Baltimore Pride is scheduled for July 23-24, but financial challenges facing the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center of Baltimore and Central Maryland could throw a wrench into the plans.
The GLCCB, which produces Pride annually—its principal fundraiser—is seeking to raise money to pay off debts owed to Baltimore City.
GLCCB leadership stated in a published appeal: “We have an outstanding balance of $12,146.27 with Baltimore City for police fees for Baltimore Pride 2015. We will not be able to secure permits for Pride 2016 until this debt is paid.”
Furthermore, $2,200 is needed for 2016 permit fees, according to a statement on the Razoo fundraising page, where a goal of $15,000 has been set by the GLCCB. “Without these funds, we will be unable to move forward with Pride 2016.”
Complicating matters is that Baltimore City filed a lawsuit against the GLCCB on Feb. 17 in the amount of $11,829.42, according to electronic court records. Published minutes of the GLCCB’s March 14 board meeting indicate that the amount sought by the city in the lawsuit represents Pride-related debts from 2011-2015. A court date is set for May 24 at Baltimore District Court.
With three months to go, the projected budget for Pride 2016 is $200,000. Neither GLCCB president Jabari Lyles nor legal counsel Randolph Knepper responded to Blade requests for comment.