Gay & Lesbian Community Center of Baltimore
Gay & Lesbian Community Center of Baltimore Newsletter
November, 2007
In This Issue
Legal Issues in the LGBT Community
Shape Your Financial Future
Beat Holiday Stress
Out-rageous Celebration
Trans Individuals Targets of Robbery

Legal Issues in the LGBT Community

The LGBT communities have very specific legal needs in order to be fully protected under the law.

Same-sex marriage is not legal in Maryland.

The transgender community faces legal hurdles for their gender identity to be recognized.

So LGBT individuals must know how to work within the framework of the legal system protect ourselves.

Please join Constandin Alivizatos, Esq., for LGBT-specific legal education sessions at the GLCCB.

All topics are specific to Maryland

11/13/07: Domestic Partnership Agreements
6:00 p.m.
Members:$20 Non-Members:$30

11/20/07: Estates, and Inheritance
6:00 p.m.
Members:$20 Non-Members:$30

PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED by 5:00 p.m. on the Monday prior to the class you would like to attend

Members: $20/class
Non-members: $30/class

Registration now open.

For information on how to register for classes click
here.
Greetings!

November is here and the holiday season is just around the corner.

During this time of holiday celebration, the GLCCB is offering some unique programming to make this holiday season a little less stressful and the new year pontentially a little more prosperous. Be sure to read on about some great ways to beat the holiday season stress.

We have also partnered with Ameriprise to provide FREE financial planning seminars geared toward the needs of the LGBT community. Full LGBT legal protections still remain an item on our holiday wish list. While we hope to one day be able to check that item off our wish list, the GLCCB  is offering legal information seminars through a partnership with Constandin Alvizatos, Esq., which can help individuals, partners, and families navigate the current legal environment and protect themselves and their loved ones.

Unfortunatley, crime and personal safety issues don't diminish during the holiday season. However, our community has a tradition of looking out for its own so we wanted to pass along some recent news about crime against transgender individuals in Baltimore and DC which you can read about below.

In spite of these events, which we hope are short-lived, the GLCCB wishes a safe, stress-free, and prosperous holiday season to all.

Happy Holidays!

Ameriprise Seminar:
Shaping Your Financial Future

Money

This month, Ameriprise will begin a series of free financial planning seminars. The first will be on how to "Shape Your Financial Future." Some of the topics covered in this seminar will be how to define goals, understanding risks, and how to begin building your financial future. Seminars will continue on the first Wednesday of each month.

Participants will have the opportunity to schedule a FREE in-office consultation with Ameriprise.

Wednesday November 7, 2007

6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

GLCCB

Room 202

Individuals interested in attending this seminar MUST register.

To register please contact Gary Wolnitzek by e-mail or call (410) 837-5445 ext. 10.

STRESS!
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Just the word can cause some people to tense up.

During the holiday season, trying to juggle your responsibilities to work, family, and friends can feel overwhelming.

That is why the GLCCB is providing two great ways to keep holiday stress in check.

Either learn how to create your own home spa ritual, or drop-in for a relaxing beginners' yoga class and feel your stress melt away!

Create Your Own Home Spa RitualStress 2

Instructor: Carla Wing
2 Weeks, 11/13/07 - 11/20/07

Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Members: $50.00
Non-Members: $60.00

Wednesday Beginners' Yoga
Instructor: Kelly O'Neal, CYT
On-going
Wednesdays, 7:15 p.m.
Stress
Members: $9.00/class

Non-Members: $9.00/class

Yoga Access Pass: 8 classes for $50.00

Sunday Beginners' Yoga
Instructor: Tim Hurley, RYT
On-going
Sundays, 3:30 p.m.
Members: $9.00/class
Non-Members: $9.00/class

Registration is now open. For additional information or to register for the Creating Your Own Home Spa Ritual class, call (410) 837-5445. or click here.

An Outrageous Success
American Gothic - Pied
More than 200 people helped the Center celebrate its 30th anniversary with Tres Out-rageous at the Walters Art Museum on October 20th.  In addition to raising important funds for its many programs and services, the event also provided a grand vehicle for the Center to acknowledge some important people and acheivements from our community.
 
The Gay & Lesbian Community Center of Baltimore sincerely thanks all of the individuals, businesses, and organizations who supported the Center during its 30th anniversary celebration this year.

Photos of the fabulous costumes, decor, and performances from Tres Out-rageous will be posted to our website in the near future.  If you would like to know more, or want to be involved in next year's Out-ragous event, please contact the Center at (410) 837-5445 x 17.
 
Transgender Individuals Targets of Robbery

Transgender individuals in Baltimore and Washington, DC are being targeted by a robber. One victim received a gunshot wound during an assault.  For the full story click here.

If you have any information regarding this case, please call the police at (410) 396-2433 or (443) 986-4238.

The GLCCB encourages all community members to take the following steps to protect themselves: 
  1. Always be aware of your surroundings
  2. Travel in groups of two or more
  3. Have a cell phone handy, if possible
  4. Identify safe locations (stores, restaurants, etc.) to go if you feel unsafe
  5. Have your car and/or house keys where they can easily be reached so you don't have to fumble for them in a bookbag or purse
  6. Report anything suspicious to the police, immediately

Violence against the LGBT community is not a new occurence which is why it is important to remember those individuals who have been victims of violence.

Please visit the 9th Annual Transgender Day of Rememberance website to find out about activities in your area or how you can get involved.

Thank you for your continued support!
 
Sincerely,
 

The Center
Gay & Lesbian Community Center of Baltimore
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