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LGBT Latino support group formed

Community meeting set for Jan. 11

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Highlandtown in Baltimore (Photo by Smallbones; courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

Recognizing that there is a lack of focused support for Latino members of the LGBT community in Baltimore, Lilian Amaya, 27, and four others decided to do something about it.  They formed a group that they hope will help address this underserved portion of the community.

Most of the Latino LGBT population lives in or near the Highlandtown area of Baltimore yet the majority of the LGBT services are located in Baltimore’s Mount Vernon neighborhood. Amaya believes that aside from the location barriers to services, the Latino LGBT community faces many other intersectional barriers, such as not being able to speak English, immigration status, acceptance in culture and isolation.

“A few of the group members have lived in Baltimore for quite some time and have seen programs focused around the Latino LGBTQ community come and go,” Amaya told the Blade. “During our initial planning meeting, it was clear that the Latino LGBTQ community of Baltimore is in need of support that is consistent and will not go away here in Highlandtown.”

To begin to fill that void, a community meeting for Latino LGBT individuals has been scheduled for Jan. 11 from 5-8 p.m. in the Southeast Enoch Pratt Library, 3601 Eastern Ave., in Baltimore. Topics to be discussed include: What are the problems our community faces? What resources do we have? How can we support ourselves?

“We are hoping that this initial community meeting will be a good introduction to group meetings held monthly in Highlandtown for the Latino LGBTQ community as well as an opportunity for the community to have voice,” said Amaya, who is Bilingual Service Coordinator at House of Ruth Maryland.

A colleague introduced Amaya to Alfredo Santiago, who is working with Amaya to organize the Latino LGBTQ group. A social worker who has lived in the community for more than 15 years, Santiago works for RISE, which is a retreat for gay and bisexual men.

“It is time to acknowledge and recognize the Latino LGBTQ community presence in Baltimore,” Santiago told the Blade. “In unity, there is space for personal and community development.”

For more information, call 410-241-9824 or email [email protected].

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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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Baltimore

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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Baltimore

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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