The board of directors of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center of Baltimore and Central Maryland (GLCCB) elected a new president and re-elected the vice president and treasurer during the annual election meeting on Dec. 8.
Long-time activist and former GLCCB board member William J. “Bill” Redmond-Palmer was elected unanimously to succeed outgoing term-limited President Michael McCarthy. Chris Adkins was re-elected as vice president as was Daniel Moore as treasurer. The board is seeking a secretary to fill a vacancy resulting from the departure of Gilles Stromberg.
During McCarthy’s two years since he was elected in February 2013, there were major changes within the GLCCB. The most important of these developments was the sale of the building on Chase Street, held by the Center for more than three decades, and the eventual move of the headquarters last winter to the third floor of the Waxter Center on nearby Cathedral Street.
In addition, there were several different executive directors running the operations during this period. Previous executive directors Matt Thorn and Kelly Neel resigned; Joel Tinsley-Hall is currently at the helm. There was also a controversial shift of the Pride celebration last June to the Artscape area several blocks north of the familiar Mount Vernon venue for both Pride days.
From these changes, as well as long-standing complaints, the GLCCB was under fire from a portion of the community, which complained about a perceived lack of transparency regarding decision-making and finances as well as a lack of diversity and inclusivity.
Since a turbulent town hall meeting held last July, efforts were undertaken to address these problems, which included public disclosure of financial statements, posting the by-laws online and holding open board meetings.
Redmond-Palmer has worked as an advocate on behalf of people living with HIV/AIDS and has written numerous articles for local publications to shine a spotlight on local LGBT organizations. He has worked in leadership and advocacy organizations in the LGBT community for nearly 20 years, including serving on the GLCCB board of directors for six years in the early 1990s.