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Howard County Executive Proposes LGBTQIA+ Commission

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Baltimore Sun.The commission would also propose initiatives to support families headed by LGBTQ people and same-sex couples; advise the county of policies and programs that benefit underserved members of the LGBTQ community; and plan events to celebrate and affirm the LGBTQ community.

The commission would be required to submit an annual report to the County Council and the County Executive.Balls’s proposal coincides with Pride Month, when members of the LGBTQ community are typically celebrated.

But it also comes on the heels of the school board in nearby Carroll County voting to ban Pride flags from classrooms and other public spaces in schools — which some pundits have pointed to as evidence of a backlash against political correctness, “woke” ideology, and increased LGBTQ visibility.“This is not Texas,” Byron MacFarlane, the county’s register of wills and the first openly gay elected official in Howard County, said in the news release. “This is not Carroll County.

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