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National Honor Our LGBT Elders Day is a new effort to draw awareness to and appreciation of the lifetime of contributions made by LGBT older adults. The gains made in recent years toward LGBT equality sit squarely on the backs of those whose struggles and victories, extraordinary courage and everyday authenticity, pioneered the path toward freedom. Honor Our LGBT Elders Day works to unite the LGBTQ community and its allies to celebrate and thank those individuals who fought on behalf of us all.
BALTIMORE (May 17, 2019) – It was a night of laughter, inspiration, and recognition, as more than 100 friends, family, and community members met at Baltimore Center Stage on Thursday, May 16th to celebrate National Honor Our LGBT Elders Day.
The evening, hosted by the LGBT Health Resource Center of Chase Brexton Health Care (LHRC) and emceed by State Senator Mary Washington, featured community members sharing inspirational stories of an LGBTQ elder who made a difference in their life.
Franklin N. McNeil, Jr. honoring T. Calhoun (Cal) Strawhand; Jabari Lyles honoring Kay Halle; Vann Michael honoring Ross Avery Walker; Betsy Cerulo honoring Cheryl Spector; [WILD CARD 1 honoring 1; WILD CARD 2 honoring 2]; and Rik Newton-Treadway honoring Charles “Chuck” Leo Bowers.
Afterwards, honorees were pinned with a special commemorative Elders Day pin, hosted by Pin Master, Carlton “the Duchess” Smith. The program concluded with the unveiling of the 2019 Elders Day banner, created by Jaimes Mayhew. The banner will be on permanent display at the LHRC (1111 North Charles St., 2nd floor).
Honor Our LGBT Elders Day is a national day to draw awareness to and appreciation of the lifetime of contributions made by LGBT older adults. The gains made each year in LGBT rights and equality sit squarely on the backs of those who fought and lives through large and small victories in order to be their true selves. Honor Our LGBT Elders Day works to unite the LGBTQ community and its allies to celebrate and thank those individuals who fought on behalf of us all. For more information, please visit lgbteldersday.org.
National Honor Our LGBT Elders Day – Baltimore 2019 was sponsored by Baltimore Center Stage; PayPal; Betsy Cerulo and Susan Murray, in memory of Cheryl Spector; Outstanding Women Embracing Life (OWEL); Heartland Assistend Living at Severna Park, the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service; Dudley Physical Therapy; CHANA and SAFE: Stop Abuse of Elders; AARP Maryland; The Pride Center of Maryland; Moveable Feast; the Maryland LGBT Chamber of Commerce; Rosenberg, Martin, Greenberg LLP; and the New Wave Singers of Baltimore.
Relive Baltimore's National Honor Our LGBT Elders Day 2019 celebration with this recording of our livestream from Baltimore Center Stage: