LGBT Commission Makes History – Again

History is repeating itself 42 years later. That’s where my thoughts were as Jason and I were on Amtrak on our way to a reception at the Pennsylvania’s governor’s residence this past Monday. Many of you often remark how joyous I am, and this week proved your point. How else to react to witnessing something that you envisioned 42 years ago once again being used to empower our community? Thanks to Gov. Tom Wolf, I had the honor to join him as he made history – or should I say, repeated history? It is a history I took part in […]

ERA ENDING WITH SAN FRANCISCO’S LAST MALE STRIP CLUB CLOSING

San Francisco – The last remaining male strip club in San Francisco plans to host its last night of entertainment on Sunday, August 19th. Nob Hill Theatre is among just a handful of increasingly rare adult male entertainment venues across the country. San Francisco used to have a second, the Tea Room, which closed two years ago after 35 years of operation. Nob Hill has been in operation for 50 years, and now its owners want to settle down. Proprietors Larry Hoover, 65, and Gary Luce, 63, will retire to Palm Springs. The owner of the building does not plan to […]

Living His Most Authentic Life

A profile of Merrick Moses, part 2 “First and foremost, the foundation of my life is my vocation. I’m very clear that I was born to be the priest that I am – it centers me, and I often have to go back to that. As a priest/activist: how do I cultivate my humanity and help others do the same? That anchors me.” – Rev. Merrick Moses Last week, the Baltimore City Board of Estimates made history when they lifted the health-insurance exclusion which had denied coverage for gender confirmation surgery for city employees. And it was Rev. Merrick Moses […]

Dead but not Powerless

It took nearly a decade for Josh Aterovis’s fifth novel in the Killian Kendall mystery series to be published but it was worth the wait. Three publishers in a row went out of business, leading to the delay in the next installment in the young-adult mystery/paranormal genres that feature the gay teenage private investigator Killian Kendall. Aterovis’s third book, All Lost Things, was a 2010 Lambda Award finalist for Best Mystery. MLR Press, an independent LGBT publisher, expressed interest in the acclaimed series, which is back in print with updated editions, setting the stage for the fifth book’s arrival. With […]

2019 King & Queen of Pride Contest

On September 1st, Baltimore’s King and Queen of Pride 2019 contest will be held at the Motor House (120 West North Avenue, Baltimore) from 2 to 6 pm Doors open at 1 pm The event will honor 2018’s King and Queen Chris Jay and Sapphire Bleu and will feature a cast of former Kings and Queens of Pride. The King and Queen of Pride titles are open to everyone without regard for their gender identity. Everyone is free to choose whichever title they want to compete for. Applications are now being accepted. You must be at least 21 to compete. […]

Baltimore: Gender-Reassignment Now Covered

Baltimore City has voted to update its employee benefits plan to provide health care coverage to include gender-reassignment surgery in the city’s self-insured health plans. Up until today, the city’s health insurance excluded such surgery from coverage, discrimination targeted by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act as well as the Fairness for All Marylanders Act. The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently found that there was reasonable cause to believe that the State of Alaska had violated Title VII by excluding gender-reassignment surgery from its employee health plan. FreeState Justice brought this matter to the city’s attention when its […]

Hot, Wet Summer Burleoke

Bunns of Steele present its latest installment of “Burleoke” on August 18th, from 9 to 11:15 pm at The Crown (1910 North Charles Street, Baltimore). What’s “Burleoke”? It’s as if “burlesque and karaoke had a game-show baby you want to coo over!” Join the fun for nearly-naked shenanigans with host Tommy Gunn. This month’s singers include Spunkyy Brewster, Jessy Lucente, Kimani Feaster, Elle Why, and Erika Thomas (who will be paired with dancers Faith Grenade, Bitesize Aria, and Miss China Doll). Tickets are $10 at the door. For more info, browse to Bit.ly/2MKBpfY.   Please follow and like us:

Game Night! ‘All Hands on Deck!’ Edition

Star Track will host their monthly game night on August 28th from 6 to 9 pm at 120 Penn Street, Baltimore. youth and young adults ages 12 to 26 are invited to join in for board games, spades, Uno, and more. Enjoy a trip down memory land with a few childhood games that you’re sure to enjoy. As always, there’s a gaming challenge where you can establish yourself as the Game Night Champion! The event is free, and includes free food, resources, and testing. For more info, visit Bit.ly/2MhGIY3.   Please follow and like us:

LGBTQ Bar Association Networking Happy Hour

The LGBTQ Bar Association of Maryland will host a “Fall Kick-Off Networking Happy Hour” on August 30th at the West Madison Craft Beer Bar (311 West Madison Street, Baltimore). Join in to kick off the new membership year for the group. If you’re a lawyer, judge, law student, activist, ally, or interested in the pursuit of equality in the law, consider yourself welcome. For more info, visit Bit.ly/2MhvK4E.   Please follow and like us:

Lunch Patrols First Anniversary Event

On August 26th at 1 pm, Lunch Patrol, hosted by B & Dee’s Baltimore Love, marks the first anniversary of the monthly program. The event takes place at St. Mark’s Institutional Baptist Church (655 Bentalou Street, Baltimore) and involves distributing brown-bag lunches to homeless people in the area. For more info, visit Bit.ly/2nzIEfv.   Please follow and like us: