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Wednesday 13

Transgender Issues Working Group. Focusing on the perspectives and input of the transgender community and its supporters, the Equality Maryland team discusses the advancement of transgender issues, education, and legislation in our community, committing to end discrimination against all on the basis of their gender identities and expressions. Advance registration is required. Contact owen@equalitymaryland.org. Wednesdays, 7 p.m., Equality Maryland, 1201 S. Sharp St., (410) 685-6567, equalitymaryland.org, free.

Youth Open Mic Night. It’s pretty fun to be young. Music is always a good time too. So it’s safe to say that the Baltimore County Health Department’s Youth Open Mic Night seems like a no-brainer. Come on down to the GLCCB to sing, strum, or just listen to a variety of young artists and poets from the area. But there will be more than just music—the Baltimore County Health Department will also be offering free HIV testing to anyone in attendance. 6-9 p.m., GLCCB, 241 W. Chase St., free.

Pride Bingo. Grab your daubers and a drink at Club Hippo as we close in on this year’s Pride celebration in Charm City. Established in the heart of Mount Vernon, the Hippo has been a cornerstone in the gay and lesbian community in Baltimore since 1972. The event will be hosted by Roger Dimick and feature prizes from New Zealand popster Ladyhawke, best known for “Paris Is Burning” and “My Delirium.” Club Hippo will offer $3 domestic beers all night long and all proceeds benefit the GLCCB and the 2012 Pride Parade. 8:30 p.m., Club Hippo, 1 W. Eager St., (410) 547-0069, clubhippo.com, free.

Rainbow Royale Gay Skate. Are you down for some old-school skating? Really big Roller Boogie fan? If that’s the case, the Rainbow Royale Gay Skate is probably your thing. Admission is free for the first 100 skaters, so be sure to make it down to the Shake and Bake Family Fun center in a hurry—after that you’ll have to pay. That said, free HIV testing will be provided for anyone who attends. 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Shake and Bake Family Fun Center, 1601 Pennsylvania Ave., (410) 669-9100, skatenbowlmd.com, free.

Thursday 14

Pride Interfaith Service. Clergy and laypeople from various faiths and spiritual paths and traditions will be speaking and singing. Service begins at 7 p.m. with a reception to follow. All are welcome. The service is brought to you by the Interfaith Fairness Coalition of Maryland, an inclusive coalition of organizations, associations, and LGBTQIA individuals and their allies, open to all faiths and spiritual paths, traditions, and communities. 7 p.m., Metropolitan Community Church, 401 W. Monument St., (410) 233-5555, ifcmd.info, free.

Women of Color. This is a biweekly LBTQ support and discussion group for women of color. The group is one of the longest tenured at the GLCCB, and its mission is to provide a welcoming, safe environment. Topics cover social issues, current affairs, the community, children, and more. For more information, e-mail WOC@glccb.org. 7:30-9 p.m., GLCCB, 241 W. Chase St., (410) 857-5445, glccb.org, free.

Fierce International Queer Burlesque Tour. The Mobtown Ballroom presents the Fierce International Queer Burlesque Tour, a variety show featuring Dolly Longlegs. The show features the best of queer burlesque. All proceeds will benefit Equality Maryland. 8 p.m., the Mobtown Ballroom, 861 Washington Blvd., (425) 218-8197, mobtownballroom.com, $10.

Pre-Pride 2012 Party. What better way to kick off one of the largest festivals in Baltimore City than dancing and drinks? Get your Pride started right at Pazo and enjoy drink specials in a swank, Mediterranean-style setting while dancing all night long to a DJ set and live performance by Baltimore’s own Ultra Naté as she blends R&B/hip-hop, soul, disco, house, rock, and electro-pop. Ultra Naté is a club-music veteran of 20 years best known for hits such as “It’s Over Now,” “Free,” and “Love’s the Only Drug” and her performance benefits Pride 2012 as well as the GLCCB, which has been involved in equality advocacy, social events, benefits, support groups, and health forums since 1977. Find out more about their work in health, recovery, mental health, legal, political, and social issues by visiting glccb.org. Buy tickets online at MissionTix.com. 9 p.m., Pazo, 1425 Aliceanna St., (410) 534-7296, pazorestaurant.com, $30, $25 advance.

Pride Kickoff 2012. S.H.E. Productions, a full-service event-production company specializing in LGBTQ events since 2003, is proud to present a killer kickoff event for Pride 2012 at Grand Central, Baltimore’s gay and lesbian entertainment complex. Go start the festivities the right way. 9 p.m., Grand Central, 1001/1003 N. Charles St., (410) 752-7133, centralstationpub.com, $5, 21 and up.

Friday 15

Twilight on the Terrace. Entering its seventh year, Twilight on the Terrace combines a cocktail party, dancing, food, a silent auction, and appearances by local Baltimore celebrities into a single crazy night. Hosted by Gertrude’s, the event features an open bar, hors d’oeuvres, and music by DJ Alex Funk. At the silent auction, bid on everything from local artwork to dates with Chef Duff from Charm City Cakes or WJZ-TV anchor Adam May. The Queer Tango’s Max Gonzalez will be available to give Argentine tango tips to those interested, and Baltimore’s own Vincent de Paul—an actor appearing in everything from Mad Men to Hairspray—will also make an appearance. Twilight first lets guests mingle and relax amid nature’s beauty, but as the sun sets, the music is bound to encourage dancing and mild debauchery. Over 200 guests came out last year, so it’s sure to be hoppin’. 7-11 p.m., Gertrude’s, 10 Art Museum Drive, (410) 889-3399, $100.

Saturday 16

Pride Run. Join Baltimore Frontrunners, a running/walking group for LGBT individuals and their friends, for a pride run. All levels of runners and walkers welcome, including pets. Brunch at 10 a.m. after the run. 8:45 a.m., Panera Bread, 3600 Boston St.

Sufficient As I Am (SAIM). Sufficient As I Am (SAIM) is an LGBT support group for young men and women who, in the words of its web site, “may be questioning their sexual orientation or gender identities, or coping with the daily challenges of being lesbian, gay, bisexual, [or] transgendered.” Meant for those under the age of 24, SAIM seminars include a range of activities from trips to guest speakers. SAIM isn’t a one-off event either—it meets every Saturday from noon-3 p.m. at the GLCCB—so if you enjoy your first session, keep on coming back throughout the summer. Saturdays, noon-3 p.m. GLCCB, 241 W. Chase St., (410) 857-5445, glccb.org, free.

Candy Samples. Originally from Atlanta, drag singer/songwriter Candy Samples now lives in New York City, where she has been spreading her southern charm through song. In addition to performing around New York, Samples hosts The Candy Show, a podcast that discusses politics, celebrity gossip, and New York City events. Samples has released two EPs—Sample This! came out in 2009, and Sample That! in 2010—that feature songs such as “If I Had Only Left (Two Shots Earlier)” and “Green Bean Casserole.” Her latest single, “Sweet Scandal,” comments on recent political and celebrity scandals. 3-3:30 p.m., Jay’s on Read, 225 W. Read St., (410) 225-0188, jaysonread.com, free.

High Heel Race. Think you can run in heels? Men, women, and everyone else can compete to win the High Heel Race of 2012 by racing two blocks up Charles Street. Bring your own heels or borrow some that will be provided—although if you’re planning on borrowing a pair, be warned: Race organizers are collecting heels up to eight inches high. Win a gift basket provided by some of the businesses around Mount Vernon, including Jay’s on Read, the Drinkery, Grand Central, and the race’s sponsor, Mount Vernon Wine and Spirits—along with a $100 gift certificate, trophy, and bottle of champagne. The race is at the intersection of Charles and Read streets. Participants must be over 21 and sign a waiver to enter. 3 p.m., Charles and Read streets, (410) 837-5445, baltimorepride.org, free.

Pride Parade. Join hundreds of proud Baltimoreans for the 2012 Pride Parade. The Parade, emceed by organizer Don Young and Baltimore comedian Shawnna Alexander, kicks off at the corners of Monument and Charles streets in Mount Vernon, and travels four blocks north up Charles Street to Chase Street. Dykes on Bikes will kick off the Parade again this year, followed by dozens of floats, cars, walkers, and performers. New participants include the Charm City Pedal Bike, a 12-person “bike” that carries people through Baltimore. A three-hour bar crawl on the Charm City Pedal Bike will be auctioned off at the Twilight on the Terrace fundraiser the previous evening. Onlookers will also get a chance to catch Turtle Creek Fitness T-shirts, which the sports and fitness group will be tossing into the crowds. Pride Parade Coordinator Don Young hints that one will be hiding a special surprise. This year’s Pride Parade Grand Marshall is PFLAG’s June Horner. Judging the Pride Parade this year will be head judges Bob Viau and Sandy Freed, with the talents of Jeremy Freed, Vernon Brewer, and a guest judge from the GLCCB, Lynora Lawless. They will review the entries based on crowd appeal, best design, and overall participation. The winners receive trophies. 4 p.m., Charles Street, free.

Baltimore Pride Block party. Celebrate in the streets of Mount Vernon with 7,500 fabulous Baltimoreans during the Baltimore Pride Block Party. Turning the streets of Mount Vernon into a “nightclub without walls,” the 2012 Baltimore Pride Block Party will feature 12 artists, h2d by British singer Neon Hitch. Hitch, who spent much of her childhood working as a traveling trapeze artist and street performer, first gained fame for her musical talents when she posted covers online of Wiz Khalifa and Mac Miller. Featured on the Gym Class Heroes hit “Ass Back Home” and co-writer of Ke$ha’s hit song “Blah Blah Blah,” Hitch will release her debut album this summer. Other artists include hip-hop singer/songwriter Damien Crawford, native Washingtonian DJ India, and all-female rock and soul group CooLots, along with plenty of Baltimore-based artists, including DJ Rosie, instrumental “strange rock” group the Dry Sea, and Charm City Cabaret. In addition to the usual performers, dance tent, and food vendors, this year’s block party will also include free Dance Dance Revolution games sponsored by Eden’s Lounge; a Swagger Stage, featuring more laid-back music; and an Adult Zone, where male porn stars Max Ryder and Pierre Fitch will be signing autographs and putting on a live performance that will definitely be for adult eyes only. 6-11 p.m., Charles and Eager streets, (410) 837-5445, baltimorepride.org, free, stage access $15 (for $55 partygoers will have VIP access to private bars, private restrooms, drink specials, and a premier viewing area).

Sunday 17

Pride Festival. The Pride festival is held in Druid Hill Park and features many regional and local performers, vendors, the Lady Lisa Memorial Drag Stage, a Family Zone, and plenty of fun. An estimated 5,000 celebrants will come out on Sunday for the fun and festivities. Indie group J Pope and Funky Friday h2 the festival. They have been rocking on the Baltimore indie scene since 2010. Their well-mixed mashups of hip hop, funk, and soul music have carried them from the basement parties of college campuses to the National Mall and beyond. For the second year in a row, the Pride Festival is featuring a special Family Zone catering to proud families with kids. Because last year’s Family Zone was such a hit, the Zone has expanded for 2012 with more organizations and activities just for kids. Camp Highlight is bringing one of camp’s most popular activities—the Carnival—to Baltimore Pride. Stop by the Carnival and try your hand at ring toss, see if you can knock all of the cups down with one beanbag, win tickets, and cash them in for prizes. Baltimore Reads will be handing out free books, the Family Equality Council will have lots of goodies and giveaways, Home Depot will be conducting a kids’ workshop, and much more. 11a.m.-6 p.m., Druid Hill Park, 2600 Madison Ave., (410) 837-5445, free.

After Pride Party. Following the festival at Druid Hill Park, join the party at the Baltimore Eagle. There will be draft beer sales and a 50/50 raffle that will benefit Pride 2012 and the GLCCB. 7 p.m., Baltimore Eagle, 2022 N. Charles St., (443) 524-3333, thebaltimoreeagle.com, free.

Monday 18

PFLAG of Howard County Parent Forum. This is a support group for parents and caregivers of LGBT children in Howard County, with the goals of educating the broader community about LGBT issues and advocating for equality. The Parent Forum is designed to support those who are struggling with the emotional issues that accompany a child “coming out” as homosexual, bisexual, or transgender. The forum is facilitated by a longtime PFLAG parent and often has other longtime PFLAG members in attendance. 7:30-9 p.m., Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia, (410) 848-5705, pflagmd.org, free.

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