Jordan and Christine Show Me Baltimore’s Many Sides

First and Franklin Church

First and Franklin Church: 250 years of progressiveness

When I went out to Federal Hill tonight, I met up with my good friends, Jordan and Christine who I haven’t seen in years.  They joined me for dinner and then we walked around the neighborhood looking for a drink.  Unfortunately, Baltimore kind of closes down on Monday nights and the places we checked out were closed.  Tragically, this included a bar called Illusions that is all about magic and magic shows.  Maybe next time…

So, instead we just walked around Federal Hill and they drove me around the less touristy areas of the city.  The highlights of the tour included The Block, which is not our taste, but is something to see.  It is one city block dedicated to the art of adult performing arts.  It really just comes out of nowhere and is kitschy as you could imagine.  Obviously, this is for a very particular crowd, which was not us.  This was strictly a driving tour.

We ended up in Mount Vernon at a bar called Grand Central.  Mount Vernon is a beautiful historic district of downtown Baltimore and is a heart of the LGBT scene in the city.  Jordan and I sat down, popped open a couple of Natty Bo’s (Baltimore’s PBR) and talked about her and Christine’s life in the city.  Jordan and Christine are a married lesbian couple and truly love the openness of this city (for example the Visit Baltimore visitor’s bureau has an entire section of their website dedicated to LGBT tourists).  They’re active in their community and go to one of the largest churches in the city, First and Franklin Presbyterian Church.  I know this may sound ridiculous, but being from the South, this level of acceptance is pretty rare to see.  Chalk this up as another thing I didn’t know about Baltimore.

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Dana LaRocca

February 16th, 2012
2:12 am

Baltimore is very much a southern town in terms of the pace of life. But we are also a very gay town. If you think we are slow on Monday nights, try us on a Sunday. It’s like a ghost town here in Mount Vernon (the gayborhood), and as you walk along the streets you can almost hear the sound of horse drawn carriages as you travel through rows of Edwardian homes. It’s especially cool when they strip down the pavement for road repair, exposing the ancient brick and cobblestone road beds.

Thanks for visiting Charm City, Clint. Have Natty Boh on me the next time you are in town.

Dana LaRocca
Managing Editor
Baltimore OUTloud