Now That’s a First

If you Google “Baltimore a city of firsts” you’ll find a long list of inventions and public services that started in Baltimore. Baltimore.org lists everything from the first post office (1774), first city to illuminate streets with gas lights (1816), and the first public library system (1886). That list goes on and on – but they forgot one, and this one is important to me: the first female Eagle bar leather titleholder (1992). That ground-breaking leather titleholder who was sashed Ms. Baltimore Eagle 1992 is Glenda Rider. On Sunday, December 10th I joined Glenda and several other Ms. Baltimore Eagle […]

Gary Schwarz – Master Musician Strum it, sing it, or fiddle it – as long as it’s from the heart, says Schwarz

Gary Schwartz has music in his DNA. The musical phenom has been entertaining patrons of the Maryland Renaissance Festival, as well as music lovers throughout Maryland and DC for decades. “My mother’s side was very musical,” Schwartz explained. “My grandmother graduated from the Conservatory of Paris, and my mom played piano, too. I started playing at the age of six after having heard a recital my older brother played in,” Schwartz added. “When I came home, I figured how to play it, and my parents decided that I should take piano lessons.” Born in DC and raised in Aspen Hill, […]

An Audience with The Queen

Who’s the person behind the funny wigs & outrageous costumes of Baltimore’s Queen of Comedy? By Rodney Burger If you’ve ever been to Baltimore Pride, a charity benefit show, or almost any drag pageant in the Baltimore area, you have seen her. Shawnna Alexander has been a part of Baltimore’s LGBT community for decades. I can’t remember the first time I saw her perform any more than I can remember the first time I saw Baltimore’s Washington Monument. She is just always there making us laugh as Baltimore’s Queen of Comedy. Although year after year I enjoy her work and […]

‘My Parents Passed Their Pride in Blackness to Me’ An interview with Rev. Merrick Moses

Rev. Merrick Moses has been a fixture in the Baltimore LGBTQ Community for many years. He lives at the intersection of queer and black identity, and is a person of great faith. Baltimore OUTloud spoke with Rev. Moses about his history, in honor of Black History Month. Bill Redmond-Palmer: We’ve known and worked with each other for decades now, and your active role in the community is well known. Let’s start with a few things people may not know, like where you were born, and what brought you to Baltimore. Merrick Moses: I was born in Brooklyn, in New York […]

Pencil This In

Maybe it’s obsessive. For years now I always like to write to-do lists and keep a detailed calendar noting the things I did each day and my future plans. I do these lists in ink. Also I like to plan what the next Leather Line will be about. I have been cranking out this column every other week for over 13 years now and I haven’t missed an issue yet. There’s never a shortage of leather events to write about or leather folks to interview. Unfortunately this year is off to a strange start. I’ve had several planned interviews with […]

Please, Sir–May I Have Another?

We did it. We made it through another year. If you watched some of those “Year in review” pieces on television, 2017 was really a horrible year. I for one went to too many funerals in 2017. Thankfully I ended my year on a high note with a trip to Fort Lauderdale, where I visited my ShipMate club brother Mike Reisig, two COMMAND MC members Mike and Marty, and took a cruise to the Dominican Republic with Thomas of the Centaur MC, Mr. Maryland Leather 2013 Bob Rose, and Mr. Maryland Leather 2007 Sir Steve. Once again my friends from […]