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Looking Out: Is Horseshoe Casino Baltimore's newest LGBT ally?

Looking Out: Is Horseshoe Casino Baltimore's newest LGBT ally?

Looks like Baltimore's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community could have a big, flashy, deep-pocketed new ally in town in Horseshoe Casino on Russell Street, which opened Tuesday.  Read more

Smithsonian accepts archival material from Baltimore's LGBT community center

Smithsonian accepts archival material from Baltimore's LGBT community center

Old photographs, newspapers and other miscellaneous "gay pride ephemera" from the last half-century of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history in Baltimore will be added on Tuesday to one of the nation's most esteemed museum collections.  Read more

Looking Out: With Robin Williams' death, an LGBT icon falls to a familiar threat

Looking Out: With Robin Williams' death, an LGBT icon falls to a familiar threat

His eccentricity, boundary-pushing bravado and brilliant knack for flamboyance could have all made it so on their own, but it was perhaps Robin Williams' way of taking up queer characters with just the right balance of warmth and pitch-perfect irreverence that made us love him most.  Read more

LGBT Americans less likely to be religious, poll finds

LGBT Americans less likely to be religious, poll finds

Americans who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender are less likely to be religious than their non-LGBT peers, according to a new Gallup poll.  Read more

Looking Out: Marylander's LGBT history app marks first anniversary

Looking Out: Marylander's LGBT history app marks first anniversary

A Maryland woman's simple smartphone app that chronicles major LGBT moments in history has reached a milestone of its own: Its one-year anniversary.  Read more

Looking Out: 'Normal Heart,' 'Orange' snag Emmy nods in big year for LGBT productions

Looking Out: 'Normal Heart,' 'Orange' snag Emmy nods in big year for LGBT productions

Two television productions that pushed the LGBT envelope on the small screen this year were big winners Thursday, as the 2014 Emmy nominations were announced.  Read more

Looking Out: Charm City Cakes makes sweet gesture for Pride

Looking Out: Charm City Cakes makes sweet gesture for Pride

Baltimore's favorite cake makers have added a little rainbow coloring to their logo for a batch of T-shirts they cooked up for this year's Pride celebrations.  Read more

Queue up for B'more Qfest

Queue up for B'more Qfest

It's here! It's queer! Go to it!   Read more

HBO's 'The Normal Heart' brought back memories of death, and I'm only 28 [Commentary]

HBO's 'The Normal Heart' brought back memories of death, and I'm only 28 [Commentary]

As I watched HBO's new film "The Normal Heart" this weekend, sharp memories kept flashing through my mind of emaciated young people wracked with sores and dying before my eyes.  Read more

The Charm City LGBT Film Festival returns for third year

The Charm City LGBT Film Festival returns for third year

From May 29-June 1, the Creative Alliance hosts its third annual Charm City LGBT Film Festival at The Patterson, highlighting six national and international features and documentaries that have been recognized at major film festivals this year.  Read more

In city 'crack down,' drinking at Pride to be limited to fenced-in areas

In city 'crack down,' drinking at Pride to be limited to fenced-in areas

The consumption of alcohol at this year's Baltimore Pride festivities will be confined to two designated beer gardens within the larger event footprint, organizers said Thursday.  Read more

Looking Out: Gay Eagle Scout from Md. petitions Amazon to halt donations to Boy Scouts

Looking Out: Gay Eagle Scout from Md. petitions Amazon to halt donations to Boy Scouts

Pascal Tessier, 17, of Maryland, became one of the first out Eagle Scouts in the history of the Boy Scouts of America earlier this year, after the organization lifted its ban on gay scouts.  Read more

Looking Out: Baltimore author to discuss 'Gay Mafia' at Pratt event

Looking Out: Baltimore author to discuss 'Gay Mafia' at Pratt event

In New York City in the 1930s, '40s and '50s, when city laws made it illegal to serve gay patrons or hire gay employees, it took a lot of money and clout for a gay establishment to stay ahead of the vice police and remain open.  Read more

Your LGBT guide to Maryland Film Festival 2014

Your LGBT guide to Maryland Film Festival 2014

The 2014 Maryland Film Festival takes place May 7-11 around the Station North Arts District and other Baltimore area locations. The festival traditionally highlights international features, topical documentaries, local works and several shorts programs, among other special screenings.   Read more

Looking Out: Coalition launches campaign to promote Maryland's new transgender protections

Looking Out: Coalition launches campaign to promote Maryland's new transgender protections

Advocates in Maryland who backed the successful passage of the first statewide legal protections for transgender citizens in housing, employment and public accommodations this legislative session don't consider their work complete.  Read more

The GLCCB's 2014 LGBT Baltimore Visitors Guide is here

The GLCCB's 2014 LGBT Baltimore Visitors Guide is here

For the third year in a row, the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center of Baltimore has released a guide of the city for LGBT visitors.  Read more

Looking Out: Tom Daley is gay. Don't say, 'I told you so.'

Looking Out: Tom Daley is gay. Don't say, 'I told you so.'

Don't say, "I told you so," but British diver Tom Daley is gay.  Read more

Del Shores, of 'Sordid Lives' fame, to host Baltimore double billing of films

Del Shores, of 'Sordid Lives' fame, to host Baltimore double billing of films

Playwright, film director and LGBT cult favorite Del Shores will be in Baltimore on Sunday for a meet-and-greet with fans, a costume contest and a double billing of two of his films: "Sordid Lives" and "Southern Baptist Sissies."  Read more

Annapolis Film Festival presents LGBT-themed offerings

Annapolis Film Festival presents LGBT-themed offerings

If you're headed to the Annapolis Film Festival from March 27-30, you'll find more than 70 films at locations around the city, including Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Compass Rose Theater, O'Callaghan's Hotel and St. Anne's Parish House. Among those screenings are a handful of LGBT-themed features, documentaries and a short.  Read more

New partnership houses gay center's archives at University of Baltimore

New partnership houses gay center's archives at University of Baltimore

Ben Blake envisions a future where academics from New York and Boston will catch Amtrak trains to Baltimore's Penn Station with the singular purpose of becoming immersed in one of the country's most compelling archives on the gay rights movement.  Read more

Looking Out: Transgender advocate Janet Mock criticizes Piers Morgan over interview

Looking Out: Transgender advocate Janet Mock criticizes Piers Morgan over interview

Another month, another dispute over a misguided media effort to put transgender lives in the spotlight.  Read more

New Facebook app includes LGBT 'Pride' section

New Facebook app includes LGBT 'Pride' section

The LGBT community got a pretty big nod from Facebook this week.  Read more

'Looking' recap, 'Looking for Uncut'

'Looking' recap, 'Looking for Uncut'

The discomfort on Patrick's face as he utters a more, uh, colloquial term for "friend with benefits" is pretty good foreshadowing for how the second episode of "Looking" eventually ends.  Read more

Here's what transgender progress looks like

Here's what transgender progress looks like

Attention, Katie Couric: Here's how you treat transgender women in the media.  Read more

LGBT-themed movies to keep an eye on at Sundance

LGBT-themed movies to keep an eye on at Sundance

The Sundance Film Festival kicks off in Park City, Utah, Jan. 16, which means a handful of LGBT-related movies will be making their premieres. Whether these flicks get picked up for distribution in theaters is another question entirely. But in the interest of being prepared, here's a look at a few of the festival's LGBT-focused offerings.  Read more

HBO's 'Looking' provides genuine, honest look at gay life

HBO's 'Looking' provides genuine, honest look at gay life

"Looking," HBO's newest half-hour comedy, is a show about gay men, but that doesn't make it a gay show.  Read more

Katie Couric's offensive interview reveals need for transgender visibility

Katie Couric's offensive interview reveals need for transgender visibility

Katie Couric probably meant well when she invited "Orange is the New Black" actress Laverne Cox and model Carmen Carrera on her eponymous talk show to discuss transgender-specific issues.  Read more

Macklemore wants to recruit you for the ACLU

Macklemore wants to recruit you for the ACLU

Love him or hate him, there's no denying Macklemore is a high-profile, staunchly spoken advocate for the LGBT community.  Read more

Two Maryland teens make Out100 list

Two Maryland teens make Out100 list

Maryland connections are sprinkled through Out Magazine's 2013 Out100 list, a roll call of the year's most influential members of the LGBT community that has been gradually released online since last Tuesday.  Read more

Post-football, Ayanbadejo is reshaping LGBT advocacy in sports world

Post-football, Ayanbadejo is reshaping LGBT advocacy in sports world

Growing up as a mixed-race kid in Chicago and in his father's native Nigeria, where he really stood out, Brendon Ayanbadejo became attuned to issues of identity from a very young age.  Read more

Two acclaimed LGBT-focused films screening at Creative Alliance

Two acclaimed LGBT-focused films screening at Creative Alliance

Two LGBT-focused films screening at the Creative Alliance over the next two weeks provide deeper looks at often-marginalized parts of the queer community -- with one exploring Maryland in particular.  Read more

Looking Out: Betty White shows support for bullied LGBT youth

Looking Out: Betty White shows support for bullied LGBT youth

Just when you thought Betty White couldn't possibly do more to endear herself to the LGBT community, the "Golden Girls" alumna took part in a promotional video for Spirit Day, GLAAD's anti-bullying initiative that asks people to wear purple to show support for LGBT youth.  Read more

'Sean Saves the World' could use some saving

'Sean Saves the World' could use some saving

Whatever else can be said about "Sean Saves the World," the Sean Hayes vehicle which premieres Thursday night on NBC, know that the sitcom doesn't treat sexuality with kid gloves.  Read more

At JHU, a 'confluence' of LGBT outreach efforts

At JHU, a 'confluence' of LGBT outreach efforts

The LGBT community at Johns Hopkins University seems to be getting more organized by the minute.  Read more

Baltimore Black Pride events underway

Baltimore Black Pride events underway

From a ballroom performance show to a discussion on hate crimes with Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts, the next two weeks are packed with a wide variety of Baltimore Black Pride events.  Read more

'Wire' star Wendell Pierce plays conflicted husband in new gay film

'Wire' star Wendell Pierce plays conflicted husband in new gay film

A new film premiering in the Baltimore region on Friday features the actor Wendell Pierce, a familiar face to many here, as a conflicted husband and father who has an affair with a teenage boy he meets online.  Read more

Even Putin can't take the gay out of Tchaikovsky

Even Putin can't take the gay out of Tchaikovsky

This being an arts blog, I try to leave political issues aside, but, sometimes, there's just no way to avoid them. Case in point: The anti-gay laws and sentiments in today's Russia.  Read more

'Blade' sports issue edited by Ayanbadejo hits newsstands

'Blade' sports issue edited by Ayanbadejo hits newsstands

Remember a couple months back when the Washington Blade promised an issue dedicated to sports and edited by former Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo?  Read more

App maker petitions Apple to remove 'bisexual' from flagged list

App maker petitions Apple to remove 'bisexual' from flagged list

Update: Quist owner Sarah Prager received a phone call from an Apple representative Tuesday telling her that the use of "bisexual" is no longer flagged in the company's App Store.  Read more

Top 20 most LGBT-friendly colleges ranked by Princeton Review

Top 20 most LGBT-friendly colleges ranked by Princeton Review

Mixed news for Maryland's LGBT high schoolers looking to attend one of the nation's most LGBT-friendly colleges: They'll have to head out of state.  Read more

New app 'Quist' delivers LGBT history on the go

New app 'Quist' delivers LGBT history on the go

Thirty-two years ago this week, tennis pro Martina Navratilova was outed in a New York Daily News article. Ten years before that, lesbians picketed outside a lesbian-oriented bar whose owner was reportedly hostile to the growing gay liberation movement.  Read more

Tumblr bans in-app searches of 'gay' and 'lesbian,' but not gay slurs

Tumblr bans in-app searches of 'gay' and 'lesbian,' but not gay slurs

In the latest move by an Internet company to crack down on the inevitable proliferation of porn, blogging site Tumblr has banned its Apple iOS app users from searching the tags "gay," "lesbian" and "bisexual."  Read more

Looking Out: Olympic committee says Russia's anti-gay law won't affect Games

Looking Out: Olympic committee says Russia's anti-gay law won't affect Games

After mounting concern about how Russia's anti-gay law would affect athletes headed to next year's Winter Olympics in Sochi, the International Olympic Committee has finally released a statement saying it will "work to ensure" no discrimination against LGBT participants.  Read more

LGBT group calls for 'Ender's Game' boycott due to author's anti-gay views

LGBT group calls for 'Ender's Game' boycott due to author's anti-gay views

Orson Scott Card must have a bad case of deja vu.  Read more

Looking Out: Bert and Ernie cuddle on New Yorker's DOMA cover

Looking Out: Bert and Ernie cuddle on New Yorker's DOMA cover

Now that the Defense of Marriage Act is out of the way, we have time to focus on real issues: puppet sex.  Read more

Exhibit featuring LGBT portraits now on display

Exhibit featuring LGBT portraits now on display

An exhibit featuring portraits of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Marylanders is now on display at the Maryland Humanities Council offices in Baltimore -- and is open to the public on Thursday.  Read more

Gay-themed films get screen time at Charm City LGBT Film Festival

Gay-themed films get screen time at Charm City LGBT Film Festival

Film festivals do a heft amount of grandstanding about representing diverse perspectives and expanding the definition of cinema. But when it comes to LGBT characters and so-called queer cinema, the festival circuit has a mixed track record. Sure, the winning flick at this year's Cannes Film Festival -- the creme de la creme of the festival circuit -- was about a lesbian romance. But films depicting same-sex relationships often get swept into their own awards categories or themed sidebars, making them unlikely to get the exposure necessary to jump into American theaters.  Read more

Md. man's button collection tells story of gay rights movement

Md. man's button collection tells story of gay rights movement

When it comes to history, Al Feldstein is an equal-opportunity collector.  Read more

An encore for Macklemore's pro-gay Preakness Infield performance

An encore for Macklemore's pro-gay Preakness Infield performance

Consider this our encore applause for Macklemore's performance at Preakness.  Read more

Stoop Storytelling show features offbeat coming out story

Stoop Storytelling show features offbeat coming out story

In seven minutes, Tim Kuhn will progress from first date to realizing he'll never be straight. And that terrifies him.  Read more

Sean Hayes plays gay dad in new NBC sitcom

Sean Hayes plays gay dad in new NBC sitcom

As the television networks announced their fall schedules during this week's upfronts, news was pretty mixed for TV's LGBT characters.  Read more

Was 'The New Normal' truly the new normal?

Was 'The New Normal' truly the new normal?

"The New Normal" was supposed to be the new normal.  Read more

ABOUT THE BLOGGER

Kevin Rector joined The Sun as a breaking news and general assignment reporter in 2012, after working for years as a reporter in Baltimore's suburbs. An Ellicott City native, Rector attended high school at Loyola Blakefield in Towson and graduated in 2007 from the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, College Park, where he also pursued a concentration in LGBT Studies and participated in the university's LGBT Speaker's Bureau. He also spent a summer learning about grassroots advocacy as an intern at Equality Maryland, and has written often on LGBT issues. In 2010, Rector spent a year away from journalism in rural southern Africa, as a fellow with a nonprofit fighting childhood HIV/AIDS and malnutrition.

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