FreeState is proud to honor Carlton Smith as this week’s Community Icon! Carton R. Smith is the executive director of the Baltimore Center for Black Equity and is a champion of Black LGBTQ Rights in the Baltimore community.
Carlton has worked in LGBT issues for many years. He has served on various committees providing outreach, leadership, and representing the needs of LGBT people at the local, state and federal levels. Carlton places emphasis on the African American LGBT community, specifically men who have sex with men (MSM). He is the community Co-Chair of the MSM Response Team convened by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and a member of Maryland Black Family Alliance, the National Black Gay Men’s Advocacy Coalition, and the National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA), to name a few. He is the former Vice President of the GLCCB (Gay & Lesbian Community Center of Baltimore. He is an ordained deacon with UNITY Fellowship Church of Baltimore. He is one of the founding members of Baltimore Black Pride, Inc. when it came under the membership of the International Federation of Black Prides (IFBP), now in it’s 10th year of operation.