FreeState Justice

ACHIEVING LIVED EQUALITY

FreeState Justice

Dear friends,

By now, you have probably heard about this morning’s ruling in the Supreme Court case, Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission (CCCR). While it is true that the Court ruled that the CCCR was wrong in finding that Masterpiece Cakeshop violated Colorado’s nondiscrimination law, the Court only did so because of the highly unusual anti-religious remarks made by certain members of the commission. The Court also affirmed the role of state nondiscrimination laws to protect LGBTQ Americans, and highlighted the right of LGBT Americans to be treated with the same dignity and respect as any other American. Read our full press release here.

Jazz Brunch

This past Saturday, 200 FreeState partners, supporters, volunteers, and advocates gathered together to celebrate Maryland’s LGBTQ community at a Jazz Brunch. We celebrated the victories and contributions of our community and honored several advocates and allies in a brief ceremony. You can read more about the honorees on the event page. Check back soon to see photos of the event. If you weren’t able to attend this year’s Brunch, we hope you can make it in 2019.

June is Pride Month

Pride month is full of opportunities to volunteer and support FreeState’s work. We hope you’ll consider joining us for our annual Dine Out for Justice fundraiser at Gertrude’s Restaurant. A portion of the evening’s proceeds will be donated to FreeState. Call (410) 889-3399 to make your reservation today!

The FreeState team will be at Pride events throughout the state. We need your help to make sure our tables are staffed! Join us for one of the Pride festivals below as a volunteer or march with us in the Baltimore Pride parade! Click here to sign up.

–          Baltimore Pride (June 16/17)

–          Frederick Pride (June 23)

–          Hagerstown Pride (July 14)

–          Cumberland Pride (July 15)

Thank You To Our Volunteers

FreeState Justice relies on its pro bono panel to help serve the LGBTQ community. Through its tireless efforts, the Pro Bono Panel has provided hundreds of hours of free legal services to further our mission of achieving lived equality for all LBGTQ Marylanders. If you’re member of our panel, come to our Appreciation Night happy hour honoring your continuous support and dedication to the Maryland LGBTQ community!  Register for free here.

Wednesday, June 20, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Five and Dime Ale House, 501 West 36th Street, Baltimore, MD 21211

The primary election is quickly approaching on June 26.  Make sure you are registered to vote! Tomorrow, June 5th is the last day you can register and still vote in this year’s primary.

In solidarity,

Mark Procopio

Executive Director

  If you would like to support us in our efforts to achieve lived equality, you can donate here.
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FreeState Justice

Baltimore, MD 21218
(410)625-5428
We envision a Maryland where people across the spectrum of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer identities are free to live authentically, with safety and dignity, in all communities throughout our state.

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