From Twilight to Sunshine
On Tuesday, October 17, at 5:30 p.m., the Ocean City (Maryland) Library will present a public program, From Twilight into Sunshine: LGBTQ+ History in Maryland and Just Beyond. Lead by Enoch Pratt Free Library librarians and Baltimore Heritage LGBTQ+ History Walking Tour guides, the program offers a glimpse into the fascinating and fabulous history of the LGBTQ+ community from the early 1800s to the beginnings of the current movement toward LGBTQ+ visibility and rights.
Throughout history, there always have been people who would now be seen as part of the LGBTQ+ community. As cities and towns grew in the 19th century, newspapers began to offer tantalizing clues that all was not straight and narrow and that LGBTQ+ people were becoming more visible, finding each other, and building communities.
In Snow Hill, the tragic end to two young women’s tumultuous relationship became national news in the 1880s, while at the same time, in Harford County, a trans man came out in the pages of the Baltimore Sun. In Jazz era West Baltimore, extravagant drag balls drew crowds of hundreds, as winning queens were both celebrated and mocked in the Afro-American. ▼
Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge will once again host the annual Friends of Prime Hook photography contest. Photographs must be mailed or hand-delivered to the Refuge Office on or before October 7, 2023. Submitted photographs will be judged by professional photographers during the week of October 9. Winners will be announced and awards given at a reception for the artists and the general public, held at the Refuge Auditorium on October 15, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. Entries will be displayed in the auditorium through December 9, 2023.
The contest is open to photographers of all ages. The contest usually draws more than 200 entries and is considered one of the best nature photography contests in the area.
For complete contest details, see friendsofprimehook.com, visit the refuge office at 11978 Turkle Pond Road, Milton, Delaware, or call the office at 302-684-8419. ▼
Photo 2023 Best in Show; Kingfisher; Ed Crawford, Lewes
(Re)claiming Reproductive Justice
In honor of Women’s Equality Day, the Reproductive Justice Task Force of the Unitarian Universalists of Southern Delaware (UUSD) will offer an event on Saturday, August 26, from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Held at UUSD, 30486 Lewes-Georgetown Highway, Lewes, the event will feature keynote speaker Nancy Rosenstock. The focus will be on education, collaboration, and action planning, and will aim to move participants beyond anger to action, creating change and fighting for reproductive justice. There is no fee for the event, but registration is required at: Eventbrite.com; search for “reproductive justice” in “Lewes Delaware.” Contact Joanne Saltzberg for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org. ▼