Istanbul police attack Pride marchers

Istanbul, Turkey – Istanbul authorities have banned the annual LGBT pride parade for the last five years. Turkish police fired tear gas at pride marchers in Istanbul on Sunday, June 30th. Organizers of Istanbul LGBT Pride Week had hoped the march could go ahead despite authorities banning the event for the last five years. Police allowed people to gather in a side street as organizers read a statement, according to Turkey-based Bianet. But riot police then used shields and fired tear gas to disperse the crowds, local media reported. Police also closed off streets. “These walks have become more and […]

We Must Reinvigorate AIDS Fight

For many years, I’ve viewed activist Larry Bryant, Jr., as one of the most highly regarded voices of conscience in the HIV/AIDS movement, and among black men in particular. At the recent Reunion Project event in Washington, DC – a day of education and community for long-term survivors – Larry laid bare his life with HIV and his observations from decades in the HIV arena. Larry does not mince words. He calls out other community figures when he sees fit. He names names. He exposes racism and transphobia, even among our ranks. His keynote speech taught me, shamed me, and maddened me. That’s […]

EMG and Biofeedback

One of the hidden treasures of a pelvic physical therapist is the use of ElectroMyoGraphy (EMG) The first question to answer is: what is it? Electromyography (also known as EMG) is a way in which I can look at the electrical activity of your muscles. We have heard of an EEG (ElectroEncephaloGram), which reads the wave patterns of the brain and nerve conduction studies in which they look at the electrical activity of the nerves. This is similar in that we are looking at electrical activity but EMG is focusing on your muscles. So, what? Big deal! What does that […]

Timeless Teen

Imperial Teen delivers on the promise of the title of the band’s new studio album Now We Are Timeless (Merge), its first in seven years and its sixth overall. The aptly named second track, “We Do What We Do Best,” almost says it all when it comes to the ten tracks on the album. There are synthesizers, danceable beats, a variety of vocal harmonies, and a blend of humorous and serious messages. The current running through the irresistible opener “I Think That’s Everything” is au courant. “Walkaway” arrives on a sexy dance-pop strut, while “Parade” marches boldly forward, and “Somebody […]

The Perks of Pride

This seems to be the year of Pride. Over the last few years we’ve been seeing more and more small towns and communities celebrating Pride. Only a few years ago it seems that only major cities celebrated Pride; now, Pride is everywhere, and I couldn’t be happier about that. Every town has its own personality, made up of all the folks who call it home. This means that every Pride is different and is a reflection of the wants and needs of the community. Having attended several Prides already this year (with more to come), I’m happy to say that […]

How Lizzo is Bringing More than an Award Show’s House Down

My wife and I watched Lizzo’s performance from the MTV Movie and TV awards a combined 30 times this week. My YouTube now has a row entitled “Watch Again,” which consists of just that video. I have at least a dozen albums that are not a part of our music subscription’s licensing that I enjoy playing along to, and an unhealthy and longstanding obsession with The Lonely Island’s videos, and the only video that has ever prompted this new category is Lizzo. I love both the homage to Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit. Alli is far less a […]

Steve Preston and Marvin ‘Doc’ Cheatham, Sr.’s Miracle on McKean

Coretta Scott King once said, “The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.” For Parks & People’s Steven Preston and community leader Marvin L. “Doc” Cheatham, Sr., compassion for the community is rooted in their DNA. Preston and Cheatham recently chatted with Baltimore OUTloud regarding their collaboration on the “Miracle on McKean” – the Easterwood / Sandtown park and playground and their enduring friendship that has grown from the project. For Steve Preston, parks construction and design manager for the Parks & People Foundation, the word “community” isn’t isolated to a single […]

A Place to Grow in Southwest Baltimore

On Sunday, June 23rd during a reception to show appreciation for a diverse group of volunteers, center director Dwayne Hess was kind enough to offer this writer a personal guided tour of Clay Pots, a community center located at 1635 West Pratt Street in southwest Baltimore. Founded in 2002, Clay Pots fills what was once an old corner store and a neighboring rowhouse. There is a large gathering space, kitchen, classrooms, computer lab, and even an art gallery. The third floor, which has not yet been rehabbed, will provide even additional classroom and meeting space. Although it is a wonderful […]

Howard County Shows Their Pride

As the month-long celebrations of Pride continue, Howard County is excited to celebrate their inaugural Pride festival from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Centennial Park in Ellicott City.  The festival is co-hosted by PFLAG Columbia-Howard County and County Executive Calvin Ball.  The festival’s committee chairman, Jumel Howard, recently chatted with Baltimore OUTloud about the upcoming event.   Frankie Kujawa: This is the first ever celebration of Pride in Howard County.  What are you most excited about for this Pride? Jumel Howard: I would have to say that the most exciting thing about our inaugural festival has been the overwhelmingly […]

No doubt, the Stonewall riots were in the stars

Charlotte, North Carolina – Astrologers are often consulted to give proper perspective and intelligent illumination to certain major events. For those of us who enjoy a little 20/20 hindsight, I modestly offer an astrological analysis of the events at Stonewall 50 years ago. I, for one, believe that the planets set the whole thing in motion. June 28th, 1969 at 1:20 am, an unexpected police raid led to rebellion. The riots lasted five days and ultimately launched our liberation movement. Was it the drinks? Was it the planets? What was it that night that made the Stonewall Riots the event […]