Spicing Up Your Love Life

Anyone looking to spice up their Valentine’s Day will have the chance to learn how food can play a role in their love life during an upcoming Lunch & Learn Workshop hosted by The LGBT Health Resource Center. The workshop is scheduled for Valentine’s Day (Thursday, February 14th) from noon to 1:30 pm in the community room at Chase Brexton’s Mount Vernon Center (1111 North Charles Street, Baltimore). Anyone interested in attending or receiving more information on this upcoming Lunch and Learn workshop should RSVP to lgbt@chasebrexton.org or call 410-837-2050 x1049. We asked the workshop’s presenter, Chase Brexton Health Care […]

Origin Story

If ever there was a modern gay renaissance man, it’s John Cameron Mitchell. The actor/writer/filmmaker probably first crossed most of our radar when Hedwig and the Angry Inch, which he co-wrote with gay musician Stephen Trask, first opened off-Broadway in 1998, featuring Mitchell in the lead role. The 2001 movie version, starring and directed by Mitchell earned him both a Best Director prize at Sundance and a Golden Globe Award nomination. Other films directed by Mitchell include Shortbus (2006) and Rabbit Hole (2010), which starred Nicole Kidman and marked the feature film debut of Miles Teller. Now, more than 20 […]

Forgiveness: Agony & Release

In Everyman Theatre’s upcoming play, Everything is Wonderful, family tensions and struggles of faith reverberate leaving audiences asking themselves, “What does it mean to forgive?” Baltimore OUTloud recently chatted with director Noah Himmelstein to discuss the upcoming performance. “This play is so surprising and extraordinary,” Himmelstein began, “in that it deals with a family having various kinds of crises of faith and relationships.” As the story unfolds, audiences find an Amish couple whose two sons are killed in a car accident. The family struggles to maintain their faith and cling to their way of life. However, in an act of […]

Adoption: Double-Edged Sword

For the most part, I’m a fan of adoption. I’m adopted. My brother is adopted. I have three cousins who are adopted. I have two cousins who have each adopted two children. And, as you know, I’ve adopted 16 times. Adoption is more a part of my understanding of how to make a family than any other method. As my family, we adopted some through the state foster-care system, some through private adoption, and some through agencies. The only type of adoption we have not experienced is international. Our children were all born in the US. However, one of my […]

Nine Great Money Saving Tips

There are lots of ways to save money on your wedding. Some are great, others court disaster. These nine tips can save you hundreds and even thousands of dollars while still giving you and your guests a fantastic experience. The guest list 1) Invite only the people you love – One of my favorite pieces of wedding advice comes from Miss Manners: “Invite the people you love and who love you.” Really, who else do you want at your wedding? Keeping the guest list tight is the single most effective way to save money on your wedding. Why? Because catering, […]

Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather Is …

Mr. Pittsburgh Leather Fetish 2019 Emerson Aniceto took home the title of Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather 2019 at the annual Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend (MAL) held on January 18th to 20th at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill. Mr. NC Triangle Leather 2018 Sir Brad was first-runner up and David Gerard, who was first runner-up at the Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather 2018 contest placed second runner-up. Also competing were Mr. Connecticut Leather 2019 Mr. Sperry, Mr. Mayhem Leather 2018 Pup Baxter, and first runner-up to Mr. Maryland Leather 2019 Raven. MAL 2019 was held during a very cold weekend in our nation’s […]

Activists say anti-gay attacks are increasing in Chechnya

Grozny, Chechnya – Gay Star News reports that activists are warning of a new wave of anti-gay attacks in the Russian republic of Chechnya. According to a social media post on January 10, activists are urging LGBTI Chechens to flee immediately, amid a new crackdown against LGBTI people. It is understood authorities received new contact details of LGBTI people living in Chechnya. “We ask anyone still free to take this message seriously and leave the republic as soon as is possible,” the statement read. It continued: “I ask you to turn to human rights activists, the media, friends who can […]

Hagerstown Hopes Ramps Up For 2019

Hagerstown Hopes had a great holiday season, and we thank you for being a part of it!  Now we’re gearing up for a new year, following the recent success of the Snow Ball and Silent Auction.  The annual holiday show and personal project of Nicole James, reigning Miss Gay Maryland America, brought the community together for a night of fun with proceeds generously benefiting Hagerstown Hopes.  Santa visited for selfies, items were auctioned, and over twenty performers gave us their all in a fun and memorable show.  When it was all said and done, the community raised over $10,000 to […]

My Transitional Sweet Tooth

When I was in the process of getting my prescription for Testosterone, the last thing on my mind was the side effects of changing the complete hormonal balance of my body. The potential complications, many of which I should have genuinely taken seriously; were completely overshadowed by the idea that I would no longer stare at my friends with the envious gaze of someone who wanted a beard more than anything else in the world. It is an awkward time where people assume you are fourteen and you spend time angling your face in a way that gives your voice […]

Love the Babies

We have a new baby in our family.  Before you get too excited, you should know that it’s not my baby. This baby belongs to my daughter and her husband and is grandchild #10 for us – not counting fosters, steps, and those whose existence is unknown to me.  I know that sounds a little weird.  However, in our world, sometimes we have to accept the weird.  Let me explain how it works.  Many of our grown kids suffer with mental illness.  This is most likely the result of early trauma in their lives.  Some do not believe they have […]