Civil Rights and early Gay activist Jon Gee has died

Jon Louis Gee III, lifelong Baltimorean and 1960s civil rights and early Gay activist, died of cardiac arrest at Sinai Hospital on Sunday, June 14, 2020. He was 74 years old and lived his entire life with his sisters in the family home in the Coppin Heights section of West Baltimore. Although his death was sudden, he had been in declining health for the past several years.             Jon came out as a teenager and joined the Baltimore Gay Alliance shortly after its founding in 1975. He was a fixture at BGA meetings, social events, and political actions. He joined […]

Riding the News Roller Coaster, and Finding Our Place in the Fight

Once again, the news cycle has us on a roller coaster ride of extreme emotions. Late last week, the Trump administration dismantled the LGBT nondiscrimination provisions rule of the Affordable Care Act. The announcement of this action was callously made on the anniversary of the PULSE massacre and during a pandemic. On Monday, the Supreme Court ruled that discrimination against LGBT people is covered under the sex discrimination provisions of Title VII. This is a landmark ruling, a sea change. These two announcements contradict each other in every way. The pendulum swing is extreme and confusing. All of this comes […]

Can Loneliness Be Good?

Think of painters, writers, innovators, coders, composers or researchers, and many other careers or pursuits that really require functioning ALONE. Being by yourself is mandated, by definition, to provide that state of mind that allows to create, to focus and to work towards a defined goal. The human mind needs that quiet time, that sense of being in flow with the process of being immersed in a self-introspective state. So why do we complain of being lonely, of having more anxiety and depressive thoughts as a result? You may have read or heard all of the recent emphasis on how […]

I Need a Break

My heart hurts and my head is tired. It has been a week, and in five days’ time when this releases; I am unable to hypothesize where my moods will be. Not simply that I cannot speculate how I will be feeling, but realistically I could not have guessed NASCAR siding with me before the author of my favorite series about magical children studying at an English boarding school as a real event happening in my life. In light of that reality becoming canon, I am leaving my prophesizing skills in the dust that will hopefully soon render this year […]

Alanah Nichole: Looking Left and Right at The Intersections

As a toddler, both non-disabled and disabled folks learn to cross the street. Our guardians implore a core lesson in looking both ways at intersections whether we are using our legs, canes, or wheels. If afforded the privilege, many of us pursue getting our driver’s license sometime in our adolescence. Before we ever hit the road we do donuts in parking lots and practice parking in between cones as not to hit the real cars when we get on the road in our hand-me-down clunker cars. We all keep that core lesson to look both ways at intersections in our […]

Is your bladder working normally?

Seems like an odd topic for a physical therapist to bring up, but then I am not your ordinary physical therapist!  I see people with bladder issues as a pelvic physical therapist all the time, even if they are coming to me for another problem, such as E.D. back pain or pelvic pain, as they are all related!  The pelvic floor muscles control how we pee, poo and have sex.  They are the muscles at the bottom of our torso and are suppose to play well with the back and abdominal muscles, but sometimes they argue over who has what […]

As Long As I’m Famous: Broadwood Media’s Bruce Reisman Discusses LGBTQ Inclusivity in Hollywood

Just in time for June’s Pride month, Broadwood Media’s As Long as I’m Famous is streaming for audiences worldwide on Amazon Prime. The interpersonal relationships of stage and screen stars from postwar Hollywood and Broadway’s Golden age are explored through the 24-year-old eyes of future legendary director, Sidney Lumet (played beautifully by the charismatic Aaron Fors). The film is a fact-based account of a New York summer in 1948, where future luminaries such as Montgomery Clift (played by the handsome Gavin Adams) and Lumet embark on perfecting their craft during their early rise to fame.                 Baltimore OUTloud recently chatted […]

2020 Pride all summer long reading list

Whether you’re sitting out the Pride season by keeping your observances at a social distance or you’re taking it to the streets in honor of the 50th anniversary of the first Pride march, having reading materials on hand to augment the celebration is always a good idea. The following books are some worthwhile suggestions. Young readers October may be a few months away, but it’s never too early to start thinking about Halloween (considered by some to be one of the gay national holidays). In Christopher Pumpkin (Little, Brown, 2020) by Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet with illustrations by Nick […]

Where Do We Go From Here?

I have been having a recurring dream. I’m at a hotel attending a leather weekend, but I have failed to look at the schedule of events. As a result, I’m missing everything. When I wake up the problem remains. Thanks to the coronavirus, the last few months are all about missing everything: from the Excelsior MC’s 45th anniversary on Fire Island ( I made my reservations early), the Centaur MC’s 50th anniversary in May ( The invitation was beautiful), all the Prides ( Last June I went to four), and even the Philadelphians, MC leather weekend in October. (I was […]

Many political leaders taking part in virtual Global Pride

A worldwide LGBTQ Pride event has announced the first wave of speakers and acts appearing at the online event on June 27th, expected to attract up to 300 million viewers. They include Carlos Alvarado Quesada, president of Costa Rica – which this week legalized equal marriage – prime ministers of Norway Erna Solberg and of Luxembourg Xavier Bettel, Crown Princess Mary of Denmark and Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil of India. All were approached by Pride organizations in their own country. More leaders will announce their participation in the coming weeks. Names from the world of entertainment including international musicians and […]