In celebration of the incredible activists in Maryland working to create lasting social change for LGBTQ people, FreeState is excited to launch Community Celebrations! Community Celebrations is an opportunity for us to honor activists and community members who have truly made a difference in the lives of our community. We are proud to celebrate Doug Rose of Equality Maryland as our first honoree.
Doug Rose got his start in advocacy-related communications in the early 1990s, when he edited and produced legislative updates and other policy-related publications for American Council for the Arts (now Americans for the Arts). Doug supported the ACA’s effort to protect funding for the National Endowment for the Arts and to defend the individual artist grant recipients known as the “NEA Four” (Karen Finley, Holly Hughes, John Fleck, and Tim Miller).
Following his diagnosis with HIV in 1990, Doug also became engaged in HIV/AIDS activism, participating in actions produced by AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT-UP)-New York and other advocacy organizations. Disabled by AIDS-related conditions in 1997, Doug returned to Baltimore to be close to his family. Since then, as his health has allowed, he has been an active volunteer for LGBT and HIV community advocacy efforts in Maryland.
For nearly two decades, Doug has produced effective print and digital communications campaigns, public events, and fundraising efforts for organizations, including AIDS Legislative Committee (ALC), Black Educational AIDS Project (BEAP), Communities Advocating Emergency AIDS Relief (CAEAR) Coalition, Equality Maryland, GLCCB: Lesbian, Gay Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center of Baltimore and Central Maryland, Johns Hopkins AIDS Clinical Trials Group (ACTG), Maryland Community Planning Group (CPG), Maryland DHMH AIDS Administration, Stonewall Democrats of Maryland, and Transgender Action Group. He has also served on significant policy workgroups, including the National ACTG Community Advisory Board Re-competition Working Group (2002) and the Maryland State AIDS Administration HIV Testing Counseling and Consent Policy Work Group (2007).
For more than a decade, Doug was a member of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association. His work has appeared in numerous local and national community publications, and his communications team at AIDS Treatment Activists Coalition (ATAC) won an ADAP Working Group Award for 2002′s nationwide “Save ADAP” campaign, which successfully prevented de-funding of the federal AIDS Drug Assistance Program.
Doug’s work has also earned an Executive Director’s Award from Black Educational AIDS Project and a Hero Among Us Award from the Greater Baltimore HIV Health Services Planning Council. Doug is a Leader in the Moving Maryland Forward Network, where he serves on the Advisory Council. He was also recently appointed to the Maryland Health Benefits Exchange Standing Advisory Committee.
Doug holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in French and Drama from Washington College. His academic awards include a Sophie Kerr Prize, a Fulbright scholarship, fellowship from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and an internship at the Royal National Theatre (London).