Every May, Protect and Defend—a nonprofit organization for LGBT police, fire, and military service members—comes together for National Police Week to hold fundraisers and a special memorial service for LGBT police officers killed in the line of duty.
The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center of Baltimore and Central Maryland (GLCCB) released the second annual Baltimore LGBT Visitors Guide, a result of a strong strategic partnership with Visit Baltimore, the city’s official destination marketing organization.
Ride for the Feast Kicks Off 11th Annual Journey This Month
By Daniel McEvily
While April showers bring May flowers, for Maryland’s cycling enthusiasts, it also brings one of the highlights of the Maryland cycling calendar—Moveable Feast’s annual Ride for the Feast.
Now in its 11th year, Ride for the Feast is a two-day, 140-mile bike ride, spanning from Ocean City to downtown Baltimore. This year’s event will be held May 11 and 12.
The purpose of the Ride is to raise money for Moveable Feast, a nonprofit organization that provides lifesaving, nutritious foods for low-income Marylanders living with HIV/AIDS, breast cancer, and other life-threatening conditions at no cost. The distance of the ride represents how far a Moveable Feast driver must travel to deliver to its farthest client.
Founded in 1991, Moveable Feast delivers meals to clients and their families in Baltimore City, the five surrounding counties and all of the counties on the Eastern Shore. Additionally, the group provides nutrition counseling, transportation services for clients to attend medical appointments, and a 12-week culinary training program. Moveable Feast operates with the help of nearly 5,000 volunteers who contribute over 22,000 hours of service.
The power of Moveable Feast and the Ride can be seen in their impressive numbers. In 2011, Moveable Feast delivered almost a half million meals to its clients in the 14 Maryland counties it serves and over 200,000 meals to Baltimore shelters, serving a total of 3,371 clients.
Fundraising goals for each rider is set at $1,300, which represents the cost of feeding each Moveable Feast client for the year. All money raised for the Ride goes directly back to the group’s client services. Ride for the Feast is the groups largest source of funding after federal and state grants.
The first day covers 100 miles of the ride, from Ocean City to Wye Mills, with the second day wrapping up with a 40 mile ride from the Chesapeake Bay Bridge to Moveable Feast’s downtown Baltimore headquarters. The event will culminate with an awards ceremony.
While the big event launches off every May, Ride for the Feast is a round the year endeavor. Organizers offer weekly training rides, orientations, seminars, social events and fundraising support.
Ride for the Feast
May 11 & 12
By Doug Rose
Bike-friendly Baltimore has a substantial network of trails, an accommodating mass transit system, and a LGBT-supportive cycling community. Popular annual events include Moveable Feast’s Ride for the Feast (April/May), American Visionary Art Museum’s Kinetic Sculpture Race (May), and Tour dem Parks, Hon! (June). Friendly Bike Party Rides (evenings) and Family Bike Party Rides (days) provide monthly explorations of the city’s streets and are open to all.
The following are some LGBT-friendly businesses that offer bicycle rentals, sales, and/or service—plus one business for people who prefer not to pedal. For extensive information, visit Bmore Bikes: Baltimore Bike Community Blog at BmoreBikes.com.
Baltimore Bicycle Works
1813 Falls Rd.
Joe’s Bike Shop
5813 Falls Rd.
Joe’s Bike Shop
723-B S. Broadway
Light Street Cycles
1124 Light St.
Twenty 20 Cycling
725 W. 36th St.
Velocipede Bike Project
4 W. Lanvale St.
SEGWAY TOURS AND RENTALS
Segs in the City
207 S. Albemarle St.
Charm City Roller Girls' 2013 Season in Full Swing
This league is quick to point out that Charm City Roller Girls are vastly different from the roller derbies of yesteryear. With over 150 athletes, the group boasts a diverse body of activists, mothers, teachers, artists, writers, and more. “Every skater brings something indispensable to the league, and together we plan to make roller derby the most exciting thing to hit Charm City since the crab cake,” their website says.
Formed in 2005, the league is a part of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association, the governing body for flat track roller derby, and is a grassroots effort. Run entirely by league skaters and members, the Charm City Roller Girls are often ranked in the top fifteen teams in the country.
The league is comprised of four intraleague teams: The Mobtown Mods, The Junkyard Dolls, The Night Terrors, and Speed Regime. The four teams bout each other at DuBurns Arena in Canton. Additionally, the league features two interleague teams, The Charm City All Stars and Female Trouble, a B-Team. A typical bout will see more than 1,000 people in attendance to watch.
Straight 8s Auto Enthusiast Club
If cars are more than just a mode of transportation to you, it may be time that you check out the Straight Eights.
The Straight Eights is one of the oldest lesbian and gay car enthusiast clubs in the U.S. Based in Baltimore and Washington, D.C., and boasting more than 170 members, the Straight Eights is one of the largest chapters of the Lambda Car Club International (LCCI), America’s largest organization for gay and lesbian car enthusiasts. The club welcomes car fans of all makes and models — from vintage to contemporary fare.
The group’s name came at the suggestion of a member shortly after the group was formed over 30 years ago. Originally a term describing the engines with the cylinders in a single row, its irony and double meaning appealed to the group and stuck.
The Straight Eights meet for monthly events, tours and activities and actively participate in Baltimore, Chesapeake, and D.C. Prides every year.
There’s something about the music of Green Day that electrifies countless fans around the world. The band’s rock musical, American Idiot, tantalizes audiences this month at the Hippodrome Theater.
Sistas of the “T” is an independent network of transgender women who believe that self-empowerment is the key to our solutions. We also believe that through developing sisterhoods and through the use of positive reinforcement, we as transgender women can best help other transgender women achieve personal success! Sistas of the T offers support groups, workshops, advocacy and leadership development, networking opportunities, and peer support.
Beginning April 1, The GLCCB, your LGBT community center in Mt. Vernon, will open its ground floor to the public from noon-6pm on weekdays (noon-3pm Tuesdays).
In this issue we are spotlighting local trans women. These are women who have gone on a journey of discovery and self acceptance and are now working behind the scenes in our neighborhoods to help others learn and grow. Your journey might benefit from the many groups and resources available to local trans women; but these women demonstrate that finding oneself can also be done outside of support groups, whether that involves sailing on the Chesapeake Bay, traveling with loved ones, exploring your thespian side, or stepping up to become a community leader. Only about one percent of the population is thought to be transgender, and here is an even smaller sliver of that subset. But if these women are representative of the local trans population, Maryland is a very lucky state.
The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Community Center of Baltimore and Maryland (GLCCB) announced the appointment of Matthew Thorn to the role of interim executive director. Thorn assumed his position effective March 12, 2013. In this appointment, the GLCCB’s board of directors is moving to reaffirm the role that the GLCCB plays in the LGBTQ community.
Decorated American veteran Captain Luis Carlos Montalvan and his service dog, Tuesday, will be the honorees at Baltimore Humane Society’s Black Tie & Tails Gala on March 23.