Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley to address national LGBT rights conference on Sunday, Jan. 29

January 28, 2012


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Actor and singer Wilson Cruz to close out conference with musical performance

What: National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change

More than 2,500 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) allies are in Baltimore this week for the largest national convening of LGBT advocates. They are strategizing and mobilizing at the start of the critical election year at the National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change.

When: Sunday, January 29, 11:30AM

Who: Opening remarks: Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley. This week, Gov. O’Malley introduced a marriage equality bill, the Civil Marriage Protection Act of 2012.

“I am pleased to join the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force at the Creating Change Conference,” said Governor O'Malley. “We stand with the LGBT community because we are a people who choose freely to be governed under one law — a law that recognizes people of all walks of life should be protected equally, united in our belief in the dignity of every individual. Working together, we expand opportunity for all and give our children a better future.”

He will talk about his support for the LGBT people and their families, including the push for marriage equality and the gender identity nondiscrimination act.

Actor and singer Wilson Cruz will close out the conference with Love, Child…, a musical performance. Cruz has earned both critical acclaim and a loyal fan base throughout his career in television, film and stage productions. He won the hearts of audiences with his portrayal of Rickie Vasquez, the first openly gay teen on primetime television, in the ABC series My So-Called Life. Onstage, he took over the role of “Angel” both on Broadway and in the West Coast premiere of Rent.

Where: Hilton Baltimore Hotel, Key Ballroom
401 West Pratt Street, Baltimore, Md.

Why: The fight for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality is generating a national conversation in society and in this critical election year. Local and national social and political leaders are uniting and speaking out for LGBT rights and for our common humanity.


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