Pushing Back: A Blueprint for Change

As part of the merger between FreeState Legal Project and Equality Maryland that formed FreeState Justice, we launched the process of an LGBTQ community needs assessment, a democratic mechanism to garner the voices of community members statewide.

The assessment Pushing Back: A Blueprint for Change elevated these five issues as the most urgent and pressing concerns for the LGBTQ community in Maryland.

  1. Street Harassment
  2. Affordable and LGBTQ Friendly Healthcare
  3. Education
  4. Reliable Employment
  5. Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.

Evident in these findings is a pronounced and urgent demand for accountability, recognition and dignity. Respondents commonly spoke about the need for recognition of their rights to promote their safety and the safety of their loved ones in everyday life, when seeking healthcare, at school or work, and at home.

With the input from over 500 LGBTQ Marylanders who contributed their voice and collaboration with twelve organizations across the state, the research shows a chorus of voices calling for concrete and real change. This is an opportunity for advocates, allies, and movement builders to step forward and become architects of a future where LGBTQ Marylanders can work, live, and raise families without fear of harm.

In our work with clients and in coalition with other organizations, FreeState Justice sees daily what this report clearly illustrates: the impacts of bias and discrimination continue to effect the LGBTQ community in Maryland in serious ways.  We hope this report will serve as a powerful tool to increase visibility and elevate our community’s needs to policymakers, advocates, and elected officials.

Please take a moment to read the assessment and join us in working to reduce all disparities experienced by the LGBTQ community.

Pushing Back: A Blueprint for Change