At the cusp of major changes, the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center of Baltimore and Central Maryland – widely known for decades as the GLCCB – is changing its name to Pride Center of Maryland and has taken the first step toward purchasing a building which will serve as its new home.
With the support of State Senator Mary Washington and State Delegate Maggie Macintosh, the center secured at $500,000 bond from the Maryland General Assembly which will allow for the purchase of a five-story building in the Charles North and Old Goucher neighborhoods.
Following the passage of the bond bill, center Executive Director Mimi Demissew stated that “having an actual space that belongs to the Pride Center of Maryland is imperative to ensuring Maryland’s sexual and gender minority will always have a space to call our own.”
Since the sale of the building previously owned by the organization located on Chase Street, the center has been renting space for several years now, formerly in the Waxter Center, and now at 2530 North Charles Street, its current location.
The plans for the new building envision a mixed-use space including two floors that house wrap-around community services. The first floor will include retail space, as well as common areas open for use by the community. The other floors will house one-bedroom efficiency apartments as well as office space for business owners to rent.
The planned wrap-around services include case management, housing navigation, linkage to health care, employment assistance, professional development programs, assistance obtaining insurance, as well as access to education programs, legal aid, and other services to ensure the community’s good health and welfare. Other programs will include family services, addiction related services, after-school programs for youth, as well as a variety of evening programs for older adults.
In addition, an anonymous benefactor and business partners with the center have donated initial capital investments toward the project.
Additional funds will be raised through other fund-raising initiatives. The new space is projected to open in the summer of 2020.