Time to Leave?

At the beginning, it was exhilarating … Looking into each other’s eyes, holding hands, hooking up, savoring the physical and the emotional highs. Then, slowly, all seemed to be calming down. You started to notice little quirks that annoyed you. The same quirks that you used to think were oh so cute …. You asked: Why do you leave the wet towels on the floor? Who do you think should be putting them in the hamper? For a few days, that behavior improved, and then, back to the old ways… So for every relationship, there does come a time when […]

Starting the U=U Conversation in Maryland

The Baltimore City Health Department and community partners across the city joined the international U=U conversation last December with the launch of the U=U Maryland campaign, spreading the scientific consensus that HIV-positive individuals with an undetectable viral load cannot transmit the disease to sexual partners. In the months since, the campaign has been a presence at community events, resource fairs, and health discussions across the city. Guiding the campaign’s efforts is its community board, chaired by Anthony McCarty. We asked Andrew to reflect on the first year of U=U Maryland, and what it took to bring the campaign’s message to […]

Talking with Police

In December 2018 Corporal Erica Mahan from the Anne Arundel County Police Department Training Academy reached out the Maryland LGBT Chamber of Commerce seeking a trainer to conduct LGBT Cultural Awareness classes to all police officers during their annual in-service trainings. I was one of the trainers the Chamber recommended. What I’ve since learned is that the Training Academy had been conducting diversity training for the County officers for several years as part of Chief Timothy Altomare’s fair and impartial policing mandate. Learning about the many communities that make up the county gives the officers a better understanding of who’s […]

Not Just a Stage

You’ve got to give Michael Longoria, who performed on Broadway in Jersey Boys and Hairspray, credit for being ballsy. On his 2016 album Broadway Brick By Brick he powered his way through a set of popular songs from, you guessed it, Broadway musicals. For his new album, Like They Do in the Movies (Broadway), he turns his attention to songs from the cinema. Longoria begins the album with the catchy original “Kiss Me (Like They Do in the Movies”) before boldly taking on well-known numbers such as “Arthur’s Theme,” “Evergreen,” “Wind Beneath My Wings,” “I Will Always Love You,” “It […]

A Vote Against Vote Courting

I loathe election season. The former-wanting-to-be-president child within me would scream if they heard adult me utter those words, but here we are. We have a dozen candidates for president, the cycle of pandering ads with dramatic effects is just starting, and I am completely over it. Former teenage anarchist cobwebs aside, I am here to remind those seeking to be elected into office of something that has increasingly become imperative to me. I am not seeking to be courted. While I get to spend the next year of my life listening to people who have never met me – […]

What is Dysphoria?

by Evey Winters One of the most common themes in questions I get asked by folks is on the nature of dysphoria. How do you know your body is wrong? What does that feel like? Communicating such a mental pain is really difficult so we reach for metaphors that hopefully can summon that particular misery, or some approximation of it, up for someone else to help them gain empathy and understanding. I’ve thought way too much about how to communicate that. The metaphor I used to reach for was that it’s like being in an iron maiden, but it’s your […]

2020 census: Important for LGBTQ people to be counted

Boston – Six months from now, on April 1st, 2020, the federal census will be in full swing. The information collected in this every decade event is used to determine political representation by revising local precinct maps and Congressional districts based on changes in population. It determines the amount of federal funding for education, transportation, health care, housing, and social services. For minority populations such as the LGBTQ communities, basic information provided by the census related to population size and geography also contributes to community representation and support that might otherwise not exist. Although the census does not have any […]

All About Our Pronouns at Chase Brexton Health Care

It’s Pronoun-palooza at Chase Brexton Health Care! Our centers are honored to serve nearly 4,000 gender-diverse children, adolescents, adults, and elders. In creating a welcoming, affirming care environment, using the appropriate name and pronoun for every patient is non-negotiable. In that spirit, our LGBT Health Resource Center is leading an internal campaign about the importance of correct pronouns in patient care. Using the patient’s chosen name and appropriate pronoun isn’t just good manners – it’s good health care. Demonstrating respect by seeing someone as the whole person they are is the basis of a therapeutic relationship. The cost of being […]

‘Disney on Ice’ Skates into Charm City

This month, at Royal Farms Arena, Disney on Ice presents Road Trip Adventures which will take families on a fun-fueled excursion to iconic Disney Destinations. Running October 9th to 13th, the immersive “getaway” will feature new and classic Disney tales, providing a multi-generational experience chock-full of magical moments for families. Baltimore OUTloud recently chatted with Steven Grant, a performer with Disney on Ice. “I think that Disney on Ice just brings everyone such joy,” began Grant. The Oakdale, Minnesota-native, who has been skating since he was three years old, shared that this production has taken Disney on Ice to a […]

Vinyl Destination

One of the best things about the vinyl revival is that albums initially issued on CD (and in some cases cassette) only, during the mid-to-late 1990s and throughout the early part of the 2000s, are finally getting the chance to be heard in the beloved, “warm,” classic format. Originally released in 1999, the eponymous debut by Disney darling turned sex kitten Christina Aguilera is now available in a 20th anniversary limited edition on vinyl “pressed on genie orange with fiery red swirls” from RCA / Legacy. Keep in mind this is before her Xtina transformation as she and the far […]