The Howard County LGBTQ+ Workgroup was established on November 1, 2019. County Executive Calvin Ball signed an Executive Order to create an LGBTQ+ (Lesbian,Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer+) Workgroup to promote the shared community values of diversity and civility. The Workgroup partnered with county agencies non-profit organizations, and other community groups to facilitate an environment of inclusion, communication, understanding, and respect throughout Howard County.

LGBTQ+ Workgroup held quarterly meetings that were open to the public and provided a yearly report to the County Executive that addressed and identified current and emerging issues that affect the LGBTQ+ community.

LGBTQ+ Workgroup terminated on April 1, 2021.

Workgroup Information
Workgroup Members

Maya Carey, HopeWorks of Howard County Max Crownover, PFLAG Columbia-Howard Debb Dunn, Chase Brexton
Robert Fontaine, Community Member Robert Ford, Human Rights Commission Dr. Juls Gilliam, Community Member
Jumel Howard, PFLAG Columbia-Howard County Andrew Kanicki, Community Member
Akbi Khan, Community Member
Vanita Leatherwood, HopeWorks of Howard County
Faye M. Liberatore, Community Member

Howard County Government Staff

Yolanda F. Sonnier, OHRE Administrator
Trent Day Hall, OHRE Outreach Supervisor
Janssen Evelyn, Assistant Chief Administrative Officer
Kimberly Pruim, Director of Constituent Services and Community Partnerships

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