Photograph courtesy Kate Drabinski, 2013 June 16.

LGBTQ Heritage Initiative


In 2011, Baltimore Heritage started an initiative to highlight the historic places significant to Baltimore’s LGBTQ community through tour and education programs. Past project partners have included Baltimore Black Pride, the GLCCB and Baltimore Queerstories.

Project Team

Active volunteers for this project include:

  • Kate Drabinski
  • Louis Hughes
  • Richard Oloizia
  • Shirley Parry
  • Gary Sachau

Special thanks to Phillip James Hayes-Lovett for establishing our LGBTQ Heritage Initiative during his 2011-2012 internship with Baltimore Heritage.



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Past Programs

Mount Vernon Pride! Free LGBT History Walking Tour

Saturday, October 19, 2013, 10:00am – 12:00pm

Many know Mount Vernon as Baltimore’s “gayborhood,” the home of the Pride Parade and Block Party and some of the city’s most popular gay and lesbian bars and businesses. But bars and parades are only a part of the importantLGBT history that can be found in the neighborhood!Join Baltimore Heritage for a free two-hour walking tour through Mt. Vernon’s LGBT history and landmarks from Gertrude Stein’s Eager Street home to the locations where John Waters shot and screened some of his earliest films. As far back as the 1890s, LGBT Baltimoreans in Mt. Vernon have been leaders in their community, like the ardent feminists (with intertwined lives) who fought for women’s admission to the Johns Hopkins Medical School in 1893. From the more recent past, we’ll hear about the medical professionals and volunteers who led the city’s first responses to the AIDS epidemic and residents who founded Baltimore’s only African American LGBT-identified church. This tour is a unique opportunity to explore the places and events that have shaped the growth of Baltimore’s LGBT community and civil rights movement.Take a walk with volunteer sleuths and historians Louis Hughes, Richard Oloizia, Shirley Parry and Gary Sachau and learn about Mt. Vernon’s unique history as the city’s foremost LGBT-identified neighborhood.

Charles Village Pride! LGBT Heritage Walking Tour

Saturday, June 22, 2013, 10:00 AM through 12:00 PM
Meet at Normal’s Books & Records, 425 East 31st Street, Baltimore, MD 21218
Sign up online today! Tickets are $10 for Baltimore Heritage members, $15 for non-members
Gay Pride in Wyman Park, June 1988

Although Charles Village is better known for its colorful “painted ladies,” the neighborhood was home to many of the activists and institutions at the heart of the city’s LGBT community in the 1970s and 1980s. Historian Richard Oloizia and activists Shirley Parry and Louis Hughes will take us on a walk past local landmarks from the original home of the Gay Community Center of Baltimore, now the GLCCB, to the St. Paul Street church that supported the growth of the Metropolitan Community Church, Baltimore’s oldest LGBT religious organization, and the radical feminist publishers, writers and activists that gave a voice to lesbian authors who might not otherwise have been read. Whether you lived this history or are learning it for the first time, this tour is a unique opportunity to explore the places that shaped the growth of Baltimore’s LGBT community and civil rights movement.

30 years of GLBT African-American History with Baltimore Black Pride

Baltimore Heritage is celebrating the history of African-American Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender people in Baltimore in partnership with Baltimore Black Pride. Together we have organized a panel discussion on 30 years of African-American history in the city as experienced through pioneers and leaders in the GLBT community. Join us this Saturday afternoon, October 8 for a engaging panel discussion. This event is part of the annual Baltimore Black Pride celebration that also include an array of community vendors providing resource services. Light refreshments will be served.

Saturday, October 8, 2011, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Metropolitan Community Church of Baltimore
401 West Monument Street, Baltimore, MD 21201