Dead but not Powerless

It took nearly a decade for Josh Aterovis’s fifth novel in the Killian Kendall mystery series to be published but it was worth the wait. Three publishers in a row went out of business, leading to the delay in the next installment in the young-adult mystery/paranormal genres that feature the gay teenage private investigator Killian Kendall. Aterovis’s third book, All Lost Things, was a 2010 Lambda Award finalist for Best Mystery. MLR Press, an independent LGBT publisher, expressed interest in the acclaimed series, which is back in print with updated editions, setting the stage for the fifth book’s arrival. With […]

Andrew Howard Named LGBTQ Liaison in Howard County

Andrew Howard has been designated by County Executive Allan H. Kittleman as the first LGBTQ Liaison in the county. The purpose of this position is to ensure the county government is accessible to the LGBTQ community by having a direct person to call. “Andrew brings a great depth of empathy and understanding to his work with my friends in the LGBTQ community,” Kittleman told Baltimore OUTloud. “As I have seen with his leadership in coordinating the County Executive’s LGBTQ Roundtable, he helps put into practice my goals of making certain that every individual in Howard County is treated with respect […]

Pride is Needed More than Ever

With most of the larger Pride celebrations in the rear-view mirror, it is clear that despite progress in the recent past, Pride is needed more than ever. We continue to see rants on social media decrying the need for Pride and others clamoring for “straight pride” celebrations to counter the rainbow-hued parades and festivals that take place in much of the free world. Let’s remind our heterosexual friends that they don’t need a straight pride celebration. Consider: • No straight person has been fired from their job or not hired for being straight. • No straight person has been kicked […]

HoCo Pride 2019 Officially Launched

A diverse crowd of nearly 300 members of the LGBTQ community, allies, and elected officials packed Carroll Baldwin Hall and its outside grounds in Savage, Maryland, on June 28th to officially kick off HoCo Pride. That launch date was selected to bring attention to Howard County’s first ever LGBTQ Pride celebration scheduled for June 28th 2019, which will coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising in the West Village of New York City. Stonewall is considered by most historians as a seminal episode in the struggle for LGBT rights. The kid-friendly event featured food, music, beverages, games, raffle […]

Orioles Host their First LGBT Pride Night

Lisa Davidson does not drink and often feels alienated because so many queer spaces and events revolve around drinking. So, when she learned that the Baltimore Orioles announced it will host its very first official LGBT Pride Night on June 27th, Davidson was eager to participate. “The fact that this was just a plain ol’ baseball game made my heart happy,” Davidson, a resident of Bel Air, Maryland, told Baltimore OUTloud after the game. “I loved being invited into a space that wasn’t inherently queer and being welcome. It’s easy to forget I’m ‘different’ sometimes, but sharing a night at […]

World’s Largest One-Day Bottle Show, March 11th

  Baltimore Antique Bottle Club’s 38th Annual Show and Sale comes to the Essex Campus of the Community College of Baltimore County (7201 Rossville Boulevard, at the Physical Education Center, Baltimore) on Sunday, March 11th from 8 am to 3 pm. Over 300 tables are displayed at the event, making it the largest one-day bottle show in the world. It presents internationally- known antique bottle dealers from 25 states and three foreign countries. In 2017, over 1,000 attended the show. Admission is $5, with kids under 12 free. Youngsters will receive a free bottle to begin their collection. The club […]

Federal Appeals Court: You Can’t Be Fired for Being Gay

On Monday, February 26th, in a ten-to-three decision, the full Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation violates the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the federal law that prohibits employers from discriminating against employees on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, and religion. The ruling comes in the case of the late Donald Zarda, a New York skydiving instructor who was fired from his job because he was gay. Lambda Legal filed a friend-of-the-court brief in support of Zarda’s estate and argued the case before the Second Circuit. The Second Circuit ruling is […]

Club Hippo Celebrates 40 Years

Music was pulsating throughout the night as Maryland’s largest gay bar, Club Hippo, celebrated its 40th anniversary on July 7.  The popular club is situated on the corner of Eager and Charles Streets in the heart of Baltimore’s Mount Vernon neighborhood. The staying power of the club over its 40-year tenure is not lost on its owner Chuck Bowers.  “This is unheard of,” he said in his nostalgia-filled office. “It’s because of the people in the community.  I hope and pray it continues.”