Statewide Listening Tour

Make Your Voice Count









FreeState Legal and Equality Maryland are merging to become a comprehensive statewide civil rights organization that serves LGBTQ Marylanders through litigation, policy advocacy, community outreach, and public education. To ensure a successful merger, we need to hear your voice. For the next few months, we are going on a statewide listening tour to ensure that our merged organization’s vision, mission and work reflects your needs. At the end of our tour, we’ll share what we’ve learned with you, and use the information to guide our work in the coming years.

Want to make sure you’re heard? See below for ways you can get involved!

Needs Assessment Survey

Want to share your thoughts about our merger, but can’t make it to a listening session? Fill out our online survey! Click here to fill it out.

Community Listening Sessions

These are gatherings held across the state with our regional partners where community members can come together and share ideas. This is an opportunity for LGBTQ individuals and allies to give us feedback on our work, and help identify urgent issues in their community. Don’t see your community listed? Contact Saida, our Director of Community Engagement and Youth Policy to schedule a listening session in your area.

Tuesday, February 23    6 PM to 8 PM
Chesapeake College
1000 College Circle, Wye Mills
Co-Sponsors: PFLAG Chestertown & Chesapeake College Gay Straight Alliance

Tuesday, March 8     6 PM to 8 PM
Community Foundation
1324 Belmont Ave #401, Salisbury
Co-Sponsor: The Lower Shore LGBTQ Coalition, Incorporated

Tuesday, March 15   6 PM to 8 PM
Unitarian Universalist Church
4880 Elmer Derr Rd, Frederick
Co-Sponsor: The Frederick Center

Tuesday, April 12   7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Owen Brown Interfaith Center
7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia
Co-Sponsor: PFLAG Howard-Columbia

Tuesday, May 3     6 PM to 8 PM
Chase Brexton, Large Community Room 
1111 North Charles Street, Baltimore

Wednesday, May 4  6 PM to 8 PM
Rockville Memorial Library
21 Maryland Avenue, Rockville
Co-Sponsor: Maryland Trans* Unity

Monday, May 9   6 PM to 8 PM
United Church of Christ Annapolis
8 Carvel Circle, Edgewater
Co-Sponsor: United Church of Christ Annapolis


Sunday, May 15   1 PM to 3 PM

Open Door Metropolitan Community Church

15817 Barnesville, Boyds

Co-Sponsor: Open Door MCC



Want to schedule a listening session in your community? Have feedback about our process? Contact Saida at