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 […]

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 […]

‘Ride for the Feast’ Updates

This year’s Ride for the Feast, Moveable Feast’s annual fundraiser, will take place on May 12th and 13th. Plans and registration are well under way. Registration fees for the ride have officially increased this year. The cost to sign up for a returning rider is $120, and $135 for new riders. Sign up at Movefe.convio.net/site/TR?fr_id=1090&pg=entry. If you’re a new rider or someone who wants to improve your skills at fundraising from friends and associates, attend the next fundraising and website orientation on Saturday, February 10th from 11 am to noon, at Moveable Feast (901 North Milton Avenue, Baltimore). The orientation will be […]

Mayor’s LGBTQ Commission Announced

Recently Baltimore Mayor Catherine E. Pugh announced the formation of the long-awaited Mayoral LGBTQ Commission, fulfilling one of her campaign promises she made to the LGBTQ Community during her bid for mayor in 2016. The commission was officially constituted by a mayorial executive order. The charge of the Baltimore City LGBTQ Commission will be to advise the mayor, city council, and city agencies about issues of concern affecting the community, recommend policies and legislation, bring the LGBTQ communities and the larger Baltimore community together through long-range projects, and ensure that city agencies fairly and equitably address relevant issues. The commission […]

BHT Awards $75k in Grants

On January 20th at the Baltimore Eagle, Brother Help Thyself (BHT) presented its annual grant awards to 34 non-profit groups serving the LGBT and HIV/AIDS communities in the Greater Baltimore/Washington, D.C. region. This year’s awards, totaling $75,000, brings the grand total of grants awarded since BHT’s incorporation in 1978 to almost $3.2 million. Mayor Catherine Pugh and Jeffrey Hitt of the Maryland Department of Health, offered greetings to those attending on behalf of the residents of Baltimore. “The story here isn’t that BHT gave out $75,000 today,” said Andrew McCarty, grant reception chairman. “The story here is that in the […]

‘Out of Necessity’ Closed-door meetings and behind-scenes elevation of new members needed for a strong board, says GLCCB’s Jabari Lyles

  Baltimore OUTloud reached out to GLCCB board president, Jabari Lyles, to talk about controversy over closed board meetings, the appointment of new boardmembers, and the election of officers. Bill Redmond-Palmer: Recent board decisions appear to conflict with the level of transparency the GLCCB has often stated that it strives for. Why did the board choose to close the November board meeting to the public? Jabari Lyles: As most folks know, we had been recruiting new boardmembers for most of the year. Right before the November meeting, we received a few exciting applications. We did not want to end 2017 […]

GLCCB Board to Reopen Meetings After Hiatus Center’s back tax forms filed and $10K fine forgiven

The January 9th board meeting of the GLCCB (Baltimore’s LGBT community center) was the first public session held since last October’s annual meeting and town hall. The November meeting was not open to the public, and the December meeting was held as a board of directors retreat. The meeting commenced with the reading of the minutes of the November board meeting, during which several new people joined the board, including Vanna Belton, Lorena De Leon, Merrick Moses, and Anthony McCarthy. All past-due 990 tax forms have been submitted. Four of the five past due 990s were filed late with $10,000 […]

HIV Treatment and Prevention in Peril

Trump obliterates AIDS advisory council “All things AIDS, nationally and internationally, are in danger from the Trump administration, from PACHA to PrEP funding and other services right here in Baltimore,” says Lynda Dee, president of AIDS Action Baltimore, a non-profit group marking its 30th year providing essential services to people with HIV / AIDS. Please follow and like us:

Sen. Chelsea Manning?

With her 35-year sentence commuted by Obama, Manning aims to be the US’s first trans senator Elections have been bringing surprises lately – from Brexit to Trump. So could Marylanders soon be sending to Washington the first transgender US Senator? They may get the chance. Chelsea Manning – whistleblower of US war crimes in Iraq, who, as US Army intelligence analyst Bradley Manning leaked 750,000 pages of classified government documents to Wikileaks – threw her hat into the ring January 14th, announcing she would oppose two-term Maryland Sen. Benjamin Cardin, a conservative Democrat. Please follow and like us: