Trump praised for pledges to end HIV transmissions by 2030

Washington, DC – In his State of the Union address, Donald Trump announced that his administration planned to end HIV transmission in the US by 2030. Both political leaders and LGBT activists lauded the goal but also expressed skepticism about Trump’s commitment to help. AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) praised President Trump for his commitment. “As the largest HIV/AIDS organization in the world, AHF stands ready to partner in this daunting effort,” said said Michael Weinstein, the group’s president. “The president’s call for ending HIV transmission in America is interesting, but if he is serious about ending the HIV/AIDS crisis, he […]

A Famous Inspiration

Famed director, producer, and screenwriter Sidney Lumet once said, “All good work requires self-revelation.” Actor Aaron Fors, who plays the film legend in Bruce Reisman’s upcoming film As Long as I’m Famous chatted with Baltimore OUTloud about his upcoming performance in the film as well as the challenges he overcame as an actor. As Long as I’m Famous, inspired by Bruce Reisman’s play and short film Drinks Prior, is a based-in-real-life account of a New York summer in 1948. The story is told through the eyes of legendary director Sidney Lumet, played by leading man Fors. At the time of […]

Bohemian Rhapsodic

Rest assured that from the first moment we see Freddie Mercury (Rami Malek with prosthetic teeth) onscreen in the Oscar-nominated Bohemian Rhapsody, on the morning of Queen’s 1985 Live Aid reunion performance, he is undeniably gay. This was during Mercury’s clone-look era, complete with mustache, short and neat haircut, studded leather armband and tight, faded jeans. Gay, gay, gay. Anything you might have heard about Mercury’s gayness being whitewashed is bollocks. While there are certain charming elements that indicate how committed the filmmakers were to make this movie – the Queen-style guitar used in the 20th Century Fox intro, for […]

Baltimore Audiences ‘Rocks’ with ‘The King’ at the Hippodrome Theatre

The Hippodrome Theatre, the crown jewel of the Bromo Tower Arts & Entertainment District, is rocking with royalty as Rock of Ages and The King And I both take the stage this February. Baltimore OUTloud recently chatted with Rock of Ages’ Chris Renalds (Franz) and The King and I’s Keiji Kubo (Ensemble) to discuss the upcoming performances. Celebrating its tenth anniversary tour, Rock of Ages (running Friday, February 15th and Saturday, February 16th) captures the iconic era that was big bad 1980s Hollywood. “Know What Love Is,” “Feel the Noise,” and “Take Your Best Shot” at one of the Sunset […]

The Magic of ‘Gypsy’ Lights Up Toby’s Dinner Theatre

Everything is coming up roses at Toby’s Dinner Theatre this month as Gypsytakes the stage, running until Sunday, March 17th. Regarded by many theatre professionals as the greatest musical ever created, Gypsy is the tale of an ambitious stage mother fighting for her daughters’ success while secretly yearning for her own. Baltimore OUTloud recently chatted with actress MaryKate Brouillet who plays Louise in the Columbia-based production. “I would describe Louise,” Brouillet began, “as an incredibly bright and strong woman, but she doesn’t know that all along while growing up. She’s always pushed to the side and is constantly cut off […]

Fashionistas Extradordinaire

Everyone pretty much knows who Andy Warhol is. Warhol made a name for himself with his illustrations, photographs, prints, movies, his group of friends and collaborators, and just by being “Andy Warhol.” Andy Warhol’s talent and persona kept him in the spotlight until his untimely death in 1987 (and that was 19 years after he was shot by Valerie Solanas, an event that caused physical and emotional scars that many attribute his death to). There is now a museum dedicated to his work in Pittsburgh (go visit – it’s worth the trip). But Warhol wasn’t the only artist making an […]

Past, Present, and Future

Have you ever had one of those moments that you dread? You know the type I mean. You know you have to have this moment, but you really, really, really don’t want to go there. But, you know you should. It’s the type of moment that many in the LGBTQ community know well. Well, I’m about to have one of those moments. Three years ago, when we took custody of Cassandra, we questioned what might happen if something happened to us. Who would get custody of Cassandra? What would prevent her from going into foster care? And, the worst thing […]

Hagerstown Hopes Supports VDay

It’s been another busy month for Hagerstown Hopes. We’ve survived the snow and polar vortex and we’re excited to update you on our progress in several initiatives! We just hosted our first open meeting at our community center, the Hagerstown Hopes Hub! We hold open board meetings every other month to give the community a chance to meet us, learn more about our work, and to get involved. This was our first meeting at the Hub and we’ve been eager to show off our space. Located in Mulberry Lofts, the Hub is the center of our activities. We’ve hosted meetings […]

High Court Lifts Trump’s Military Trans Ban Injunction

On January 22nd, the Supreme Court’s five conservative justices voted to lift an injunction that had been placed by lower courts on the Trump administration’s policy banning many transgender people from military service. This grants the administration a temporary win and allows the military to proceed with the ban’s implementation. The policy reverses a 2016 policy of the Obama administration, which allowed all transgender service members to serve openly. The new policy is complex, and generally prohibits transgender people from military service, but does make exceptions for those already serving openly, or those who are willing to serve “in their […]

‘Out on Stage’ with Brendan Scannell

Released earlier this month on Dekkoo (a gay focused subscription-based streaming service), the outrageously hilarious, diversely all queer, stand-up comedy series “Out on Stage: The Series” has audiences in hysterics. It’s a rarity that a grouping, let alone a series, of all queer stand-up comics even exists. Baltimore OUTloud recently chatted with actor and comedian Brendan Scannell, who was part of the eclectic lineup of renowned LGBTQ stand-up comics. “Audiences will see about a dozen comics from all different walks of life with this series,” Scannell began. “These comics are telling their stories and their jokes in a hilarious and […]