City Council Candidate: ‘Out, Proud, and Ready to Serve’

Dear LGBTQ Communities, Can you believe, in this day and age, that Baltimore has no openly LGBTQ representation in city government? Representation is power. When elected leaders from our community are in the room, they humanize our lives, impact policy and legislative debates, and influence other colleagues to vote in favor of equality. LGBTQ elected officials are our best defense against anti-LGBTQ efforts at all levels of government and are best positioned to advance equality for our community. This letter is my own “coming out” as a politician, just in time for Baltimore Pride! This is the time of year […]

Interracial Love: Bad Advice?

To the Editor: When advice columnist Andre Shakti (“Interracial Agonistes,” Baltimore OUTloud, March 1st, 2019) burns her hand on the stove, I bet she treats the injury with scalding water from the tea kettle. When a dog bites her right arm, she sticks her left in the lion’s cage at the zoo. Just saying, because when Shakti says she wants to fight racism, her answer is to dig in deep to racist stereotyping. Reducing a person to a racial epithet is as good a definition of racism as any. Yet that’s just what she does to her hapless correspondent – […]

Methodists Against Orthodoxy

Dear Baltimore OUTloud Community, As a pastor here in Baltimore, I am grateful for the opportunity to share some background to the recent headlines about the United Methodist Church, and some words about the welcome of all. The Methodist movement began in England in the 18th century and has been a part of the American landscape since colonial times. There have been multiple iterations of the Methodist movement, including churches bearing both Methodist and Wesleyan titles. The United Methodist Church was officially formed in 1968 and includes churches in the US and throughout the globe. Our church polity, or governing […]