Every LGBT person and family should feel safe and respected at all times, and in all places.
Safe spaces for LGBT people are defined as those which do the following:
- Make certain all employees will treat every LGBT patron with dignity and respect; which includes equal levels of customer service
- Make certain all employees refrain from using slurs directed at LGBT people
- Make certain all employees understand displays of affection by LGBT people are no more or less indecent than similar displays of affection by non-LGBT people
- Make certain employees will intervene on behalf of LGBT people when these standards are being ignored by other customers and patrons.
If your business or venue is a safe space for LGBT people -- including expressions of gender identity -- and wishes to be identified as such, please submit our Commitment to be an LGBT Safe Space where you can provide your address and other contact info (facebook, twitter, etc). If you prefer to download the form and email it to us at email@example.com, you can do so here. We will be happy to let members of our community know that you are a business/venue that supports us. And we will be regularly updating the Map of Maryland Safe Spaces.
If you are a patron of one of these businesses/venues and something happens that makes you feel they've failed to provide a genuinely safe space, please let us know right away.