This issue of Baltimore OUTloud a milestone for us as we celebrate 10 years of activist journalism in service to Baltimore’s sexual-minority communities. In our first issue on May 16, 2003, founding publisher Mike Chase described the launch of the paper as time-consuming, nerve-wracking, and exciting – the beginning of an adventure. It has indeed been all of these with ups, downs, triumphs and tragedies, successes to celebrate and obstacles to overcome. Yet, despite the economic crisis of the last five years and the demise of much of the print media, here we are, ten years and counting! Our success against the odds and conventional wisdom, rest squarely with our superb staff, loyal columnist and writers – volunteers all, committed advertisers, and most importantly you, Baltimore’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities.
The Baltimore Sun reporting that with same-sex marriage now available, Maryland state employees in same-sex relationships have been notified that they won’t be able to include domestic partners in their health insurance as of January 1, 2014. With 11 states, the District of Columbia, and three Native American tribes having legalized same-sex marriage, employers that have domestic-partner benefits are increasingly reexamining their policies in that area.
On May 10-12, 2013, the Maryland Leather Clubs welcomed the traveling Carter/Johnson Leather Library & Collection (www.leatherlibrary.org) to the Gay & Lesbian Community Center of Baltimore. This exhibit includes Leather, fetish, S/m and alternative sexuality books, periodicals, posters, art, and ephemera dating back to the 1700s, and has been collected by librarian Vi Johnson. This event marks the first time The Library has had a major exhibition in Baltimore. An estimated 300 people came to the GLCCB to see the work, some coming from as far as Denver and San Francisco.
Ride for the Feast, the 2-day, 140 mile bike ride from Ocean City to Baltimore on May 11-12 raised $522,651 (and still counting) for Moveable Feast. Since 2003, the event has been one of the principal fundraising sources for the organization.
The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Community Center of Baltimore and Central Maryland (GLCCB) today announced the Baltimore Pride 2013 Grand Marshall is Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake.
The FreeState Legal Project expressed concern that an attack on a man in Ellicott City that included anti-gay slurs was not investigated as a hate crime. According to a report posted on ellicottcity.patch.com, on April 21, a man was attacked and stabbed in the forearm in Ellicott City. The perpetrator allegedly “[used] slurs against homosexuals” during the attack. The assailant was charged with first-degree assault and reckless endangerment, but not with committing a hate crime.
Wow! Ten years. Where did they go? I remember the day I was asked to meet Joe Berg and Jim Williams for lunch. I was wondering what I may have done. I went into this meeting with my guard way up. Anyway, they proceeded to explain to me what was about to happen. Then they asked me, “Would you like to get on board with us?” My first reaction was, “Are you sure?” We all laughed. Well I guess you all know the answer to the question. And so Baltimore OUTloud was born.
A rose doesn’t look the same to any two people. To a botanist it looks one way; to a poet it looks very different. And so too, a paper like OUTloudlooks very different depending on the viewer. But on this, the paper’s tenth anniversary, I thought it might be a good time to step back and dissect it for what it is.
REACHING OUT TO THE GAY AND LESBIAN COMMUNITY?
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