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The Frederick Center exists to support and advocate for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) people and our families so we thrive, accepted and affirmed, in the broader Frederick community.

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Netasha wears many hats in the Frederick Center Community: volunteer, client, game master, creative mind. She is also one of the longest standing members of[...]

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(Names and photos have been changed for the sake of the family's privacy.) When Quinn’s second oldest child came out, they did not know how[...]

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Thirty-Five Years

Growing up in Texas, being gay was never an option for Matt. “In college, I had a personal crisis where I was starting to realize[...]

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Frederick Pride!

The Frederick Center organizes the annual Frederick Pride celebration. Pride provides an environment for LGBTQ people, allies, and families to interact and celebrate LGBTQ pride. It serves as the means to coordinate the actions of our community for the coming year. Typically it takes place the fourth Saturday in June. Started in 2012 with an attendance of about 300, it surpassed 30,000 in 2022. For latest info see our web page here.

Upcoming Events

If you are looking to meet locals in the LGBTQ+ community at engaging events beyond Pride, check out some of these incredible opportunities. The Frederick Center provides the best in customized events for every background in our community. Make sure you come out and bring your friends and family to the party!
Jun 15

Queer Open Mic Night

We can't wait to host our community at this year's Queer Open Mic Night! All talents are welcome to perform: poetry, music, spoken word, juggling, musical theatre performances, and more! We are making queer spaces for queer art, where self-expression and artistry is welcomed in all its forms. Join us to perform at an accepting and affirming space. Register to perform by holding a $10 ticket in your name. The funds will be returned after the event. Don't want to perform? Join us to watch and listen to the incredible queer talents that Frederick has to offer! Questions? Email [email protected].

Jun 15

Drag Queen Story Time

The Frederick Center and Frederick Pride presents... Drag Queen Story Time! We are thrilled to welcome our community back to Hood College for Drag Queen Story Time. Join us on Saturday, June 15th at 11:00am at Hood College's Beneficial-Hodson Library for a vibrant and inclusive event that combines the art of drag performance with the joy of storytelling to create a unique and entertaining experience for children and families. The event aims to promote diversity, acceptance, and inclusivity by breaking down stereotypes and encouraging a celebration of individuality. Drag queens, known for their glamorous and theatrical personas, captivate young audiences with their colorful costumes, elaborate makeup, and dynamic personalities. This event costs $5 per ticket, and all proceeds from this event directly benefit The Frederick Center's Youth Groups, which support the LGBTQ+ youth of Frederick County and beyond. Any attendee of this event certifies that they will abide by The Frederick Center's values of kindness, acceptance, and family-friendly behavior. Anti-LGBTQ+ rheoric will not be tolerated at this event.

Jun 14

Pride at the Pool

We're celebrating Pride at the Pool! Join us on Friday, June 14th from 6-8pm at the Brunswick Pool as we party the evening away with friends and allies. This event is free and no registration is required. Show up in your most colorful swimsuits and celebrate pride with us. We hope to see you there!