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John Wayne once said that “Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway.” The Western lifestyle that Wayne so cavalierly brought to the big screen has inspired all men and women throughout the years through his swagger and grit. Fans of that lifestyle will be able to enjoy a piece of that Western culture at the Keystone State Gay Rodeo later this June. Running from Saturday, June 24th to Sunday, June 25th the rodeo will be held at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Baltimore OUTloud recently sat down Keystone State Gay Rodeo Association’s (KSGRA) Jim Gallucci who is the rodeo director for the event.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Looking Back, Looking Forward

When I was told, this was going to be our anniversary issue, I realized that the timing couldn’t be better. By some coincidence, it seems that this time of year is full of anniversaries in my life. Usually when it comes to anniversaries we are reminded to look back, but this year’s anniversaries are also reminding me to look forward.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Lesson Learned

If you’ve followed this column over time, you realize that my kids come in all ages. And, you probably realize that some of my kids face challenges of mental health, cognitive issues, or physical disabilities. While having a family with special-needs kids is certainly not unique, by any means, my experiences have given me an interesting viewpoint into how kids mature and develop.

A local newspaper called me this morning to ask my opinion about the “Religious Liberty” executive order signed by the president this week. I am sure my opinion was vastly different from the highly evangelical / conservative Christian views of the majority in my area. You would think as a pastor I’d be delighted to see religious liberty expanded and to see the influence of the church exerted in more intentional ways. Yeah, you might think that… but then you wouldn’t know me. Why do I think this is a bad idea? For several reasons:

Friday, April 28, 2017

Hernandez and Homophobia

Aaron Hernandez wasn’t exactly a good guy. The former NFL star and tight end for the New England Patriots was serving a life sentence for murder without the possibility for parole before his suicide on the morning of April 19th. Some celebrated his death, posting memes on social media with messages like, “Life Sentence. Hang in there, Aaron.” In fact, most of these messages involved variations of the “hang in there” sentiment. This is rather cold, considering that Hernandez hanged himself in his prison cell. He may have been a monster, but that doesn’t mean we have to be monsters too.

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