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Mount Vernon Pride: LGBTQ Heritage Walking Tour

Many know Mount Vernon as the home of Baltimore's Pride Parade as well as the city's oldest gay and lesbian bars and businesses. But that only is only a small part of the LGBTQ history and historic places found in this neighborhood! Join Baltimore Heritage for a 90-minute walking tour of the neighborhood's queer heritage landmarks, from the origins of the Chase Brexton Health Center to the locations where early-20th century lesbian women helped shape some of Baltimore's premier educational institutions.

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LGBT Baltimore: Book Launch & Celebration

Please join author Louise Parker Kelley and assistant editors Ben Blake and Richard Oloizia for a book launch party celebrating the publication of LGBT Baltimore, which has just been published by Arcadia Publishing. The party will be held on Monday, September 28 from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. in the Bogomolny room on the fifth floor of the University of Baltimore’s Student Center located at 21 W. Mt. Royal Ave. (The building is on the southeast corner of Maryland and Mt. Royal.) At 7:00 p.m. University of Baltimore president Kurt Schmoke, who was an instrumental figure in the passage of Baltimore’s lesbian and gay rights bill when he was mayor in 1988, will speak. Louise will also make some remarks about the book, and a book signing will follow. Light refreshments will be served, and copies of the book will be available for purchase.

Arcadia specializes in publishing local and regional history titles, and LGBT Baltimore is part of its Images of Modern American series. Arcadia has published eight titles which are pictorial histories of the LGBT communities of various cities: these include Baltimore, San Francisco, Provincetown, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Atlanta, West Hollywood, and Richmond. LGBT Baltimore is ninety-five pages long, and has 162 color and black and white photographs drawn mostly from the archives of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center of Baltimore and Central Maryland (GLCCB). The GLCCB’s archives, which include photographs, memorabilia, and organizational files, are housed in the Langsdale Library at the University of Baltimore. The book includes an introductory ten page essay which chronicles the social, cultural, and political history of Baltimore’s LGBT community.

If you’re unable to attend the party copies of the book are available for purchase online from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Arcadia Publishing, and the Ivy Bookshop. Copies are also available from local bookstores including Ukazoo Books, Red Emma’s, Normal’s Books and Records, Atomic Books, the American Institute of Architects Baltimore Bookstore, the Evergreen Museum Store, the Ivy Bookshop, and Barnes and Noble. Purchase price is $22.95; all royalties from sales benefit the GLCCB.

Listen online to an interview from Maryland Morning with Louise and civil rights lawyer and longtime LGBT activist Curt Decker.