Baltimore City marked the start of LGBTQ Pride Month establishing a new citywide office and appointing a new director for the LGBTQ+ affairs to guide the city’s work with the community.
On the first day of Pride Month (June 1), Baltimore City Mayor Brandon Scott announced that the city has established its first ever office for LGBTQ+ Affairs and has appointed a director to lead, Londyn Smith-De Richelieu, to lead the office as the city’s very first Director of the Mayor’s Office of LGBTQ Affairs.
“This month we celebrate the contributions of the community that has progressed leaps and bounds, and we continue to build on that progress to ensure that Baltimore remains a safe haven and inviting place for this community to thrive,” said Mayor Scott. He also noted on Twitter that, “I am more than confident that Londyn will push us forward and lead the fight for equity, inclusion, and justice for our LGBTQAI+ community.”
Richelieu will be the grand marshall of the Baltimore City pride parade, happening on Saturday, June 25 on Charles Street. The City is also kicking off a social media campaign with the tag #BMoreAmplified to highlight Baltimore’s vibrant LGBTQ community.
Prior, the City had a commission to work with the community. The Baltimore LGBTQ Commission was established in 2018 via executive order of former Mayor Catherine Pugh. According the City’s website, the commission was to “advise the Mayor, City Council, and City agencies about issues of concern affecting the LGBTQ community, bring the LGBTQ communities and the larger Baltimore community together through long-range projects, and ensure that City agencies fairly and equitably address issues affecting Baltimore’s LGBTQ community, and afford LGBTQ individuals access to and inclusion in the services of the City of Baltimore.”