Mission: The Delmarva Pride Center is a community service organization dedicated to creating a positive environment inclusive of all sexual orientations and gender identities. We support, educate, connect, organize, and provide outreach to the Delmarva LGBTQIA+ community and its allies.
Vision: All people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, are embraced as full members of the Delmarva community. Through Delmarva Pride Center’s efforts, the Delmarva Peninsula will be a safe community where everyone lives authentically with access to all services and supports required to live fully.
Respect - We believe all people have the right to dignity and respect.
Privacy - We value all DPC participants right to privacy.
Safety - We will assure a safe environment for all participants of DPC.
Equality - We treat all people equally and strive for equality in all that we do.
Community - We will connect members and create a community of support for youth, adults, and family.
Action - We organize and engage the LGBTQIA+ community , their allies and the public.
Advocacy - We advocate for legislation that protects, supports, and empowers the LGBTQIA+ community.
Before Delmarva Pride in June 2023, our goal is to lease a brick-and-mortar building to have a positive, welcoming space for people of all sexual orientations and gender expressions to attend events, meetings, support groups, check out materials from a queer library, and have coffee with other people in the lounge.
To support this goal, become a monthly sustaining member. With just 100 LGBT+ people giving $20 a month, we can support a physical space for our community.
Serves as Program Director for FreeState Justice where she is focused on improving the lives of LGBTQ Marylanders. In her spare time, she facilitates a transgender support group, is active in PFLAG Mid-Shore and serves on the board of GLSEN Maryland.
Angel Perez (he/him) - Vice Chair
Main Street Coordinator for Town of Greensboro and Caroline Pride Executive Director. He is the founder of the Caroline County Pride Festival and Whoville Village Holiday Park, organizer of the LGBTQIA Support Program for youth ages 14-17. Recognized as the Caroline County Citizen of the Year 2020. For the past 4 years he has dedicated his time to positively impacting his community especially carrying the message of inclusion, respect and equity.
Lisa Barry (they/them) - Communications
People are fundamentally worthy of respect because of their personhood. Lisa is a person who identifies both as queer and non-binary. In their work, Barry fulfills a passion for wildlife conservation by protecting Delmarva's Chesapeake Bay wetlands. Outside of work, they are a dedicated parent driven to provide their kids a loving home to live happily, and teach them how to thrive. Lisa is an advocate for Delmarva's LGBTQ+ community devoting their heart to making sure each individual is seen and heard. Barry is the marketing and social media chair, and co-lead for Delmarva Gender Expression Movement's support group to help guide people to lead authentic, peaceful and rich lives rooted in their foundational truth and worth.
Kyle O'Donnell (he/him) - Secretary
Runs a small business at home in his spare time and is the finance officer of 20 million USD budget. Kyle hosts monthly LGBT+ socials to encourage people to come out and feel a sense a belonging and community in public. He loves the outdoors, waterfowl, and feels at home in rural America. Earlier in life, a family member told him to leave the shore and move to the big city where it's easier to find a partner. However, the shore is home, is what we make it, and how we treat each other.
Private (she/her) - At Large
Our fifth board member declined to be publicly listed on the website for privacy