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In celebration and commemoration of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Community Center of Baltimore’s 35th anniversary, a special “LGBT History Project” is underway. The project, organized by MICA master’s degree program candidate and GLCCB artist in residence Denise R. Duarte, is a multipart video series. Below are a group of people who have lived or worked in Baltimore speaking on their personal experiences and involvement in the LGBT community in Charm City.

Louis Hughes

Louis Hughes, as one of the co-founders of the GLCCB, describes the purchase, financing and renovation of the building at Chase Street for the current LGBT community. He explains the role of Johns Hopkins Hospital and support of the LGBT community and its AIDS Research Project when no other agency would initiate such a project. Louis worked with youth programs including a Youth Suicide Program.

Richard Oloizia

Richard, being a librarian, provides many dates, names and specific programs and activities since the late 1970s history of the LGBT community. He describes the cohesiveness and diversity of the community during the early years.

Joiyvonne M. Veney

As a free spirit Joi has volunteered for numerous causes. She volunteered to facilitate the passing of the domestic partner bill and was the collector of the Baltimore quilt submissions prior to presenting them to the Aids Quilt Project. She discusses her involvement in the greater lesbian and gay community and changes that occur.

Karen Feldman

Karen explores her sexuality as a college student in Baltimore and learns of the vibrant and extensive lesbian community. She describes the activities and benefits of these experiences. She discusses her involvement in the greater lesbian and gay community and changes that occur.

Kevin Clemens

Kevin’s teacher told him he was gay before he knew it, or admitted to it. As an African American gay man he saw and became passionate about changing the discrimination and unfair policies of the city. He worked with the health department outreach programs for special populations, including the HIV/Aids population. He empowered young African American men with Aids and created a national model program MOCA.

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