Biden Wins! Our Long National Nightmare Is Ending

Former vice president Joe Biden has been elected president of the United States and, by the vote of the people, to paraphrase our 38th president Gerald Ford, our long national nightmare has ended. Ford said these words to an exhausted nation on August 9, 1974 during his inauguration following Richard Nixon’s resignation in disgrace due to the Watergate scandal. How naïve of us to believe that the Nixon presidency would be the nadir for presidential misdeeds. Little did we know what was coming our way in 2016.             Leading into Election Day on November 3, the polls predicted a national […]

DuClaw Brewing Wins Top Marketing Honor for Creatively Inclusive Campaign

The American Marketing Association Baltimore Chapter (AMA Baltimore) announced the winners of its 2020 MX Awards on Thursday, June 25th at a virtual event attended by over 130 people. DuClaw Brewing took home the honor of winning the top Grand MX Award. Their “Sour Me Unicorn Farts” beer was the official beer of the 2019 inaugural Annapolis Pride, and DuClaw had an amazing photo shoot with the owner of Diablo doughnuts as part of the campaign. He was lying in a bathtub full of Fruity Pebbles inspired by Lizzo’s photo in a bathtub full of Skittles. “DuClaw has gone through […]

Baltimore Protests in the Midst of George Floyds Death

From small rallies on Harford Road to much larger much-larger youth-led marches that traveled from the Convention Center, past the city jail and on to City Hall, hundreds of Baltimore City residents have joined together to peacefully protest and mourn the violent death of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25 as well as the countless other black lives taken by the hands of police brutality and misconduct. This incident was all to reminiscent of events in 2015 when Baltimore was roiled by weeks of tense protests after the April 19 death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who […]

Open Letter from the BHT Foundation

As we enter into PRIDE month, we find ourselves torn between a desire to celebrate the history, freedom, and the beauty of our LGBTQ+ communities; and tears of pain and sorrow as we see our country systematically oppress and murder our black and brown communities. 2020 is, by no means, a “normal” year. Yet, if there is one small piece of hope, it may be that this country’s systemic, institutional, pervasive racism is on display for the world to see. It cannot be ignored, and more white people are beginning to learn about their own participation in this racist system. It is not […]

High Court rules LGBT workers are protected by federal law

Washington, D.C. – The US Supreme Court has ruled LGBTQ workers are protected under federal law. The justices’ decisions came in three cases and will impact millions of LGBTQ workers. Two of the cases concerned employees who said that they were discriminated against based upon their sexual orientation. The third case was about whether an employer could discriminate against workers because of their gender identity. Although the ruling is a great victory for LGBTQ communities, two of the three employees died before their claims of unlawful employment discrimination were vindicated.             The court held that the Civil Rights Act of […]

In Remembrance: Jay Loane

Jabez “Jay” Whitford Loane, V, who worked for a number of years in several capacities for Baltimore OUTloud, died on April 30th, 2020. Although he had been in failing health for some time, he died peacefully in his sleep at his home in Edgewood, where he lived with his longtime friend and companion Michael (Magoo) Serio. He was 57 years old. In 1993, Jay joined the staff of Gay Life as a sales manager. He soon took on other responsibilities, including photographer and occasional columnist, writing a very popular column called “People We Like.” After Baltimore OUTloud launched, he joined […]

Larry Kramer, Pioneering AIDS Provocateur, Dies

Larry Kramer, whose take-no-prisoners rhetoric defined the early period of AIDS activism, died May 27th. He was 84. According to Kramer’s husband, David Webster, he died from pneumonia. Kramer had contended with health problems for much of his adult life, including HIV, liver disease, and a successful liver transplant. “Larry helped keep us focused,” Rob Folan-Johnson of ACT UP told Baltimore OUTloud. “His anger was infectious and damned useful. If he hadn’t been at that meeting at rhe Gay and Lesbian Center that night to declare that an organized political force was needed to fight for our lives and against […]

Conversation With Mimi Demissew from The Pride Center

In the wake of the Coronavirus outbreak, businesses are facing dilemmas due to quarantine restrictions, travel bans, event cancellations, and so on. Baltimore OUTloud sat down with the Pride Center of Maryland’s Executive Director, Mimi Demissew, to learn about the latest updates on services, plans for the Pride Center, the status of Baltimore Gay Pride 2020 and more. Charles Smalls: How has the Pride Center, specifically the populations you serve, been affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic? Mimi Demissew: The way that it’s most affected us is that we’ve had to close down our center to the public. One of the […]

The Pride Center of Maryland During a Pandemic

The Pride Center of Maryland is doing its level best to stay connected to the community and to help the growing needs of our community during these unprecedented times. It is true we do live in one of the richest countries in the world and yet this virus is shining a spot light on the many flaws we still have to fix. Namely, we need better safety nets to protect the people of this country. Maryland, as a State, is doing an exceptional job in trying to mitigate the economic impact that we are all currently facing. For instance, unemployment […]

Our Children: Keeping Our Kids Busy During Quarantine

Are you struggling to provide enough activity for your kids while they are stuck at home? Here are some ideas to help get them moving and have fun while doing so. The most efficient way to make sure your kids are getting enough movement is to limit their screen time. Most of the time when we are watching tv, playing video games or on a tablet we are sedentary. Limiting screen time helps encourage creativity and physical activity in children. Here are some ideas and activities to consider for you and your kids during quarantine: Scavenger Hunts. For variety, throw […]