Thursday, January 24 2013 20:13

BProud Awards 2013

By  Gay Life

In Gay Life’s first-ever BProud Awards, readers of Gay Life and friends of The GLCCB cast their votes online to name their favorite places to live, work, and play. Preferred LGBT-friendly organizations and businesses were selected in 29 categories. We congratulate this year’s winners and runners-up.



Baltimore City Neighborhood

Mount Vernon
Home to some of the city’s best culture, Mount Vernon has been the center of LGBT life and celebration in Baltimore for decades.
Runner-up: Hampden

Real Estate Agent

Ron Zimmerman—Ron Zimmerman Realtors
Independent Broker with over 30 years in the industry.
Runner-up: Dick Roszel—Long & Foster Lake Roland

Youth Group

Express Yourself! at The GLCCB
A workshop designed for LGBTQ teens to develop their artistic and expressive skills every week at The GLCCB.
Runner-up: Rainbow Youth Alliance of Baltimore County

High School Gay-Straight Alliance

Baltimore Polytechnic Institute
Gay-straight alliances are student-led organizations that provide a safe and supportive environment for LGBTQ students and their straight allies.
Runner-up: Dulaney High School

College LGBTQ Group

Queer Student Union of Towson University
Since its creation in the 1980s, Towson University's Queer Student Union helps LGBTQI and allied students become strong, developed, and empowered persons. Meetings are held every Tuesday at 6pm in the University Union.
Runner-up: Maryland Institute Queer Alliance of MICA

Pet Shop

Opened by Robin McDonald in 2003, Howl helps thousands of Baltimore's dogs and cats live healthier lives with natural, high-quality pet products.
Runner-up: Pet-Valu


A boutique-style salon nestled in the runner-up for Baltimore City Neighborhood—Hampden, Flaunt offers a wide range of services for both men and women.
Runner-up: Neal’s in Mt. Vernon


Beatnik Barber
Where cool never goes out of style.
Runner-up: Baltimore Barber Lounge

Financial Advisor

Runner-up: New York Life

Legal Services

ACLU of Maryland
The Maryland ACLU works to ensure that all people in the state can lead their lives free from discrimination and unwarranted government intrusion.
Runner-up: Free State Legal Project


Runner-up: Trader Joe’s

Health Care Provider

Chase Brexton Health Services
Insured. Uninsured. Chase Brexton provides LGBT-centered, expert medical, dental, and behavioral healthcare for all because everyone’s health matters.
Runner-up: Johns Hopkins Community Physicians

Mental Health

Hearts & Ears
In a new location and under new management, Hearts & Ears is a peer support wellness and recovery center that assists members of the LGBTQI community who struggle with mental health issues.
Runner-up: Women’s Growth Center




This nationwide retailer scores 100 in HRC's 2013 Corporate Equality Index.
Runner-up: Whole Foods

Professional Organization

Baltimore GLBTQ Social and Professional Group
A diverse group of GLBTQ folks and their straight friends who meetup regularly for non-bar events that include dinners, hiking, trips, etc.
Runners-up: Maryland Gay and Lesbian Lawyers Association tied with Starbucks Pride Alliance Partner Network


Bank of America
This nationwide bank scores 100 in HRC's 2013 Corporate Equality Index.
Runner-up: PNC

Car Rental

Runner-up: Enterprise


Runner-up: AT&T

Business Travel

Runner-up: Amtrak

Business Accommodations

Hyatt Hotels
Runner-up: Wyndham Hotels




Club Hippo
Thanks to everyone who voted Club Hippo as the music and dance spot in Baltimore that brings them the most Pride! Every Wednesday, Gay Bingo at the Hippo benefits The GLCCB.
Runner-up: Grand Central


Leon’s/Triple L
Triple L (Leon's Leather Lounge), is attached to Leon's, Maryland’s oldest gay bar.
Runner-up: Baltimore Eagle


An artistically driven institution committed to engaging, educating, and expanding the horizons of diverse audiences through challenging and thought-provoking theater.
Runner-up: France-Merrick PAC (Hippodrome)

Fitness Club/Gym

Merritt Athletic Club
Including Downtown Athletic Club and other locations, MAC is the best in group fitness, personal training, aquatics, family and kids fitness programs, and more!
Runner-up: Mt. Vernon Fitness


American Visionary Arts Museum
America’s official national museum and education center for intuitive, self-taught artistry.
Runner-up: The Walters Art Museum


Metro Gallery
Metro Gallery is a multi-use arts space in the Station North Arts & Entertainment District featuring contemporary art, live music, film, and a bar.
Runner-up: Station North Arts Café Gallery


City Café
Everything from coffee in the cafe to drinks and American fare in the dining room.
Runner-up: Gertrude’s at the BMA

Adult Shop

A lesbian-owned, women- and trans-operated sex shop that helps people of all genders and orientations experience their own unique sexuality with shameless joy and passion.
Runner-up: Chained Desires


Baltimore Pride Festival
Baltimore Pride has celebrated the diversity of our community for more than 35 years. Events include the Parade, Block Party, Festival, and much more.
Runner-up: Baltimore Book Festival

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