Living His Most Authentic Life

A profile of Merrick Moses, part 2 “First and foremost, the foundation of my life is my vocation. I’m very clear that I was born to be the priest that I am – it centers me, and I often have to go back to that. As a priest/activist: how do I cultivate my humanity and help others do the same? That anchors me.” – Rev. Merrick Moses Last week, the Baltimore City Board of Estimates made history when they lifted the health-insurance exclusion which had denied coverage for gender confirmation surgery for city employees. And it was Rev. Merrick Moses […]

Baltimore Comedy Fest Paves New Comedic Frontiers

Running from August 29th to September 3rd, the second annual Baltimore Comedy Festival promises to have Charm City in stitches as it stretches throughout the city in over 20 venues. The festival founder, comedian Ivan Martin, recently chatted with Baltimore OUTloud to discuss the upcoming event and what makes Baltimore the new stand-up comedy frontier. “We have built upon last year’s brand of comedy, and we now have 100 comedians, 60 of whom are from outside the DMV-area and ten outside of the country, performing at this year’s festival,” Martin began. “It was shocking that there were that many people […]

Great Britain Bound: The BSO Heads Overseas

On August 21st, 102 musicians, ten staff members, two consultants, and 82 guests embark on a legendary international tour. The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) will perform in their first international tour in Ireland and the UK. “The BSO is honored to make its return to international touring at such prestigious festivals and venues,” says Tonya McBride Robles, BSO general manager. “The invitation to play not once, but twice, at the Edinburgh Festival, and on the actual anniversary of Bernstein’s birthday during his centenary, is a privilege. Likewise, performing at the BBC Proms, with a radio and television broadcast of the […]

A Royal Repartee… with Baltimore’s 2018 King of Pride

Baltimore’s 2018 King of Pride, Chris Jay, has ascended from humble beginnings to promote LGBTQ awareness and inclusivity. They (Jay’s preferred pronoun) recently chatted with Baltimore OUTloud to discuss how photography became a passion, their current reign as King of Pride 2018, and their new project The Queerbook: The Queer Performers Yearbook. “I would describe my current reign as King of Pride 2018 as eye-opening,” Jay began. “It’s been exactly a year since I was named King of Pride 2018. The way that I’ve been able to connect to Baltimore is unlike any way that a person can connect to […]

Ten Steps to Mindful Wedding Planning

Your wedding planning – just like your wedding – is a spiritual, emotional, and physical experience. It involves contemplation, conversation, and even collaboration. There are big decisions to make, serious discussions to have, and often, a jillion details to manage. Almost every relationship in your world will be considered and examined. There are places to go and people to see. That’s a lot to do! Couples that haven’t prepared themselves for wedding planning often fall into confusion and chaos. So here are ten steps to help you plan your wedding with ease and joy. Do it together – Two of […]

What I Think

I’ve been writing this column since 2005. At that time no one in this area was writing a column about the leather community. Events were not being documented, leather titleholders were not being interviewed, and upcoming leather events were not being promoted. I’ve always tried to keep my columns positive and upbeat. I want to build our community not tear it down. (There are plenty of other others who would like to do that.) I discovered the leather community in 1984 at The Gallery when I first moved to Baltimore and have been a member of a leather club for […]

Toby’s Heather Beck Takes Mamma Mia! to Soaring Heights

Mamma Mia! continues to dance its way into the hearts of audiences this month at Toby’s Dinner Theatre in Columbia, MD.  Running until September 9th, Mamma Mia! is the story of a daughter’s quest to discover her father’s identity, which brings three very different men from her mother’s past back into her life. Baltimore OUTloud recently chatted with Heather Beck who plays Donna, the protagonist’s mother in the performance.  “This performance is just absolutely fun!” Began actress Heather Beck.  “The show is just high-energy, and it can’t help but put a smile on the faces of our audiences.”  Beck’s depiction of Donna, who is also portrayed by Meryl Streep in the on-screen […]

‘I Don’t Think They Really Appreciated Grassroots Activism’ A chat with newly elected Democratic trans committeewoman Laura Hart

In this past June’s primary election, LGBTQ people achieved several firsts. This included two transgender people being elected for the first time to official office in the state of Maryland. One of those two is Laura Hart, who was elected to a seat on the Democratic Central Committee for St. Mary’s County in southern Maryland. Hart retired from her job as a civilian computer engineer and engineering manager for Naval Aviation after 34 years in September 2006. She currently serves as the chair of the St Mary’s Democratic Club’s voter outreach committee, which is creating a precinct captain program in […]

Fun on FIRE ISLAND Storied gay summertime resort on coastal Long Island

Famous Fire Island is a place to visit in the summer for a mini “gaycation.” It’s located off the southern shore of Long Island. The island is 31 miles long and varies between 520 and 1,300 feet wide. The drive from Baltimore to the Sayville Ferry Service is about four-and-a-half hours and the ferry ride is about 15 minutes. The two car-free communities that receive a lot of attention from the LGBT community are Cherry Grove and Fire Island Pines. Transportation is only by foot on neatly constructed boardwalks. To haul things around, you either need luggage with wheels or […]