As mentioned in our previous issues, Baltimore OUTloud is proud to launch a new feature column entitled “The Story of Us” in our Pride 2018 Issue. Continuing the tradition of the many historians who have come before us, we would like to bring to you, our readers, the stories of our history. These stories and memories will highlight Baltimore’s LGBTQ community that has come before us. They will give the insight on how we have come so far, and who’s had a hand in making things happen.

If you have a story to tell, we would love to hear from you. Send an email to thestoryofus@baltimoreoutloud.com, and tell us your history. Please include you name and phone number so we can respond back to you. That information is for our use only.

For our inaugural story, we’d like to introduce you to the story of Lady Lisa and her gift to the Baltimore’s LGBTQ community. Since her passing in 2010, she has been missed by many, but her light shines even brighter one Sunday each year in June. Thank you, Lady Lisa, for what you did and in your memory Sunday in the park we will all be thinking about you as we watch the entertainment at the Drag Stage

ON SEPTEMBER 10TH, 2010, our community lost a very special Lady. Lady Lisa passed on from this world at the age of only 38.

I first met Lady Lisa [Alisha Catrina Wright] at the Club Phoenix in the old Allegro location. Lady Lisa was an amazing woman who always had a smile on her face, and that smile would spread to everyone around her.

In February 2005, she won the title of Miss Club Phoenix 2005, and she represented that title to the fullest extent. For those of you who knew Lady Lisa, you would agree that there was nothing she wouldn’t do for her family, friends, or the community. Along with her infectious smile, warmth, and open arms, if you needed a performer for your show or event, all you had to do was ask, and she would be there. Lady Lisa performed her very own type of “drag,” while still being a woman. She always sang live, and she had the voice of an angel. She loved to sing, and would perform whenever she could, whether on stage, or at karaoke.

Lady Lisa was an especially committed member of our community… she was way more than what would call an “ally.” She found her way into our community where she was welcomed with open arms, and in return, she opened her heart to the community. If you were trying to raise money for a charity, for travel funds, for production expenses, etc., she was there to help – no questions asked.

In 2009, we received Lady Lisa’s biggest gift to the community ever. She found out that there might not be a Drag Stage in the park for Baltimore Pride due to a lack of funding. So what did she do? She singlehandedly lead a fundraising drive, bringing together Baltimore drag queens and drag kings, the leather community, and other performers, at numerous bars and venues in and around the Baltimore area, to raise all of the funds necessary to insure that Baltimore Pride would have a Drag Stage in the park! I must not fail to point out, that she did all of this in less than seven weeks prior to Baltimore Pride. This may have been her greatest achievement for our community, but it was still only one of many. Lady Lisa is sadly missed by our community, her family, her friends, and me! She was taken away from us way too soon … but she must have been needed elsewhere. We Love You, Lady Lisa!

The above is an adaptation written by Paulie Treadway of an article by Mark Hunter after Lady Lisa’s passing. Mark and I were both very close friends with Lady Lisa. We love her and miss her so very much! And we thank the powers that be, that we were blessed to be a part of her journey on this earth. 

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