It's Time to Double Down
To All Our Friends and Supporters: Though it's been a long, hard fight, the Baltimore City Court of Appeals was willing to hear our case against the City Liquor Board's earlier decision to deny us our liquor license. You can help ensure that the Board continues to grasp the importance of the Eagle to the community by contacting them directly, or by encouraging friends to sign our petition below.
We’re confident in our position, we believe that the Court of Appeals will restore our license to operate, and we’re proceeding with reconstruction as though they’re going to do so. Construction teams are in the building now, and anyone who’s walked by and seen their progress over the past month knows they’re moving at full speed. To see photos, visit our Facebook page.
Thank you all for your support and encouragement during our reconstruction. It's been a rough road, and we haven't reached the end just yet, but it's in sight. Without you, we wouldn't have made it this far. Thanks again; keep pulling for us.
The Eagle Management Team
The Back Story
BALTIMORE CITY, MD (April, 2015) -- The Baltimore Eagle tavern, home to the City's leather community for over two decades, has commenced renovations in preparation for our grand re-opening in late 2015. Our million-dollar reconstruction aims to restore the Eagle building and brand to its former glory as one of the original, premier leather clubs on the East Coast.
Since we closed our doors for renovation, our new management team has worked cooperatively with City Liquor
Board administrators to ensure compliance with the process for successful transfer of our liquor license.
In light of our progress, Liquor Board administrators promised us that our liquor license was secure.
Nevertheless, on April 9, 2015, after new Liquor Board commissioners were appointed, they decided to
revoke our liquor license anyway.
We disagree with the decision of the Liquor Board. We believe that the City should honor its promise to us.
Although their stated reason for extinguishing our license is that The Eagle has been closed for renovations
for more than 180 days, they've set aside the 180-day guideline dozens of times for other bars. And although
there is no penalty in law that requires the Liquor Board to revoke our license, they concocted the harshest
punishment available. Why are they selectively penalizing The Eagle?
We believe that the process may have been tainted by an improper relationship between one of the commissioners
and the community association in opposition who told us, "If you're planning on putting a gay bar there, we'd
have to oppose because a gay bar could bring gay prostitution". We find the remark, the process,
and the punishment justifiably offensive.
The Baltimore Eagle, founded in 1991, is the premiere gay leather bar in the City, and gained national attention both for its leather events,
and by contrast, for its community service initiatives. For better than 20 years, The Eagle has been a judgment-free environment, a place where people
could go and just be themselves. The Eagle has hosted benefits for HIV/AIDS awareness, research, and testing programs, as well as services for the
elderly and other deserving charities.
We are fighting to right this injustice and we're doing it by fighting to re-open the Baltimore Eagle, so that those who oppose us may one day
release their perverted perceptions and be included among the bonds of fellowship that we feel are one of the many admirable qualities the leather
community has to offer. But we can't do it alone..
Please, help us re-open The Baltimore Eagle; we need your support to revitalize the spirit of this landmark tavern. If you believe in our cause, please use the form below to send your letter of support to Governor Hogan, Mayor Rawlings-Blake, and the Baltimore City Council.
With our sincere appreciation,
The Baltimore Eagle
P.S. We'd like to thank real community leaders Kelly Cross, of the Old Goucher Community Association, Ken Abrams and Ronisha Moore, of the Old Goucher Business Alliance, and the members of their organizations for joining in our fight to re-open The Eagle.