The STAR TRACK Adolescent Health Program at the University of Maryland’s School of Medicine alongside the Baltimore City Health Department and MICA hosted the inaugural “Baltimore in Conversation” show on April 22.
The red carpet was rolled out and search lights beamed in front of the Motor House, located at 120 West North Ave., to welcome the Baltimore community in for Baltimore in Conversation.
Included were the personal narratives of three Baltimorean storytellers who shared their personal narratives centered on the experiences of and interactions with the LGBTQ community. They addressed a range of topics, such as provider bias and judgment, HIV stigma, and housing instability—all under the framework of vulnerability. In all, more than 70 attended.
“The setting and tone of Baltimore in Conversation made it feel as if the storytellers were sharing their thoughts and experiences with you, one to one,” Gabrielle Mnkande, Community Mobilization Coordinator, STAR TRACK, told the Blade. “Hearing the intimate stories of vulnerability motivated a lot of guests to pledge their actions, voices, etc. to the movement.”