June 15, 2016 | Maureen Chowdhury

Local Muslim and LGBTQ Leaders Hold Solidarity Event in Montgomery Village (VIDEOS & PHOTOS)

Prayers led by an imam, a reverend, and rabbi were held at a gathering hosted by local Muslim and LGBTQ leaders to condemn violence a day after the the worst mass shooting in United States history that happened at gay night club in Orlando Florida. Dozens filled a room at the International Cultural Center in Montgomery Village, […]

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June 13, 2016 | Sonya Burke

Mikulski Releases Statement on Orlando Shootings

U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski has issued the following statement on the mass shooting this weekend in Orlando, Florida: “This is a national tragedy. I join Maryland and the nation in offering my deepest condolences, prayers and heartfelt sympathies to the families, loved ones and communities of those killed in this senseless act of violence […]

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June 13, 2016 | Sonya Burke

Five Things to Know Today, June 13, in Montgomery County

Here are five things to know today, June 13, in Montgomery County, Maryland: 1. Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has ordered flags to fly at half staff from now thru sunset on June 16th in honor of the shooting victims in Orlando. 2. The local Muslim community is planning a solidarity event, along with the LGBT community, […]

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June 13, 2016 | Staff Writer

Muslim Community to Join in Solidarity with LGBT Community Tonight in Montgomery Village

Community leaders are planning to join together to condemn violence and bigotry at a solidarity event tonight at 7 p.m. at the International Cultural Center at 19650 Clubhouse Road in Montgomery Village. “We will not allow hatred and terror to divide our society and the families that lost their loved ones. You have our regrets […]

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June 12, 2016 | Sonya Burke

President Obama on Mass Shooting in Orlando: “We Will Not Give into Fear” (VIDEO)

President Obama delivered a statement on the mass shootings that occurred in Orlando, Florida on June 12. “This was an act of terror and an act of hate,” said President Obama. “We will not give in to fear or turn against each other. Instead, we will stand united, as Americans, to protect our people, and […]

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April 27, 2016 | Willie James Inman

County Council Seeks to Ban Travel to Mississippi and North Carolina Over LGBT Laws (VIDEO)

The Montgomery County Council unanimously approved a resolution on Tuesday that would ban all County work related travel to the states of Mississippi and North Carolina. County Councilmember Nancy Navarro took the lead in pushing for the the resolution which was co-sponsored by the remaining eight members of the Council. “Montgomery County’s strength comes from its […]

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April 18, 2016 | Staff Writer

Montgomery County Council to Introduce Resolution Condemning LGBT Discrimination

The Montgomery County Council will introduce legislation condemning discrimination against LGBTQ individuals on Tuesday. The Council hopes to influence County Executive Ike Leggett to suspend all official travel to states where discriminatory laws exist. County Councilmember Nancy Navarro is the lead sponsor of the resolution which has the support the entire Council.  “Montgomery County’s strength comes […]

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June 26, 2015 | Aline Barros and Krista Brick

Local Reaction to Supreme Court Ruling on Same Sex Marriages

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Friday that same sex marriage is a legal right across the country. Dana Beyer, executive director of Gender Rights Maryland, said today’s court decision is a moment that “brings people to tears.” Beyer said Justice Anthony Kennedy’s opinion was so “beautifully written.” “It hit me. Some of the language is […]

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June 18, 2015 | Aline Barros

Raising Awareness on Transgender Issues in Silver Spring (VIDEO)

The first forum to talk about transgender issues was held in Silver Spring on June 17 at the Civic Building. The Montgomery County Office of Human Rights hosted this conversation to raise awareness and educate the community. Keith Thirion, director of advocacy and program at Equality Maryland, said the message is that transgender people are […]

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June 17, 2015 | Aline Barros

Pride Month: Community Forum To Talk LGBT Issues

June is national lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender pride month and the Montgomery County Office of Human Rights is scheduled to host the first community forum on transgender issues. The public meeting is set for June 17 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Silver Spring at the Civic Building. James Stowe, director at the […]

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