It’s Pride 2019

JUNE. SWELTERING HEAT, insects, cookouts, pools, and most notably – it’s Pride season! Baltimore Pride, entering its 45th year, will provide an environment for all of Maryland’s sexual and gender minority community to showcase their culture, express their authentic identities, and revel in a weekend of celebrating us. This year’s theme, “Unity through Diversity: The ReMix,” represents the transformation of fear into empowerment and embracing community to fight for justice and dignity. “Unity through Diversity” also represents a call to action for those of us within the community, and to those who exist as allies or detractors on the margins. […]

Jim Williams: In His Own Words

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”  Few people have embodied the answer to this question more than Baltimore OUTloud’s co-founder and co-owner Jim Williams.  Throughout Jim’s life, his strong work ethic, passion, humility, and heart have marked his accomplishments as labor organizer, advocate for people with AIDS, and gay activist. “I was so young and focused on what I was doing that I didn’t realize the history that was being made,” Jim told me recounting his life. Born at home in Shreveport, Louisiana, on April 9th, […]

Presbyterian minister spoke out for gay people in the 1900s

Philadelphia – Historian Jonathan Katz’s participation in a gay liberation organization during the 1970s spurred his passion for researching LGBTQ history. A native of New York City’s Greenwich Village, Katz joined the Gay Activists Alliance in 1971. His interest fueled his recent discovery at Philadelphia’s Presbyterian Historical Society. There, he found new evidence supporting the theory that Rev. Carl Schlegel, a German immigrant to the US, publicly defended gay rights in New Orleans in 1906-07 – making him the earliest-known gay rights activist in the country, Katz said. Schlegel, a Presbyterian minister, was known for advocating for homosexuals in the […]

The Wounds of the Closet

We wouldn’t have Pride if we didn’t have the closet first. The closet isn’t a good place to be. It’s dark, it’s lonely, and, over time, becomes a kind of prison. It’s a difficult problem everyone in our community has faced because the closet exists for a reason: it keeps us safe, helps us maintain relationships with people we care about, and, in some cases, is necessary for survival. Each of us has a different relationship with the closet. Living in rural Maryland, I’ve met a number of people of all ages, genders, and sexualities who have an active relationship […]

Rainbow Country Resorts Brings 100-plus Acre Men’s Destination to West Virginia

The West Virginia foothills are about to be even closer to heaven with the upcoming arrival of Rainbow Country Resorts, a newly constructed men’s outdoor destination. Originally a 100-plus acre horse ranch, Rainbow Country Resorts will be a year-round operation nestled in the idyllic alpine valley along the Potomac. The resort has been six years in the making. “The views here are breathtaking,” one of the resort’s principals, Dave said. “We’ve been focused on keeping the wonderful atmosphere and making the resort a place for men to come and enjoy themselves and the view.” Rainbow Country Resorts will host tent […]

What’s Trump Done to Asylum?

There have been many recent changes (amid a flurry of proposals) to the immigration law as it applies to applications for asylum in the US. Both international law and federal law contain provisions for people to apply for asylum or refugee status based on past persecution or well-founded fear of future persecution in their native country. The persecution must be based on race, religion, political opinion, nationality, or membership in a particular social group. There is a body of cases that have interpreted the asylum law, and its application in the US, since the 1950s. Yet Trump’s former Attorney General […]

City Council Candidate: ‘Out, Proud, and Ready to Serve’

Dear LGBTQ Communities, Can you believe, in this day and age, that Baltimore has no openly LGBTQ representation in city government? Representation is power. When elected leaders from our community are in the room, they humanize our lives, impact policy and legislative debates, and influence other colleagues to vote in favor of equality. LGBTQ elected officials are our best defense against anti-LGBTQ efforts at all levels of government and are best positioned to advance equality for our community. This letter is my own “coming out” as a politician, just in time for Baltimore Pride! This is the time of year […]

Hot DIY Wedding Tips

Doing things yourself can be a great way to save money on your wedding. Trading money and convenience for time and effort can build camaraderie and give you genuine joy in the doing.  First, a caveat: If you’re a deadline-driven person like me, especially one who struggles with procrastination (also like me), think twice before taking on a big or complicated DIY project for your wedding.  The closer you get to your wedding, the more there is to do. What looked like a simple, fun project 12 months ago can become a stress-inducing, screaming burden in the last few weeks […]

Mister Know it all

Filmmaker John Waters calls his 1988 movie Hairspray “the gift that keeps on giving,” because it has had so many versions. But there’s one version that has yet to see the light of day. “I want to do the porn version,” he revealed recently. “Pubic Hairspray!” Waters, who is based in Baltimore, went on NBC’s “Late Night with Seth Meyers” show to kick off a nationwide tour to promote his new book, Mr. Know-It-All: The Tarnished Wisdom of a Filth Elder. The book, his ninth, is part advice book, part memoir, part recap of his last seven films, and part […]

Living a Less Than Perfect Life

Imagine yourself maybe 10 to 15 years ago. Even five years will do it. Did you think your life today would be the way it is? If you had set goals back then, are they a reality or on the way to be so? Or have they evolved or changed completely? Are you where you thought you would be? We not only change within, in terms of values, beliefs and expectations, but there are external changes in the culture, the society and the world and they all affect our lives in one way or another. Who could’ve predicted that both […]