Visiting the Charm City – Queer Baltimore

Author: , December 22nd, 2017

Queer Baltimore

Baltimore has a lot to offer the LGBT visitor and is often ignored due to the proximity to its neighbor, Washington, D.C.

However, Baltimore is a real city and a historical one at that, having been founded in 1729. There’s lots to see and it’s very walkable. Like many cities these days, you do have to be on guard and stay on certain streets.

Getting There

The L Line light rail from the airport to downtown takes 30 minutes and is just $1.85.

You will find the Link L light rail station at the northern end of the terminal.

BWI Airport is a Southwest hub so there are lots of cheap air fares on all the airlines. You can also take Amtrak to Baltimore or even BWI. MARC and Amtrak trains can bring you up from D.C. if you want to visit both cities or even continue on up to Philadelphia or New York.

By Bill Malcolm – Full Story at Windy City

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Baltimore Pride Moving to July

Author: , December 26th, 2014

Gay Pride FlagOrganizers of Baltimore Pride announced this week that the 40th annual event will be moved to July next year. The block party will be held Saturday, July 25 in Mount Vernon, marking a return to its traditional location after a controversial move this year to an area farther north.

The festival moves to Sunday, July 26, returning to Druid Hill Park. The location change for 2014 proved unpopular with many attendees, some of whom complained at a town hall event held by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center of Baltimore.

Full Story at The Washington Blade | Maryland Gay Travel Resources

Columbia, Maryland Gets Its First Drag Show

Author: , November 1st, 2014

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For a number of years, drag shows have been one of the popular entertainment features at PW’s Sports Bar in North Laurel–Howard County’s only gay bar. Many of these shows are held in conjunction with charitable events and causes in which PW’s participates.

Now some of the drag acts will travel up the road to Columbia where they will perform in a straight bar named Second Chance Saloon in the village of Oakland Mills. When the performers hit the stage on Nov. 8 at 10 p.m. it will mark the first time a public drag show takes place in the city of Columbia.

Titled “Sugar, Spice and a Little Something Nice,” the event will be hosted by Anastacia Amor, a well-known drag performer at PWs. Co-hosting the show will be Shawnna Alexander. In addition, local performers Ariyanna Myst, Onyx D’ Pearl and Krystal Nova will entertain.

By Anastacia Amor – Full Story at The Washington Blade | Maryland Gay Travel Resources

Photo by Steve Weiner Photography

Baltimore Pride – Changes Are Coming

Author: , May 13th, 2014

Baltimore Pride 2014The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center of Baltimore and Central Maryland (GLCCB) firmed up the dates for Baltimore Pride—an enterprise run by the GLCCB. This year’s Baltimore Pride will take place on Father’s Day weekend, June 13-15.

The Pride Parade and Block Party will take place on Saturday, June 14, with the Pride Festival taking place on Sunday, June 15. The parade route will begin at the intersection of Eager and Charles streets and continue on Charles Street up to Mount Royal Avenue. All Pride weekend events will then take place at Mount Royal Avenue and Cathedral St. (No events will take place in Druid Hill Park, as in years past).

By Steve Charing – The Washington Blade | Maryland Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events

Leslie Jordan Will Kick Off Baltimore’s Gay Film Festival

Author: , February 8th, 2014

Leslie JordanB’More QFest announced that it will kick off its inaugural year with Leslie Jordan, well known for his Emmy-winning role as Beverly Leslie on the hit show “Will & Grace.” Jordan will perform his one-man show “Fruit Fly: Do Gay Men Become Their Mothers?” on June 10-11 at the Theatre Project, 45 W. Preston St. in Baltimore.

Performances begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are $75 for a pre-performance reception and performance on June 10 or $35 for the performance only and $35 for the performance on June 11.

Authored By Steve Charing – See the Full Story at The Washington Blade

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Baltimore: Where Southern Hospitality Meets Urban Funk

Author: , July 18th, 2013

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Now that marriage equality is legal in Maryland, Baltimore is getting a second look by gay travelers. Passport Magazine reports:

Baltimore, Maryland does not often display rainbow flags (unless you happen show up during Baltimore Pride when more than 30,000 attendees strut their rainbow wares) , or post multi-colored signage on streetlamps, like in Toronto’s Church-Wellesley or San Francisco’s Castro, directing visitors to where bars, bathhouses, and bistros cluster boisterously together.

Instead, Baltimore – a city struggling to regain a foothold on the economic prosperity ladder – has an altogether different vibe. It’s at the crossroads of where Southern hospitality meets urban funk. Known as the Charm City, Baltimore’s Old Bay encrusted flavor is evident once you start exploring its homespun neighborhoods.

But make no mistake, with the passing of Maryland’s same-sex marriage law this year, Baltimore’s gentrification is getting an LGBT boost, one neighborhood at a time.

And Steve Charing at The Washington Blade reports that next year’s baltimore Pride celebration will be even bigger than this years’:

The GLCCB, which has operated Baltimore Pride for more than 30 years, has limited the celebration to essentially two days–the parade-block party on Saturday and the festival at Druid Hill Park on Sunday–with a fundraiser held the Friday before. Next year, there will be “many new aspects to Baltimore Pride, including pre-Pride events such as Pride with the Orioles,” according to GLCCB executive director Matt Thorn. The first Baltimore Pride 2014 planning meeting will be Monday at 6:30 p.m. and the GLCCB encourages the community to attend.

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Scarborough Fair B&B, Baltimore, Maryland

Author: , July 17th, 2013

Scarborough Fair B&B - Baltimore, MarylandPeriodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Only Two Blocks from the Inner Harbor Area!: Located in the historic neighborhood of Federal Hill, only two blocks to the Inner Harbor, four blocks to Convention Centers and business district, and a short walk to sports venues. Ideally situated for business or pleasure trips to the city!

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Heading to Baltimore? Five Great Things to Do

Author: , July 13th, 2013

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If you’re on your way to Baltimore, Maryland for business or pleasure, The Washington Blade has five great things for you to do in town:

If you’ve exhausted D.C.’s myriad options for stay-at-home fun this summer, then head 35 miles north to Baltimore. We’ve discovered five new ways to spend time in Charm City this summer.

1. For superhero fans who’ve seen “Man of Steel” a dozen times and are in need of a new fix, check out Geppi’s Entertainment Museum dedicated to all things pop culture. The unique museum features a comic book library, including, you guessed it, Superman memorabilia. The exhibits reveal the real world forces — such as World War II and the Great Depression — that inspired the creation of various comic book characters. The convenient downtown location at Camden Yards makes it easy to find and park.

See the full list at the link above.

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Inn at 2920, Baltimore, Maryland

Author: , June 14th, 2013

Inn at 2920, Baltimore, MarylandPeriodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Award Winning, Upscale, Contemporary : The Inn is located in Canton, one of downtown Baltimore’s most desirable neighborhoods. Described in the Baltimore Sun as a cross between Greenwich Village and Key West and located just 2.5 miles from Baltimore’s convention center and Inner Harbor, Canton is a convenient option for Baltimore visitors.

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Get Married in Baltimore

Author: , May 15th, 2013

Maryland mapNow that Maryland recognizes full marriage equality, why not get married in Baltimore? Passport Magazine has the details:

Since Maryland became one of the latest states to legalize same-sex weddings, Baltimore’s wedding business has been booming, and visitors to Charm City can enjoy a wedding with all the quirky style that is the city’s hallmark. Best of all, you don’t have to be a Maryland resident to marry here, though a 48-hour period in the city is required. You’ll find all the details at www.baltimore.org/lgbt-weddings, Visit Baltimore’s website, that also features a GLBT guide. For Baltimoreans, the new law is a revelation, as you can imagine. Wayne Gooch, who married his longtime partner at Gertrude’s on January 13 says the true moment of “wow this is really happening” came a few weeks later when he received a jury duty summons in the mail. “When I came to the marital status question, I checked married.’ When it asked for the spouse’s name, I filled in ‘Russell Keys.’ And I burst into tears that I could actually DO that.”

He’s not alone in his celebration of the new law. The city’s merchants have already sprung into action. Shortly after the law took effect, Baltimore hosted a major gay marriage expo with a wide variety of vendors proudly displaying their wares. Same-sex marriage is an idea that’s just been waiting to happen here, and it’s being welcomed by longtime gay-friendly establishments as well as potential brides and grooms. As Joey, the manager of Pazo Restaurant (a fabulous wedding venue) puts it, “Many of our most regular and loyal customers would have loved to get married here. And now we’re very excited that they can!”

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