Knife-Wielding Man May Be Targeting Transwomen in DC

By Lou Chibbaro, Jr Reprinted by permission of the Washington Blade Washington, DC – DC police are seeking help from the public in identifying a male suspect who allegedly met two transgender women through a dating app known as Tagged and forced one of them to turn over her car at knifepoint and stabbed and robbed the other victim. Police reports for the two incidents say the perpetrator, believed to be the same person, met the first victim through the Tagged app and arranged to have her pick him up on October 7th at approximately 4:45 am in a parking […]

REMEMBERING Bradley Grant

Bradley Grant Memorial Service and Life Celebration Saturday,  November 23, beginning at Noon    Memorial Mass:  12 PM—St. Matthew’s Catholic Church, 5401 Loch Raven  Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21239     Luncheon Celebration –1:30 PM— Acropolis Restaurant, 4718 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21224   (Parking is allowed in the Wells Fargo lot after 1pm). For the lunch please RSVP by November 16th to becker889@aol.com with Bradley Grant Celebration in the reference line because It will be a sit down dinner. Also, please designate your choice of a Chicken or Crab Cake platter. Baltimore native and pre-Stonewall gay activist Bradley Grant died on October 11th at Gilchrist Hospice in Towson. […]

What Scares Me

Halloween is my favorite time of year because I love all things spooky. It hasn’t always been this way, though. This year, instead of writing about the Snallygaster (a local monster legend) or personal spooky experiences, I’m instead going to tell you the story of how I learned to to be comfortable with fear. My body broke at 23. A rare autoimmune disease had emerged, slowly dissolving my organs to mush. When the diagnosis was given, it came with a series of ifs: If I made it out of the hospital; If my body responded to the non-standardized, experimental treatment; […]

Gypsy’s Truckstaurant

Gypsy’s Truckstaurant 3515 Clipper Mill Road, Baltimore 443-869-5602 Gypsystruckstaurant.com   Tucked away in the industrial part of Clipper Mill is a hidden oasis of deliciousness waiting to be discovered. It is not too often we see a food truck lay down roots on a permanent address. Especially one with a nomadic name. Fortunately, Annmarie Langton and Tom Looney of the famed Gypsy Queen Food Truck have made their street fare more accessible at Gypsy’s Truckstaurant. Don’t let the view from the street fool you. Behind the privacy fence is an adorable, colorful courtyard in front of a warehouse with lots […]

Another Mr. Maryland Leather

Since I started writing this column in 2005, I interviewed many Mr. Maryland Leather titleholders. Recently I sat down with one that I missed. I was excited to finally tell his story because he is also a dear friend. Allow me to introduce you to Lord Stephen J. Cather, Mr. Maryland Leather 2005. (Since Steve owns a very small piece of land in Scotland, he has officially been recognized by the Scottish Parliament as a lord.) Born in Aberdeen, Maryland, and raised in the state’s Cecil County, Steve has resided for many years in Baltimore City. All through school his […]

Ryan Jamaal Swain: His Thoughts on Thoughts of a Colored Man at Center Stage

James Baldwin once said, “Fires can’t be made with dead embers, nor can enthusiasm be stirred by spiritless men. Enthusiasm in our daily work lightens effort and turns even labor into pleasant tasks.”  It’s evident in the first few minutes of meeting actor Ryan Jamaal Swain, that the dynamic performer is the sheer embodiment of Baldwin’s words.  From his powerful performance as Damon on FX’s Pose to his magnetic role as Love in Keenan Scott II’s Thoughts of a Colored Man, Swain has brought intensity, light and grace to his work.  In Baltimore Center Stage’s Thoughts of a Colored Man […]

HISTORY MONTH Authors & Activism: A History of LGBT Bookstores

“It was unbelievably fun,” Ed Hermance said about his time operating Giovanni’s Room, one of the first queer bookstores in the world. “You weren’t there for the economics, and it would be exhausting if you were in it for the politics. We were starved.”  Until the 1970s, when LGBT publishing first began and activists such as Barbara Gittings pushed for representation in libraries, the few queer books available were limited mostly to anti-gay medical texts. So, as the first wave of bookstores such as Giovanni’s Room opened, getting ahold of quality LGBT titles was a necessity. According to Hermance, “Every […]

Erectile Dysfunction and Your Health

Q: Can erectile dysfunction (ED) be indicative of a more serious health concern? A: Yes! Thank you for this important question, for most men are unaware that erectile dysfunction can be an early indicator of more serious health problems, most of which can be addressed with the proper treatment.  Erectile Dysfunction (ED) is the inability to achieve and maintain an erection long enough to have sex. Most men find the condition highly emasculating and difficult to discuss, even with professional health care providers. This is unfortunate because ED can be alleviated or cured when properly treated and it is critical […]

Meet and Greet: Johanna Dolan

Canadian activist Elaine MacDonald once said, “A life coach does for the rest of your life what a personal trainer does for your health and fitness.” Life coach and trainer Johanna Dolan’s work exudes empowerment. Dolan recently chatted with Baltimore OUTloud on her work and deep Baltimore roots. “I am a native Baltimorean,” began Dolan. “I was born in Towson and lived on Pratt Street. We moved when I was in second grade to West Virginia. My dad was a truck driver during the week and a minister. On Sundays, we would go to whatever church we were attending at […]

America’s Pastime and Me

I remember getting my first baseball glove. I was five, and it was from Kay-Bee Toys. Growing up there was a vacant lot between my house and our neighbor’s to the right, so every spring and summer I would drag cinder blocks across the grass and make a diamond. Sometimes I would get the other kids in the neighborhood to play a full pick-up game with me, but usually it was just my brother, father, and myself. When I was ten, I begged my parents to buy me a tee-ball set, but only because it had a genuine rubber home […]