Knife-Wielding Man May Be Targeting Transwomen in DC

By Lou Chibbaro, Jr Reprinted by permission of the Washington Blade Washington, DC – DC police are seeking help from the public in identifying a male suspect who allegedly met two transgender women through a dating app known as Tagged and forced one of them to turn over her car at knifepoint and stabbed and robbed the other victim. Police reports for the two incidents say the perpetrator, believed to be the same person, met the first victim through the Tagged app and arranged to have her pick him up on October 7th at approximately 4:45 am in a parking […]

REMEMBERING Bradley Grant

Bradley Grant Memorial Service and Life Celebration Saturday,  November 23, beginning at Noon    Memorial Mass:  12 PM—St. Matthew’s Catholic Church, 5401 Loch Raven  Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21239     Luncheon Celebration –1:30 PM— Acropolis Restaurant, 4718 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21224   (Parking is allowed in the Wells Fargo lot after 1pm). For the lunch please RSVP by November 16th to becker889@aol.com with Bradley Grant Celebration in the reference line because It will be a sit down dinner. Also, please designate your choice of a Chicken or Crab Cake platter. Baltimore native and pre-Stonewall gay activist Bradley Grant died on October 11th at Gilchrist Hospice in Towson. […]

Recital with a Focus on African-American Organ Music, October 27th

As part of the Tiffany Series concerts at Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church (1320 Park Avenue, in the Bolton Hill section of Baltimore), renowned organist Mickey Thomas Terry will play a program of European organ classics as well as works by African-American composers. The concert will be on Sunday, October 27th at 3 pm. A reception will follow. Mr. Terry has been widely praised for his “extraordinary skill” (Washington Post), his impeccable musicianship, and the “passion and poetry” of his playing (“Pipedreams,” Minnesota Public Radio). The American Organist described a recital he gave at an American Guild of Organists’ convention as […]

LGBTQ Trivia Night at Red Emma’s

Red Emma’s and Brother Help Thyself invite you to grab your best trivia pals for a night of trivia benefitting Brother Help Thyself and the LGBTQ community on Thursday, October 24th, from 7 to 10 pm at Red Emma’s (1225 Cathedral Street, Baltimore). Over 40-plus years, Brother Help Thyself has distributed over $3 million to over 130 groups supporting the LGBTQ community and HIV service providers. The event will include door prizes, bar specials, 50/50 raffles, and prizes for the best regular and small teams. Best of all, you will have the opportunity to spend the evening with other fun […]

Getting MD Schools More LGBT-Friendly – Meeting on Sex Ed, October 22nd

The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) will be holding a public meeting to discuss new policies affecting Maryland public schools and LGBTQ students. The meeting will take place on Tuesday, October 22nd from 9 to 11 am at 200 West Baltimore Street in Baltimore.The proposed regulation will also require local school systems to develop educational equity policy and regulations, which are designed to create and maintain environments that are equitable, fair, safe, diverse and inclusive and to require that an “equity lens” be used in reviews of staff, curriculum, and instructional materials. This regulation will provide an opportunity to […]

Dreams & Visions: LGBTQ Homelessness in Baltimore

Dreams and Visions, a local LGBTQ spiritual community, will focus their next gathering on the pressing issue of LGBTQ homelessness and housing insecurity in Baltimore. The gathering will be held on Sunday, October 13th from 4 to 5:30 pm at 3400 Norman Avenue, Baltimore. The featured speakers are Kevi Smith and ReQuan Harris. Smith is a local activist who with a focus on restorative community organizing. Harris works as a recovery coach and outreach specialist and is experiencing homelessness but is on a hopeful path to finding permanent housing. Representatives from the Youth Empowerment Society (YES) Drop-In Center will also […]

October Update from City Hall

Last month, I celebrated my first full year as the mayor’s LGBTQ affairs liaison, and my first year of coordinating an active LGBTQ commission. Our representation and energy in city government has inspired big moves forward for our community, and this is still very much the beginning. Around the time of my last update, our city was in the midst of dealing with significant leadership changes and a surprise cyberattack, all while planning for Baltimore Pride. There were moments of exhaustion and frustration, but through it all there was perseverance for ensuring the city continued to move forward. We ended […]

HISTORY MONTH Authors & Activism: A History of LGBT Bookstores

“It was unbelievably fun,” Ed Hermance said about his time operating Giovanni’s Room, one of the first queer bookstores in the world. “You weren’t there for the economics, and it would be exhausting if you were in it for the politics. We were starved.”  Until the 1970s, when LGBT publishing first began and activists such as Barbara Gittings pushed for representation in libraries, the few queer books available were limited mostly to anti-gay medical texts. So, as the first wave of bookstores such as Giovanni’s Room opened, getting ahold of quality LGBT titles was a necessity. According to Hermance, “Every […]

Remembering Jim Williams 1935–2019

A memorial service will be held for Jim Williams on Saturday December 7 at Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian Church beginning at 11 AM. JIM WILLIAMS, co- founder and longtime co-publisher of Baltimore OUTloud, died on Friday, October 4th at Seasons Hospice in Baltimore County following a long illness. He retired from the newspaper in June due to failing health related to heart and lung problems. He was 84 years old and had lived at Cross Keys for many years. Jim was one of the four original founders of the newspaper and became co-publisher following the retirement of founding publisher Mike […]

LGBT Dance Party Held Outside of Marriott Waterfront Hotel to Protest Republican Congressional Retreat

On September 13th, an uncharacteristically cool Friday night, a small but mighty group of LGBT community members and their allies gathered on the side of the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront hotel. They gathered to protest President Trump’s arrival in Baltimore and the GOP congressional retreat that took place within the confines of the hotel. The group was part of the “LGBTQ+ / Allies Dance Party” scheduled that night in conjunction with the union, immigrants’ rights, and climate change demos planned for that weekend. Both protesters and organizers said that they are against Trump’s racist policies and want to show Republican leaders […]