Gay Golden Years Drama After Forever

Thomas Wolfe once said, “Loneliness is and always has been the central and inevitable experience of every man.” Currently streaming on Amazon, After Forever tackles the age-old story of love and loss through the lens of a gay couple in their 50s living in New York. Currently streaming on Amazon, the Emmy Award-winning, eight-episode series follows the journey of Brian (superbly portrayed by Days of Our Lives alum Kevin Spirtas) and Jason (portrayed by the equally talented Doogie Howser alum Mitchell Anderson) as an older couple who seemingly “have it all” until Jason’s untimely death forces Brian to re-evaluate his […]

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 […]

Cirque du Soleil’s Corteo Catapults into Charm City

Cirque du Soleil’s Corteo runs from July 3rd to 7th at Royal Farms Arena – allowing audiences young and old to “get carried away with life” in the aftermath of the passing of clown Mauro. His spirit, happily, is still with us. Instead of mourning, the funeral cortege celebrates the here and hereafter with laughter and exuberance. Regret and melancholy retreat in the face of a cavalcade of lively recollections of a life gloriously lived. Baltimore OUTloud recently chatted with performer Francis Croft. “Corteo is a very special show because it portrays a bit more diplomatic side of circus,” explained […]

Country Club

Grammy-winning 21st century country diva Kacey Musgraves has forever changed the sound of country music. Before Musgraves, it was Rosanne Cash (yes, daughter of Johnny) who was putting in the hours of hard work to do so. Forty years into her recording career, Cash continues to dazzle us with her 13th album She Remembers Everything (Blue Note). The remarkable thing about the record is the way that she succeeds in offering something for everyone. Songs such as “The Only Thing Worth Fighting For,” “Not Many Miles To Go,” and “The Undiscovered Country” are classic Cash, certain to bring smiles of […]

Columbia Film Festival Shows Pride This June in Howard County

The 2019 Columbia Film Festival recently announced its upcoming 2019 season to the delight of Maryland audiences. With over 40 films, including the five-time Emmy-Award winning series, After Forever, the festival will run from Thursday, June 27th to Saturday, June 29th. Baltimore OUTloud recently chatted with Executive Producer Robert Neal Marshall. “Audiences can expect great diversity of entertaining films,” explained Marshall. Presenting over 40 films, many Maryland-based, the festival will offer a wide menu including comedy and dramatic features, documentaries, a range of entertaining shorts, student films, world cinema, and the cutting-edge LGBTQ-themed After Forever. “We were very lucky to […]

Team Player

The importance of queercore band Team Dresch cannot be overstated.  The all-female Portland band, known for its quest for inclusivity, as well as acceptance of every gender and sexuality, debuted around the same time as the similarly feminist-minded Riot Grrrl scene that was also exploding in the Pacific Northwest. Along with contemporaries such as Sleater-Kinney, Tribe 8, Bikini Kill, and Heavens to Betsy, Team Dresch also offered listeners an alternative to the testosterone-fueled sound of the straight male-dominated grunge sound. To commemorate the anniversary of the release of Team Dresch’s highly regarded albums Personal Best and Captain My Captain, both […]

A Wong Time Ago

First the bad news. Almost 25 years after its theatrical release, To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything, Julie Newmar (Universal / Shout Select), newly reissued on Blu-ray, doesn’t hold up so well. While the concept for the screenplay by Douglas Carter Beane supposedly predates the superior The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, To Wong Foo suffers by comparison. That said, there are still plenty of reasons to take this life-changing cross-country journey with Vida (the late Patrick Swayze), Noxeema (Wesley Snipes), and Chi-Chi (John Leguizamo). One reason alone happens in the first few minutes of To Wong Foo, […]

Being Mouse

A recent internet meme featured Harry Potter series author J.K. Rowling bemoaning the difficulty of killing off so many characters, with Game of Thrones series author George R.R. Martin calling her “adorable” in response. Gay writer Armistead Maupin has more in common with Rowling and Martin than you might expect. Maupin, like Rowling and Martin, is the author of a popular book series. In Maupin’s case, it’s the beloved queer Tales of The City sequence, which began in 1978 and concluded in 2014. As in the case of Rowling and Martin, Maupin populated his books with a wide assortment of […]

Further Reading

Stonewall stories – Arriving just in time for the Stonewall 50 festivities, We Are Everywhere: Protest, Power, and Pride in the History of Queer Liberation (Ten Speed Press, 2019) by Matthew Riemer and Leighton Brown, tells a multitude of stories of the LGBTQ community in words and pictures, from 1868 to the present day. Updated and featuring a new introduction, Charles Kaiser’s landmark book The Gay Metropolis (Grove Press, 1997 / 2019), featuring the additional subtitle 50 Years After Stonewall, is even more essential reading than ever in light of the observance of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots. […]

Men on Ice

The Next Ice Age recently celebrated over 30 years of excellence as one of only three dance companies on ice in America. On Thursday, May 16th, the Mount Pleasant Ice Arena will host the Next Ice Age, which will join with the Ice Men, a group of amateur young male skaters, in the revival of choreographer John Curry’s adaptation for skaters of Aaron Copland’s score for the ballet Rodeo. During this performance, ten of the best male figure skaters from around the globe perform with six young male skaters in a program in which they will skate to Aaron Copland’s […]