City Hall to Honor Trans Leadership

The Baltimore City Office of LGBTQ Affairs and the Baltimore City LGBTQ Commission invite you to join them at Baltimore City Hall (100 Holliday Street, Baltimore) on Thursday, May 30th from 6 to 8 pm as they host a special reception to kick off Pride month. The event’s theme, “Honoring Trans Leadership,” urges the city and its citizens to recognize the contributions that transgender people have made to the LGBT movement. This year marks fifty years since the Stonewall Riots, in which trans and gender-nonconforming people played a starring role. The event is free and open to people of all […]

Getting to Know Our 2019 Pride Grand Marshals

Recently, I had the pleasure of meeting Senator Mary Washington at a Maryland LGBT Chamber of Commerce Champions event. Mary was gracious, taking time to snap pictures with our table group. I am now pleased to inform the readers that Mary is one of our Grand Marshals. More about Senator Mary Washington: She is an advocate for Maryland’s 43rd District as a legislator, professor, ally, public policy leader, and trail-blazer. In 2010, she made history becoming the first openly LGBT African-American elected official in Maryland – and only the second such state legislator in the country. As a current state […]

Mister Know it all

Filmmaker John Waters calls his 1988 movie Hairspray “the gift that keeps on giving,” because it has had so many versions. But there’s one version that has yet to see the light of day. “I want to do the porn version,” he revealed recently. “Pubic Hairspray!” Waters, who is based in Baltimore, went on NBC’s “Late Night with Seth Meyers” show to kick off a nationwide tour to promote his new book, Mr. Know-It-All: The Tarnished Wisdom of a Filth Elder. The book, his ninth, is part advice book, part memoir, part recap of his last seven films, and part […]

Taking Steps Against HIV

Are you ready to walk and rock to bring HIV and AIDS in Baltimore to zero? In just two weeks, the Baltimore AIDS Walk & Music Festival 2019 will take over Power Plant Live for a day of activities, music, food, and fun in support of HIV and AIDS education, prevention, testing and treatment programs of Chase Brexton Health Care and its community partners. With the event right around the corner, we asked Clare Elliott, development manager for Chase Brexton Health Care, to share a little bit more about how the event will help end HIV and AIDS in Baltimore, […]

LGBTQ Teacher Happy Hour

Following the successful premiere of this event in December, GLSEN Maryland (Gay and Lesbian Students and Educators Network) and the Baltimore City LGBTQ Commission are teaming up to create a space for LGBTQ teachers to have a little recess after work. Join them for this first-of-its-kind event “Mx: An LGBTQ Teacher Happy Hour” on May 10th, from 5 to 7 pm at Chez Hugo Bistro (206 East Redwood Street, Baltimore). More info at Bit.ly/2vsq0Kv. Oh, and in case you were wondering, “Mx” is now a thing. Learn more at En.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/mx. Please follow and like us:

Out Networking at McCormick

The Maryland LGBT Chamber of Commerce invites you to join the group’s monthly “Out Networking” event from 5 to 7 pm on Thursday, May 16th at the new headquarters of their member company McCormick (24 Schilling Road, suite 1, in Hunt Valley). You’ll have an opportunity to mix and mingle with members of McCormick’s LGBT affinity group Prism, while sampling delicious McCormick recipes. Please note that no alcohol will be provided at this event, but plenty of new concoctions and tasty treats will be served up. The event is free to LGBT Chamber and McCormick Prism members and $15 for […]

Pre-Prom Gay-Straight Alliance Mixer, May 17th

If you’re gearing up for this year’s LGBTQ Prom, take a chance to make new friends at the Pre-Prom GSA Mixer on Friday, May 17th, from 4:30 to 7:30 pm, at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School (1400 Orleans Street, Baltimore). This event is for current high school students only. School ID is required for entry. This event is hosted by the Dunbar GSA and supported by Baltimore mayor’s office, the Baltimore City LGBTQ Commission, GLSEN Maryland, and the Len Jackson fund at the Baltimore Community Foundation. Register at Bit.ly/2XTP21h. For tickets or more information about the mixer, visit the Facebook […]

FreeState Justice’s Annual Jazz Brunch, May 11th

Following the successful revival of the event in 2018, FreeState Justice invites everyone to this year’s Jazz Brunch on May 11th, from 11 am to 2 pm at the Haven Street Ballroom (1 North Haven Street, Baltimore). The group has partnered with Haven Street Ballroom, a brand-new venue, along with talented musicians, chefs, and other local talent to create a memorable event. Haven Street Ballroom is an accessible venue with free parking. Tickets are $125. You can also choose your own VIP “lounge,” for you and seven guests with table service, for $1500. If you aren’t able to join in […]

Queer Spirituality: Dreams & Visions Dicusses ‘Families of Choice’

For many in the queer community, being loved and accepted isn’t a given. This compels queer kindred to create families of their own; they parent each other, love each other, and choose each other to rely on. On Sunday, May 12th, from 4 to 5:30 pm, Dreams and Visions invites you to take part as it explore the topic of “Chosen Family” – “leaving family, seeking family, and the family that God creates.” The group will explore what makes a family and consider the damage families can do, as well as the love families can give. “Whatever your background,” organizers […]

Mother’s Day Drag Brunch

Thinking hard about how to make mom’s special day special? Look no further! Of Love & Regret invites you to their Mother’s Day Drag Brunch, which they promise will be sensational! This one-of-a-kind show will be hosted by the living legend, Abbi Kadabra, will star Kristina Kelly, and will feature Kit Valentine, Brie DeVine, Kedra Lattimore, and Saaphyri Wildz. Join in the fun on Sunday, May 12th at Of Love & Regret (1028 South Conkling Street, Baltimore). Doors open for seating at 11 am and the show starts promptly at noon. You are encouraged to get there early to get […]