A four-day conference of Maryland's Fraternal Order of Police officially opens with a reception Sunday night. But those convening at the Hyatt in Baltimore were greeted first by protesters Sunday afternoon.
Inspired by Pier Paolo Pasolini's 1964 documentary "Comizi d'amore" (translated as "Love Meetings") which took a loose, cinéma vérité approach, questioning people on the street about sex, gender, sexuality, and feminism, Sharon Hayes' 38-minute film "Ricerche: three," screening at the BMA's Black Box through October 11, gathers 35 Mount Holyoke students together to share their experiences at an all women's college, relatively secluded from the outside patriarchal world.
A transgender inmate who says she was called "it" and "some kind of animal" by guards who watched her shower has won a legal victory that forces the Maryland prison system to better train for how to treat transgender people, advocates say.
This year, Comic-Con, held in the Baltimore Convention Center, is happening concurrently with the Baltimore Book Festival, stretched over a series of venues in the Inner Harbor area and all the way to Geppi's Entertainment Museum, where there will be a pavilion devoted to comics creators and publishers as part of the book fest. The programming at the pavilion offers an array of voices on contemporary topics in the comics world, encouraging a cross-pollination between the two literary events that
More than 45 years of Baltimore's gay, lesbian, bisexual and trangender history -- from Pride parades to the fight for same-sex marriage in Maryland -- are documented in the book "LGBT Baltimore," receiving a book launch party from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Sept. 28.
This year, for the first time in history, women in every country will have the right to vote; Saudi Arabia ended its status as the final holdout by granting women the right to campaign for office and vote in municipal elections later this year. But it is still critical for the United States and others who work to build democracy around the world to focus on advancing women's political participation.
Forget about the issues, the policy statements, and the position papers (if you can find them). The next President of the United States will win because he/she was able to inspire a majority of Americans to turn off their television sets, leave their homes and head to the polls. Turnout is the deciding factor in presidential elections.
Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who refuses to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, is a very dangerous figure. She has become a hero to many who oppose gay marriage, but to a young gay person struggling with his or her sexuality, she is yet another voice of hatred in a world already too filled with them.
Several years ago, National Public Radio aired a short story about a master chef who worked at a five-star restaurant in New York. Now a chef has to taste many of the items he prepares to make sure that they're up to his standards. But this chef had a problem. He was an Orthodox Jew, and the restaurant's menu included non-Kosher items.
For many years, I thought I preferred hetero-romantic asexual relationships. Exposure to select reading material-thanks to my gender-studies classes-has me convinced I'm an asexual t-type (i.e., "top," but I prefer not to use such connotative terms) female who is attracted to slight and feminine men.
Even the best sex education curricula might not cover topics like consent, good sex, and healthy relationships with the same vigor as HIV prevention. Contraception and STIs (other than HIV), which fit squarely within the realm of high school sex ed, are often times neglected. For those who go on to college, their schools are faced with a pool of students with varying degrees of sex education, much of it insufficient, and those schools are in a position to fill in those gaps.
Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh plans to issue first-of-their-kind guidelines Tuesday to police departments throughout the state that explicitly condemn the arbitrary profiling of certain races, ethnicities and other minority groups, and restricting the circumstances under which police officers can consider those characteristics during interactions with the public.
A key predictor of political ambition in women is being actively recruited by party officials to consider candidacy; the Maryland Republican Party should consider focusing additional efforts and resources on getting conservative, qualified women out of the pool and on their political bench.
It's easy to mock our Victorian forbears, with their formal manners and blind spots on race and gender. But they kept silent about their personal transgressions, even in the face of salacious reporting about them. And we could all stand to learn from that. Consider the first sex scandal in presidential politics, involving Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings.