February 2, 2016 at 11:00 am EST | by Steve Charing
FreeState Legal/Equality Md. to visit PFLAG
Patrick Paschall, gay news, Washington Blade

FreeState Legal Executive Director Patrick Paschall describes his organization’s decision to merge with Equality Maryland as an ‘opportunity to consolidate our efforts.’ (Photo courtesy Patrick Paschall)

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.

For more information, visit pflagmd.org or freestatelegal.org.

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