Paul Liller, the 2015 Pride coordinator, and now the new development coordinator for the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center of Baltimore and Central Maryland (GLCCB), is quite busy.
“We have an ambitious schedule for 2015, and it’s my job to help make it successful,” he says. Liller’s new responsibilities include all aspects of Pride, GLCCB fundraising, donor interactions, all events, grants implementation, outreach and much more.
Liller says that after considerable effort and negotiations, Pride will return to the Eager Street and Charles Street locale on July 25 where it had been a popular two-day celebration and a vital source of revenue for the GLCCB throughout its history. The more laid-back Sunday Druid Hill Park event is scheduled for July 26.
Liller, 32, is enthusiastic, confident and driven to make Pride, as well as the Center’s other programs, a success. Liller and the GLCCB have set out an ambitious agenda that in itself would be daunting even without his being the maestro for Pride.
Those other events on the docket include:
From April 13-17, the Center will host an open house week at the Waxter Center, 1000 Cathedral St., so that community members can see where the GLCCB is headquartered. On April 17, there will be a kickoff party for youth programs and a media rollout to explain the Center’s new responsibility in communicating about Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, or PrEP.
There will be a casino night at Grand Central on April 18 to benefit Pride. On May 2, the Voice of Pride will take place at Steampunk Alley. The Hunks in Trunks fundraiser will occur on May 13. And for history buffs, the LGBT Archives Exhibit opening reception is scheduled for May 15.
Following Pride, the GLCCB will celebrate LGBT History Month with Oktoberfest the first week, Black Pride, Hearts and Ears, and Chase Brexton will be joining the GLCCB for events the remainder of the month. And on Halloween, the Center will hold its “Outrageous” gala.