Recently Baltimore Mayor Catherine E. Pugh announced the formation of the long-awaited Mayoral LGBTQ Commission, fulfilling one of her campaign promises she made to the LGBTQ Community during her bid for mayor in 2016.

The commission was officially constituted by a mayorial executive order. The charge of the Baltimore City LGBTQ Commission will be to advise the mayor, city council, and city agencies about issues of concern affecting the community, recommend policies and legislation, bring the LGBTQ communities and the larger Baltimore community together through long-range projects, and ensure that city agencies fairly and equitably address relevant issues.

The commission will consist of 15 members who must be residents of Baltimore City. The composition of the commission is expected to, according to the executive order, reflect the diversity of the community including orientation, race, age, and socio-economic status. While gender and gender-identity are not currently mentioned, this will doubtless be raised as another factor related to inclusion.

Twelve members of the commission are appointed directly by the mayor and three are recommended by the city council president.  Members will serve terms concurrent with the mayor’s term in office and may be reappointed.

To be considered to serve on the commission, apply online at Mayor.baltimorecity.gov/lgbtq-commission, where you will be expected to submit a resume and a recent photograph. The deadline to apply is February 23rd.