The Story of Us – In His Own Words: Club Hippo  

 By Erik J. Akelaitis   “Where everyone is welcome…” That was their motto for over 40 years before the disco ball spun around one last time and dance floor closed in October 2015. It was the end of an era, but the Hippo was so much more than a bar or dance club. It was a safe haven where me and other Baltimore LGBT men and women could be ourselves, feel accepted and come together as a community.  It was the summer of 1999 when I first walked through the Hippo’s mirrored doorways. I was 22 and had just moved home to Baltimore after […]

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 […]