Last year, LGBTQ liaisons representing the Office of the Mayor, City Council, State’s Attorney’s Office, and the Baltimore City LGBTQ Commission hosted an LGBTQ Town Hall at City Hall. At that meeting, they promised to bring the community back together in a year’s time to provide an update on the progress that has been made on addressing the issues of concern raised at that event.

After reviewing the comments from the town hall and researching and questioning on their own, they are excited to present to the community a first draft of a strategic plan for Baltimore’s LGBTQ community. This plan will serve as their official recommendation to the mayor and city government to ensure that Baltimore’s LGBTQ community is safe, unified, stable, healthy, and included. They listened to the community to craft the plan. Now they are checking in to ensure that the plan they have crafted is something that all the community can stand behind.

The Mayor’s Office of LGBTQ Affairs has scheduled several opportunities to hear from the community on this plan. The first session was held on Thursday, November 7th, prior to the publication date of this issue of Baltimore OUTloud.

On Tuesday, November 12th, from 6 to 7 pm, they will host a Facebook Live event at Facebook.com/baltcitylgbtq. For more info, visit Bit.ly/33hpDlf.

On Thursday, November 14th, they will host an event from 6 to 7 pm at the Enoch Pratt Free Library Brooklyn Branch (300 East Patapsco Avenue, Baltimore). For more info visit Bit.ly/2pyDgy7.

On Monday, November 25th, from 6 to 7 pm they will hold the final session at the Enoch Pratt Free Library Walbrook Branch (3203 West North Avenue, Baltimore). For more info, visit Bit.ly/2pz7a5k.

To RSVP for an event and to receive a copy of the proposed strategic plan to review in advance of the sessions, visit Bclgbtqplan.eventbrite.com. For questions, email jabari.lyles@baltimorecity.gov.

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