Baltimore is a welcoming destination for gay and lesbian travelers, with gay-friendly festivals, nightlife options, publications, and more -- not to mention the diverse range of arts and culture opportunities available to everyone in the city. Use the guide below as a primer on things to do while you visit or get acquainted with gay life in Baltimore. These festivals and events foster community amongst LGBT-friendly people and their allies. Club N. Charles St.
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Mount Vernon , known as Baltimore's gay village , is the central hub of the city's lesbian , gay , bisexual , and transgender communities. Baltimore Pride is one of the oldest gay pride celebrations in the United States. In , Baltimore Pride celebrated its 44th annual event. Pride weekend in Baltimore is held from June 14 to June In , the Baltimore Afro-American covered a local drag ball. The article detailed the "coming out of new debutantes into gay society.
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In the August issue of Baltimore's long-running Gay Community Center newspaper, Greg Lehne wrote about casual sex in the gay men's community in his column, "Gay Perspectives. Lehne advised looking to lesbians: "The lesbian social scene, which predominantly revolves around friendship circles and non-bar activities, can also provide gay men with a model for meeting friends. There is some truth to this stereotype of gay men as out in the bars while lesbians were organizing at home, but it misses the vibrant history of lesbian social spaces in Baltimore. That same issue of the Gay Community Center newspaper featured a map of lesbian and gay places in the city, including at least six bars—and that's not counting the floating bar on the regular gay and lesbian cruises around the harbor, the popular Ladies Tea at the Hippo—then called The Pink Hippopotamus —or the many women's nights at other predominantly gay men's establishments. The lesbian bar scene in Baltimore was then, and for the next several decades, a place where women came out, came together—in more ways than one—and made rich lives in a world that often made very clear that it did not want them.
Thursday nights are typically packed at Grand Central, perhaps the largest remaining gay nightclub in Baltimore. He said Thursday nights at Grand Central remind him what the club was when he first started sneaking in at That was one thing about Central — you would go out and see people you did not know. Grand Central, possibly Baltimore's largest gay nightclub, to close under new owners.