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

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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.

Released for Apple and Android phone systems on July 24, 2013, Berwyn Heights resident Sarah Prager's "Quist" app has since been downloaded almost 18,000 times in more than 100 countries -- "including several where LGBTQ information is difficult or dangerous to access such as Russia, Pakistan, Nigeria, Jamaica, Iran, Ghana, Serbia, Honduras and Kenya," according to a news release on the anniversary.

"My goal is for this to be one way for isolated, rural, and closeted LGBTQ people [to] connect to their community and know they are not alone," Prager said in a statement.

Spurring the growth is the fact that the app has been translated into 11 languages other than English by an "international team of volunteers": Arabic, Croatian, Danish, German, Hebrew, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian and Spanish.

Those interested in volunteering can email info@quistapp.com.

In other news: 

- BuzzFeed's Chris Geidner has won the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association's 2014 Journalist of the Year award, and deservedly so. BuzzFeed has made LGBT issues a focal point of its news coverage, with Geidner at the helm for much of it. BuzzFeed's editor in chief put it well in this Politico story: "We're so proud of this well-deserved recognition for Chris's work, and of the blend of hardcore beat reporting and high-altitude features that showed how marriage could and should be a frontline beat and one of the most important stories of the decade."

You can check out all of this years NLGJA award winners here.

- Same-sex marriage bans keep dropping, though the latest ruling in Colorado isn't quite a done deal.

- We still haven't gotten many answers on the two separate murders of two transgender women in Baltimore in the last two months. With so little information, the Washington Blade had a recent story on the killings putting trans women in the city on edge.

What are you're thoughts on the killings? Have you changed anything about your routines because of them?

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