Remembering A Quiet Persistent Hero – Terrence McNally

Some heroes wear capes. Others march, protest, or pass legislation. Still others work to change people’s hearts and minds. Terrence McNally was the latter. He believed that the theatre’s most important function was to create community and bridge rifts between people caused by differences in gender, race, religion and in particular, sexual orientation and HIV status, and dedicated his life to that work. In an address to members of the League of American Theatres and Producers he said, “I think theatre teaches us who we are, what our society is, where we are going. I don’t think theatre can solve […]

Remembering Ed Jeunette

Edward Jeunette, a longtime attorney for the Baltimore City Department of Social Services, community activist, and former aide to City Councilwomen Mary Pat Clark when she was president of the city council, died suddenly on New Year’s Day after developing pneumonia. He was 62 years old and lived in Mount Washington with his spouse and husband of 30 years James “Jeb” King. Ed was the son of Edward R. Jeunette, an attorney, and Margaret Clark Jeunette, who died when Ed was 11. Like his father and two brothers, he attended and graduated from Mount Saint Joseph High School. He then […]

Skip Peacock

On September 16th, Skip Peacock – aka Tia Chambers – passed away from kidney failure. She was a beloved member of our community and our 1991 and 1992 Queen of Pride. At the time of press no other information was available but have been told by family they are working on his celebration of life. As soon as we get it, we will publish it.  RIP Skip – we love you. Please follow and like us:


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 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 Bradley Grant, who marched for gay rights in Philadelphia with the Washington Mattachine Society on […]

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 […]

Early Gay Activist Eddie Holl Dies at Age 72

Edward “Eddie” J. Holl, Jr., a founding member of the Baltimore Gay Alliance and its successor organization, the Gay Community Center of Baltimore and Central Maryland, died on Wednesday, November 28th following a nearly two-year struggle with bladder cancer. He was a lifelong resident of Baltimore City who turned 72 on Election Day. A celebration of his life is planned for January 12th at the Charles Village Pub on Saint Paul Street in Charles Village from 11 am to 1 pm. Eddie grew up on Montpelier Street in Waverly and moved to Charles Village in the early 1970s. After living on […]

Thomas Reeves

Thomas Reeves, a retired college professor, lifelong social activist, and occasional contributor to this newspaper, died of heart failure Sunday, February 19 at the Manor Care Roland Park Nursing Home at age 72. He lived in Baltimore from 1968 through the early 1970s and again from 2005 until his death. He lived in Baltimore during the height of the Vietnam War and worked tirelessly to bring the war and the draft to an end. In the early 1970s he served as executive director of theBaltiore Chapter of the  American Friends’ Service Committee.  He also co-founded Insight, a social action group […]

Jonny Feldesman, 1947 – 2009

Early Gay Clinic volunteer Jonathan D. Feldesman, the son of the late Jackson and Gladys Feldesman, died suddenly on April 24, of a hemorrhagic stroke.  He was 62.             Jonathan, or “Jonny” as his friends knew him, was born in Washington D.C. on March 7, 1947, and grew up in Montgomery County.  He graduated from Sandy Springs Friends School and the University of Maryland Baltimore County, from which he received a degree in American studies. He was also employed in the production of Sesame Street, the TV show.             In the late 1960’s and early 1970’s, he worked on the […]

In fond memory of our friend Norman F. Thomas

August 29, 1942 – October 25, 2008 Norman Thomas, one of the founders of the Baltimore Gay Alliance (BGA) and Gay Community Center of Baltimore and one of the first African Americans to own a downtown gift shop, died at Mercy Hospital on October 25th from MRSA, a virulent, antibiotic resistant staph infection.  He was 66 and a lifelong Baltimore resident. Norman was one of a core group of men and women with roots in the anti-Vietnam War, civil rights, and early women’s movements, who came together in 1975 to form BGA, a single purpose gay rights organization that lobbied […]

Michael R. Holbrook

Michael R. Holbrook, a former Gay and Lesbian Community Center Health Clinic volunteer, and a Project Home provider of care to people living with AIDS, passed away on April 15 from complications related to his HIV medications.  He was 37 and lived in Northeast Baltimore.  His funeral was held at the McCully-Polyniak Funeral Home on Fort Avenue on April 20.  The service was presided over by the Reverend Thomas Reeves, a friend and longtime Boston activist. Michael was born in Prince George’s County and attended schools there and in Houston, Texas.  In 1979 he moved to Pomona, California but returned […]