‘I Don’t Think They Really Appreciated Grassroots Activism’ A chat with newly elected Democratic trans committeewoman Laura Hart

In this past June’s primary election, LGBTQ people achieved several firsts. This included two transgender people being elected for the first time to official office in the state of Maryland. One of those two is Laura Hart, who was elected to a seat on the Democratic Central Committee for St. Mary’s County in southern Maryland. Hart retired from her job as a civilian computer engineer and engineering manager for Naval Aviation after 34 years in September 2006. She currently serves as the chair of the St Mary’s Democratic Club’s voter outreach committee, which is creating a precinct captain program in […]

First Trans Candidate to Win Contested MD Race Reflects An interview with Sharon Brackett

Last month, computer engineer and business executive Sharon Brackett became the first trans woman to be elected to an official office in a contested election in Maryland. Brackett prevailed in a primary against 14 other candidates. She was elected to the District 46 Democratic Central Committee, representing the Baltimore neighborhoods of Canton, Locust Point, Federal Hill, Brooklyn, Curtis Bay, and Cherry Hill. She placed third out of 15 candidates in her very first run for office. I’ve known and respected Sharon for many years and appreciated the opportunity to ask her questions about her election victory. Bill Redmond-Palmer: Have you […]

Maryland LGBT Candidate Follow-up

Baltimore OUTloud’s July 6th article “LGBT Candidates Contend, Sometimes Prevail, in MD Dem Primaries” invited any LGBTQ candidates who had been mentioned to get in touch. What follows is the story of a groundbreaking candidate we missed. Byron E. Macfarlane has been an out candidate since his first race in 2010. He just won the Democratic nomination in the primary election for register of wills for Howard County. Macfarlane was first elected in 2010 as the first openly LGBTQ candidate in Howard County and was re-elected in 2014. He will face a Republican challenger in the November general election, but […]

Pride Across Maryland: Westminster & Hagerstown

First-ever Westminster Pride is set for July 7th, from noon to 5 pm in Westminster, Maryland, on East Main Street, between Court and Church Streets. Join in for info, support, music, art, food, and solidarity the LGBTQ folk in Carroll County. Entertainment will include performances by Face Plant, Henry and the Big Sleazy, DJ Powerline, Brinjal Band, and the Flying Faders. Organizers hope for this to be annual event that will help generate scholarship funds for LGBTQ students. For more info visit Westminsterpride.org, or email westminsterpridefest@gmail.com. The festival will be followed by the already sold out “Shantay You Stay! Westminster […]

LGBT Candidates Contend, Sometimes Prevail, in MD Dem Primaries

The 2018 primary election cycle in Maryland has ended and was a year of many firsts, and milestones for the LGBT community. This year 14 openly LGBT candidates ran as Democrats for governor, lieutenant governor, state senator and state delegate in ten legislative districts across the state, in Baltimore City as well as Anne Arundel, Montgomery, and Prince Georges counties. One transgender candidate ran for US Senate, and many more candidates ran for local offices in those counties as well as Frederick and St. Mary’s counties. Baltimore OUTloud is unaware of any openly LGBT candidates who stood in the Republican […]

Pride keeps going! More Baltimore Pride events

Pride weekend and all of its major festivities are past, but there are still many Pride month events to come. Come learn, enjoy, and have fun with events for everyone! All events taking place at the GLCCB (2530 North Charles Street, Baltimore) are disabled accessible. Friday, June 22nd 9:45 to 11:30 pm – film: The Misandrists, at SNF Parkway Theatre (5 West North Avenue, Baltimore). Bruce LaBruce’s newest transgressive film: When an injured male leftist on the run discovers the remote stronghold of a radical feminist terrorist group, one of the members takes pity on him and hides him in […]

PRIDE 2018-Official Baltimore Pride events and updates

Welcome one and all to 2018 Baltimore Pride Week! Let’s get ready to come together as “United we shine”! Included here are all the 2018 Baltimore Pride official events. There are three categories of events: • “Official Pride Events,” indicated as “Pride.” These are events that are created, managed, and coordinated by the Baltimore Pride Planning Committee or one of its subcommittees. • The second category is “Official Partner Events,” planned in coordination with outside groups, and raising funds to support Baltimore Pride. They are indicated as “Partner.” • The third category is “Official Outreach Events,” which connect the diversity […]

Baltimore Celebrates National Honor Our LGBT Elders Day

More than 75 people gathered at the Single Carrot Theatre on May 16th in celebration of National Honor Our LGBT Elders Day. Hosted by the LGBT Health Resource Center and emceed by youth advocate and educator Lamont Bryant, the evening saw community leaders share stories of an LGBTQ elder who inspired them and made an impact in their lives. Sharing stories were: Jasmine Pope of Star TRACK, honoring Sheila Boone-Dow; activist Mark S. King, honoring his brother Richard King; Jillian Silveira, honoring Richard Wilson; Kenneth Morrison, honoring Cleo Manago, Lori McPherson, honoring Glenda Rider; “Downtown” Kevin Brown, honoring Calvin Tolbert; […]