Equality Md. Executive Director, Director of Development Leave OrganizationBy Gay Life
According to MetroWeekly.com, Morgan Meneses-Sheets, executive director, and Matt Thorn, the director of development, both left Equality Maryland on April 22. Thorn reportedly resigned in protest after Meneses-Sheets was fired:
In a statement, Thorn said: “[T] he Board of Directors of Equality Maryland, in executive session voted to remove her from her position, essentially telling the organization’s staff, volunteers, supporters, funders, and general community that the organization will now move in a different direction.”
Meneses-Sheets made the following statement: “While it is not my choice to leave, it is my choice to make my voice heard as I exit.
“I’ve spent the last eighteen months at the helm of EQMD and this time has held some of the most rewarding moments of my career, but it has also been extremely difficult. In particular the past few months have been tough to bear. Not because of the hard work which I welcome and felt honored to be part of, but because of the forces within the organization and external politics that created additional and unnecessary obstacles to our forward movement and success.
“As I move on, I will not focus on the negative or destructive forces that created this untenable situation, instead I will look back at the many proud moments along the way…
“As a Marylander, as a lesbian, as a parent, as someone with many loved ones who are transgender, and as someone who believes in social justice I sincerely hope that Equality Maryland will succeed in their future endeavors to ensure that our state lives up to the promise of equality for all of its citizens.”
Read Meneses-Sheets’ full statement at MetroWeekly.com or Facebook.com/morgan.meneses-sheets.