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The 15-member Commission on LGBTQ Affairs reflects the gender, racial, ethnic and geographic diversity of Maryland. Members are required to know the issues facing the LGBTQ community and advocate for solutions to problems facing the community.  The 2023 Maryland General Assembly with HB141 renames the commission to the Commission on LGBTQIA+ Affairs and increases the number of members from 15 to 21.  This will take effect on, October 1, 2023.  If you are interested in becoming a member of this commission, please see the following link to apply.

The commission annually elects a chair and vice chair and is required to publish an annual report that includes recommendations on policies for LGBTQ adults and youth to end discriminatory practices in the State.

Commissioners include:

  • Nicholas Augustine
  • Lee Blinder
  • Joan B. Bryan
  • Amit Dhir
  • Kurt B. Doan, Ed.D
  • Deborah Dunn, PAC, MBA
  • Anthony E. Fox
  • Jabari Lyles
  • Stephen J. Martin
  • Mark Ridderhoff, LCSW-C
  • Joseph L. Toolan

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