BALTIMORE PRIDE

Baltimore Pride is the GLCCB’s largest fundraising event each year. The GLCCB uses all proceeds generated from Baltimore Pride to help over 800 SGM (sexual & gender minority) individuals each month.

 

Each year in June, the GLCCB kicks off Pride Month in celebration of Baltimore’s vibrant LGBTQ/SGL community. Baltimore Pride has grown from a small rally of a dozen activists in 1975, to a cavalcade of diversity showcasing the energy, culture and experience of our SGM community to more than 30,000 revelers each year.

 

This year’s theme, “United We Shine”, is representative of transforming fears into empowerment and embracing community to fight for justice and dignity.
#BaltimorePride #UnitedWeShine
Baltimore Pride
Celebrating the long history of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer dignity, Baltimore Pride raises the visibility of the LGBTQ/SGL community and honors the freedom of all people to proudly express their sexual and gender identities.
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The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center of Baltimore and Central Maryland (GLCCB, or, the Center) seeks to achieve equality, understanding, and respect for the diversity of the greater Baltimore SGM community while also providing quality support services, facilities, and professional resources for the development and well-being of individuals and groups. 
For more information on the GLCCB, please visit: glccb.org

THE BALTIMORE PRIDE COMMITTEE

Mimi Demmisew

Pride Chair / Executive Director

Coming Soon!

LaKesha Davis

Pride Coordinator, Entertainment Committee (Co-Chair), Family Pride Committee (Co-Chair)

LaKesha Davis, your 2018 Pride Coordinator, Entertainment and Family Pride Co-Chair, is a Baltimore native, a wife, and mother of 5 who loves to give back to her community by building her brand and making relevant connections. LaKesha is a graduate of the Master’s of Human Services Administration program, a Coppin/UB collaborative. She also holds an Associate’s and Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. To complete her collegiate journey, LaKesha is pursuing her PhD in Organizational Leadership and anticipates adding the title of Dr. to her long list of accomplishments. Her book LED: for Those Who Suffer Among Us will be published by the end of the summer. You can listen to her online radio show, Open Wide with Neeuq, Monday nights from 7-11 on Wmskonlineradio where she talks about Real Topics in Real Communities Searching for Real Solutions. Check out the website to her service organization (patdavisbaltimore.org) to see how to collaborate in an effort to end teen pregnancy, welfare dependency and broken families and encourage the growth and development of youth in Baltimore. You can even sign up to get CPR/A.E.D and First-Aid training.

Monte Ephraim

Elder PRIDE Committee (Chair)

Monte Ephraim is the Manager of the LGBT Health Resource Center and Older Adult Programming at Chase Brexton. She is a native Baltimorean with PRIDE memories begging 40 years ago. After a 20 year sabbatical her current journey brought her back to PRIDE as part of the initiation of the 1st Annual Elder PRIDE. “Many people have different responses to the word Elder, however in many societies, tribes or groups Elders are the historians that provide that intergenerational bridge to preserve our roots, we have a mission to preserve ours.”

This year we celebrate our 2nd annual Elders PRIDE in Baltimore this year!!

Join us as we age with PRIDE

Tanisha & Aisha Jackson

Entertainment Committee (Co-Chair)

Coming Soon!

Chris Weis

Events Committee (Co-Chair)

Chris began volunteering with Baltimore Pride four years ago in the Family Pride area and became involved in Pride events/outreach shortly thereafter. She progressed to serving as a co-chair for Pride events/outreach and recently accepted a position on the Board of Directors for the GLCCB/Baltimore Pride. Chris has a special interest in events geared toward women, youth and the queer family. She also spends a great deal of time supporting political action, and partnering with Baltimore/DC organizations to facilitate networking among LGBTQ professionals.

Chris has a professional background in management and healthcare, and currently works in the pediatric emergency/trauma arena at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She is a 20 year resident of Baltimore and in her spare time enjoys spending time with her two children, travel and tennis.

Alexander Li

Family Pride Committee (Co-Chair)

Alexander Li is a Baltimore native who is a costume designer/seamstress involved with the LGBT community and does a lot of costume design and sewing work for entertainment companies around the world. In his spare time he runs a entertainment company called Faerie Fantastical Parties specializing in high end character entertainment for children’s birthday parties and large scale events providing mermaids, pirates, Princesses and superheroes to make any event magical including outreach and charity programs with various children’s hospitals including Children’s Hospital in DC and Hope for Henry at Mt Sinai Hospital. He wishes everyone a Happy Pride Season!

Carly Saunders

Logistics Committee (Co-Chair)

Carly Saunders is a recent Penn State graduate from Malvern, Pennsylvania who is passionate about giving back to her local communities. She is new to the Baltimore area and is excited to explore our city!

Raychyl AM Segovia

Logistics Committee (Co-chair)

Raychyl Segovia is your 2018 Pride Logistics Co Chair, for the 2nd year and Video Production Specialist on “Faces of Pride.“ This project will focus on the various ways the Baltimore LGBTQIA+ differs from the city-wide social and cultural mainstream, while highlighting those commonalities in our personal experience. We are engaging the community, conducting interviews in preparation for the Faces of Pride project. Check our facebook for details at https://www.facebook.com/events/454530681630160/?ti=cl .

Raychyl is a Director, Editor, and Motion Graphics artist at Public TV Station, MMC TV. Raychyl has worked with and volunteered for the Maryland Film Festival and Artscape. Raychyl likes utilizing her skills to give back to her community and enjoys the people she gets to interact with, learn from, and work with during her volunteer work. HAPPY PRIDE!!!

Kate Bowers

Twilight on the Terrace Event Chair/Marketing and Communications Committee (Co-Chair)

As an LGBTQ/SGL ally, PR professional and mother of two boys, Kate prioritizes the importance of supporting diversity and making space for marginalized voices to be heard and celebrated. SinceNovember 8, 2016, Kate has dedicated her personal time and professional skills to a number of boards and social justice organizations that fight for equal rights, empower women and girls in Baltimore, shape a more equitable future -for minorities, combat the stigma of mental illness and eating disorders and dismantle the power structures which repress, diminish, and police our bodies. Kate is proud to work towards a more tolerant and inclusive future by volunteering as Co-Chair of the Arts and Communications Committee and Event Chair for Twilight on the Terrace.

Liezell Bradshaw

Marketing and Communications Committee (Co-Chair)

Coming Soon!

Bill Redmond-Palmer

Outreach Committee (Co-Chair)

Bill Redmond-Palmer is the Co-Chair of the 2018 Baltimore PRIDE Outreach Committee. They have served as a board member of the GLCCB and worked with several programs including Gay Life and Baltimore PRIDE. Bill works as the Community Outreach Liaison / Local New Writer for Baltimore OUTloud. They have served in many community service roles in the HIV, Interfaith and Queer Communities since moving to Baltimore in 1995 and they are a strong advocate for underrepresented
and underserved populations. Bill has been living with HIV for 25 years and has worked since then in HIV prevention, treatment and research advocacy.

Lynora Lawless

Outreach Committee (Co-Chair)

A non profit advocate, Lynora Lawless is a tinkerer in communications who utilizes her degree to design for sex positive culture and unsung communities. She joins the Pride committee as a member of the Outreach committee and communications support. In her off time, Lynora partners with Bunns of Steele as their communications manager and the host of the Slutty Times Podcast.

Leila Younes

Outreach Committee (Co-Chair)

Leila Younes is a relative newcomer to Baltimore and the GLCCB. When she is not working with the Outreach Committee, she is an activist drag nun with the Charm City Sisters.

Jake Quimby

Parade Committee (Co-chair)

Jake Quimby is a Parade Committee Co-chair. As a first-year Pride Committee member, Jake is looking forward to ensuring an enjoyable 2018 Pride Parade that is encompassing of the entire Baltimore Queer Community.

D’Arcy Rossiter

Parade Committee (Co-chair)

D’Arcy is a creative, independent woman with a profound love of cosplaying, performing, and random acts of strangeness.

Chonda Bond

Vendors Committee (Co-Chair)

Chonda, 39, single mother of 1 is dedicated to making a change in the lives of children and youth that she comes in contact with. She is happy to give back to her community by volunteering at Pride.

David Sugar

Vendors Committee (Co-Chair)

David Sugar joined the GLCCB Board of Directors in October of 2015 after spending several years volunteering for Baltimore Pride. A Baltimore native, David currently works at The Boys’ Latin School of Maryland providing IT/systems support and holds an M.S. in Information Technology from Towson University and a B.A. in Computer Science from Hobart College. David also previously served on the Maryland LMSC for US Masters Swimming Board of Directors and previously served on the Hampden Community Council Board. David lives in Hampden and enjoys sailing, swimming, traveling and skiing in his spare time

Shelese Greene

Volunteer Committee (Chair)

Shelese Greene is a Charm City native, born and raised in West Baltimore City. Identifying as a black femme lesbian, Shelese has been an active member of Baltimore’s LGBTQ community since she came out at age 14 & is overjoyed to further support her community through her work with the GLCCB. Shelese is currently the GLCCB’s Office Administrator and the facilitator for Baltimore Queer Book Club. This is her first year in her role as the chairperson for the Pride Volunteer Committee. Shelese has worked in the administrative/customer support field for almost 10 years.

VOLUNTEERS

Pride couldn’t happen without our dedicated volunteers! Click here for the current list and be sure to check back after pride for the complete list.