The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center of Baltimore on Friday named Joel Tinsley-Hall as its new executive director, effective immediately.
The decision comes amid tensions between the community and the center, and after a community-led interview of Tinsley-Hall last month became contentious at times.
Tinsley-Hall, 39, is an 8-year Army veteran and a former supervisor of the University of Maryland's Harbor City Unlimited residential rehabilitation program for patients with mental illness. He is currently pursuing a master's degree in social work at Morgan State University.
"We are overjoyed to announce Joel's appointment," said Mike McCarthy, president of the GLCCB board of directors, in a statement. "Joel has a tremendous vision and passion for LGBTQ advocacy and activism, and brings a breadth of nonprofit experience that will undoubtedly prove essential in continuing the organization's recent efforts to better serve all of Baltimore and Central Maryland's LGBTQ communities."
"I am honored and humbled by this appointment," Tinsley-Hall said in his own statement. “The GLCCB is at a crossroads, and I look forward to rolling my sleeves up and begin starting real conversations with everyone in Baltimore's diverse, vibrant, and often underrepresented LGBTQ community.”
Tinsley-Hall's selection will mean the resignation from the GLCCB board of his husband, Scott Tinsley-Hall, director of strategy at the University of Maryland Medical Center.
McCarthy has said Scott Tinsley-Hall did not play a role in the short-listing or selection of his husband for the executive director position, but would step down if he was selected to avoid a conflict of interest.
The GLCCB's announcement of that selection Friday came on the last day on the job for acting executive director Kelly Neel, who announced she would not be pursuing the position last month after initially putting her name in for it.
At the community interview last month, Tinsley-Hall said he would focus on making sure the center is financially stable and on improving community relations.
For our story on the public interview and Tinsley-Hall's positions, you can click here.