Providence • Party On

At any good party, no man’s an island. Neither is Rhode Island! Traveling to Providence, Rhode Island, from Baltimore is easy and very affordable. Several discount airlines fly to Boston, and from Boston’s airport the Silver Line (public bus that runs partly underground like a subway) goes to South Station, a train station, where Amtrak offers tickets to Providence for as little as $14. Providence is the capital of Rhode Island, the smallest state. Providence is geographically very compact because it was developed prior to the automobile. It is a densely populated city with a beautiful river walkway in the […]

Tokyo • Asia’s Hub

World’s largest metro area dazzles with calm efficiency Traveling to Tokyo, Japan, is exhausting, but exciting. Depending on the airline, you can expect to spend at least 15 hours on a plane. When I travel abroad, I usual go with one of my best friends, who lives in New York City. For this trip, I travelled from Baltimore to New York City by Amtrak and then flew on Korea Air from New York to Seoul, South Korea, and then on to Tokyo, Japan. A total of 17 hours in the air. The round-trip ticket was around $1,400. Tokyo is 11 […]

Chicago • Prarie Brash

Traveling to Chicago for a weekend trip is easy and affordable. Spirit, United, and Southwest airlines offer round-trip tickets from Baltimore to Chicago starting at $140 if your timing is right. Chicago has two airports and both offer public transport to downtown. Chicago is the third-most populous city in the US and a major business center. Its famous nickname “Windy City” comes from the frigid breezes that blow off Lake Michigan and go through the city’s streets – though some say the moniker references Chicago politicians, deemed to be “full of hot air.” Famous landmarks include the Millennium Park, Grant […]

Pulse a Year On: The Political Aftermath

The 2016 Pulse massacre reverberates still through Orlando city politics. Councilwoman Patty Sheehan, whose district includes Pulse, talks with Baltimore OUTloud On June 12th, 2016, a deranged gunman killed 49 people and injured 53 at Pulse, a gay bar and dance club in Orlando. “Some families lost their only child and another family lost a mother. So much pain,” said Commissioner Patty Sheehan, Orlando City Councilwoman who represents the district where Pulse was located and is herself a member of the LGBT community. “It was a hate crime against the LGBTQ people.” Please follow and like us:

Orlando • The Dark of the Sun

From 1828 to 1987, the Baltimore and Ohio railroad, commonly referred to as the B&O, was the first common carrier railroad. Today, “B&O” should mean the Baltimore-to-Orlando flight path. With several daily roundtrip flights, the convenience of sun and fun is only a couple hours away from Charm City. JetBlue, Southwest, and Spirit airlines often offer specials, as low as $140 round-trip. Orlando is nicknamed “The City Beautiful” and its symbol is the fountain at Lake Eola. It is known for its theme parks – which attracted 68 million visitors in 2016. It is also known for being very friendly […]

Editorial: Trump’s Election Demands a Call to Action

Five suggestions to help us get started The Election of Donald Trump as president is a dangerous act of political cowardice that could be catastrophic in its effect on this country and the world. By the time that you read this, he will be president – a bloviating narcissist in the White House! Our first impulse immediately after the election was to pack it up; we were done! If Trump is what the country wanted then so be it. However, he lost the popular vote by nearly three million – that’s the population of Chicago and nearly five Baltimores; certainly […]

Editorial: Trump’s Election Demands a Call to Action

Five suggestions to help us get started The Election of Donald Trump as president is a dangerous act of political cowardice that could be catastrophic in its effect on this country and the world. By the time that you read this, he will be president – a bloviating narcissist in the White House! Our first impulse immediately after the election was to pack it up; we were done! If Trump is what the country wanted then so be it. However, he lost the popular vote by nearly three million – that’s the population of Chicago and nearly five Baltimores; certainly […]

Editorial: Another Mass Shooting

Can the LGBT Community Tip the Balance on Gun Control? Once again, on Sunday morning, Americans awoke to another mass shooting of innocent people. This time the victims where patrons of a gay bar in Orlando, Florida, and from what we know of the shooter this was clearly a hate crime and terrorist attack on the LGBT communities. Baltimore OUTloud sends our deepest sympathies and condolences to the families of those who were murdered and to the victims who are struggling for their lives. We join with those who held spontaneous vigils in Mount Vernon at the Washington Monument, Memorial […]

Thoughts, Prayers & Silence

Now what? In recent days, the queer community has been battered from all sides, following the shocking and tragic massacre of so many innocents in Orlando, shattering lives, families, and a community. We were reminded in stark terms that the battle to defeat the hate that drives homophobia and transphobia is far from over. While we may have won some important battles, the war is far from won. Please follow and like us: