LGBT victories leave Equality Maryland on last legs

The Baltimore Sun
Victories in LGBT rights have left a state advocacy group with dwindling funding.

Victories in LGBT rights have left a state advocacy group with dwindling funding.

The Board of Directors of Equality Maryland and its foundation announced Tuesday that it will either reduce or cease operations next month due to declining revenues following LGBT gains like marriage equality and the passage of a transgender-inclusive anti-discrimination law.

Equality Maryland lobbies in Annapolis and across Maryland for equal protection under the law for LGBT individuals, according to the organization's website.

"Unless and until we secure adequate revenue to sustain the organization, the important services, oversight and advocacy it has consistently provided to the Maryland LGBT community will cease to be," organization representatives said in a press release.

The Board will determine the organization's fate in the coming weeks but welcomes input and questions in the decision-making process, the press release said.

The organization has also initiated a "Save Equality Maryland" fundraising campaign.

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