Baltimore Drag Festival, Sat., Sept. 14th

Unless you’ve been to DragCon or a similar event in another city, it’s doubtful you will see as much drag in one day and in one place as you’ll see on Saturday, September 14th at Baltimore’s first ever Drag Festival. All the dragstravaganza will take place at the Creative Alliance (3134 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore). The day kicks off with “Story Time with Drag Queens” from noon to 1 pm. Everyone loves story time, and everything is better with drag queens, right? Baltimore’s own Pariah Sinclair and Lula Lioness will host this event reading kids stories with a twist. It’s open […]

Royal Shuffle: New King & Queen of Pride to be Selected 9/20

Baltimore OUTloud had the opportunity to sit down and chat with Rik Newton-Treadway, one of the three promoters who put the annual King and Queen of Pride event together. (Full disclosure: Baltimore OUTloud is the event’s proud media sponsor!) This year we’ll be crowning the 30th queen and our 20th king, and support for the new royalty is incredible. Rik was able to give us some of the event’s storied history. “Back in 1990 when this all started, the way you were crowned was to raise the most money for a charity of your choice,” Rik explained. “Our first Queen […]

Get to Know Mental Health Resources

By Dr. Andrea Gottlieb Welcome to the very first Mental Health Moment! In this monthly column, experts from Sheppard Pratt Health System will share advice, resources, and practices to help you build a healthy mind. Americans spend thousands of hours at the gym each year to build healthy bodies, but most give much less attention to the care of their minds. Like your body, your mind and emotions need strengthening, rest, and renewal. Engaging in practices that intentionally foster mental health is every bit as important as going to the gym. Here are a few of these practices: Many people […]

Taking Up a New Fitness Hobby

If you’ve ever been told – or told someone else – that they need to get a hobby, well, turns out it may have actually been very good advice. Fitness is a big part of many people’s lives, and it’s a tremendous, life-extending hobby, but we recognize it’s not everything in life. But when we’re not working class or spending time with family, there’s more to be enjoyed. Get yourself a hobby. Here’s why. Hobbies relieve stress. Stress comes from everywhere. Work, family, financial pressures, and so on. But fishing? Learning woodworking? Ah … stress relief! Hobbies demand some attention […]

Results Published: National Survey on LGBTQ Youth Mental Health

A new report published during June’s Pride Month by the Trevor Project, a nonprofit that seeks to prevent suicide among LGBTQ youth, found significant rates of mental health issues and discrimination among LGBTQ youth. According to the Trevor Project, this is the “largest survey of LGBTQ youth mental health ever conducted,” with more than 34,000 respondents from across the US. Among the survey’s most troubling statistics was the finding that 39% of LGBTQ youth – and more than half of respondents who identified as transgender or non-binary – had seriously considered attempting suicide in the past year. And 71% of […]

Exchange Students: Opening Your Home, Your Heart

The ASSE International Student Exchange Program is looking for LGBTQ and straight ally families or individuals to help host their exchange students. (The group was originally established as the American Scandinavian Student Exchange in 1976, but now serves students the world over.) Esther-Marie Emslie, the group’s area representative for Frederick and Washington counties, recently told Baltimore OUTloud about the first transgender student coming to Maryland this year. “We’re very excited about this,” Emslie adding that there’s also another student looking for a host family. “Julia is a 16-year-old young lady from Spain. She speaks Spanish, English, and French and is […]

‘Black Femme Supremacy Film Fest’ Starts Aug 30th

The 2019 Black Femme Supremacy Film Fest (BFS Film Fest) returns for its second year, and will feature over 50 films including narratives, documentaries, music videos, web series, experimental films and more. The festival is planned over three days: Friday, August 30th through Sunday, September 1st, and will be held at the SNF Parkway Theatre (5 West North Avenue, corner of Charles Street and North Avenue, Baltimore). The BFS Film Fest says it “centers on black femme filmmakers and re-envisions the black femme as a global protagonist, empowering their stories through film. In addition to screening films that face systemic […]

August New Faces of Maryland

The monthly installment of the New Faces of Maryland contest for August is planned for Saturday, August 31st, at Ziascoz Bar and Lounge, (1313 East Pratt Street, Baltimore). The contest is open to all male and female impersonators. Every month, usually on the last Saturday, the contest returns. The evening begins with registration from 8 to 9:30 pm and Hip-Hop music from 8 to 10 pm. The contest and show are from 10 pm to midnight, followed by Hip-Hop music until closing. The event is hosted by Extacy (the reigning Miss New Faces of Maryland 2019) and Helena Hologram (the […]

The Back-to-School Show

Students are heading back to school, and many will need help to get a good start. Join host Amanda Chase on Friday, August 30th at 8 pm at the Rowan Tree (1633 South Charles Street, Baltimore) for the show, followed by karaoke at 10 pm. There’s no cover, but they encourage donations of and for school supplies to be donated to local kids in need. Parking passes are available at the bar. For more information visit the Facebook event page at Bit.ly/2OUeC6N. Please follow and like us:

LGBT Family Day at the Zoo

A day at the zoo and a benefit for FreeState Justice are all wrapped in on Sunday, August 25th from 11 am to 3 pm at LGBT Family Day at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore (1 Safari Place). Join other LGBTQ families, friends, and allies at the Waterfowl Pavilion at the zoo for lawn games and family friendly activities, alongside the whole cast of animal characters that make the zoo their home. Take part in a scavenger hunt, get your face painted, or take a snooze in the shade of the pavilion. Friends and families of all ages are welcome. […]