Watching 33 couples, gay and straight, tie the knot during last week's Grammys, I thought about how brazen the anti-gay forces are in publicly airing their biases and how this was an appropriate public response.
Transgender people and their advocates urged a panel of senators Tuesday to help make Maryland the 18th state to protect them from discrimination in housing, at work and in public places. Lawmakers have considered expanding anti-discrimination laws to include transgender people every year since 2007. But advocates say changing attitudes and a groundswell of high-profile support make 2014's debate different.
In the first year of the Civil War, Maryland lawmakers voted unanimously for a constitutional amendment to bar the federal government from abolishing slavery. Now, more than 150 years later, some want the General Assembly to rescind that vote.
Gov. Martin O'Malley released excerpts of his final State of the State speech Thursday morning. His address to a joint session of the Maryland General Assembly begins at noon and will be live streamed at baltimoresun.com
The campaign to raise funds for the homeless and others in crisis benefits Howard County¿s Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center. It¿s part of a national effort to help alleviate hunger and poverty, and to teach young people about those less fortunate than themselves.
Immaculate Conception School is gearing up to celebrate Catholic Schools Week, Campus Hills Community Association will be hosting a family bowling event County Forensics League tournament, Notre Dame Preparatory School hosted 233 students from 22 schools. NDP's team tied with Loyola-Blakefield, Towson High School, several musicians auditioned for the most recent All Honors Jazz Band and Chorus.
In ways beyond our calculation, all of us have been affected by King's legacy. So, in our toasts, let us not forget King's authentic work and his posterity for a generation that is recurrently confronted with racism, poverty, mass incarceration, materialism, militarism, economic inequality and a justice system that claims the lives of one in three African American males who largely populate inner cities.
Last week, the nation marked the 50th Anniversary of Lyndon Johnson's announcement of a federal War on Poverty, igniting a national discussion about the war's legacy and what a renewed effort to address social inequality might look like. But what about us here in Baltimore?
Discussion centering on the concentration of students living in poverty in various areas in Howard County, and how those students perform on state assessments, is not a new one. It was, however, the topic of conversation between the Howard County Council and the Board of Education at their quarterly meeting last week.
In the face of the federal claim that homelessness has been receding since 2010, The U.S. Conference of Mayors reports that most cities are experiencing surges of homelessness. It's perhaps unsurprising, given a recent announcement by the chief federal housing official that our nation faces the most severe affordable rental housing crisis in our history.
Transgender students at the University of Maryland, College Park seeking to undergo sex change surgery could have the cost covered in their health insurance plan next year, joining a recent wave of colleges and employers nationwide offering the benefit.
The city's housing commissioner will steer Baltimore's efforts to make homelessness rare and brief as chairman of the Journey Home new advisory board. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is expected to announce Tuesday the new composition of the board to lead the city's plan to find housing for the thousands of men, women and children without permanent shelter.
Robert V. Hess, who turned his experience as a disabled veterans thrift store manager into a career as a homelessness solutions expert, died of liver cancer Dec. 24 at his home in Egg Harbor Township, N.J. The former Perry Hall resident was 57.
The U.S. government asked the Supreme Court on Friday not to allow Roman Catholic-affiliated groups a temporary exemption from a part of the Obamacare health care law that requires employers to provide insurance policies covering contraception.