Maryland Has its First LGBTQ Affairs Commission Administrative Director

On July 26, the Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives today announced the appointment of the first Administrative Director to the Maryland Commission on LGBTQ Affairs, Jeremy Browning.

During the 2022 legislative session, the General Assembly passed a law to create the statewide Commission on LGBTQ Affairs. The 15 member Commission will “study and develop best practices and make policy recommendations to enhance the inclusion of LGBTQ individuals and communities statewide.” It will operate under Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives.

Jeremy Browning, appointed by the commission with Governor Hogan’s approval, began his service on July 27. According to a press release:

Browning is the founder of Annapolis Pride, a grassroots, volunteer non-profit organization that celebrates the LGBTQ+ community and engages local residents, businesses, and other groups in uniting and welcoming diversity in Maryland’s capital. He previously worked with the National Fenestration Rating Council and the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay and is currently serving as a commissioner with the City of Annapolis Human Relations Commission and is an active member of the Anne Arundel County Coalition for LGBTQ+ Students. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park.

“I am honored to serve as the first Administrative Director for the Commission on LGBTQ Affairs,” said Jeremy Browning. “I look forward to working with our commissioners on behalf of LGBTQ+ individuals across our great state as we continue to support Maryland’s flourishing LGBTQ+ community.”

Read the full press release.