May 25, 2011 at 2:38 pm EDT | by Kevin Naff
Equality Md. leader’s status uncertain

Lynne Bowman (Washington Blade file photo)

Lynne Bowman, interim executive director of Equality Maryland, told the Blade today that she has left the state and is headed to Ohio for a previous commitment and is unsure when she will return.

She said she has not resigned her post, and that she is in “conversation with the board about what next month could look like.”

Her contract to lead the organization runs through August, reportedly at a fee of $7,000 per month. Today’s development suggests the organization doesn’t have the funds to pay her, though Bowman declined to say that directly.

She echoed Equality Maryland board chair Charles Butler, who just yesterday said the group is in a serious financial crisis.

“It’s a difficult situation,” Bowman said. “They need a fair amount of financial support to continue.” She estimated the group needs $22,000-25,000 by the end of June to continue operating.

Kevin Naff is the editor and a co-owner of the Washington Blade, the nation’s oldest and most acclaimed LGBT news publication, founded in 1969.

  • It sounds like they need the money just to pay her salary.

  • Sounds as if the Equality Organization Nationwide may be experiencing siimilar problems. In Raleigh, Equality North Carolin’a Ian Palmquist has just announced his departure and is moving to Mass, just as the fight with the N.C. Legislature over amendments to the States Constitution is heating up. The Equality N.C. Board has not made any comment as to any finacial difficulty, but the the sudden announcement concerning Ian’s departure raises many questions.

  • You’ve got to be kidding me. What a mess.

  • Another disappointment from the board of EQMD…

  • The Board of Equality Maryland is leading the organization into a death spiral, and the Blade won’t find the balls to report on the situation. That Board should resign in shame and put in place a reconstitution plan. Board dysfunction at its worst.

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