LGBT Org Equality Maryland Isn’t Closing, After All

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eqmdDespite dwindling finances that caused Equality Maryland’s board to consider whether they should keep the organization up and running, the LGBT advocacy organization isn’t shutting down. This week, the organization’s board voted to reorganize with a much slimmer staff.

Equality Maryland had to confront a big slow-down in donations in the wake of state-level victories on same-sex marriage and transgender inclusiveness. In June, then-director Carrie Evans was laid off and the board announced they were considering closing.

But ultimately they decided a smaller organization still had the potential to make a difference.

“From strengthening protections for LGBT youth and parental rights to being the watchdog holding Governor Hogan and General Assembly members accountable to our community, there is a clear need for the political power Equality Maryland has built,” the organization said in a statement.

The organization elected a transitional board, and Acting Director Keith Thirion will remain its lone employee.

To really keep going, the group is looking to raise $50,000 by the end of the year. Details here.

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