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Equality Maryland's Silver Celebration

State's primary LGBT-advocacy organization sets its 25th anniversary gala

The Free State’s local LGBT rights organization Equality Maryland has announced it will celebrate its 25th anniversary on Oct. 27 in Baltimore, with special honors for Sen. Richard Madaleno (D-Montgomery Co.).

Madaleno, the only out member of the state Senate, has played a key role in passing legislation related to hate-crimes, medical decision-making for same-sex partners, and marriage equality. He is also the lead sponsor of a statewide gender-identity nondiscrimination bill that advocates have been trying to pass for nearly a decade.

Adam May, national correspondent for Al Jazeera America’s America Tonight, and Derek Valcourt, an Emmy award-winning reporter for WJZ, will co-host the event. Equality Maryland will also be accepting tax-deductible donations to advance educational and advocacy work from those unable to attend.

Equality Maryland’s 25th Anniversary Celebration is Sunday, Oct. 27, at the Lord Baltimore Hotel, 20 W. Baltimore St., Baltimore. The event begins with a VIP cocktail reception at 11 a.m., followed by brunch, noon to 2 p.m. Tickets start at $100 and may be purchased online at

John Riley is the local news reporter for Metro Weekly. He can be reached at