Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day. Some cynics will avow this holiday is nothing more than another corporate means of cashing in on something called love, which should be celebrated every day with that special person in my opinion. However, it’s always nice to get chocolate, especially since dark chocolate is supposed to be a great substitute for love – or that’s what the Internet says! Some will state it’s a holiday celebrating “singleness.” Of course, the Hallmark Channel exhibits nice young and attractive white people always finding love with the same storylines, just different actors! But what exactly are we supposed to […]

Conversion Therapy’s Extreme Makeover

On January 18th, 2019 the Baltimore Sun reported that a psychotherapist and ex-gay activist Christopher Doyle formally challenged Maryland’s conversion therapy ban on minors through a federal lawsuit against the state. Doyle, who lives in Virginia and practices there and in Maryland, argues that the conversion therapy ban prevented his clients with unwanted same-sex attractions from seeking therapy that would supposedly diminish those attractions. While Doyle acknowledged that draconian practices such as electroshock therapy are ineffective and inhumane, he also argued that banning conversion therapy undermined the efficacy of faith-based counseling for persons with unwanted same-sex attractions. In September, a […]

City LGBTQ Commission Announces Openings

The Baltimore City LGBTQ Commission was established by the mayor of Baltimore to represent the various needs and experiences of Baltimore’s LGBTQ residents. It collaborates with the mayor’s LGBTQ Affairs office to advise and guide the mayor and city governments on issues of importance to our community. The commission currently has five vacancies and is accepting applications for new members. The commission has six primary areas of focus: education and youth law, policy, and advocacy public safety health and human services unity and pride economic development. Commissioners assist in convening committees composed of community volunteers in each of the focus […]

Rugby: Join the Team!

It’s time for the annual “Rugby 101” — a combination of an open house, an open casting call, and an intro on how the game is played, sponsored by Pink Flamingos, “Baltimore’s gayest, friendliest, and most assuredly hottest rugby team.” Join the Flamingos on February 16th, 1 pm, at Utz Field at Patterson Park (200 South Linwood Avenue, Baltimore). The park is south of the swimming pool and tennis courts, and east of the dog park. Make sure to wear clothes you don’t mind getting sweaty and dirty, cleats or sneakers, and bring water to drink. “Don’t be worried that […]

The Manor Opens in Mount Vernon

The Manor: Restaurant & Ultralounge, located at 924 North Charles Street, held a soft opening for invited guest on Thursday, February 6th featuring hors d’oeuvres and open bar. Proprietors Joshua Persing and Robert Gay, who previously owned G.A.Y. Lounge have done an amazing job highlighting the stunningly beautiful interior of this 1850s Mount Vernon mansion, which for years housed the Brass Elephant Restaurant. I don’t think there is a live flower left in Baltimore after this opening. Baltimore OUTLoud was warmly greeted by the general manager, Brian Scott, formerly of City Cafe and Sasha’s, and chef Parker Greene. The Manor […]

Rocky Horror Strikes – and Gives Again

If you’re looking for an evening of quintessentially queer theatre with an all new Valentine’s Day spin, then the Iron Crow Theatre is back with Richard O’Brien’s the Rocky Horror Show, complete with callouts, cascading toilet paper, and all the other requisite audience participation props from now through February 16th. Bring your sweetheart (or sweethearts!) to this deliberately kitschy rock and roll sci-fi gothic thriller. You’ll even have a chance to join Brad, Janet, Frank-N-Furter, Rocky and the gang for a special Valentine’s Day midnight performance! Performances are at 8 and 11:30 pm on Friday, February 14th; 8 pm on […]

Lunch Patrol

People are living on the streets of Baltimore every day of the year. B & Dee’s Baltimore Love works to make a difference by distributing brown bag lunches to area homeless beginning at 1 pm the last Sunday of every month. The gathering place for this month is 614 Laurens Street, Baltimore. Donations and volunteers are needed. All are welcome. For info, visit Bit.ly/3bsgNG3. Please follow and like us:

California Governor pardons black civil rights trailblazer Rustin

Sacramento, California – California Gov. Gavin Newsom posthumously pardoned gay civil rights icon Bayard Rustin on February 5th. Rustin, who died in 1987, had been arrested in Pasadena in 1953 for having sex with two other men in a parked car. He served 50 days in jail and had to register as a sex offender. Newsom pardoned Rustin at the request of California’s legislature. “In California and across the country, many laws have been used as legal tools of oppression, and to stigmatize and punish LGBTQ people and communities and warn others what harm could await them for living authentically,” […]

Largest HIV vaccine trial terminated as ineffective

Seattle – Researchers said on February 3rd that they would terminate the world’s largest clinical trial of an HIV vaccine. The $120 million study, conducted by the HIV Vaccine Trials Network (HVTN) based at Seattle’s Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, was launched more than three years ago and involved 5,407 volunteers in South Africa. “There was great hope and expectations around this vaccine candidate,” said Mitchell Warren, executive director of AVAC, a global HIV prevention organization that has been promoting vaccine development for 25 years. “It’s incredibly disappointing.” The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID) and the Bill […]

Billy Porter delivers his second State of Our Union address

Dallas – “Last year I told you the state of our union was strong. And while it certainly has been battered, our union in far from broken.” That’s Billy Porter’s initial summation of the state of the LGBTQ union in his LGBTQ State of the Union address, which he delivered yesterday via social media, courtesy of Logo TV. This was Porter’s second annual LGBTQ State of the Union speech, and while he said “our union remains unbroken, he was very direct about the work left to be done: “Now, in 2020, our responsibility as citizens has [never] been more evident.” […]