More Than $150,000 Raised to Support HIV Services

The AIDS Walk & Music Festival Baltimore 2019 surpassed its goal to raise $150,000 to support HIV services of Chase Brexton Health Care and its community partners.  More than 500 walkers, sponsors, performers, and volunteers gathered at Power Plant Live! on Sunday, June 9th to take steps to end HIV and AIDS in Baltimore. They were welcomed to the event by Chase Brexton head Patrick Mutch, special guest Montel Williams, and emcees Kai Jackson and Brandi Proctor of WBFF Fox 45. Donations will continue to be accepted through June 30th; visit BaltimoreAIDSWalk.org to make a contribution. “So many runners, walkers, volunteers, and teams […]

More Than 50 Shades

The road to Bravo’s Project Runway hasn’t been as glamorous as you might think for fan favorite contestant Sebastian Grey. He gave up a career in Colombia and arrived in the US, where he worked as a housekeeper in a hotel. Something good did come of that – it’s where he met his husband Matthew. Additionally, he applied to compete on “Project Runway,” where his sewing skills, solid work ethic, and talent landed him a spot in the final four. Fort Lauderdale resident Grey was kind enough to answer a few questions in advance of the Season 17 finale. Gregg […]

Is Kristiann Mills Making a Splash with the Key West Mermaid Festival?

Kristiann Mills is the owner of the Captain Mermaid’s Boutique and a seriously waterlogged island girl who is launching the inaugural Key West Mermaid Festival this July. Sporting 30-pound prosthetic tails in the summer heat and launching aquatic themed festivities around one of the country’s busiest weekends means she’s sufficiently off the walls to answer these questions. Kevin Assam: Were you a mermaid brat growing up? Always rushing off behind the soggy bleachers with the newest scruffy merman? What makes you such an expert? Kristi Mills: A mermaid brat. Yes! I was waterlogged growing up in the Florida Keys. My mermom […]

Baltimore at a Crossroads

With the recent resignation, in disgrace, of Mayor Catherine Pugh, Baltimore finds itself at a  crucial inflection point in its history.   The last three elected leaders of the city have left office either as a result of criminal corruption or ineffectual incompetence. During the same period, the leadership of the police department has become a revolving door for the same reasons: one of our recent police chiefs is currently in jail for income tax evasion. The resulting rise in the city’s murder rate can only be seen as a direct result of the poor choices made by those selected […]

It’s Pride 2019

JUNE. SWELTERING HEAT, insects, cookouts, pools, and most notably – it’s Pride season! Baltimore Pride, entering its 45th year, will provide an environment for all of Maryland’s sexual and gender minority community to showcase their culture, express their authentic identities, and revel in a weekend of celebrating us. This year’s theme, “Unity through Diversity: The ReMix,” represents the transformation of fear into empowerment and embracing community to fight for justice and dignity. “Unity through Diversity” also represents a call to action for those of us within the community, and to those who exist as allies or detractors on the margins. […]

Jim Williams: In His Own Words

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”  Few people have embodied the answer to this question more than Baltimore OUTloud’s co-founder and co-owner Jim Williams.  Throughout Jim’s life, his strong work ethic, passion, humility, and heart have marked his accomplishments as labor organizer, advocate for people with AIDS, and gay activist. “I was so young and focused on what I was doing that I didn’t realize the history that was being made,” Jim told me recounting his life. Born at home in Shreveport, Louisiana, on April 9th, […]

Presbyterian minister spoke out for gay people in the 1900s

Philadelphia – Historian Jonathan Katz’s participation in a gay liberation organization during the 1970s spurred his passion for researching LGBTQ history. A native of New York City’s Greenwich Village, Katz joined the Gay Activists Alliance in 1971. His interest fueled his recent discovery at Philadelphia’s Presbyterian Historical Society. There, he found new evidence supporting the theory that Rev. Carl Schlegel, a German immigrant to the US, publicly defended gay rights in New Orleans in 1906-07 – making him the earliest-known gay rights activist in the country, Katz said. Schlegel, a Presbyterian minister, was known for advocating for homosexuals in the […]

The Wounds of the Closet

We wouldn’t have Pride if we didn’t have the closet first. The closet isn’t a good place to be. It’s dark, it’s lonely, and, over time, becomes a kind of prison. It’s a difficult problem everyone in our community has faced because the closet exists for a reason: it keeps us safe, helps us maintain relationships with people we care about, and, in some cases, is necessary for survival. Each of us has a different relationship with the closet. Living in rural Maryland, I’ve met a number of people of all ages, genders, and sexualities who have an active relationship […]

Rainbow Country Resorts Brings 100-plus Acre Men’s Destination to West Virginia

The West Virginia foothills are about to be even closer to heaven with the upcoming arrival of Rainbow Country Resorts, a newly constructed men’s outdoor destination. Originally a 100-plus acre horse ranch, Rainbow Country Resorts will be a year-round operation nestled in the idyllic alpine valley along the Potomac. The resort has been six years in the making. “The views here are breathtaking,” one of the resort’s principals, Dave said. “We’ve been focused on keeping the wonderful atmosphere and making the resort a place for men to come and enjoy themselves and the view.” Rainbow Country Resorts will host tent […]

What’s Trump Done to Asylum?

There have been many recent changes (amid a flurry of proposals) to the immigration law as it applies to applications for asylum in the US. Both international law and federal law contain provisions for people to apply for asylum or refugee status based on past persecution or well-founded fear of future persecution in their native country. The persecution must be based on race, religion, political opinion, nationality, or membership in a particular social group. There is a body of cases that have interpreted the asylum law, and its application in the US, since the 1950s. Yet Trump’s former Attorney General […]