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Chase Brexton to host LGBT health events

BreastFest cancer screening to be offered



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Chase Brexton’s upcoming events include BreastFest cancer screening. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

The LGBT Health Resource Center of Chase Brexton Health Care is slated to host four events from March 25-30 to recognize LGBT Health Awareness Week.

“The activities we have planned are about visibility and building community,” said Nate Sweeney, executive director of the LGBT Health Resource Center. “We want to provide a safe space and lessen the stigma that many in the LGBTQ community face when trying to obtain fair and inclusive healthcare.”

On March 25, there will be a BreastFest Cancer Screening at American Radiology Services (3700 Fleet St., Suite 110, in Baltimore). BreastFest provides lesbian, same-gender-loving, bisexual and queer women over 40 with breast cancer screenings by appointment. This event is trans inclusive for anyone in need of breast tissue screening.

March 28 will feature a Trans vs. Bureaucracy Workshop from 6-8 p.m. at Chase Brexton’s Mount Vernon Center (first floor community room; 1111 N. Charles St.). This workshop provides documents and counsel for trans patients of Chase Brexton who are navigating the legal processes of name/gender marker change. The workshop will include a round-table discussion to share the personal narratives of trans individuals and their experiences navigating bureaucracy.

Bisexual Speed Dating will take place on March 29 from 6-9 p.m. at Flavor (15 E. Centre St. in Baltimore). This evening event aims to bring bi/pan people together for potential friendship or romance. There is a $10 cover, with proceeds supporting LGBTQ cancer screenings.

On March 30, there will be a screening of “You Are Not Alone” on from 6-9 p.m. at Chase Brexton’s Mount Vernon Center. “You Are Not Alone” is an award-winning documentary featuring stories of gay black men struggling with depression. The film will be followed by a discussion of the film, battling stigma, and building community. The event is free.

Sweeney adds, “It is important for people to have the opportunity to be with those who are going through the same thing or have similar experiences.  That is why our events this year are centered on particular identities within our community.  We are thrilled to be working with great partners like FreeState Justice, The Center for Black Equity, The Baltimore Transgender Alliance, Baltimore TransMen Inc, the STAR TRACK program at University of Maryland and others to not only bring attention to some of the health disparities that our communities face, but to do something about it.”



Prince George’s County library system launches banned book club

First discussion to take place in Hyattsville on June 14



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The Prince George’s County Memorial Library System has launched its Rock Banned Book Club.

The club will feature monthly discussions of the 13 top banned books from 2022, most of which focus on LGBTQ-specific themes. 

The club’s first discussion, which will take place at the Hyattsville Branch Library on June 14, will be on “Gender Queer: A Memoir” by Maia Kobabe. 

Kobabe’s memoir won the 2020 American Library Association Alex Award and recounts Kobabe’s exploration of gender identity and sexuality through adolescence and adulthood. According to the American Library Association, the book faced the most censorship challenges of any novel at 151.

“We’re seeing nationally the highest rate of challenges to books in libraries since the data has been collected by the American Library Association,” Nicholas Brown, acting co-chief executive officer of the library, said. “I think what happens with all of the discourse around book banning is that, oftentimes, not everyone participating in that discourse is actually taking the time to read the full works and discuss them and understand where the author might be coming from and whose stories are being reflected in these books.”

Along with the book club, the library system is hosting a Pride celebration at the Hyattsville branch on Saturday from 12 – 4 p.m. It will feature a panel discussion, vogue and runway workshops, free HIV testing and more. 

The library system will host its second annual Rainbow Festival on June 24 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Bowie Branch Library with family-friendly events like craft stations, story time and a live DJ. In April, the library system won a Top Innovator Award from the Urban Libraries Council for its banned books campaign.

“I think a lot of folks don’t always realize that your local public library is kind of the front line of democracy and we always have been,” Brown said. “Public libraries across the country are very united on this and if the right to read continues to be under threat like it’s been, it is not a good time for the state of our democracy.”

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Bowser: No credible threats to D.C. Pride events

Mayor spoke with the Blade after flag-raising ceremony at the Wilson Building



D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser at the flag-raising of the Progress Pride flag at the Wilson Building in D.C. on June 1, 2023. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser on Thursday said authorities have not received any credible threats to upcoming Pride events.

“We don’t have any to report,” she told the Washington Blade.

“MPD is constantly working with all of our agencies to make sure we have safe special events and we’re going to keep going with our planning, like we do every year,” added Bowser. “There’s always a scan for any threats to the District.”

Bowser spoke with the Blade after she joined D.C. Council Chair Phil Mendelson, Council members Anita Bonds, Charles Allen, Kenyon McDuffie and Zachary Parker, D.C. Attorney General Brian Schwalb, D.C. Mayor’s LGBTQ Affairs Office Director Japer Bowles and other officials and activists in raising the Progress Pride flag in front of the Wilson Building.

The Blade last month reported D.C. police are investigating a bomb threat a Twitter user made against the annual District Pride concert that will take place at the Lincoln Theater on June 29. Bowles in a May 19 statement said his office reported the tweet, but further stressed that “no credible threat at this time has been made.”

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Moore issues Pride month proclamation

Governor on May 3 signed Trans Health Equity Act



Maryland Gov. Wes Moore (Public domain photo/Twitter)

Maryland Gov. Wes Moore on Thursday proclaimed June as Pride month in recognition of  “the contributions, resilience, courage and joy of LGBTQIA+ Marylanders,” according to a press release.

“In Maryland, we lead with love and inclusion. I want everyone in our LGBTQIA+ community to know that they deserve to be seen for who they are, and our administration will stand with them in the fight for equality and equity,” Moore said. “We need to elevate the stories, embrace the courage, and celebrate the humanity of our LGBTQIA+ community — and as long as I am governor, we will take the steps forward to protect and celebrate all Marylanders.”

Moore on March 31 became the first governor in Maryland history to recognize the Transgender Day of Visibility and last month he signed into law the Trans Health Equity Act into law, which requires Maryland Medicaid to provide coverage for gender-affirming care beginning next year.

“This month is a celebration of the beauty and uniqueness of the queer community, but it’s also a time to reaffirm our commitment to uplifting LGBTQIA+ Marylanders and continuing to fight against hatred, discrimination, and bigotry,” Lt. Gov. Aruna Miller said in the same press release that Moore’s office released. “LGBTQIA+ Marylanders deserve to be who they are, to live their pride — without fear or having to hide. This administration will always stand alongside and protect the rights of all Marylanders.”

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