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Press symposium explores role of media in covering presidency

Virtual event’s panelists include White House Press Secretary Psaki and the Blade’s Chris Johnson

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The Georgetown Institute of Politics and Public Service and the White House Correspondents’ Association host “The Press, The Presidency and Trust,” on Wednesday, May 5, beginning at 11:30 a.m.

This virtual three-panel symposium explores the important role of the media in covering the presidency. Topics include previous challenges, diversity and the way forward.

Panel 1 features former and current White House correspondents and press secretaries discussing the evolving norms and challenges shaping their relationship. Panel 2 focuses on diversity in the briefing room and panelists include Yamiche Alcindor from PBS NewsHour, Janet Rodriguez from Univision, Seung Min Kim from The Washington Post and Chris Johnson from the Washington Blade.

Panel 3 panelist Jen Psaki, Biden-Harris Administration White House Press Secretary, discusses lessons from past administrations and their relationship with the press moving forward.

To register for this virtual event, visit bit.ly/TrustSymposium or visit politics.georgetown.edu/trust.

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National Museum of the American Indian celebrates Pride

Panelists include Indigenous youth working in education, health, cultural heritage, and the arts

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The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian will celebrate Pride month with an online panel featuring Indigenous youth on Thursday, June 17 at 4 p.m. Panelists will include Indigenous youth working in education, health, cultural heritage, and the arts.

The topic of discussion will focus on how identity influences activism and panelists will participate in amplifying Two Spirit (people who identify as possessing both male and female spirits) and Native LGBTQ+ voices and issues.

Closed captioning for this program will be available in both English and Spanish, and registration is available online at the Smithsonian’s website.

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Northam declares June LGBTQ+ Pride month in Va.

Virginians encouraged to participate in events throughout the Commonwealth

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Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, shown here at NoVa Pride in 2018, announced a monthlong series of Pride events. (Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam on June 4 officially declared June as LGBTQ+ Pride month to celebrate the commonwealth’s LGBTQ+ communities, their achievements and contributions, and their fight for inclusion and equality.

“This Pride month, we are reminded of the resilience of LGBTQ+ Americans and their fight for inclusion and acceptance and equal access to services and opportunities,” said Northam. 

Northam further encouraged Virginians to participate in Pride month activities that are to be hosted by his administration and community organizations taking place online and in-person throughout the Commonwealth. 

A comprehensive event schedule is available on the governor’s website.

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Virtual Baltimore AIDS Walk raises $185,000

Event took place June 6 to support HIV services

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The Virtual Baltimore AIDS Walk & Music Festival took place June 6 to support HIV services provided by Chase Brexton Healthcare and its community partners.

The event drew 250 walkers, runners, and bikers across more than 50 teams who surpassed their fundraising goal by $20,000, raising $185,000 on their AIDS Walk personal fundraising page. Participants tracked their miles between May 23 to June 5 using the Strava fitness mobile app.

The fundraiser ended with a virtual music festival featuring performances by Baltimore’s own Eze Jackson, Wendel Patrick, and Jasmine Pope. Funds raised for Chase Brexton will support the organization’s prescription delivery program, and ensure that nearly 60,000 prescriptions filled by Chase Brexton’s four pharmacies will be delivered directly to patients’ doorsteps.

To watch the event’s full program, visit the group’s YouTube page. In addition, donations will continue to be accepted through June 30, and you can visit BaltimoreAIDSWalk.org to make a contribution.

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