Club Hippo Celebrates 40 Years

Music was pulsating throughout the night as Maryland’s largest gay bar, Club Hippo, celebrated its 40th anniversary on July 7.  The popular club is situated on the corner of Eager and Charles Streets in the heart of Baltimore’s Mount Vernon neighborhood. The staying power of the club over its 40-year tenure is not lost on its owner Chuck Bowers.  “This is unheard of,” he said in his nostalgia-filled office. “It’s because of the people in the community.  I hope and pray it continues.” Please follow and like us:

Phoenix: Ninth LGBT film fest

Phoenix – This year, Desperado LGBT Film Festival presents its ninth annual event February 9th to 11th at Paradise Valley Community College. The weekend-long event showcased titles that range from international and animated films to documentaries and shorts – all with an LGBT element – before equally diverse audiences. “Our goal is to create a balance of LGBT content,” said Alan East, the festival’s programmer, adding that the films are decided by the festival’s six-member film selection committee. “Once the films have been narrowed down, I program those which were most highly recommended by the team.” According to East, coming […]

Mormon couple who married knowing the man is gay, divorce

Salt Lake City – SFGate.com reports that Josh and Laurel “Lolly” Weed, the married Mormon couple who rose to fame in 2012 for their unorthodox marital status, announced they were divorcing after 15 years of marriage. The Utah couple and their four children became an Internet sensation five years ago, after they revealed in a co-written blog post that Josh identified as gay, and that Lolly had known and accepted the fact long before they married. The declaration drew gasps across the Internet and incited controversial discussion within Mormon communities and outside about the role of sexuality and attraction in […]

Marlon Brando and Richard Pryor were lovers

New York – The Guardian reports that the widow of Richard Pryor has confirmed a claim by music producer Quincy Jones that the late comedian and Marlon Brando were lovers in the 1970s. Jones first made the allegation in a wide-ranging interview with New York magazine while talking about Brando’s sexual habits. “He’d fuck anything. Anything! He’d fuck a mailbox. James Baldwin. Richard Pryor. Marvin Gaye,” the producer said. Pryor’s widow Jennifer Lee Pryor later corroborated Jones’s comments, telling TMZ that the comedian, who was openly bisexual, would be “cracking up” about his relationship with Brando being made public. “It […]

February is National Hockey League inclusion month

Dallas – The National Hockey League has, for the second year in a row, designated February as “Hockey is for Everyone” Month, in an ongoing effort to “reaffirm that the official policy of the game is one of inclusion on the ice, in our locker rooms and in the stands.” And this year, the Dallas Stars are participating in the initiative with “Hockey is for Everyone Night” on Friday, February 16th during their game against the St. Louis Blues. According to a statement posted on the Dallas Stars’ website, “The NHL and Dallas Stars support any teammate, coach or fan […]

US declines to sign OAS statement for same-sex marriage

Washington, DC – The Trump administration has declined to join seven other Organization of American States (OAS) countries in signing a declaration supporting marriage equality. The declaration is a spin-off of the recent ruling by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights that signatory countries must provide marriage equality and legal protections for transgender residents. The court had found Costa Rica is in violation of its treaty obligations under the American Convention on Human Rights (ACHR) by not providing for same-sex marriages, or legal options for transgender people to change gender markers on their identity documents. After the ruling, seven of […]

Study finds nearly 3% of US teens gender-nonconforming

Cincinnati, Ohio – Some 2.7% of US teens may be gender-nonconforming, according to a new study published in the journal Pediatrics. The term “gender-nonconforming” includes teens that identified as transgender, genderfluid, and nonbinary. The study was based on a 2016 survey of nearly 81,000 teens in Minnesota. Of those included in the survey, some 2,200 reported that they were gender-nonconforming, about four times the figure reported in a similar study conducted by UCLA last year. Nic Rider, a University of Minnesota postdoctoral fellow who is the new study’s lead author, said that the results can be used to estimate numbers […]

Two out US Olympic athletes show pride in Pyeongchang

Pyeongchang, South Korea – . Gay Star News reports that Adam Rippon and Gus Kenworthy shared the cutest photo together at the Pyeongchang Olympic opening ceremony. The openly gay winter Olympic athletes posed in a total of four cute photos together. Kenworthy posted three photos with the caption: “We’re here. We’re queer. Get used to it.” And Rippon also posted one with his new pal. He captioned his photo: “Representing the USA is one of the greatest honors of my life and being able to do it as my authentic self makes it all so much sweeter.” Rippon came out […]

April: ‘Incognito’ Circuit Party

D4AC’s (Dance for a Cause) three-day circuity party fundraiser, “Incognito,” benefiting Chase Brexton and Baltimore AIDS Walk & Run, launches its official marketing campaign this week. Exploring themes of identity, anonymity, and disguise, the event’s robust lineup promises top-notch spectacle, as well as a bevy of perks for those who purchase tickets early. The VIP Weekend Pass, currently on a temporary discounted pre-sale at D4acevents.com, offers buyers unfettered admittance to all events (attendees will otherwise be required to pay a cover), preferential line-skip access, free event t-shirt, and premium discounts at local businesses. T-shirts are available on the site for […]

Local Queer Composer: CD Release Party Feb. 20th

Peter Dayton is an acclaimed pianist, poet, and freelance composer whose works have been performed across North America and Europe. He has been described by the Baltimore Sun as having “a refined sense of melodic arcs and harmonic motion.” With degrees in composition from Vanderbilt University and Peabody Conservatory, he’s received university, national, and international awards for his work. Dayton will host a release party for his new CD, Notes to Loved Ones, an album of works for piano and strings. This is his first recording including only his compositions. The party will be held on February 20th at the […]