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Looking Out: Free State Legal seeking new leader as Merki departs

Looking Out: Free State Legal seeking new leader as Merki departs

Free State Legal, which provides legal services to low-income lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents in the Baltimore area, is seeking a "passionate and visionary" new leader following the announced departure of its executive director.  Read more

Looking Out: With Robin Williams' death, an LGBT icon falls to a familiar threat

Looking Out: With Robin Williams' death, an LGBT icon falls to a familiar threat

His eccentricity, boundary-pushing bravado and brilliant knack for flamboyance could have all made it so on their own, but it was perhaps Robin Williams' way of taking up queer characters with just the right balance of warmth and pitch-perfect irreverence that made us love him most.  Read more

Looking Out: Quest Bar in Highlandtown to close this weekend, after last hurrah

Looking Out: Quest Bar in Highlandtown to close this weekend, after last hurrah

If you're a fan of The Quest Bar on Fleet Street in East Baltimore, the good news is there's a big party there this Saturday.  Read more

Following criticism, GLCCB to hold first public board meeting in years

Following criticism, GLCCB to hold first public board meeting in years

The board of directors of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center of Baltimore has scheduled their first public board meeting in years, following a wave of criticism about its transparency in recent weeks.  Read more

Looking Out: Hopkins expanding space for LGBTQ Life program

Looking Out: Hopkins expanding space for LGBTQ Life program

The LGBTQ Life program at Johns Hopkins University may have just finished its first year on the school's Homewood campus, but it's already outgrown its digs and is expanding into a new space this coming semester.  Read more

Looking Out: Marylander's LGBT history app marks first anniversary

Looking Out: Marylander's LGBT history app marks first anniversary

A Maryland woman's simple smartphone app that chronicles major LGBT moments in history has reached a milestone of its own: Its one-year anniversary.  Read more

Baltimore Pride on shaky ground as organizers, community members point fingers

Baltimore Pride on shaky ground as organizers, community members point fingers

In the three months leading up to Baltimore Pride this summer, organizers anxiously scrambled to cobble together an event that usually takes them a full year to plan.  Read more

Gay Morgan student says fraternity case left him 'broken,' yet stronger

Gay Morgan student says fraternity case left him 'broken,' yet stronger

When Brian Stewart accused a local fraternity chapter at Morgan State University of discriminating against him for being gay late last year, the university stressed its commitment to diversity and began investigating.  Read more

Looking Out: Hero of local HIV fight named Baltimore Pride grand marshal

Looking Out: Hero of local HIV fight named Baltimore Pride grand marshal

In the early days of the AIDS epidemic, when nobody knew what HIV was or how it was spread, few people in Baltimore were willing to go out of their way to help those dying of the disease.  Read more

Black and gay in Baltimore

Black and gay in Baltimore

Larry Harris and Leonard Martin grew up around the block from each other but never knew it at the time, caught up as they were in regular childhood concerns and in keeping their heads down in the men-are-macho environment of West Baltimore.  Read more

Looking Out: Charm City Cakes makes sweet gesture for Pride

Looking Out: Charm City Cakes makes sweet gesture for Pride

Baltimore's favorite cake makers have added a little rainbow coloring to their logo for a batch of T-shirts they cooked up for this year's Pride celebrations.  Read more

HBO's 'The Normal Heart' brought back memories of death, and I'm only 28 [Commentary]

HBO's 'The Normal Heart' brought back memories of death, and I'm only 28 [Commentary]

As I watched HBO's new film "The Normal Heart" this weekend, sharp memories kept flashing through my mind of emaciated young people wracked with sores and dying before my eyes.  Read more

Looking Out: Baltimore author releases debut novel about 3 gay friends

Looking Out: Baltimore author releases debut novel about 3 gay friends

The debut novel of a 30-year-old author born in the Baltimore area and now living in Owings Mills is landing higher and higher on Amazon.com's list of top-selling new releases in gay paperback fiction.  Read more

Notre Dame Prep rejects alumna's same-sex wedding announcement

Notre Dame Prep rejects alumna's same-sex wedding announcement

Sarah Rupert-Sullivan knew she shouldn't have been shocked her same-sex wedding was excluded from Notre Dame Prep's alumnae class notes. But she was.  Read more

Exhibit featuring LGBT portraits now on display

Exhibit featuring LGBT portraits now on display

An exhibit featuring portraits of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Marylanders is now on display at the Maryland Humanities Council offices in Baltimore -- and is open to the public on Thursday.  Read more

Introducing OutWords: Not-so straight talk with Andy Wolt

Introducing OutWords: Not-so straight talk with Andy Wolt

Some of you may recognize me from my SpaceManAndy advice column in City That Breeds. Well, I've decided to focus my efforts here, on the LGBT community.  Read more

Introducing Snapshot: Jenn and Sarah of Catonsville

Introducing Snapshot: Jenn and Sarah of Catonsville

I wrote in my first post here on Gay Matters that I wanted readers' help understanding "what it means to be LGBT in Baltimore today," and Jenn Sulin-Stair obliged almost immediately.  Read more

Md. man's button collection tells story of gay rights movement

Md. man's button collection tells story of gay rights movement

When it comes to history, Al Feldstein is an equal-opportunity collector.  Read more

Stoop Storytelling show features offbeat coming out story

Stoop Storytelling show features offbeat coming out story

In seven minutes, Tim Kuhn will progress from first date to realizing he'll never be straight. And that terrifies him.  Read more

Welcome to Gay Matters

Welcome to Gay Matters

Welcome to Gay Matters, a new home for gay news and commentary at The Baltimore Sun.  Read more

ABOUT THE BLOGGER

Kevin Rector joined The Sun as a breaking news and general assignment reporter in 2012, after working for years as a reporter in Baltimore's suburbs. An Ellicott City native, Rector attended high school at Loyola Blakefield in Towson and graduated in 2007 from the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, College Park, where he also pursued a concentration in LGBT Studies and participated in the university's LGBT Speaker's Bureau. He also spent a summer learning about grassroots advocacy as an intern at Equality Maryland, and has written often on LGBT issues. In 2010, Rector spent a year away from journalism in rural southern Africa, as a fellow with a nonprofit fighting childhood HIV/AIDS and malnutrition.

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