The Story of Us

As mentioned in our previous issues, Baltimore OUTloud is proud to launch a new feature column entitled “The Story of Us” in our Pride 2018 Issue. Continuing the tradition of the many historians who have come before us, we would like to bring to you, our readers, the stories of our history. These stories and memories will highlight Baltimore’s LGBTQ community that has come before us. They will give the insight on how we have come so far, and who’s had a hand in making things happen. If you have a story to tell, we would love to hear from […]

Indulge in Some Leather History

I know I’ve said it before but joining a leather club oh so many years ago was one of the best decisions I have ever made. Besides helping to raise money for charities in the community, being a member of a club opens so many doors and introduces you to so many people. During my recent visit to Palm Springs, California, I was able to spend time with my ShipMate club brother Robert (Bob) Joel, who now lives out there. I knew that Sir Steve and I were going to be at the Tool Shed bar that Friday night and […]

Did You Hear the One About?…

The girl from down under – The International Ms. Leather 2018 Contest was held on April 21st in San Jose, California, with seven incredible contestants. A packed hotel ballroom cheered as “girl ang” from Melbourne, Australia took home the IMsL 2018 sash. The International Ms. Bootblack 2018 title was awarded to Southwest Bootblack 2017 Teagan who hails from Oakland, California. Leather women in our area – If you don’t know the way to San Jose that’s not a problem. On August 24th and 25th you can cheer on incredible leather woman right here in Baltimore as the Mid-Atlantic Leather Woman […]

She’s Got the Spirits Victoria Schassler

– proprietress of Spirits of Mount Vernon, where the neighborhood gathers to toast By Frankie Kujawa British wine critic Michael Broadbent once said, “Drinking good wine with good food in good company is one of life’s most civilized pleasures.” Victoria Schassler, the delightful proprietress of Spirits of Mount Vernon recently chatted with Baltimore OUTloud to discuss her love of wine, how she came to Baltimore, and her adoration of the Mount Vernon community in which she is an icon. “I grew up in Rockland County, New York,” Schassler began. “It’s about half an hour north of Manhattan on the Hudson […]

Leather in La-La Land

  When I was growing up I dreamed of going to Hollywood to become a star. All these years later that ship  has sailed. (Hell, that ship has sailed, been put in drydock, and sold for scrap!) Anyway, when I was thinking about where I wanted to go to celebrate my birthday this year, my first choice was Hollywood. Although I’d been to California before, I hadn’t been to the movie capital and as a lifetime movie buff I decided it was about time. I wasn’t disappointed. While Sir Steve was in Florida for the winter, I made all the […]

Meet Mid-Atlantic Leather Woman

  2018 My first real exposure to the leather community was in 1984 when I walked into my first leather bar. It was a testosterone-filled environment, a macho man’s world. Like a boys’ treehouse it needed a sign that said: No girls allowed. I don’t recall seeing a sign in the bar, but there might as well have been one. It was not a place for women. The leather community has evolved since then and we are all the better for it. On Tuesday, April 3rd I sat down at the Baltimore Eagle with Mid-Atlantic Leather Woman 2018 Amy “Foxxy” […]

Carolyn L. Massey July 24th, 1956 – March 16th, 2018

  ON APRIL 12TH, DOZENS OF FRIENDS, colleagues, family members and community members gathered at Nebo Christian Ministries, to celebrate the life of Carolyn Lynn (Covington) Massey, who touched the lives of so many, and whose legacy of service has inspired those around her to pick up that legacy and live it. Massey was born in Wadesboro, North Carolina, and grew up there and in New Jersey. In high school, she served as captain of the cheerleading squad, played basketball, and graduated with honors. She later studied business administration in college. She married James B. Massey Sr., and had two […]

What’s Next?

  I really enjoy writing my interview columns. I always insist on doing them in person. I like to sit down with that person and really make a connection. You just can’t do that over the telephone and you really can’t do it if you just send them questions and they write their answers and send them back. I also like writing about my experiences at leather events, such as Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend. One of the best compliments I ever received from a reader was when a young man came up to me during MAL’s leather cocktails and said, “I’ve […]

Baltimore’s Owen O’Donnell Launches Charm City-Based Cosmetics Empire

of The Transgender Manifesto, once wrote, “Makeup can be used to express yourself, as well. Those experiences should not be limited to women. Everyone should be free to be as colorful as they want to be.” The spirit of this quote is evident in the work of Baltimore makeup artist Owen O’Donnell. Baltimore OUTloud chatted exclusively with O’Donnell to discuss his upcoming cosmetics line, his affinity for Baltimore and how he channeled his passion into a full-blown career. Growing up in the heart of Baltimore, O’Donnell’s creativity had already begun to blossom at an early age. “I was already very […]

Todrick Hall Brings ‘Forbidden’ Tour to Charm City Politics of race and sex in song

Singer, songwriter, dancer, choreographer, and Youtube personality Todrick Hall brings his new visual album Forbidden tour to Baltimore on April 27th at the Baltimore Soundstage. Hall’s performance comes weeks after the March 27th release of his album Forbidden, which tackles the politics of race and sexuality. Hall chatted with Baltimore OUTloud about his upcoming tour, his inspiration, and how close friend Taylor Swift influenced his new album. Frankie Kujawa: Can you tell our readers about your upcoming performance of the “Forbidden” tour? Todrick Hall: They can expect the visual album live plus some fun numbers from my Youtube channel. I […]