretary to fill a vacancy resulting from the departure of Gilles Stromberg.

During McCarthy’s two years since he was elected in February 2013, there were major changes within the GLCCB. The most important of these developments was the sale of the building on Chase Street, held by the Center for more than three decades, and the eventual move of the headquarters last winter to the third floor of the Waxter Center on nearby Cathedral Street.

In addition, there were several different executive directors running the operations during this period. Previous executive directors Matt Thorn and Kelly Neel resigned; Joel Tinsley-Hall is currently at the helm. There was also a controversial shift of the Pride celebration last June to the Artscape area several blocks north of the familiar Mount Vernon venue for both Pride days.

From these changes, as well as long-standing complaints, the GLCCB was under fire from a portion of the community, which complained about a perceived lack of transparency regarding decision-making and finances as well as a lack of diversity and inclusivity.

Since a turbulent town hall meeting held last July, efforts were undertaken to address these problems, which included public disclosure of financial statements, posting the by-laws online and holding open board meetings.

Redmond-Palmer has worked as an advocate on behalf of people living with HIV/AIDS and has written numerous articles for local publications to shine a spotlight on local LGBT organizations. He has worked in leadership and advocacy organizations in the LGBT community for nearly 20 years, including serving on the GLCCB board of directors for six years in the early 1990s.

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Suhas Subramanyam wins Democratic primary in Va. 10th Congressional District

Former Obama advisor vows to champion LGBTQ rights in Congress

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Virginia state Sen. Suhas Subramanyam (D-Fairfax County) (Photo courtesy of Subramanyam's campaign)

Virginia state Sen. Suhas Subramanyam (D-Loudoun County) on Tuesday won the Democratic primary in the race to succeed retiring U.S. Rep. Jennifer Wexton (D-Va.) in Congress.

Subramanyam won the Democratic primary in Virginia’s 10th Congressional District with 30.4 percent of the votes. The Loudoun County Democrat who was an advisor to former President Barack Obama will face Republican Mike Clancy in November’s general election.

“I’m thrilled to be the Democratic nominee in Virginia’s 10th, and to have won this election during Pride Month,” Subramanyam told the Washington Blade on Wednesday in an emailed statement. “As I have done in the state legislature and as an Obama White House policy advisor, I will always stand as an ally with the LGBTQ+ community.”

Wexton, who is a vocal LGBTQ rights champion, last September announced she will not seek re-election after doctors diagnosed her with progressive supranuclear palsy, a neurological disorder she has described as “Parkinson’s on steroids.” Wexton is a vice chair of the Congressional Equality Caucus and a previous co-chair of its Transgender Equality Task Force.

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Police say they didn’t spray a chemical agent at Baltimore Pride. Why don’t those who attended believe it?

Attendees allege city failed to adequately respond to emergency

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A parade participant is photographed clutching on to a rainbow flag at Baltimore’s Pride Parade held on June 15, 2024. (Photo by Ronica Edwards/Baltimore Banner)

BY BRENNA SMITH and JOHN-JOHN WILLIAMS IV | A chemical agent that disrupted Pride Parade festivities last weekend continues to cause confusion and raise suspicion among many in the Baltimore LGBTQIA+ community, who question the police account of what happened.

The Baltimore Police Department said Tuesday that they had determined the released substance was Mace, but did not say how they came to that conclusion. A BPD spokesperson said that the chemical was released after two groups of people got into an altercation. Three people were treated and released from a nearby hospital because of injuries from the spray.

The rest of this article can be read on the Baltimore Banner’s website.

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Carlton R. Smith: LGBTQ advocate, ‘mayor’ of Mount Vernon, passes away

‘The Duchess’ died on May 29 in his sleep

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Carlton R. Smith, an LGBTQ advocate, died May 29. He was 61. (Photo courtesy of Carlton R. Smith)

BY JOHN-JOHN WILLIAMS IV | Carlton R. Smith was affectionately called “The Duchess” in a nod to royalty, because of his unofficial role of mayor of Baltimore’s Mount Vernon neighborhood. He was a “walking billboard” for Calvin Klein, with a love for purple, Batman, cooking, house music, Prince, and Diana Ross.

“If you said Duchess, you knew who that was,” said his close friend of 25-years, Carrietta Hiers.

The rest of this article can be found on the Baltimore Banner’s website.

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