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.
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.
The Keystone State Gay Rodeo rides into town June 24th and 25th and will be held at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Building in Harrisburg.
Hagerstown Hopes will be hosting their second annual Evening of Mystery Masquerade Ball, October 22nd from 6 to10 p.m. at AVA Lounge (28 South Potomac Street, Hagerstown).
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.
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.
Welcome to August in Frederick, dear readers! This month provides ample time for day trips and weekend forays into sports, film, theatre, comedy, gourmet delights, and more.
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.
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.
On Saturday February 6th, the Frederick Center hosted their 2nd annual Carnival at the Hampton Inn in Frederick, Maryland. The Frederick Center is a non-profit organization that helps the LGBTQ community and offers programs for youth, gender-variant adults, and families.