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"A Light That Shines": Transgender Community Responses To COVID-19

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The COVID-19 crisis is affecting all aspects of life here in Baltimore, and it’s hitting transgender people especially hard. This during a time when the local community is mourning Johanna Metzger, a trans woman murdered earlier this month in Baltimore.

On the latest episode of On The Record, we discuss how the coronavirus is affecting local trans people, including youth, elders, sex workers, and people experiencing housing and food insecurity, and learn how activists, city officials and community members are responding to trans people's economic, healthcare, food, and safety needs.

We're joined by Jabari Lyles, Director of LGBTQ Affairs for the Baltimore City Mayor’s Office, Iya Dammons, founder and Executive Director of Baltimore Safe Haven, and Brother Merrick Moses, a Benedictine Monastic who serves the LGBTQ community in Baltimore.

Resources and organizations mentioned in the show:

Baltimore Safe Haven

Star Track Adolescent Health Program 

Maryland Access Point (MAP) 

Youth Empowered Society YES Drop In Center 

Pride Center of Maryland 

The LGBT Health Resource Center of Chase Brexton Health Care

Sheilah Kast is the host of On The Record, Monday-Friday, 9:30-10:00 am.