Newly merged FreeState Legal/Equality Maryland is launching a series of community listening stops across the state to gain input from key stakeholders. Part of this effort is aimed at establishing a combined mission and vision as well as a new name for the merged organization. One such session will occur on Feb. 9 at the general meeting of PFLAG Columbia-Howard County.
The merger between FreeState Legal and Equality Maryland was announced a month ago.
“We are excited to better serve the LGBTQ community across all of Maryland,” said Patrick A. Paschall, executive director of FreeState Legal in a statement. “By combining FreeState Legal’s team of attorneys providing direct legal services with Equality Maryland’s longstanding history as the voice and political arm of the LGBTQ community, we are creating a comprehensive LGBTQ civil rights organization that will work throughout the state to end prejudice and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.”
The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way in Columbia. All PFLAG meetings are free, confidential and open to the public.