Friday, May 26, 2017

What’s up– where, when, and who

The official 2017 Baltimore Pride Week is June 9th through 18th, and is almost upon us! It’s time to pull out your calendars and plan for a week packed with great events, offering something for everyone. Each of the events listed is an official 2017 Pride event, and a portion of the event proceeds goes to support Baltimore Pride. If you’re attending a free event, consider a small voluntary donation to support Baltimore Pride. All events listed are in Baltimore, unless otherwise noted.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Report US refuses visas for Gay Chechens fleeing violence

Moscow, Russia - The US State Department has refused to issue visas to Gay Chechens fleeing persecution in their country, according to Russian LGBT activists. The Russian-based organization LGBT Network says about 40 Chechens have escaped the wave of kidnapping, tortures, and murders that swept up more than 100 of their Gay countrymen and are now in hiding in other parts of Russia. They are unable to get the visas that would allow them to leave the country, LGBT Network spokesperson Svetlana Zakharova told BuzzFeed News.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Kelsey Louie and I are standing outside the door of Larry Kramer’s apartment in New York City. Kelsey has already tried the bell and then, after a time, knocks twice. I have the sensation, one I have rarely experienced, of my heart pounding in my ears.

Friday, May 26, 2017

The Baltimore Eagle
2022 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218
410-200-9858 •

Typically, on a Friday night, we would have dinner out before hitting the bar for a few drinks. However, now that the Eagle has opened its kitchen, we could dine AND drink all at once.  As most people that have been to the Eagle already know, there was a great deal of hype and anticipation for the food to roll out.  We had heard about the credentials of Master Chef Scholly, which include accomplishments, such as earning the 1996 German Master Chef of the Year, and of some of his clients of music royalty, i.e. Madonna, Springsteen, McCartney, Diamond, and Brooks. He even served the President Who Shall Not Be Named, before he became The President Who Shall Not Be Named.  Now it was time to finally try some of his offerings at the Eagle.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Tales of growing up black & gay

The Iron Crow Theatre’s much heralded production of Robert O’Hara’s BootyCandy will spice up the Baltimore theatre scene this June. Running from June 9th to 18th, BootyCandy is O’Hara’s semi-biographical subversive comedy which tells the story of Sutter, who is on an outrageous odyssey through his childhood home, his church, dive bars, motel rooms, and even nursing homes. O’Hara weaves together scenes, sermons, sketches, and daring meta-theatrics to create a kaleidoscope that interconnects to portray growing up gay and black.

Friday, May 26, 2017

It is hard to believe that I have be writing the Leather Line every other week for over 12 years now. (I haven’t missed an issue yet!) I’m never stuck without anything to write about. I was thinking recently that there’s a popular subculture of the leather community that I haven’t even really touched on: the bear culture. I’ve always liked hairy, beefy, masculine men and I discovered the idea of “bears” when I first picked up a copy of Bear magazine, founded in 1987. As time went on, the bear community started to evolve as an offshoot of the leather community and clubs were formed much like the leather community’s biker-patch clubs. Next came bear weekends or “runs,” followed by bear contests with bear titleholders.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Barbecues, long hikes in the mountains, a gentle stroll through the park, sharing a beer with friends in the backyard, a 5k race, biking along the country roads. Summer is a wonderful time to get outdoors and enjoy all that nature has to offer. The bugs agree! And some bugs, particularly ticks, bring disease with them. Don’t let the ticks chase you back indoors. Here are some ways to protect yourself:

Friday, May 12, 2017

On Friday, May 5th, Asbury Park came together as a community, as they have for the past five years for the 5th annual “Pink Prom” to raise funds to another amazing cause. The event took place in one of my favorite venues in Asbury Park, Hotel Tides. This is the fifth year of this spectacular event that has amassed thousands of dollars to help local LGBTQ organizations, and it has turned into one of New Jersey’s most successful fundraisers. In the last five years the Pink Prom has benefited Pride Network, Pride Center of New Jersey, Project Real, Gender Spectrum Support Network, Glsen, and this year, Garden State Equality, an organization that has done so much for the LGBTQ community, and now will continue to do so.


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