UN official condemns US detention of Manning as torture

New York City – The World Socialist Website reports that in an official letter to the US government, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture Nils Melzer stated that its ongoing imprisonment of Chelsea Manning is a violation of international law “fulfilling all the constitutive elements of torture or other cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment.” Manning has been jailed since May 16th “in contempt of court” for refusing to give testimony to a grand jury against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and potentially other representatives of the media organization. In his letter on Manning, sent in October and publicly released […]

How Dare Leo Herrera Pretend AIDS Never Existed?

What would the lives of gay men be like today if AIDS never happened? Filmmaker Leo Herrera’s answer to that question is a genre-busting web series “The Fathers Project.” A dreamlike mix of actual historical information and clever wish-fulfilment – with plenty of sex for good measure – Herrera’s series takes us on quite a fantastical journey (the complete series is included in one video, below). “Fathers” also gave me a strange pang of discomfort. As someone who has chronicled the epidemic since it began, there was a small but persistent voice in my head as I watched the series, […]

Remembering Ed Jeunette

Edward Jeunette, a longtime attorney for the Baltimore City Department of Social Services, community activist, and former aide to City Councilwomen Mary Pat Clark when she was president of the city council, died suddenly on New Year’s Day after developing pneumonia. He was 62 years old and lived in Mount Washington with his spouse and husband of 30 years James “Jeb” King. Ed was the son of Edward R. Jeunette, an attorney, and Margaret Clark Jeunette, who died when Ed was 11. Like his father and two brothers, he attended and graduated from Mount Saint Joseph High School. He then […]

Meet Sophie Marie White

Janet Mock once said, “Self-definition and self-determination is about the many varied decisions that we make to compose and journey toward ourselves, about the audacity and strength to proclaim, create, and evolve into who we know ourselves to be.” For Baltimore OUTloud’s newest writer, Sophie Marie White, her inspirational journey is one that she hopes to share with readers from all walks of life in the pages of this paper. A welcomed, new addition to our OUTloud family, White recently sat down to discuss her journey, her mission and vision for the future, and advice for those who are still […]

Hippodrome Theatre’s Chris Mahan

“Food, just like theatre, tells a story,” says Chris Mahan, VP of venue operations at Baltimore’s Hippodrome Theatre. Lounging in iconic Matthew’s Pizza, Mahan recently sat down with Baltimore OUTloud to reflect upon his one-year anniversary at the Hippodrome Theatre, as well as a freshman resident of Charm City. “It’s my first anniversary, and I continue to fall in love with Baltimore,” began Mahan, who hails from Worcester, Massachusetts. “Baltimore reminds me of where I came from. There’s something about coming from a working-class city, just a down-to-earth, ‘work hard and do the right thing’ kind-of-city. Baltimore reminds me so […]

The Last Story

My father was an outdoorsman. He called himself a hunter, and he was, but one-on-one he would confide that he really just enjoyed being in nature. As he got older, he began leaving his rifle in the truck before trekking through the woods to sit, surrounded by nature and alone with his thoughts for a few hours. Hunting was just a pretense, an excuse to wear camouflage and disappear into the trees. My father also liked to tell stories. I imagine he used his time in the woods to collect his thoughts and spin them into a yarn with just […]

Ten Pounds of Flour

There are two “hard limits” around wedding venue selection. Your anticipated guest count – which is to say, your guest list – and your budget. These are numbers that bring quantitative definition to your wedding. They are boundaries within which your wedding must stay. Your hard limits cannot be exceeded. Nothing that anyone says or does, save for someone adding to your budget, can change them. Establishing these two hard limits before you start touring venues, entering contracts, and spending money will save you a great deal of pain and suffering. I’ve seen lots – and I truly mean lots […]

Why Do I Do It?

I’ve often been asked what keeps me going. Year after year I am working in the leather community, attending events and contests, and writing this column. Lord knows I am not getting any younger. Someone commented recently, “I don’t know how you do it.” The start of a new year often brings a time of reflection. My leather journey has been a long one and I hope that it is far from over. Growing up in Hagerstown, I always knew I had a kinky side. Nothing would excite me more than when the villain in the movie would shout, “Tie […]

Too ‘Goo’ to be True

Chris Hamill, best known to all as Limahl of new wave act Kajagoogoo (“Too Shy”) fame, is having a heck of a year. The out singer / songwriter’s biggest solo hit, the theme song to the beloved 1984 family fantasy movie The Neverending Story, written and produced by Giorgio Moroder, was back in heavy rotation following its inclusion in a pivotal episode of the third season of Stranger Things. Meanwhile, “Too Shy” continues to be heard in regular rotation on oldies radio and was included in the Black Mirror movie Bandersnatch. Additionally, Limahl took the leap into holiday music with […]

2019 | A Look Back

We did it again. We made it through another year full of ups and downs. We here at Baltimore OUTloud are happy that we were a part of your year. Let’s look at some of the stories that we brought you in 2019. JANUARY: JPride Baltimore, Baltimore’s Jewish LGBTQ social and service organization, hosted a “Winter Blues Happy Hour” on January 17th at the Hotel Revival. The closing of some popular LGBT venues over the years only encouraged the Baltimore drag community to expand their horizons. On January 18th an evening drag brunch was held at The Point in Fells […]