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 […]

Could You Harness the Nerve?

  I’ve considered myself a member of the leather community for many years and I have been a proud member of a leather club for over 20 years. I have hundreds of friends who also consider leather a big part of who that are. Some even argue that it is a lifestyle. But would you wear leather to your high school reunion? Would you wear leather to a friend’s wedding? What if you were going to a big event with thousands of people in attendance and millions more watching on television? Would you dare to hit the red carpet in […]

Hometown Performer Brings Motown to Charm City

Baltimore’s Brett Michael Lockley returns to Baltimore this month as Motown: The Musical rocks the Hippodrome Theatre from April 13th to 15th. The show transports audiences back in time to the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy – the music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson, and many more. Lockley, who’s an ensemble member in the performance, recently chatted with Baltimore OUTloud about his upcoming performance and his return to his hometown. “Audiences can expect to hear some of the very exciting and infectious music that they may have grown up […]

The Other Leather Community

  For the 14 years that I’ve been writing this column I’ve covered a lot of ground. I’ve interviewed many leather titleholders, reported on leather contests, described leather club’s anniversary weekends in excruciating detail, and have provided a guide to upcoming leather events. For my readers who are not involved in the leather community, I’ve provided a little window into the work that the leather community does for charity. I was recently introduced by one of my ShipMate club brothers to two leathermen who are all play and no work. Let’s just call them the other leather community. These old […]

‘Everyone Can Make Music’

Caite Debevec became the new director of the Baltimore Men’s Chorus (BMC) in August 2017 and has quickly become part of the BMC family. I spoke with her about her background, the plans for BMC this season as well as her vision and goals for the 2018-19 season. Bill Redmond-Palmer: What was your path to become director of the BMC? Caite Debevec: I grew up in southeast Alaska, and moved to the east coast in 2015, where I split my time between Vermont and Baltimore until 2017, when I moved to Baltimore full time. I’ve always participated in music in […]

This Just In

Another super Philly win – Congratulations to Dan Marinari from Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, and Stephanie Anders (aka Domme Stephxecutioner) from Philadelphia who were sashed Mr. and Ms. Philadelphia Leather 2018 on February 10th at the Bike Stop. It looks like the Philadelphians MC who produce the annual contest have come up with two more super leather titleholders. Talk about a Bolt Bus – There is no bar in Philadelphia called the Philadelphia Eagle – I’m sure you can guess why. But how would you like to visit three Eagle bars in one night? American Leatherwoman 2017 Jackie Thompson will be hosting […]

Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington DC Performs Musical Masterpiece

The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC, (GMCW) will be joined by a live orchestra and special guest, transgender opera singer Breanna Sinclairé for the world premiere of the tenor bass adaptation of Maurice Duruflé’s Requiem on Saturday, March 3rd at 8 pm at the Church of the Epiphany in Washington. GMCW’s artistic director, Dr. Thea Kano, wrote (with the permission of the Duruflé estate) this arrangement of the piece specifically for GMCW. “Audiences can expect extraordinary tenor and bass singing of one of the world’s most beautiful choral pieces, accompanied by a stellar orchestra of musicians from around the […]

Breanna Sinclairé Returns to Charm City on a High Note

Breanna Sinclairé’s operatic voice has the power to transcend all barriers. Having already become the first transgender woman to sing the national anthem at a professional sporting event in 2015, Sinclairé will now be joining the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC, on Saturday, March 3rd for their performance of Maurice Duruflé’s Requiem. The performance is cathartic on many levels for Sinclairé as she will be returning to her hometown of Baltimore after an 8-year absence. “I would describe Baltimore as talented, charismatic, real, versatile, and busy,” said Sinclair, who recently chatted with Baltimore OUTloud regarding her return to Baltimore. […]