Stand with us at the Pride Center of Maryland as we contend with violence and promote safety for everyone in our inclusive community. By fostering understanding, empathy, and acceptance, we can create a nurturing environment where everyone can thrive. Join our unified front as we build a future where love and respect prevail.
Recent stats on Violence in Baltimore
In 2022, Baltimore marked its eighth consecutive year with over 300 homicides, underscoring a pressing concern for our community. Despite being the highest per capita spender on policing among major U.S. cities, Baltimore continues to grapple with a disproportionately high level of violent crime, surpassing the national average. Addressing this critical issue necessitates collaborative efforts and targeted interventions to create a safer environment for all residents.
Violence amongst the LGBTQ+/SGL community
Historically, LGBTQ+/SGL individuals have faced higher rates of violence and discrimination. Hate crimes against the LGBTQ+/SGL community are reported annually by the FBI. In 2019, the FBI's Hate Crime Statistics Report indicated that there were 4,930 incidents classified as hate crimes, of which 17.8% were based on sexual orientation bias and 2.7% on gender identity bias.
In Maryland, there were 40 single bias incidents reported in 2020, and 19 single bias incidents reported in 2019. In Maryland, there were 49 reported victims in 2020, and 21 reported victims in 2019.
Comments from Dr.Cleo on Generational Black Misdirected Rage
"In the past, Black communities were bastions of safety for Black individuals, where a strong sense of unity and shared identity provided protection against external threats. However, changing dynamics, marked by economic disparities, systemic racism, and social injustices, have posed increased challenges and vulnerabilities within these neighborhoods. Many Black communities now grapple with rising crime rates and a pervasive sense of unease."
Amidst these challenges, The Pride Center of Maryland stands as a beacon of hope and a catalyst for change. Our organization is dedicated to decreasing community violence by fostering understanding, tolerance, and acceptance among diverse groups. Through educational initiatives, advocacy efforts, and support services, PCOM empowers individuals to embrace their identities and celebrate differences, cultivating a sense of unity that transcends boundaries. By promoting acceptance and inclusivity, our organization inspires us all to reclaim the spirit of safety and solidarity. Together, we can build communities where everyone not only survives but thrives.
Violence Intervention and Prevention (VIP) Project
PCOM's Violence Intervention and Prevention (VIP) project will help address violence issues in
Baltimore, focused on diverse African American and sexual and gender minority (SGM)
populations. VIP is the city's first violence prevention initiative to address sexual and gender
minority (SGM) people specifically.
The VIP Project will reduce the cycle of violence, including street, domestic and intrafamilial
violence, motivating non-violent problem solving, and valuing life.