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Bmore QFest opens next week

‘First Period’ is debut night feature

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A scene from ‘First Period.’ (Photo courtesy Bmore QFest)

Bmore QFest, an LGBT-themed film festival, starts Thursday with the Maryland premiere of “First Period” at MICA Brown Center (1300 Mount Royal Ave., Baltimore) and an opening gala, and continues through June 15 at various locations throughout Baltimore.

“First Period” tells the story of two high school girls (played by Brandon Alexander and Dudley Beene) who are determined to become popular by performing in their school talent show. After the screening, there will be a gala in the Brown Center Courtyard with cocktails and food. Other films screening that weekend include “Tennessee Queer,” a story about a New York City gay man who returns to his small Tennessee hometown, and “The Rugby Player,” a documentary about United Flight 93 passenger Mark Bingham, among many others.

Tickets for the opening night and gala are $35. Tickets for the other film screenings throughout the weekend are $10. For more information, visit bmorequeer.org.

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PHOTOS: Capital Pride Festival and Concert

Keke Palmer, Billy Porter among entertainers

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Billy Porter performs at the 2024 Capital Pride Festival on Sunday. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

The 2024 Capital Pride Festival and Concert was held along Pennsylvania Avenue in Northwest D.C. on Sunday, June 9. Performers included Sapphira Cristál, Keke Palmer, Ava Max, Billy Porter and Exposé.

(Washington Blade photos by Michael Key)

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Get ready for Baltimore Pride

Events scheduled throughout weekend

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Baltimore Pride Parade (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Baltimore Pride begins this weekend on Friday, June 14 in the heart of the city.

There will be a variety of events, the main ones being Mt. Vernon Pride on June 14 at 2 p.m. on the 200 Block of W. Read St., the Parade and Block Party on Saturday, June 15 at 3 p.m. on N. Charles St., and Pride in the Park on Sunday, June 15 at 3 p.m. at Druid Hill Park.

For more event details, visit Baltimore Pride’s website

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New film festival to spotlight LGBTQ docs

DC/DOX held in theaters throughout city

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DC/DOX, a new film festival in Washington D.C., began on Thursday, June 13 at E-Street Cinema, the U.S. Navy Memorial Burke Theatre and Eaton Cinema.

The festival is dedicated to promoting documentary as a leading art form and a series of documentaries on LGBTQ+ stories will premiere, including “Love That Dares Not,” “Sabbath Queen,” and “Familia.” 

For more information, visit DC/DOX’s website.

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