Demetrius Mallisham, the mayor’s liaison to Baltimore’s LGBT community, died at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore on April 28 due to complications from pancreatitis. He was 46.
Mallisham was born in Newark, N.J., and was an “Army brat” living mostly in Ft. Belvoir, Va. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Radford University and had worked in various jobs. One of those was in Prince George’s County where he was trying to get gang members back on the right track. Mallisham eventually moved to Baltimore and served in the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhoods.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake released a statement on the day of his death. “All of us who worked with, and loved, Demetrius knew him as being constantly upbeat, enthusiastic and eager to help,” she said. “For someone who was not originally from Baltimore city, he made Charm City his home. I will never forget the number of times I joined a neighborhood event and saw him joyfully interacting with community members and children. What a champion of our city.”
For his service to the LGBT community as the Mayor’s Liaison, he received an award from The Center for Black Equity Baltimore in October 2014.
“Working for Madame Mayor is a blessing that I don’t take for granted,” Mallisham told the Blade at the time. “She makes my job easy by being a true ally to the LGBTQ community.”
Mallisham was well liked within Baltimore’s LGBT community.
“Demetrius was a good man. He was a bright soul always helping people and willing to find ways to help folks help themselves,” Merrick Moises, a close friend, told the Blade. “His death is quite shocking. I am comforted by the fact that he will always be loved and remembered for the light he carried with him and the joy he gave to others. He will be missed so much.”
His brother Mark Mallisham told the Blade that Demetrius was an advocate for all people. “His life mission was to help all people. He had a caring soul and was the nicest person I knew besides our Mom.”
A wake is planned for May 5 at 10:30 a.m., and the funeral is to take place at 11 a.m. at New Waverly United Methodist Church, 644 E. 33rd St., Baltimore 21218.