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The Pride Center of Maryland Has Never Wavered in its Commitment to Serve and Represent the LGBTQ+ Community

Updated: Apr 1

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The Pride Center of Maryland Has Never Wavered in its Commitment to Serve and Represent the LGBTQ+ Community.


Responsibly and Transparently Offering Resources, Services and Community to those that Often Feel Ignored by Mainstream Health and Wellness Organizations


Baltimore, MD – March 29, 2024 - The Pride Center of Maryland (PCOM) has experienced tremendous growth in its programs, initiatives, and offerings for the public. We take great pride in reflecting the community that we serve and being the number one resource for those looking for health and wellness resources, programming, assistance programs, testing options, and more. In the last four years, our organization has grown from a staff of three to forty. We have served over 300,000 people. We host one of the largest PRIDE events in the mid-Atlantic, with more than 150,000 attendees. PCOM’s digital reach is over 30,000 per year. Our organization's main focus has been in the areas of empowerment, harm reduction, violence intervention, trauma-informed care, and clinical resources for the LGBTQ+/SGL (same-gender-loving) community. We are extremely proud of what we have accomplished so far, and we look forward to doing even more in these areas in the months and years to come.


Recently, some of our reporting practices have been called into question. While we acknowledge that some of our reporting needed improvement due to rapid growth, we have worked earnestly on corrective action. We have hired a dedicated Data Manager who is committed to rectifying any data-related issues and resolving any outstanding items. This demonstrates our unwavering commitment to quality work in the community while also fulfilling the reporting requirements of our funders. 


We realize that simply doing great work for the community isn't enough - that we also have to be equally great in reporting that work back to our funders in responsible and transparent ways. Our commitment to transparency is unwavering, and we are dedicated to ensuring our reporting practices are clear and accurate. 


Our desire as an organization is to continue the valuable work, we have been doing in creating awareness, providing resources, testing, and providing additional support for the LGBTQ+/ SGL community while also being transparent about allocating resources and its direct impact on the community we serve.


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About The Pride Center of Maryland

The Pride Center of Maryland (PCOM) is the state's oldest and primary source for guidance, education, cultural competency, and services to improve quality of life, especially for LGBTQ+/SGL (same-gender-loving) youth, adults, elders, and allies of all backgrounds, ethnicities, perspectives, genders, sexualities, and cultures.

 

Through youth development, mental health, violence prevention, support services, and trauma-informed care programs, PCOM advocates for equity, justice, and safe access to well-being and protection while building bridges and understanding between diverse communities. Learn more about PCOM at www.pridecentermd.org. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram.  


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