Baltimore Gay Pride 2011

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The all wise Wikipedia defines the word camp as “an aesthetic sensibility that regards something as appealing because of its bad taste and ironic value.” While cultural theorists usually link “camp” to gay culture. Wiki’s definition feels incomplete: Camp can also mean getting someone’s attention in an electric/unpredictable manner (hello, Lady Gaga and Bjork), being 100 percent true to yourself (the brilliantly outspoken George Carlin), or simply making a unique original statement (Tavi Gevison, teen fashion blogger). It’s being loud about what you believe in. It’s not hiding who you are. In the words of Lady G, “No matter gay, straight, or bi, lesbian, transgender life, I’m on the right track baby, I was born to survive.” I think the important thing to keep in mind is that whatever you decide (or don’t decide) your sexual orientation is, baby, you were born this way. It’s so important for people to be proud of who/what they authentically are, and to share it.

Baltimore City, one of the campiest and simultaneously least pretentious on the globe, knows the importance of being honest with yourself and celebrating who you are. You should, too. 

Pride Celebration kicks off this weekend (June 17-19) in Druid Hill Park. Since 1976, about 30,000 people have been coming out to one of the city’s biggest festivals. Whether you’re gay, straight, or bi, there is something to be enjoyed by everyone. Here’s a great opportunity to learn about Baltimore’s LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) community, and/or just to enjoy some food, lively live music, and games.  Deborah Cox is headlining singer this year. So, come be your bad self among a mix of liberated folk, and help rock the all-inclusive party scene.

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