Anastasia at Hippodrome

Baltimore audiences will journey to the past this month as Anastasia waltzes into the Hippodrome Theatre. Running through Sunday, December 9th, Anastasia transports audiences from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, as a brave young woman named Anya sets out to discover the mystery of her past. Pursued by a ruthless Soviet officer determined to silence her, Anya enlists the aid of a dashing conman and a lovable ex-aristocrat. Together, they embark on an epic adventure to help her find home, love, and family. Baltimore OUTloud recently chatted with actor Stephen Brower […]

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 being planned for January. For further information look for updates on Baltimoreoutloud.com. Eddie grew up on Montpelier Street in Waverly and moved to Charles Village in the early 1970s. After living on Abell Avenue for 13 years, he moved to Calvert […]

Pence doesn’t mention LGBTQ people in World Aids Day speech

Washington, DC – Last Saturday, December 1st, was World AIDS Day, and there were many events planned throughout the country and the world dedicated to focusing attention on the continuing AIDS epidemic and its devastating impact on our world. The White House held its World AIDS Day event on Thursday, November 29th, and for some unknown reason, Vice President Mike Pence was tapped to deliver the event’s keynote address. Pence once ran for Congress on a pledge not to support reauthorization of the Ryan White CARE (Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency) Act until “after completion of an audit to ensure that […]

A Groping Brother-in-Law

Dear Andre, I’m an openly gay man in my late 20s, and I’m blessed with a very supportive immediate family that includes my parents, grandparents, and older sister. My sister has been married to her husband for close to two years, and they have a ten-month-old son together. Recently I went home to celebrate Thanksgiving with everyone, and towards the end of the night I found myself alone in the kitchen cleaning up. My sister’s husband – who had been drinking heavily throughout the day – entered the kitchen and began chatting with me. Suddenly he came up behind me […]

Rufus Wainwright Brings Anniversary Tour to Mid-Atlantic Region

Rufus Wainwright once said, “I like to make the mundane fabulous whenever I can,” and for over two decades that is exactly what the singer, songwriter, and composer has done. Performing at the Strathmore in Bethesda, Maryland, on Saturday, December 8th, Wainwright brings his “All These Poses Anniversary Tour” to the Mid-Atlantic region to the delight of his fans. The concert tour commemorates the 20th anniversary of his 1998 self-titled debut album, as well as his second studio album, 2001’s Poses. The American-Canadian artist recently chatted with Baltimore OUTloud regarding his upcoming tour, his new music and his hope for […]

The Importance of Being Earnest at Everyman

Audiences will run “Wilde” this month at Everyman Theatre’s production of The Importance of Being Earnest. Running through December 30th, the production directed by Joseph Ritsch is Oscar Wilde’s much-loved tour-de-farce which lampoons Victorian norms. Audiences will enjoy a jovial joyride of double lives, double entendres, and labyrinthine twists and turns. Algernon’s cousin Gwendolen and her friend Cecily both fall for a man named Ernest (of whom Lady Bracknell disapproves), but whether wit or wisdom will prevail is anybody’s guess. Courtships, class, and convention square off with handbags, puns, and perambulators in this deliciously quotable comedy. Company member Bruce Randolph […]

Wonder & Joy

The holiday season is under way and, once again, I’m completely overwhelmed with a sense of wonder and joy. As soon as lights start to appear on houses and streets, I am transported back to childhood. It was a time when anything could happen; miracles were expected; and love abounded. At least, that’s how I remember it. Having a small child in your home for the holidays helps bring this wonderment to life. We decorated a little early this year, at least it was early for our home. Thanksgiving weekend was spent putting up the trees. We have five. We […]

The Kindness of Strangers

As a short, skinny kid with an eye patch who became a short, less-skinny, permanently-winking adult, people always assumed what I could not do. As a child, people took one look and concluded that I was either feeble-minded or -bodied. I applaud my mother for always being vocal with others about that reality, but I never thought about how exhausting that must have been. Now, as an out-and-flag-wearing trans man, I realize that I’ve traded one assumption for another. Between my work for Hagerstown Hopes and my slowly-growing potential reader base, I realize that I’m constantly representing something bigger than […]

All Hail Progress on HIV/AIDS

World AIDS Day will be commemorated locally in a special event on Nov. 30 at 9 a.m. at the Baltimore War Memorial. In addition to remembering those who have battled HIV and AIDS, the ceremony will be a call to action for testing and treatment, and a platform to debut the U=U Campaign in Baltimore. Ahead of World AIDS Day, we asked Dr. Sebastian Ruhs, director of Chase Brexton Health Care’s Infectious Diseases Center of Excellence, for an update on the status of HIV and AIDS in Baltimore. Overall, how would you describe the state of the fight against HIV/AIDS […]

What 5,000 Sex Phone Calls…… Taught me about gay men

The number might be a little low. Over the course of my “phone fantasy” career in the 1980s, I spoke to as many as ten customers in a given day, numbering in the many thousands over the years. That’s a lot of heavy breathing. It began when I was a struggling actor in Los Angeles and needed income. I went to work for a gay phone sex company, the kind that doesn’t really exist anymore, that predates hook-up apps or even the internet. Customers responded to ads in the gay skin magazines and, for what we would now consider an […]