Equality Maryland is Maryland's largest LGBT civil rights group, with thousands of members and supporters across the entire state. Equality Maryland includes:
Equality Maryland works to secure and protect the rights of LGBT Marylanders by promoting legislative initiatives on the state, county and municipal levels. We work with members of the General Assembly to shape and pass positive legislation in Annapolis and to beat back discriminatory legislation.
Equality Maryland's sister arm, the Equality Maryland Foundation, works to eliminate prejudice and discrimination against LGBT Marylanders through outreach, education, research, community organizing, training and coalition building.
Begun in 1990 under the name Free State Justice, Equality Maryland (renamed in 2004) has fought diligently in the state capital and other counties and cities to win equal rights.
Equality Maryland Foundation's educational and coalition-building work has included formation of:
Equality Maryland has produced groundbreaking publications like Jumping the Broom: A Black Perspective on Same-Gender Marriage, which is now used across the United States;What's In a Word? A Religious Perspective on Civil Marriage Equality; Marriage Inequality In the State of Maryland, and the video Heart of the Matter: Maryland's Same-Sex Couples Seek Justice for their Families. Equality Maryland has also produced a video series "Stand With Us." These public service announcements are written and produced by trans individauls and have been well received.
Most importantly, Equality Maryland has built a strong network of citizen voices and a solid coalition of organizations who are tireless in their commitment to fairness and justice.
Equality Maryland and its staff have received a number of honors and awards:
The Equality Maryland board is a diverse group of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and heterosexual individuals from all walks of life. Equality Maryland strives to create an organization that truly represents and serves the interests of all its constituents.
As a non-partisan organization, Equality Maryland believes that equal protection under the law for LGBT Marylanders and families headed by same-sex couples is not and should not be a partisan issue. LGBT Marylanders are Democrats and Republicans, as well as Independents and members of third parties, and vote in virtually every county in Maryland. While few of us under the LGBT umbrella are single-issue voters, most of us do attach significant weight to the rhetoric and votes that surround the question of our civil rights. Therefore, it is vital to reach out to all fair-minded elected officials to seek understanding and advocacy on behalf of our civil rights.
Join local and national Equality Maryland supporters and staff for a welcoming week long family friendly cruise vacation. Set sail for 7 nights of relaxation -- or choose to partake in the constant Caribbean style party -- while making new friends surrounded by all you can eat buffets and events. Special events and surprises are in store for all Equality Cruise passengers.
Your cruise vacation begins at the Port of Baltimore, where you will board your resort-at-sea, the Carnival Pride. The Pride boasts a full casino, Broadway style theatre, resort style pools, an adults only pool, numerous bars and lounges, a 72-foot water slide, a spa and fitness center, youth designated areas and activities, and much, much more. Your vacation starts with two days at sea before making stops in Port Canaveral (Orlando), Florida and Nassau and Freeport, Bahamas ending with you soaking up the sun on your last day at sea before returning to Baltimore.
Prices start at $537 per person (based on double occupancy), and a $50 refundable deposit is required to hold you space on the trip by July 3rd.
We look forward to having you with us on our Equality Cruise. Feel free to invite your family and friends, and contact us for more information; including if you would like information on sailing with children or with more than two people in your room.
If you’d prefer to call, I can be reached at 410-685-6567. To be included in Equality Maryland events, and to receive your sweet surprises, you must book through us.
Join the Maryland Coalition for Trans Equality for a rally at Lawyer's Mall and lobby visits to your elected officials