Run by a cadre of volunteers, Baltimore’s Pride is brought to fruition by some notable individuals:
Donald E. Young, Pride Co- Chair and Parade Coordinator
For the past twelve years, Donald has graciously taken the role of Baltimore Pride’s Parade Director. A resident of Baltimore City for over 14 years, Donald moved from Washington DC where he resided for over 10 years. With the volunteer-run Pride Parade Committee to ensure that this will be a Baltimore Pride Parade you will not forget. With over 125 entries, this year will the best Pride Baltimore has ever had.
Kevin E. Holt, Logistics Chair
Kevin moved to MD looking to contribute to the LGBTQ community in the same fields as before. Kevin’s first opportunity in MD came through volunteering as an HIV/Counselor and tester at the University of Maryland in the ER. In June of 2015, Kevin took his volunteering skills to the Gay & Lesbian Community Center of Baltimore (GLCCB) where he continued to be a phenomenal asset to the community. Working with The GLCCB for 3 years, Kevin has been facilitating Baltimore Pride as the Logistics Chair.
LaKesha Davis, Entertainment Chair
LaKesha is a new volunteer with the GLCCB and a recent graduate of the Coppin State University/University of Baltimore Masters of Human Services Administration. LaKesha is an executive-level intern working closely with the directors of the GLCCB and did not hesitate when asked to assume the role of Chair for the entertainment committee.
LaKesha is responsible for securing all of the entertainers for the Main and Youth Stages. Accompanied by Captain Motorboat of BOS Burlesque, LaKesha will serve as the hospitality team to the Headlining stars! Hopefully, this will be a memorable show for all to enjoy. There are a variety of acts for everyone to enjoy!
Mimi Demissew, Executive Director
Officially joining the GLCCB in September 2016, Mimi Demissew serves as one of the Executive Directors of the Center focusing on all aspects of operations and communications. As well, being a strong advocate for SGL/LGBTQ youth empowerment, since April 2016, Mimi has been providing mentorship and guidance to the center’s Youth Against Oppression (YAO) program.
Mimi comes to the GLCCB with an extensive background in organizational development, strategic planning and having dedicated two decades to SGL/LGBTQ advocacy in the Maryland and Washington DC areas. She uses this skill set to raise sponsorships for Pride and the GLCCB.
David Sugar, Vendor Chair (GLCCB Board Secretary)
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. This year David is back with the Pride Committee as our vendor chair.
Chris Weis, Events Co-Chair
Chris Weis began volunteering with the Baltimore Pride Committee three years ago and is the co-chair for Pride Events and Outreach this year. Partnered with fellow co-chair, William j. Redmond-Palmer, and committee member Bunny Vicious of BOSBurlesque, the Events Committee is leading the charge on events for the lesbian, youth and the queer family. Chris spends a lot of time partnering with Baltimore/DC organizations to facilitate networking among LGBTQ professionals. Chris works in the Pediatric Emergency/Trauma arena with Johns Hopkins Medical System as a 20-year resident of Baltimore. In her free time, Chris enjoys volunteering, spending time with her two children, travel and tennis.
Rodney Moore is a Social activist who actively advocated for the lives of LGBTQ+ people as well as Black people and those who are working class as well. Rodney is the President of an LGBTQ youth activist nonprofit, Youth Against Oppression (YAO). He is a college student at UMBC, and majors in Political Science while also studying Spanish. Rodney wishes to see the communities he advocates for be uplifted and empowered, despite their ongoing oppression. Rodney is a fighter, and he will never stop fighting for the justice that needs to be brought forth!