Reach Your Fitness Goals

We are sure at this point you have heard that if you want to reach goals like gaining muscle or shedding a few pounds, you have to do HITT, or High-Intensity Interval Training. That’s a workout technique in which you give 100% effort through quick, intense bursts of exercise, followed by short, sometimes active, recovery periods. This type of training gets and keeps your heart rate up while burning fat in less time. Our clubs not only provide HIIT training through our YouCoach personal trainers or our group fitness classes, but our class instructors and trainers offer a variety of […]

WorldPride NYC 2019 to March Down 5th Avenue to Village

The 2019 Pride March, which commemorates the 50th Anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Uprising, will step off at noon on Sunday, June 30th from 26th Street and 5th Avenue. Some 150,000 marchers will proceed south on 5th Avenue before heading west on 8th Street. After crossing over 6th Avenue, the March will continue on Christopher Street, passing the site designated in 2016 by President Barack Obama as the Stonewall National Monument. It will then turn north on 7th Avenue, passing the New York City AIDS Memorial, before dispersing in Chelsea just north of 23rd Street and 7th Avenue.  “As we […]

CityLit 2019, Books & More, April 27th

Bright lights, big city! People flock to urban centers because they’re so, ahem, “lit” up. That’s the idea behind the 16th annual CityLit Festival, set for Saturday, April 27th at the University of Baltimore’s Thumel Business Center (11 West Mount Royal Avenue, Baltimore). “This free, day-long literary arts celebration will feature published authors, conversations on craft, a literary marketplace, and panel discussions,” say organizers. CityLit will include a soon-to-be-announced keynote speaker and master class; 30-minute one-on-one editorial sessions with authors and editors; sessions and panel discussions featuring published authors and emerging writers; conversations on the craft of writing and topics […]

MD General Assembly: Teens Can Get HIV Prevention Drug Without Parental Consent

On March 25th, the Maryland legislature voted to allow doctors, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants to prescribe a drug – pre-exposure prophylaxis, also known as “PrEP” – that helps prevent HIV to minors, without requiring parental consent. The House voted 109 to 21 in favor of the final bill (SB 251), sponsored by Senator Lam (District 12), which passed the Senate by a vote of 47 to 0 on March 13. The bill now goes to Governor Hogan for his signature. Advocates say this bill will dramatically extend the lifespan of young black men, particularly those living in poverty. According […]

Attaining an Overall Healthy Lifestyle

It’s all around you wherever you turn. Work out more. Eat better. Take control of your health. But often you don’t even know where to start or the steps you need to take to achieve a lifestyle that is better for your well-being. Here are three areas to focus on when starting your journey to becoming a healthier you. Start a fitness routine – Exercise can seem daunting and overwhelming if you are just starting out, but there are practical ways to squeeze in a workout. Take the stairs at work or walk to places that are a mile or […]

Interracial Love: Bad Advice?

To the Editor: When advice columnist Andre Shakti (“Interracial Agonistes,” Baltimore OUTloud, March 1st, 2019) burns her hand on the stove, I bet she treats the injury with scalding water from the tea kettle. When a dog bites her right arm, she sticks her left in the lion’s cage at the zoo. Just saying, because when Shakti says she wants to fight racism, her answer is to dig in deep to racist stereotyping. Reducing a person to a racial epithet is as good a definition of racism as any. Yet that’s just what she does to her hapless correspondent – […]

Methodists Against Orthodoxy

Dear Baltimore OUTloud Community, As a pastor here in Baltimore, I am grateful for the opportunity to share some background to the recent headlines about the United Methodist Church, and some words about the welcome of all. The Methodist movement began in England in the 18th century and has been a part of the American landscape since colonial times. There have been multiple iterations of the Methodist movement, including churches bearing both Methodist and Wesleyan titles. The United Methodist Church was officially formed in 1968 and includes churches in the US and throughout the globe. Our church polity, or governing […]

Jewish Tradition in Relation to Gender Pronouns: March 26th

Ever wondered what Jewish tradition has to say about gender, sexuality, and identity? Charm City Tribe invites you to learn, consider, and explore at “She, He, They, XYZ: How We Think About Me” on Tuesday, March 26th from 6:30 to 9:30 pm. It’s a night of “learning, conversation, and storytelling.” The event will be held at 2640 Saint Paul Street, Baltimore. The evening will include a talk by Rabbi Ariana Katz of Hinenu, as well as an interactive experience and discussion facilitated by J. Little and Missy Smith from QueerCore. QueerCore “gives life to the stories behind Smith’s ‘coming out’ […]

Spring Showcase: ‘Broadway Our Way’

The New Wave Singers of Baltimore, a LGBT chorus, invites you to join them for their upcoming spring showcase – Broadway Our Way! – featuring their interpretation of Broadway tunes. It all takes place on Saturday, March 30th from 7 to 10 pm at the Towson Unitarian-Universalist Church (1710 Dulaney Valley Road, Lutherville). The show will feature a mix of gender-swapped vocals, “songs we’d never sing,” and of course a few standards. During the show they will hold a silent auction and raffle, with opportunities to bid on and win a variety of prizes. This is their biggest fundraiser of […]

Safe Schools Volunteer Training

Are you interested in deepening your advocacy for LGBTQ youth in Maryland’s schools? Do you have a penchant for colorful PowerPoint slides, chart paper, and icebreakers? Are you, on occasion, able to make yourself available during school hours? If you answered “yes” to at least two of those questions, you may be an ideal candidate to conduct LGBTQ safe space presentations. As part of their mission to ensure all Maryland schools are safe and welcoming for all students, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, GLSEN Maryland is looking for community members to fill vital roles as volunteer […]