Keeping Cowboy Fires Burning

International Gay Rodeo Association maintains the cowboy way of life In 1996, Paula Cole once asked “Where have all the cowboys gone?” Mid-Atlantic residents won’t have to look far, as cowboys and cowgirls from all over will be galloping to Harrisburg to take part in the Keystone State Gay Rodeo this June. Baltimore OUTloud, a proud sponsor for the rodeo, recently chatted with International Gay Rodeo Association (IGRA) President Bruce Gros about the mission of the IGRA and the importance of maintaining the group’s longstanding role in the community.

Keystone State Gay Rodeo Rides into Harrisburg June 24th to 25th

The first Keystone State Gay Rodeo will be held June 24th and 25th at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The rodeo weekend includes two exciting full days of rodeo action, line dance lessons, and a Country Ho-Down Saturday night, activities for kids, vendors and a rodeo kick-off party on Friday night.

Frederick County Support Group for Sexual Assault

Safe Space Healing is an open and ongoing free weekly support group specifically for adult LGBTQ people who have experiences sexual assault or abuse. It is facilitated by licensed therapists from Heartly House. The support group provides a safe space that promotes healing by addressing issues of safety, the emotional impact, moving through experiences and supporting resiliency. Interested applicants for this free weekly support group should contact Heartly House at 301-662-8800. The time, day, and location of the group will be disclosed to applicants after they complete a successful phone intake process.

An Interview with Mayor David Gysberts

David Gysberts is a high-school guidance counselor. He’s gay. He loves the outdoors. He lives in a beautiful historic house. And he’s the mayor of Hagerstown, Maryland. “My identity, like everybody else’s, has many layers. I think of myself first as a child of God or the universe; a member of my family; a citizen of my country, my state, my county, my city; my profession; things that I do for hobbies – so being gay is not the most salient part of my identity,” he explained.

Fifth Annual Frederick Pride Welcomes Over 5,000 People

Over 5,000 people attended the fifth annual Frederick Pride on Saturday, June 25th, presented by the Frederick Center. Over 70 vendors – including non-profits, churches, small businesses, artists, and Frederick County agencies – set up along Carroll Creek Linear Park. In other parts of Frederick, business owners posted “Frederick Pride Ally” decals in their shop windows, indicating a safe space and a special discount for Pride attendees. From the ecumenical church service before the festival began, to the after-party at The Lodge in Boonsboro, Maryland, Frederick Pride went strong all day long.

The Frederick Center Elects

New Boardmembers The Frederick Center Board elected officers at the April board meeting. Kristopher Fair was elected as the new chair, Maureen Connors was re-elected vice chair, and Peter Brehm was re-elected treasurer. Adam DeBaugh remains secretary. New members Ruth Bushnell and Emily Perper have also joined the board.