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 […]

No doubt, the Stonewall riots were in the stars

Charlotte, North Carolina – Astrologers are often consulted to give proper perspective and intelligent illumination to certain major events. For those of us who enjoy a little 20/20 hindsight, I modestly offer an astrological analysis of the events at Stonewall 50 years ago. I, for one, believe that the planets set the whole thing in motion. June 28th, 1969 at 1:20 am, an unexpected police raid led to rebellion. The riots lasted five days and ultimately launched our liberation movement. Was it the drinks? Was it the planets? What was it that night that made the Stonewall Riots the event […]

Will presidential candidates support legalizing prostitution?

New York City – In a long piece in the New Republic, Melissa Gira Grant writes that back in February, advocates for er rights in New York announced their intention to fully decriminalize prostitution in the state. But no one really suspected then that within two weeks, Democratic candidates for president would be pledging support for competing legislative visions of what they called (at times, incorrectly) sex-work decriminalization. Quite suddenly, the enlightened thing to do – or at least to say you were doing – was to support these measures, a development that came as a shock even to many […]

Denver Zoo shares a gay love story in time for Pride

Denver – CBS’s local station reports that with just a few days before Denver’s PrideFest celebrations, the Denver Zoo is sharing the love story of a same-sex pair in their flock. The flamboyant flamingos are named after two LGBTQ icons – ’N Sync band member Lance Bass and Queen frontman Freddie Mercury. Among the nearly 80 birds in the exhibit, birdkeeper Brittney Weaver says the two have always been the standouts. “They have plenty of choices to choose from so we can’t really control what they choose,” she said. Freddy Mercury is a Caribbean flamingo brought to the zoo in […]

Philly landmarks to celebrate Pride through lights

Philadelphia – The “Philly Lights Up Rainbow” display will happen after sundown on two nights during June: Sunday, June 9th, on the evening of the Philadelphia PrideDay Parade and Festival; and on June 30th, when New York City hosts its WorldPride march. The Benjamin Franklin Bridge, Boathouse Row, and PECO Crown Lights are among the most prominent landmarks to get the rainbow-light treatment. Other confirmed locations include the South Street Bridge, and the light poles that stretch for 2.5 miles along North Broad Street, between Hamilton Street and Glenwood Avenue. “Of course, there may be others that join in, but […]

Brazil’s supreme court rules homophobia is a crime

Sao Paulo – Reuters reports that the Brazilian Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that homophobia should be criminalized under existing legislation until Congress creates a specific law for the subject, weighing in on a topic that has drawn the ire of President Jair Bolsonaro. Eight of 11 justices voted to treat homophobia in the same way as racism under Brazilian law, making it a criminal act. “Sexual orientation and gender identity are essential to human beings, to the self-determination to decide their own life and seek happiness,” Justice Gilmar Mendes said, according to the court’s Twitter account. During the court’s […]

Canadian writer losses lawsuit; remains banned by Twitter

San Francisco – Joe Morgan writes in Gold Star News that Canadian writer Meghan Murphy has lost a lawsuit against Twitter and will remain banned. The blogger was permanently banned over transphobic tweets. Murphy’s writing focuses on gender and politics. Her feminist opinions are rooted in the ideals that some describe as “TERF,” or trans-exclusionary radical feminists. In her lawsuit, Murphy alleged Twitter breached their contract. She also claims Twitter violated her free speech, thereby unjustly banning her. A San Francisco court ruled Twitter is protected by the Communications Decency Act. Murphy’s Twitter account was locked on last November 15th. […]

Possible serial killer charged in murder of transwoman

Dallas – On June 12th, Dallas police announced the arrest of Kendrell Lavar Lyles, 34, in connection with the May 18th murder of transwoman Muhlaysia Booker and two other people who are not members of the LGBTQ community. Investigators said Lyles is also a “person of interest” in the murder of two other transwomen, Chynal Lindsey and Armani Dante Morgan. Lindsey was killed on June 1th and Morgan’s 2017 death was ruled “unexplained.” Investigations continue to look into those deaths and the deaths of at least two other black transgender women in Dallas – Shade Schuler, whose body was found […]