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  • The Queer Issue

    The Queer Issue

    The New York Times recently ran a piece by Jenna Wortham titled, ‘When Everyone Can Be 'Queer,' Is Anyone?’ In short, Wortham discusses pop culture figures such as rapper Young Thug declaring there is “no gender,” and “the speed with which modern society has adapted to accommodate the world's vast...

  • She, She: Navigating Fear, Femininity, and Queerness with a transgender partner

    She, She: Navigating Fear, Femininity, and Queerness with a transgender partner

    When my partner and I started dating in high school, she presented as male, for the most part. During our courtship—which then involved endless texting on our non-smart flip-phones—she talked openly about her then-genderqueer identity and even wrote a beautiful thinkpiece about going out in women's...

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  • Conflicts Of Interest: The Starr Report

    Conflicts Of Interest: The Starr Report

    I was sitting in an interview room on the fifth floor of the Police Headquarters and I was hungover as fuck. Two detectives sat across from me; their lieutenant at my side. I was hungover because my band played the night before and I was in Homicide because T.J. Smith, the public information officer,...

  • Police see no problem with secret surveillance

    Police see no problem with secret surveillance

    Baltimore public officials scrambled last week to learn about high-altitude surveillance after Bloomberg Businessweek revealed that a private company funded by a wealthy Texas couple was flying a plane in service of the police department that could spot and follow everything that moves in a 30-square...

  • Murder Ink 8/31/16: 9 murders this week, 200 murders this year

    Murder Ink 8/31/16: 9 murders this week, 200 murders this year

    Baltimore passed a grim milestone this week, clocking its 200th murder of the year while police made two arrests for attempted murder and one for murder. They also found skeletal remains in Wyman Park (pending autopsy it is not, yet, listed as a homicide). There were nine non-fatal shootings recorded...

  • Baltimore City Power Rankings: Chase Brexton workers, waterways, BPD, more

    Baltimore City Power Rankings: Chase Brexton workers, waterways, BPD, more

    ↑ Bloomberg Businessweek Last week, we found out that Baltimore City Police have been watching us from above—via a plane mounted with surveillance cameras—for months. It would still be a secret today if not for the piece Monte Reel wrote for Bloomberg Businessweek. Not gonna lie: we sometimes feel…well…a...

  • BPD violates the Constitution and federal law, DOJ finds

    BPD violates the Constitution and federal law, DOJ finds

    The Department of Justice released its 163-page report on Baltimore policing last week. It is arguably the most damning of the 67 produced so far in cities and towns around the country. Dense with anecdotes and heavy with statistics, it relentlessly documents the lived terror and humiliation of...

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