We’re not even midway through the week yet, but Baltimore Pride is upon us, and surely some of you are ready to celebrate. Here are a couple options tonight for both partiers and those seeking a calm, reflective evening.
A newly established commission will help city officials take stock of issues affecting Baltimore’s gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer communities, and devise a plan to address those problems.
One free concert with carols this weekend offers a chance to sing along.
Baltimore students are really good at picking out their prom kings and queens, as a story we posted yesterday proves. Another case in point: Digital Harbor High School elected Destiny Hartis as prom queen earlier this month, making her the first transgender prom queen in local memory, according to the Baltimore Sun.
Fitting in. It’s what most teenagers aspire to do. Sure, there are outliers who do things like dye their hair bright colors and pierce multiple body parts to draw attention to themselves. But very few teens want to be too different. And being on the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, questioning) spectrum definitely qualifies as different. Most recent statistics estimate that just 3.5 percent of adults identify as lesbian, gay, or bisexual; 0.3 percent identify as transgender. As for the under-18 population, statistics on sexual orientation are hard to find. That comes as no surprise, given that many teenagers on the LGBTQ spectrum have yet to come out to themselves, let alone anyone else. But that’s changing.