Local Queer Composer: CD Release Party Feb. 20th

Peter Dayton is an acclaimed pianist, poet, and freelance composer whose works have been performed across North America and Europe. He has been described by the Baltimore Sun as having “a refined sense of melodic arcs and harmonic motion.” With degrees in composition from Vanderbilt University and Peabody Conservatory, he’s received university, national, and international awards for his work. Dayton will host a release party for his new CD, Notes to Loved Ones, an album of works for piano and strings. This is his first recording including only his compositions. The party will be held on February 20th at the […]

‘My Parents Passed Their Pride in Blackness to Me’ An interview with Rev. Merrick Moses

Rev. Merrick Moses has been a fixture in the Baltimore LGBTQ Community for many years. He lives at the intersection of queer and black identity, and is a person of great faith. Baltimore OUTloud spoke with Rev. Moses about his history, in honor of Black History Month. Bill Redmond-Palmer: We’ve known and worked with each other for decades now, and your active role in the community is well known. Let’s start with a few things people may not know, like where you were born, and what brought you to Baltimore. Merrick Moses: I was born in Brooklyn, in New York […]

‘Ride for the Feast’ Updates

This year’s Ride for the Feast, Moveable Feast’s annual fundraiser, will take place on May 12th and 13th. Plans and registration are well under way. Registration fees for the ride have officially increased this year. The cost to sign up for a returning rider is $120, and $135 for new riders. Sign up at Movefe.convio.net/site/TR?fr_id=1090&pg=entry. If you’re a new rider or someone who wants to improve your skills at fundraising from friends and associates, attend the next fundraising and website orientation on Saturday, February 10th from 11 am to noon, at Moveable Feast (901 North Milton Avenue, Baltimore). The orientation will be […]

Mayor’s LGBTQ Commission Announced

Recently Baltimore Mayor Catherine E. Pugh announced the formation of the long-awaited Mayoral LGBTQ Commission, fulfilling one of her campaign promises she made to the LGBTQ Community during her bid for mayor in 2016. The commission was officially constituted by a mayorial executive order. The charge of the Baltimore City LGBTQ Commission will be to advise the mayor, city council, and city agencies about issues of concern affecting the community, recommend policies and legislation, bring the LGBTQ communities and the larger Baltimore community together through long-range projects, and ensure that city agencies fairly and equitably address relevant issues. The commission […]

BHT Awards $75k in Grants

On January 20th at the Baltimore Eagle, Brother Help Thyself (BHT) presented its annual grant awards to 34 non-profit groups serving the LGBT and HIV/AIDS communities in the Greater Baltimore/Washington, D.C. region. This year’s awards, totaling $75,000, brings the grand total of grants awarded since BHT’s incorporation in 1978 to almost $3.2 million. Mayor Catherine Pugh and Jeffrey Hitt of the Maryland Department of Health, offered greetings to those attending on behalf of the residents of Baltimore. “The story here isn’t that BHT gave out $75,000 today,” said Andrew McCarty, grant reception chairman. “The story here is that in the […]

‘Out of Necessity’ Closed-door meetings and behind-scenes elevation of new members needed for a strong board, says GLCCB’s Jabari Lyles

  Baltimore OUTloud reached out to GLCCB board president, Jabari Lyles, to talk about controversy over closed board meetings, the appointment of new boardmembers, and the election of officers. Bill Redmond-Palmer: Recent board decisions appear to conflict with the level of transparency the GLCCB has often stated that it strives for. Why did the board choose to close the November board meeting to the public? Jabari Lyles: As most folks know, we had been recruiting new boardmembers for most of the year. Right before the November meeting, we received a few exciting applications. We did not want to end 2017 […]

GLCCB Board to Reopen Meetings After Hiatus Center’s back tax forms filed and $10K fine forgiven

The January 9th board meeting of the GLCCB (Baltimore’s LGBT community center) was the first public session held since last October’s annual meeting and town hall. The November meeting was not open to the public, and the December meeting was held as a board of directors retreat. The meeting commenced with the reading of the minutes of the November board meeting, during which several new people joined the board, including Vanna Belton, Lorena De Leon, Merrick Moses, and Anthony McCarthy. All past-due 990 tax forms have been submitted. Four of the five past due 990s were filed late with $10,000 […]

HIV Treatment and Prevention in Peril

Trump obliterates AIDS advisory council “All things AIDS, nationally and internationally, are in danger from the Trump administration, from PACHA to PrEP funding and other services right here in Baltimore,” says Lynda Dee, president of AIDS Action Baltimore, a non-profit group marking its 30th year providing essential services to people with HIV / AIDS. Please follow and like us:

Sen. Chelsea Manning?

With her 35-year sentence commuted by Obama, Manning aims to be the US’s first trans senator Elections have been bringing surprises lately – from Brexit to Trump. So could Marylanders soon be sending to Washington the first transgender US Senator? They may get the chance. Chelsea Manning – whistleblower of US war crimes in Iraq, who, as US Army intelligence analyst Bradley Manning leaked 750,000 pages of classified government documents to Wikileaks – threw her hat into the ring January 14th, announcing she would oppose two-term Maryland Sen. Benjamin Cardin, a conservative Democrat. Please follow and like us:

British retailer criticized for edgy Christmas elf campaign

London, England – The Evening Standard reports that British discount retailer, Poundland, has sparked a backlash after posting amusing sexual images featuring an elf in its Christmas campaign. The Advertising Standards Authority has received a number of complaints about the Christmas-themed posts which show the festive helper in a series of vulgar situations. “We will carefully assess the complaints to establish whether there are grounds to investigate,” the authority said in a statement. The budget retailer has been sharing pictures of the naughty elf on Twitter and Facebook, with one showing it dangling a tea bag over a female doll […]