June 14th is Flag Day commemorating the adoption of the flag of the U.S. by the Second Continental Congress on that day in 1777, and it is also the birthday of the U.S. Army. But that was not at the top of Ron Zimmerman and Steve Jackson’s agenda on Saturday, June 14th, 2014 after a hectic day at Weichert’s Realtors, picking up their cats, Nick and Nora, from the vet, and preparing to go to the Rowan Tree to participate in the festivities there.
What exactly is charity? One of Webster’s definitions of charity is “benevolent goodwill toward or love of humanity.” And that goodwill spirit is closely associated with traditional yuletide gift-giving. But have you ever tried to carry that goodwill spirit and gift-giving through an entire year, let alone multiple years? Well, that is what the Zimmerman-Jackson House does and has done so successfully for 35 years. In fact, charitable gift-giving is a basic part of Ron Zimmerman and Steve Jackson’s fabric and being, the essence of who they really are, harkening back to what Ronald J. Zimmerman impressed upon his son, Ronald F., years ago in his blueprint for success: “If you make a living out of that commitment [selling real estate locally], you have to give back to that community.”
Baltimore OUTloud is pleased to present Ronald F. Zimmerman and Steve Jackson, two openly gay men who have contributed abundantly to Baltimore’s gay and straight communities for thirty-five years. Part One explores Ron’s family heritage in Federal Hill and his and Steve’s commitment to their clients at Weichert Realtors.
As the golden glow of autumn begins to shine on Maryland, thoughts of pumpkin picking, Harvest festivals, and eerie tales of October mayhem begin to spring to mind. No one understands and enjoys the spoils of the season more than author Alan Gibson. Baltimore OUTloud recently sat down with Gibson to discuss his life, his career and what the future has in store.
Rev. Edward Thomas Hougen, 74– a longtime gay publisher, activist, and Metropolitan Community Church minister, who lived mostly in Boston but whose works reached nationally and beyond– died August 29th, 2016, in Northampton, Massachusetts, after a two-year fight with pancreatic cancer.
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