La Garou Hosts Craft Night at R House

The Midnight Dreary Den, the Mid-Atlantic chapter of La Garou, invites you to a munch-style meet-up to meet members, friends, and those curious about La Garou on Tuesday, July 9th at R House (301 West 29th Street). La Fraternite du Loup-Garou, or “La Garou” for short, is a traditional leather / Levi fraternity with full membership open to “assigned-female-at-birth masculine gender outlaws.” Associate membership is open to all supporters of their mission. The event welcomes the crafty and the craft-phobic alike! There will be good food, drinks and conversation, and bring a game if you’d like to engage some folks […]

U of Maryland Grad Alphonso David Named as HRC President

Washington, DC – On June 25th, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), announced that Alphonso David, an accomplished and nationally-recognized LGBTQ civil rights lawyer and advocate, will lead the organization beginning in August. David will be the first civil rights lawyer and the first person of color to serve as president of the HRC in the organization’s nearly 40-year history. David most recently made history as the first openly gay counsel to the governor of the state of New York and, before that, served as the first Deputy Secretary and Counsel for Civil Rights in New York. In these roles, he […]

Steve Preston and Marvin ‘Doc’ Cheatham, Sr.’s Miracle on McKean

Coretta Scott King once said, “The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.” For Parks & People’s Steven Preston and community leader Marvin L. “Doc” Cheatham, Sr., compassion for the community is rooted in their DNA. Preston and Cheatham recently chatted with Baltimore OUTloud regarding their collaboration on the “Miracle on McKean” – the Easterwood / Sandtown park and playground and their enduring friendship that has grown from the project. For Steve Preston, parks construction and design manager for the Parks & People Foundation, the word “community” isn’t isolated to a single […]

A Place to Grow in Southwest Baltimore

On Sunday, June 23rd during a reception to show appreciation for a diverse group of volunteers, center director Dwayne Hess was kind enough to offer this writer a personal guided tour of Clay Pots, a community center located at 1635 West Pratt Street in southwest Baltimore. Founded in 2002, Clay Pots fills what was once an old corner store and a neighboring rowhouse. There is a large gathering space, kitchen, classrooms, computer lab, and even an art gallery. The third floor, which has not yet been rehabbed, will provide even additional classroom and meeting space. Although it is a wonderful […]

Howard County Shows Their Pride

As the month-long celebrations of Pride continue, Howard County is excited to celebrate their inaugural Pride festival from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Centennial Park in Ellicott City.  The festival is co-hosted by PFLAG Columbia-Howard County and County Executive Calvin Ball.  The festival’s committee chairman, Jumel Howard, recently chatted with Baltimore OUTloud about the upcoming event.   Frankie Kujawa: This is the first ever celebration of Pride in Howard County.  What are you most excited about for this Pride? Jumel Howard: I would have to say that the most exciting thing about our inaugural festival has been the overwhelmingly […]

Movie Night at R House

“Double the Drag Movie Night,” hosted by Pariah Sinclair, is all set for Friday, June 28th, from 7 to 11 pm at R House (301 West 29th Street, Baltimore). You can enjoy D Pop bottles, pop the corn, and pop into the Garage for To Wong Fu and Hedwig and the Angry Inch on the big screen. Tickets are $33.46 each, include admission, popcorn, and punch, and are available at For more info, the Facebook event page is Please follow and like us:

Genderqueer Fashion Art

On Wednesday, June 26th from 7 to 11 pm, performance and fashion artist Jordi Equitable will curate ten colorful genderqueer fashion looks at a show focused on deconstructing social norms through fashion art. Equitable is collaborating with Studio 5 Baltimore and other local artists to illustrate the creativity and exceptionalism of Baltimore City at this show to be held at Impact at Baltimore Soundstage (124 Market Place, Baltimore). Tickets are $26.45 and are available at For more info, the Facebook event page is Please follow and like us:

Guest Speaker: Rev. Naomi Washington-Leapheart

Guest speaker Rev. Naomi Washington-Leapheart holds forth at Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian Church (1316 Park Avenue, Baltimore) Sunday, June 23rd, from 10 am to 12:30 pm. Washington-Leapheart is faith liaison at the National LGBTQ Task Force. She coordinates the Task Force’s public faith messaging and advocacy and leadership development work in faith communities. She is also an adjunct professor of theology at Villanova University. Her work has been published in the volume, From Generation to Generation: A Commemorative Collection of African American Millennial Sermons from the Festival of Preachers 2010-2015 (Chalice Press, 2015). She regularly preaches and teaches in […]

‘Sur/reality’: Trans Art Show at B’more City Hall

“Sur/reality” is Baltimore City Hall’s first-ever art exhibition highlighting the work of local transgender artists. Come to the proverbial “place you can’t fight” on Thursday, June 27th from 6 to 8:30 pm when the office of the mayor and the LGBTQ liaison invite you to the opening reception and lecture. The show “explores the dual existence of transness both as an experience and as an identity.” The show will feature a “multitude of mediums, motifs, textures, and concepts,” which curator Jamie Grace Alexander, of the Gender Museum, will guide attendees through. The event is free, and all are welcome. Some […]

Putting a Face to Trump’s Transgender Military Ban

People fear the unknown. Ignorance is born out of fear. A few years ago, many people who were apposed to gay rights would argue that no one they knew was gay. They would feel that they had never met a gay person and that no one in their family was gay. Over the last few years, gays and lesbians have made great strides in visibility with many popular TV shows featuring gay characters and openly gay and lesbian persons becoming leaders in their communities. We now even have an openly gay man running for president of the US. The fight […]