May 18, 2017 at 12:59 pm EDT | by Steve Charing
LGBT officials named to Baltimore commissions
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Carrie Evans was appointed to the Community Relations Commission in Baltimore. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Two well-known individuals in Baltimore’s LGBT community have been appointed to commissions in the Baltimore City Civil Rights and Wage Enforcement.

Carrie Evans, the former executive director of Equality Maryland (now FreeState Justice), has been appointed to the Community Relations Commission, which investigates claims of discrimination and assists those who have been discriminated against. The commission combats unlawful discrimination in employment, public accommodation, housing, education, and health and welfare services.

“After working for almost two decades on passing anti-discrimination laws, I am excited to be appointed to a position that is aimed at enforcing them,” Evans told the Blade. “I believe the commission can play an active role in enforcing the laws and also in the elusive and difficult work of ‘changing hearts and minds.’”

Mark McLaurin, political director for SEIU, was appointed to the Wage Commission, which enforces provisions of the City Wage Law and to establish prevailing and living wages for employees of contractors doing business with the City.

“I’m excited to serve as part of the team ensuring all Baltimore workers are treated fairly in the workplace and are paid what they are owed,” McLaurin told the Blade

Both were nominated by the mayor. They were voted out by the Executive Nominations Committee on May 10.  The next step is full Council approval.

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