Jun 22

FREDERICK PRIDE 2024

On Saturday, 6/22/24, the local LGBTQ+ community gathers together alongside our friends, families, and allies to celebrate and uplift each other with love and pride. From 11:00am-6:00pm, Frederick Pride welcomes you to beautiful Carroll Creek in the heart of Downtown Frederick to celebrate the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer+ community. Join us to enjoy drag performances, a food court of the best local food trucks, hand-picked musical guests, hundreds of local vendors and nonprofit organizations, a designated beverage garden with the top local breweries and wineries, a pride shop, a children's area, and more! Mark your calendars for June 22nd! We can't wait to welcome you back to Frederick Pride!!

Jun 20

Night Out at the Keys

Join us for Night Out at the Keys, with the national anthem and first pitch by Maranda Rights!

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 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 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!

Jun 12

Brunswick Pride Proclamation

Join The Frederick Center and Brunswick City Council as we officially declare June as Pride month in Brunswick! This event is free and no pre-registration is required. We hope to see you at Brunswick City Hall on June 12th at 5:00pm to celebrate Pride month in Brunswick!

Jun 09

Wine and BBQ Wine Tasting!

This Wine and BBQ wine tasting event is a delightful experience that brings together the rich flavors of barbecue cuisine with the perfect wine pairings. Indulge in a variety of fine wines to enhance your taste buds. Whether you're a wine connoisseur or a BBQ enthusiast, this event promises to tantalize your senses and leave you satisfied. Join us for an unforgettable evening of great company and exquisite wines at the Wine and BBQ tasting event. All proceeds benefit The Frederick Center.

Jun 07

Pride Prom (18+): A Royal Affair

The Frederick Center is proud to present PRIDE PROM: A ROYAL AFFAIR! On Friday, June 7th, you're invited to dance the night away with us in your royal finery, with drink and food in hand! Dress to impress in your most regal attire and dance the night away with friends old and new. There will be drinks from Frederick Social's wide array of beverages, a food spread for all to enjoy, a DJ and dancing to the best of the best queer jams, and a costume contest to win tickets to Pride Prom 2025! Dress on theme or dress in drag, and take on the dance floor with your community where self expression of all kinds is welcomed and encouraged. We can't wait to make memories with you this June!

Jun 06

Frederick Pride Proclamation

Each year, The Frederick Center is joined by Pride committee volunteers and the LGBTQ+ community as we officially declare Pride month in June alongside Frederick City Council. Please join us on Thursday, June 6th as we kick off Pride celebrations in Frederick!

Jun 01

Colors of Pride: A Mental Health Workshop

The Mental Health Workgroup of the Frederick County Local Health Improvement Process (LHIP) is teaming up with Transformative Arts Project and the Frederick Center to sponsor a community-wide campaign called "From the heART: Creative expressions in mental wellness." This campaign seeks to cultivate inclusivity and compassion within the community by harnessing the power of art to challenge societal stigmas associated with mental health. It serves as an exciting launch to Pride Month, aiming to address the stigma surrounding mental health and emphasize the transformative potential of artistic expression in fostering a healthy and diverse community. Through an array of engaging events, including the highly anticipated Community Arts Celebration, this campaign will shine a spotlight on local Queer artists, organize interactive workshops, and create a welcoming space that promotes well-being and acceptance. We invite you to join us in breaking barriers, celebrating diversity, and discovering art's profound impact in constructing a thriving community. Join us on June 1st at 1:00pm!

May 19

It’s All About the Bubbles Wine Tasting

Champagne, Cava, Prosecco, Asti Spumonti: So many bubbles, so little time! How are they similar and different? And while we're at it, Extra Brut, Brut, Extra Dry, Sec, and Demi-sec are used to describe these sparkling wines -- what do those terms mean? Spin the Bottle owner and expert Marc Monahan shares his knowledge plus tastings of a range of sparkling wines at this Frederick Pride 2024 Wine Tasting. As an added bonus, Spin the Bottle will donate 10% of all bottle sales after the tasting to The Frederick Center. It's all about the bubbles, baby! Seating is limited. Join us and register today!

May 17

May Pink Drinks

Welcome to Pink Drinks, Frederick’s premier, FREE, monthly LGBTQIA+ social networking event! Pink Drinks is hosted by The Frederick Center, a non-profit organization that supports and advocates for the LGBTQIA+ community. Pink Drinks is an informal, loosely organized, networking and gathering function offered monthly to the The Frederick Center (TFC) community. It is intended to provide an opportunity to bring together adults (ages 21+) of the Central Maryland area LGBTQIA+ community and allies to encourage friendship, conversation, and community involvement. Pink Drinks is very informal: Bring Your Own Beverage - any beverage, no pressure to imbibe. The host provides simple, light finger food, plates, napkins, ice, glasses, and name tags. Don't expect a meal. The consumption of alcoholic beverage is in no way required (many don't) and anyone over-indulging will be banned from future events. The focus is on initiating connections and building a community.

Apr 19

April Pink Drinks

Welcome to Pink Drinks, Frederick’s premier, FREE, monthly LGBTQIA+ social networking event! Pink Drinks is hosted by The Frederick Center, a non-profit organization that supports and advocates for the LGBTQIA+ community. Pink Drinks is an informal, loosely organized, networking and gathering function offered monthly to the The Frederick Center (TFC) community. It is intended to provide an opportunity to bring together adults (ages 21+) of the Central Maryland area LGBTQIA+ community and allies to encourage friendship, conversation, and community involvement. Pink Drinks is very informal: Bring Your Own Beverage - any beverage, no pressure to imbibe. The host provides simple, light finger food, plates, napkins, ice, glasses, and name tags. Don't expect a meal. The consumption of alcoholic beverage is in no way required (many don't) and anyone over-indulging will be banned from future events. The focus is on initiating connections and building a community.

Apr 13

PFLAG Lego Building

Saturday, April 13th from 10am-12pm, at The Frederick Center, join PFLAG Frederick for Lego Building! Parents can sit upstairs and relax with other parents in our community as our lego masters (ages 5 to 12, supervised by a MCPS art teacher) spend an hour building anything their imagination comes up with from our big pile of legos. Then we will display our masterpieces for our parents to view and take photos of. Each participant will receive a ribbon and juice box. Legos will stay with us for future events. Sign up soon- limited to 15 children. Questions? Email: [email protected].

Apr 11

Free LGBTQ+ Legal Clinic

The Frederick Center's legal team is preparing for our next free LGBTQ+ legal clinic on Thursday, April 11th! If you have questions about family law, estate planning, guardianship, name changes, landlord-tenant concerns, criminal law, and other civil legal matters, we can help. The Frederick Center is providing a free legal clinic for our community. Need support? Register with us at http://tinyurl.com/bdeya7rc or scan the QR code, and we will see you on Thursday, April 11th!

Mar 30

Trans Joy Picnic for Transgender Day of Visibility

We're so excited for our next Transgender Day of Visibility event on March 30th!! Join us at our TRANS JOY PICNIC to celebrate trans and gender nonconforming members of our community with free tie dye, food, music, and engagement with our community resources. This event is free and open to all ages, from 1:00-4:00pm. We hope to see you at The Frederick Center to celebrate Trans Joy with your community!! 🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍⚧️🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍⚧️

Mar 22

Pink Drinks: Spring Awakening

Welcome to the return of the long-awaited Pink Drinks! You've been asking, and it's here: Central Maryland's premiere LGBTQIA+ social networking event. Pink Drinks is an informal, loosely organized, networking and gathering function offered monthly to the The Frederick Center (TFC) community. It is intended to provide an opportunity to bring together adults (ages 21+) of the Central Maryland area LGBTQIA+ community and allies to encourage friendship, conversation, and community involvement. Pink Drinks is very informal: Bring Your Own Beverage - any beverage, no pressure to imbibe. The host provides simple light finger food, plates, napkins, ice, glasses, and name tags. Don't expect a meal. The consumption of alcoholic beverage is in no way required (many don't) and anyone over-indulging will be banned from future events. The focus is on initiating connections and building a community. Cost: BYOB, suggested donation to TFC, RSVP required RSVP: Ticket for each person required, even if you know the hosts. The host sets the limit to the number of attendees. If your plans change please adjust your reservation to give others a chance to attend (this event frequently fills up).

Mar 22

LGBTQ+ Homelessness Listening Session

The Frederick Center is hosting a listening session for members of the LGBTQ+ community who have experienced housing emergencies and/or who are currently unhoused or homeless. The Center is in the process of creating an LGBTQ+ emergency shelter to assist with our community's urgent housing needs, and we need your feedback! Earn a $25 Visa gift card just by attending! Pre-registration is required for this event. Join us on Friday, March 22nd at 4:00pm at The Frederick Center, 322 West Patrick Street.

Mar 17

Frederick County Queer History

The Frederick Center is thrilled to announce our partnership with Frederick County Public Libraries to present: Frederick County Queer History! Join us from 2-4pm on March 17th at C. Burr Artz Library as we host a panel of LGBTQ+ folks who will be speaking about their lived experience in Frederick County and how life has changed for LGBTQ+ people over the decades. This is a wonderful opportunity for LGBTQ+ folks and our allies to gather together and support the stories and experiences of the LGBTQ+ community before marriage equality, before The Frederick Center and Frederick Pride existed. What was it like to live as an LGBTQ+ person pre-2010s? Join us and hear directly from our community members! Do you have a question you'd like to ask at this panel? Email us at [email protected]!

Oct 28

All Ages Trunk or Treat Halloween Party

HALLOWEEN PARTY AT TFC!! 🍭🧟‍♀️👻🎃🧡🖤💜🍫🍬👽 Saturday, October 28th, The Frederick Center welcomes LGBTQ+ community members of all ages to TRUNK OR TREAT with us! From 10:00am - 2:00pm behind the Center, you can find trunk or treating, a costume contest, pumpkin painting, and local LGBTQ+ and community partners with their resources. Tabling with us will be Heartly House, the Religious Coalition, the Pride Center of Maryland, Out Riders Motorcycle Club, the Frederick Community Fridge, the Baltimore Flamingos Rugby Club, and more local and LGBTQ+ organizations! Learn about local resources, connect with community, and dress up to celebrate spooky season! 🎃👻🧟‍♀️

Oct 22

Tricks for Treats Drag Bingo (21+)

Join us for a fan favorite event, drag bingo, with a special Halloween twist! We are thrilled to welcome queens Chasity Vain, Maranda Rights, Haley Hemorrhoid with DJ and special performance by: Miss Shantay! Where? Idiom Brewing Company When? Sunday, October 22nd from 2:00-7:00pm, with registration starting at 12:30pm There will be a costume contest, 50/50 raffles, and food from 50/50 Burger food truck Tickets are $50 per person non-refundable, as this is a charity event to benefit The Frederick Center. All proceeds benefit The Frederick Center, which is a 501c-3 nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting, linking, educating, engaging, and advocating for the LGBTQ+ community of Frederick, MD. Learn more about The Frederick Center at thefrederickcenter.org!

Oct 21

LGBTQ+ Clothes Swap!

The Frederick Center is hosting a much-requested clothing swap for the LGBTQ+ community! We will be creating a gender-inclusive and safe space to trade clothes. TO DONATE: - Drop off clothes at The Frederick Center on Monday, October 16th and Tuesday, October 17th from 12:00-4:00pm - Clothes can be for any gender - Clothes should be for ages 9+ - Clothes should be gently used, no stains, holes, or disrepair - No donation from homes with lice, bedbugs, fleas, etc. - NO UNDERWEAR will be accepted, but bras and chest binders are acceptable TO SWAP, join us on Saturday, October 21st from 12:00-4:00pm at The Frederick Center, 322 West Patrick St! This event is free, open to all, and no donation is required to participate. Questions? Email [email protected] for more information!

Oct 15

Get Schooled with FreeState Justice!

Are you a parent, caregiver, or LGBTQ+ youth in Maryland? Then come get ready for school with FreeState Justice and the Frederick Center! On Sunday, October 15th from 9-1pm, join us as we share resources to help LGBTQ+ students and the adults who care about them enter the Frederick school year. Then get ready to raise your voice and participate in focus groups where LGBTQ+ youth and their caregivers can share their experiences in local public schools and what they believe can be done to support them better going forward. Then, the fun time will culminate in a ‘Know Your Rights’ presentation to ensure everyone in attendance knows the local and state services they have at their disposal as we begin another school season! Come out and make your voice heard.

Jun 28

Night Out at the Keys

We'll be enjoying the first pitch with Miranda Rights at Night Out at the Keys! Buy your tickets through the Keys website and come OUT for a lovely evening!

Jun 28

LGBTQ+ Youth Pride Prom

The Frederick Center and the Delaplaine Arts Center are thrilled to welcome LGBTQ+ youth of Frederick County to celebrate Pride 2023 together at a semi-formal event where they can feel safe and comfortable expressing themselves, bringing same-gender dates, and having fun with fellow community members. Prom will be held on Wednesday, June 28th from 6:00-9:00pm at the Delaplaine Arts Center's Gardiner Hall, with a dance floor, DJ, finger foods, and LGBTQ+ Pride theme.

Jun 25

Fabulous 80s Drag Bingo!

Join us for a one-of-a-kind experience with bingo featuring amazing prizes, drag performances by Ivanna Rights, Miranda Rights, and Chasity Vain, music from Capital DJ Chase, food from Rad Pies Pizza Truck, and an afternoon you won't want to miss! Come dressed in your 80s best and get ready to party!

Jun 24

FREDERICK PRIDE

Frederick Pride 2023 will be held on Saturday, June 24th from 11:00-6:00pm at Carroll Creek Linear Park in Frederick, MD! We are so excited to be welcoming our community back for our 10th Pride celebration and festival this June. Join us to show your LGBTQ+ Pride and support for the LGBTQ+ community, enjoy food and drinks from local vendors, watch Drag events and musical performances, shop with vendors from local businesses, learn about local nonprofit organizations, visit the LGBTQ+ car show, and find fun and games at the youth section!

Jun 17

Queer Open Mic Night

Looking for a safe space to share your talents? Join us for Queer Open Mic Night on June 17th from 6-8pm at Olde Mother Brewing Co! Talents of all kinds are welcome, from singing and dancing to juggling and poetry! Registration for performers is required via Eventbrite.

Jun 16

Pride at the Pool!

We're bringing Pride to Brunswick this year with Pride at the Pool! Join us for FREE from 6-8pm at the Brunswick Municipal Pool on Friday, June 16th.

Jun 13

LGBTQ+ Trivia Night at the Mt Airy Library!

We're partnering with the Mt Airy Library for two different pride themed events! On Tuesday, June 13th, we'll be facing off with LGBTQ+ trivia at 5:30pm! On Wednesday, June 22nd, we'll be making pride perler beads creations at 1:00pm!

Jun 13

Brunswick Pride Proclamation

Join us on June 13th as we celebrate and declare pride month alongside Brunswick City Council!

Dec 01

World AIDS Day 2022

Join us in remembrance of those lost to the epidemic and celebrate those living and thriving with HIV.

Nov 19

Little Song, Little Dance

Join us for Little Song, Little Dance! Let’s raise the roof and some funds! In support of the Frederick HIV Coalition.

Oct 15

Ally of the Year!

Celebrate the 2022 LGBTQ+ Ally of the Year, Ally Organization of the Year, and LGBTQ+ Business of the Year!

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Jun 19

LGBTQ+ Sober Tea Dance

Join us for an 18+ LGBTQ+ Sober Tea Dance on Sunday, June19 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Dublin Roasters in Frederick.

Jun 05

DRAG BINGO: Sun, Surf, and Sand!

Join a one-of-a-kind experience! We have the AMAZING DJ Capital Chase, Chasity Vain, Miranda Rights, and Ivanna Rights!

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Jun 05

Wine Tasting – Taste the Rainbow: Wine Edition

So many wines, so little time! With thousands of vineyards, labels, blends, bodies, aromas, and finishes, buying wines can get overwhelming.

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Jun 02

Frederick Pride Proclamation

Join The Frederick Center and Frederick Pride Committee as we celebrate June 2022 being proclaimed Pride Month by The City of Frederick! Mayor Michael O'Connor will present the proclamation on behalf of his office and the Board of Alderpersons.

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May 22

Wine Tasting: Out, Loud, Proud, and Bubbly!

Champagne, Cava, Prosecco, Asti Spumonti: So many bubbles, so little time! How are they similar and different?

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May 17

LGBTQ+ Legal Advice Clinic

Pro bono family law, estate planning, guardianship, name change, landlord-tenant, criminal law, and other civil legal matters.

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Apr 19

OUT Business Networking

Join TFC and members of the MD LGBT Chamber at a networking mixer in this local favorite spot in Frederick!

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Apr 04

Fabulously Queer: Hair & Makeup Tutorial

TFC and NY, NY Salon are hosting a makeup and hair tutorial class for the LGBTQ+ community.

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Apr 03

We Say Gay Rally!

We will band together to affirm that our community is safe, affirming, and supportive. We will gather together in solidarity to push back against these harmful anti-LGBTQ+ policies and rhetoric.

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Mar 13

LGBTQ+ Sober Tea Party

Join us for an 18+ LGBTQ+ Sober Tea Dance on Sunday, June19 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Dublin Roasters in Frederick.

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Nov 20

A Little Song, A Little Dance 2021

Join us for A Little Song, A Little Dance 2021! Let’s raise the roof -- and some funds -- for programs like The Frederick HIV Coalition.

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Oct 24

Halloween Drag Bingo

Join us for an unforgettable night full of Queens, Beer, and Bingo! We have the AMAZING Chastity Vain, Ivanna Rights, and Haley Hemorrhoid!