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LGBT activist group plans dance protest outside Stephen Miller’s house

#WERKNotWalls supports migrants and refugees

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Local LGBT activist group WERK for Peace has scheduled a dance protest on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. in support of migrants and refugees starting with a rally on the North Side of the White House and ending with a parade to White House advisor Stephen Miller’s house.

The protest is part of the group’s new campaign #WERKNotWalls which is “about celebrating queer and trans migrants’ and refugees’ existence and resilience.”

“From the egregious response to the migrant and refugee caravan to the Muslim ban, Stephen Miller is Donald Trump’s right hand when it comes to immigration policy. That’s why he is going to love it when a parade of hip-bumping, salsa-dancing, debke-stomping, booty-shaking queer and trans migrants and refugees [and allies] show up at his house to celebrate our existence and demand that the US #LetThemIn, #AbolishIce, and WERK for migrants and refugees, not against them,” reads the Facebook’s event page. “We are going to send a loud and clear message: when migrants and refugees arrive at our border, we should be throwing biodegradable rainbow confetti – not tear gas.”

Participants are encouraged to wear traditional attire from their heritage. The soundtrack for the protest will include music “from Palestine to Mexico.”

There will be water, hand-warmers, speakers, biodegradable confetti, glitter and rainbow paraphernalia, according to the Facebook event page.

Firas Nasr, founding organizer of WERK for Peace, said in a statement: “The US government is denying dignity and respect to queer and trans individuals fleeing violence in their country of origin, much of which is the direct result of US imperialism. We are here to send a counter message to our brothers, sisters, and non-binary/GNC siblings – we see you, we respect you, and we will WERK to insure you are able to live in a world free from violence.”

As part of #WERKNotWalls, WERK for Peace has launched a video campaign asking dancers and activists to create videos to bring attention to the maltreatment of migrants and refugees.

WERK for Peace was founded in response to the Pulse Nightclub shooting. The group uses dance as a form of protest to speak out on issues such as climate change, immigration, LGBT issues and more.

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Delmarva Pride to feature drag, dancing, and more this weekend

Easton and Cambridge to host events

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A scene from Delmarva Pride. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

The Delmarva Peninsula will hold its annual Pride celebration this weekend, including drag shows, a festival, and much more. 

The Delmarva Pride Center will put on the annual Pride celebration starting on Friday, June 14, and it will go until Sunday to celebrate queer love and acceptance in Delmarva.  

The weekend kicks off on Friday with a free legal clinic in partnership with FreeState Justice at the Academy Art Museum, 106 South St., Easton, Md. Free legal services including name and gender marker changes, criminal record expungements, and peace and protection orders are just some of the services being offered. For more information visit freestate-justice.org.

Then on Friday night, the third annual Pride Drag Show will be at the Avalon Theatre, 40 E Dover St., in Easton. Bring your cash as four drag queens and host Miranda Bryant put on the fundraising show, where 100% of ticket sales go to the Delmarva Pride Center. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and performance begins at 7 p.m. For tickets visit avalonfoundation.org.

On Saturday there will be the Pride festival from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at  S. Harrison and E. Dover Street, in Easton. This free community festival will include vendors, live performances, and more. 

Saturday night the party gets going as Delmarva Pride will host its 2024 Pride Dance. There will be a DJ and drinks available for purchase. This event is for 18 and up and will include a cash bar for anyone 21 and up. No tickets are required. 

To round out your Pride weekend, on Sunday the Delmarva Pride Brunch will be held at ArtBar 2.0, 420b Race St. in Cambridge, Md. Tickets include food, access to the mimosa bar, and a drag performance. Tickets are available here

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People of Pride: Five Marylanders making a difference in the LGBTQ+ community

Baltimore Pride is this weekend

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Jabari Lyles poses for a portrait in East Mount Vernon Place in Baltimore on June 10, 2024. (Photo by Jessica Gallagher/The Baltimore Banner)

By JOHN-JOHN WILLIAMS IV | One hosts movie nights, karaoke and other events that provide a safe space for LGBTQ people. Another has become a sounding board for customers at his gay bar dealing with pressures of the outside world. And a third beats the pavement to promote political awareness about LGBTQ issues.

These are just some of the things five Baltimoreans the Baltimore Banner is profiling in honor of Baltimore Pride Month are doing in the fight for visibility, support and acceptance of their peers.

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

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Delaware’s Sussex Pride launches free statewide HIV, STI testing

Special program honors National HIV Testing Day on June 27

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Each year on June 27, people across the United States are encouraged to get tested for HIV. This year for Delawareans, it’s easier than ever.

Sussex Pride has partnered with STDCheck to offer free HIV and syphilis testing everywhere in Delaware. There are more than 20 locations across the state, making it simple to find a testing center.  

David Mariner, executive director of Sussex Pride, told the Blade, “We are thrilled with this new partnership with STDcheck. The ultimate goal is to empower individuals with knowledge about their HIV status, provide necessary support, and facilitate early intervention to improve health outcomes in our state.”

Finding a testing center, getting tested, and getting results is simple. Start by finding a lab near you using this link (https://www.stdcheck.com/std-test-center.php). Then call STDcheck at 800-456-2323 and request a free Sussex Pride HIV and/or syphilis test. Make sure to mention Sussex Pride in the call to get the test for free. Then schedule a time and get tested. 

“If you are HIV positive, the sooner you know, the better,” Mariner added. “Early and sustained treatment can help you live a long and healthy life. It can also help protect others.”

This special program is in honor of National HIV Testing Day, created in 1995 to highlight the lifesaving impact of HIV testing. HIV has historically had a disproportionate effect on the LGBTQ community. According to the CDC, 70% of all new cases of HIV in 2021 were among gay and bisexual men and other men who have sex with men.

The CDC’s theme for this year’s HIV testing day is “Level up your self-love: check your status.” The theme emphasizes, “valuing yourself, showing yourself compassion and respect, and honoring your health needs with self-love,” and the best way to do that is to test.

For more information on Sussex Pride’s testing program visit sussexpride.org/posts/testing/ and for more information on HIV visit CDC.gov/hiv.

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