PRIDE 2018-Official Baltimore Pride events and updates

Welcome one and all to 2018 Baltimore Pride Week! Let’s get ready to come together as “United we shine”! Included here are all the 2018 Baltimore Pride official events. There are three categories of events: • “Official Pride Events,” indicated as “Pride.” These are events that are created, managed, and coordinated by the Baltimore Pride Planning Committee or one of its subcommittees. • The second category is “Official Partner Events,” planned in coordination with outside groups, and raising funds to support Baltimore Pride. They are indicated as “Partner.” • The third category is “Official Outreach Events,” which connect the diversity […]

Surviving Life Itself

I am a 57-year-old gay man. I have survived things. In the decades since AIDS began murdering my friends, I have faced a host of perilous circumstances apart from my own HIV infection, including a car crash, drug addiction, serious medical procedures, and weapons pointed in my direction. Like everyone else, positive and negative alike, I am a survivor of life itself. My status as a long-term HIV survivor does not make me a champion or a museum piece to be examined and admired. I am a man in the prime of his life. My age and maturity guide me, […]

Kick Off Summer with the New Music Festival

Kick off your summer with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) as they celebrate contemporary classical music during their New Music Festival. From June 20th to 23rd, Music Director Marin Alsop and the BSO will tour Baltimore venues and perform pieces by Thierry De Mey, Du Yun, Dan Visconti, Osvaldo Golijov, and James MacMillan. The festival will also feature the world premiere of Kevin Puts’s Oboe Concerto, “Moonlight.” “The BSO’s New Music Festival focuses on the idea of combining music and art in fresh and approachable ways by connecting the music of some of the most creative composers active today with […]

Swipe Out

Living, as we do, in a post-Love, Simon (and post-Call Me By Your Name) world, gay movies with younger male lead characters may forever be judged differently. That can be both good and bad. In the case of writer/director Mike Roma’s Dating My Mother (Gravitas Ventures), it falls squarely in the middle. Twenty-three-year-old Danny (Patrick Reilly, making his feature film debut), who has ambitions of being a screenwriter, has returned to New Jersey after living in California after graduation. He’s temporarily moved in with his widowed, hairdresser mother Joan (Steppenwolf and Law & Order actress Kathryn Erbe) while supposedly working […]

Introducing the Rodeo’s Grand Marshal: Jennifer Vrana

When the second annual Keystone State Charity Rodeo takes place later this month (June 22nd to 24th) Grand Marshal Jennifer Vrana will ride into the arena. Flanked by fellow rodeo riders Cindy Brendle (heralding the Atlantic States Gay Rodeo Association [ASGRA] flag), Mark Zwiers (heralding the Liberty Gay Rodeo [LGRA] flag), and President Adam Romanik (heralding the Keystone State Gay Rodeo Association [KSGRA] flag), Vrana’s entrance will signify the culmination of her decades-long dedication to gay rodeo. “I was absolutely shocked when I was asked [to be Grand Marshal],” began Vrana. “I don’t feel that I’ve done anything different than […]

What is the Best Interests of the Child Standard? How judges decide the fates of the young

After families separate, parents must decide where the children will primarily live. Some families can settle this among themselves while others require court intervention. Often parents assume the court will award custody to the mother however, that’s not necessarily the case. Put simply, the Best Interests of the Child standard simply means that the court looks at certain factors to determine what is in the best interest of the children involved in the family situation. Even when parents have an agreement, the court still must make a finding that the agreement is in the best interest of the child. Often […]

Better Safe (and Dry) Than Sorry

I remember being in the checkout line at Whole Foods a June or three ago and hearing the customer ahead of me talking to the cashier about her upcoming wedding. My ears perked up. I asked, as I do, “Where are you getting married?” “Federal Hill,” she responded. Now as you may know, Federal Hill is both a neighborhood and a park in Baltimore, all on the National Register of Historic Places. She was talking about the park, which is set on a steep hill overlooking the Inner Harbor. On another June day, in 1608, explorer John Smith called it, […]

Home buying for LGBTQ Couples & Individuals

Buying a new home is an exciting and life changing adventure. For someone that has never bought a home, the question is, “Where do I begin?” Most people simply take to Google and begin looking at the pictures of homes they like. But how do you get from seeing a home you like, to crossing the threshold of that dream home with keys in hand? Well let’s think about this for a second. When we need groceries, we go to a grocery store. When we need gas we go to a gas station. When we need insurance, we call an […]

Indulge in Some Leather History

I know I’ve said it before but joining a leather club oh so many years ago was one of the best decisions I have ever made. Besides helping to raise money for charities in the community, being a member of a club opens so many doors and introduces you to so many people. During my recent visit to Palm Springs, California, I was able to spend time with my ShipMate club brother Robert (Bob) Joel, who now lives out there. I knew that Sir Steve and I were going to be at the Tool Shed bar that Friday night and […]

Did You Hear the One About?…

The girl from down under – The International Ms. Leather 2018 Contest was held on April 21st in San Jose, California, with seven incredible contestants. A packed hotel ballroom cheered as “girl ang” from Melbourne, Australia took home the IMsL 2018 sash. The International Ms. Bootblack 2018 title was awarded to Southwest Bootblack 2017 Teagan who hails from Oakland, California. Leather women in our area – If you don’t know the way to San Jose that’s not a problem. On August 24th and 25th you can cheer on incredible leather woman right here in Baltimore as the Mid-Atlantic Leather Woman […]