Jazz Brunch 2018!

Join FreeState Justice for a champagne brunch and music and support the work ahead. FreeState Justice is reviving a longstanding tradition of our predecessor organization, Equality Maryland, by holding a Jazz Brunch to celebrate the victories and contributions of the LGBTQ community in our state.

Saturday, June 2, 2018 – 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

The Maryland Historical Society, 201 West Monument Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

Purchase tickets here.

2018 Special Honorees:


Support FCPS Trans Students is a trans student-led campaign to push for equality for trans students in Frederick County Public Schools. In light of rejection of basic accommodations in schools, Support FCPS has elicited policy reform and change in order to make all schools safer for all students.






Merrick Moses is an Old Catholic Priest, writer, community activist, and teacher in Baltimore City. He was the first black field organizer for Equality MD, and a co-chair of Creating Change 2012. He currently works as a victim service advocate and LGBTQ Community Liaison for the Office of the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City, Mrs. Marilyn J. Mosby, State’s Attorney. He is currently on the volunteer leadership team of Black Transmen Inc MD/DC chapter, and a community liaison in the Office of the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City.





George Nilson

George Nilson was appointed Baltimore City Solicitor in January 2007 by Mayor Sheila Dixon and served in the role until 2016.  He is a Founding Board Member of FreeState Justice and has served the organization for ten years. Prior to his appointment as the City’s top lawyer, Mr. Nilson was an attorney at DLA Piper. Mr. Nilson’s career also includes serving six years as the Deputy Attorney General of Maryland. He was a member of the Maryland Court of Appeals’ Standing Committee on the Rules of Practice and Procedure for six years and was chairman of the General Assembly Compensation Commission for eight years. Mr. Nilson has three degrees from Yale University, a Bachelors of Art, a Masters of Urban Studies and an LLB. Mr. Nilson, whose legal career and public service span over five decades, has lead legal teams on a range of issues including tobacco litigation, consumer controversies, public and administrative law, environmental controversies, zoning and litigation related to real estate development, cable television controversies and complex litigation. Additionally, he is the founder of the Baltimore Efficiency and Economy Foundation, an organization that matches existing resources to help the City of Baltimore extend its limited resources.


Lois Feinblatt

Lois Blum Feinblatt is a Licensed Certified Professional Counselor (LCPC) and Board Member of FreeState Justice for almost ten years. She received her training at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in an innovative program in which women were trained to become psychotherapists. Graduating in 1969, Mrs. Feinblatt became a staff member of the newly formed Sexual Behaviors Consultation Unit in 1970 where she has remained as a member of the Senior Staff. Mrs. Feinblatt had worked at the Department of Welfare in the Adoptions Division from 1957-1966. She is also interested in public education and started the Blum Mentoring Program to support first and second year Baltimore City teachers in 1999.





WISE of Anne Arundel County provides a platform for diverse women to come together and defend the values and rights that make our communities inclusive, fair, and safe places for all. In 2018, they helped a record 50 women announce their candidacies for Anne Arundel County government positions.






Rich Madaleno is one of the most influential leaders in the Maryland General Assembly. Since his election in 2002, Rich has succeeded in passing vital legislation to expand economic opportunities for all Marylanders. He has led the fight to make college more affordable, improve transportation, protect the environment, enhance government transparency and improve services for people with disabilities. As a recognized leader on budget issues in Maryland, Rich has successfully advocated for sustainable investments in education, health care and transportation.




Bonnie Cullison is a life-long educator and LGBT activist. She worked in Maryland’s public schools for 31 years, leading at the local and national level of the National Education Association (NEA). Near the end of her education career, she turned her sights to helping Montgomery County students thrive, and served as the president of the Montgomery County Education Association from 2003 to 2009. Bonnie was elected to Maryland House of Delegates in 2010 to represent the residents of District 19. She serves on the Health and Government Operations Committee. She is proud of the advances that have been made over the past eight years in the recognition of our community, strengthening protections against discrimination, passing marriage equality and prohibiting conversion therapy by licensed professionals on youth. Bonnie lives in Aspen Hill, Maryland, with her partner of 34 years, Marcia.


Monica Yorkman is a 64 year-old black woman of transgender experience. She is an artist, poetess, musician, short story writer, storyteller, educator, counselor, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother from Baltimore. She is the founder of Sistas of the “t” and co-founder of the Baltimore Transgender Alliance. Her poetry has been published in several anthologies, including “A Diary of Journeys” and “Lies, Pt. II”. She has read for the Massachusetts Transgender Day of Remembrance service in Springfield and was the keynote speaker at the Baltimore TDOR in 2012. She has been part of the local poetry and music community for years, making appearances with several local music artists.




2018 Event Sponsors:


Johns Hopkins University & Medicine


Partnership Wealth ManagementWL Gore


Gordon Feinblatt • LifeBridge Health • Brown, Goldstein, and Levy • Exelon

DLA Piper • Human Rights Campaign

Dessert Sponsors:

JLL • Local Color Flowers