Mark Procopio Collection, MS 3218

Finding Aid to the Mark Procopio Collection, MS 3218

H. Furlong Baldwin Library, Maryland Historical Society

Download a PDF version of the finding aid

Collection summary

Title

Mark Procopio Collection

Call number

MS 3218

Inclusive dates

1988 - 2014

Extent

3 boxes

Abstract

The Mark Procopio Collection consists of ephemera, newspapers, and audiovisual material related to the LGBTQ movement in Maryland. Much of the material relates to Free State Justice, and its predecessor, Equality Maryland, which provide legal aid to the LGBTQ community.

Administrative summary

Repository

H. Furlong Baldwin Library

Maryland Historical Society

201 W. Monument St.

Baltimore, MD 21201

www.mdhs.org

specialcollections@mdhs.org

Access restrictions

Open to the public without restrictions.

Use restrictions

***The Maryland Historical Society does not own the copyright to programs found on the DVDs –these items are for reference purposes only. For information about how to purchase digital reproductions and for permission information for other items in the collection, please visit the Rights and Reproductions page

Provenance

Gift, Mark Procopio, January 2018

Accession number

Acc# 2017-061-LIB

Processing note

Processed by Damon Talbot and Special Collections Volunteer Judy Hallfrisch, June 2018

Historical Note

Mark Procopio is a lawyer for Free State Justice.

FreeState Justice is a legal advocacy organization that seeks to improve the lives of low-income lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (“LGBTQ”) Marylanders. Despite recent, incremental judicial victories for the national LGBTQ community, the low-income LGBTQ population continues to struggle with legal challenges such harassment, complex family law issues, and anti-LGBTQ discrimination in employment, housing, foster care, healthcare and public accommodations. In addition to needing attorneys with specific knowledge of how the law affects LGBTQ citizens, LGBTQ clients need attorneys who will treat them with respect and understanding. FreeState’s mission is to combine direct legal services with education and outreach to ensure that the low-income LGBTQ community Maryland receives fair treatment in the law and society.

FreeState Justice was formed when FreeState Legal Project and Equality Maryland merged in the spring of 2016; the new name (an earlier name of Equality Maryland) was announced at an event in Baltimore on June 30, 2016. A history of each organization follows.

Equality Maryland’s primary focus was achieving legislative victories in Annapolis, and its efforts made Maryland one of the most inclusive states in the country for LGBTQ people. Equality Maryland was responsible for the passage of numerous laws affecting the LGBTQ community including the Anti-Discrimination Act, which bans sexual orientation-motivated discrimination in housing, public accommodations, lending, and employment statewide; an expanded state hate crimes statute that includes crimes motivated by a victim’s sexual orientation and gender identity; the Medical Decisionmaking Act that extends some medical and funeral decision-making rights to domestic partners; and the Family Coverage Expansion Act, which requires insurance companies to write policies inclusive of domestic partners.

In 2012, Equality Maryland was part of the coalition that passed the Civil Marriage Protection Act, and then later that year, helped to defend the Civil Marriage Protection Act at the ballot box, making Maryland the first state to pass marriage equality by popular vote. Equality Maryland can also be credited with leadership in passing the Fairness for All Marylanders Act, a 2014 law that prohibits gender identity discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations, and credit.

FreeState Legal Project was a legal services organization founded in 2007 by a group of attorneys and law students who recognized that the specific needs of the low-income LGBTQ population in Maryland were not being effectively met. FreeState Legal began accepting cases in 2008 and began building a network of pro bono attorneys who volunteer their time to assist clients, making FreeState Legal the first statewide LGBTQ-specific direct legal services organization in the country.

FreeState Legal provided direct legal services to low-income LGBTQ clients through its in-house counsel and pro bono attorney network; worked towards systemic law and policy changes through governmental advocacy; conducted outreach activities designed to promote self-advocacy within the LGBTQ community, particularly among LGBTQ teens; and provided educational training to Maryland lawyers and judges about LGBTQ legal needs.

After longstanding advocacy by FreeState Legal, including litigation on behalf of individuals and a request to federal regulators to require Maryland to prohibit transition-related care exclusions from state-regulated insurance plans governed by the federal Affordable Care Act, the Maryland Insurance Administration issued bulletins in December 2015 prohibiting individual, small-group, and student health insurance plans sold in Maryland from excluding health care coverage for services and procedures related to gender transition

FreeState Legal provided direct legal services to low-income LGBTQ clients through its in-house counsel and pro bono attorney network; worked towards systemic law and policy changes through governmental advocacy; conducted outreach activities designed to promote self-advocacy within the LGBTQ community, particularly among LGBTQ teens; and provided educational training to Maryland lawyers and judges about LGBTQ legal needs.

(From Free State Justice Website, accessed June 19, 2018, https://freestate-justice.org/who-we-are/mission/)

Scope and Content

The Mark Procopio Collection consists of three boxes of materials related to the LGBTQ community from 1988 – 2014. Materials include: brochures, pamphlets, and bumper stickers related to LGBTQ activist organizations and events including Equality Maryland, Free State Justice, Red Emma’s Bookstore, and Maryland’s Black Family Alliance; newspapers and newspaper clippings containing articles related to the LGBTQ community and movement in Maryland; documents, included a framed copy of the Civil Marriage Protection Act signed by Governor Martin O’Malley; DVDs containing documentaries, recordings symposiums, promotional videos and other programs related to the LGBTQ community [The Maryland Historical Society does not own the copyright to programs found on the DVDs – materials are for reference purposes only]. There is also a framed copy of Gaylife Maryland's LGBT Community Newspaper, signed by comedian Joan Rivers.

Container List

Description

Date

Folder

Box

# of items

Notes

Pamphlet--What's in a word?  A religious perspective on civil marriage equality

2008

Folder 1

Box 1

2

Equality Maryland, publisher

Brochure--Fairness, Justice, and Equality for all families

2007

Folder 1

Box 1

10

Maryland Black Family Alliance, publisher

Brochure--Some of us have more than one closet to deal with

ca 2000s

Folder 1

Box 1

10

Equality Maryland--LGBT & Undocumented, publisher

Pamphlet--Jumping the Broom: A Black Perspective on Same-Gender Marriage

2007

Folder 2

Box 1

5

Equality Maryland, publisher

Pamphlet--The story of my name--A trans zine by FreeState Legal & Red Emma's

ca 2000s

Folder 3

Box 1

1

Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, FreeState legal Project

Bumper Stickers--Vote for question 6.com--Marriage equality & fairness, Like.  Pledge.  Spread the word.

ca 2000s

Folder 3

Box 1

2

 

Bumper Stickers--Vote for question 6--Marriage equality & fairness, blue & white

ca 2000s

Folder 3

Box 1

10

unsigned, blue & white

Bumper Sticker--Vote for The Civil Marriage Protection Act in Maryland

ca 2000s

Folder 3

Box 1

1

purple & white

Bumper sticker--Check for marriage equality--marylandersformarriageequality.org

ca 2000s

Folder 3

Box 1

1

Red, white, and blue

Bumper sticker--Maryland--www.equalitymaryland.org

ca 2000s

Folder 3

Box 1

1

Red, white, black, gold

Magnet--Vote for Question #6

ca 2000s

Folder 3

Box 1

1

Red, white, blue

Bumper Stickers--Vote for question 6--Marriage equality & fairness [Signed by Martin O'Malley]

ca 2000s

Folder 4

Box 1

14

Signed by Martin O'Malley

Roll of stickers--Maryland Black Family Alliance

ca 2000s

Folder 5

Box 1

1 roll

Red, white, gold

Roll of stickers--Marylanders for Marriage Equality

ca 2000s

Folder 5

Box 1

1 roll

Red, white, gold, black with Maryland flag

DVD--Advertising Gay marriage Initiatives

2004

Folder 5

Box 1

1

Gill Foundation, broken case

DVD-Under Pressure--3 families emotional journeys to accept and embrace their gay children

2006

Folder 5

Box 1

1

Angel Rose Productions, Dan McCarthy

DVD-Clergy Press Conference--Equality Maryland

2006

Folder 5

Box 1

1

Metropolitan Community Church of the Chesapeake

DVD--Maryland Voices of Equality--Maryland Black Family Alliance

2009

Folder 5

Box 1

2

Info@MarylandBFA.org

DVD-Charles Theatre--LBGT Dreamers

2012

Folder 5

Box 1

1

In Blue, white case

DVD-Unequal Justice--The relentless rise of the 1% court

2012

Folder 5

Box 1

1

Alliance Justice

DVD--The New Black--Dir. Yoruba Richen

2013

Folder 5

Box 1

1

 

DVD--Equality Maryland 25th Anniversary

2013

Folder 5

Box 1

1

 

DVD--Heart of the Matter--Maryland same sex couples seek justice for their families

no date

Folder 5

Box 1

3

ACLU & Equality Maryland, clear cases

DVD-MD Marriage.  Greenbelt, MD.  Moderator:  Donila Buffalo.  African American Women

5/21/2012

Folder 5

Box 1

1

5:30:00 PM, group i

DVD-M\D Marriage.  Greenbelt, MD.  Moderator:  Jay Campbell.  White Democrats ♀& ♂

5/21/2012

Folder 5

Box 1

1

8:00 PM

DVD-MD Marriage.  Greenbelt, MD.  Moderator:  Donila Buffalo.  African American Women

5/22/2012

Folder 5

Box 1

1

5:30 pm, part 1

DVD-MD Marriage.  Greenbelt, MD.  Moderator:  Donila Buffalo.  African American Women

5/22/2012

Folder 5

Box 1

1

5:30 pm, part 2

DVD-MD Marriage.  Greenbelt, MD.  Moderator:  Jay Campbell.  White Democrats ♀ & ♂

5/22/2012

Folder 5

Box 1

1

8:00 PM

DVD-EQ MD Stand with Us Videos

ca 2000s

Folder 5

Box 1

1

Red sleeve

DVD-Stand with Us.  Trans* Maryland Speaks

ca 2000s

Folder 5

Box 1

1

Clear plastic case.

DVD-Underrepresented groups--Diversity Outreach

ca 2000s

Folder 5

Box 1

1

Clear plastic case.

DVD-Equality Rocks!  Photos

ca 2000s

Folder 5

Box 1

1

Clear plastic case.

DVD-Filmed Trans Stories.  Unedited trans faith videos:  Alisha, Alynna, Angie C, Autumn,

ca 2000s

Folder 5

Box 1

1

Also:  Bobbi, Bonita, Catherine H, Charlotte K, Erin, Oliver, Ryely, Terrilee, Vann

DVD-Filmed Trans Stories, Disk 2:  Charlotte, Erin, Bobbi

ca 2000s

Folder 5

Box 1

1

Google drive has Oliver, Ryely, Vann, Terrilee

DVD-Filmed Trans Stories, Disk 3, Ryely, Alisha, Anelle L (?), Terrilee Bell, Catherine H, Alynna L

ca 2000s

Folder 5

Box 1

1

 

Document in Support of the Gay and Lesbian Civil Rights Bill

April 1988

Folder 6

Box 1

1

 

Scrapbook containing newspaper articles

2003-4

n/a

Box 2

1

Clippings about hate crimes, gay, lesbian rights legislation

Framed copy of Civil Marriage Protection Act

2011

n/a

Box 2

1

Signed by Governor Martin O'Malley with pen enclosed

Framed cover of Gaylife Maryland's LGBT Community Newspaper

2012

n/a

Box 2

1

Signed by Joan Rivers, who is on the cover

Executive Order - Further Amendments to Executive Orders 11478 & 11246, EEO in Fed. Gov. & EEO

2014

Folder 7

Box 2

1

Copy of Executive Order signed by President Barack Obama

Gaylife Maryland's LGBT Community Newspaper

2006

Folder 8

Box 2

4

Mar 3-16, Mar 17-30, Aug 4-17, Sep 29-Oct 12

Outloud Baltimore An independent voice for the LGBT Community

2012

Folder 9

Box 3

4

3-Nov 18, 1-Dec 28

Baltimore Sun--Light for All

2012

Folder 9

Box 3

2

Feb 18--House Oks Gay Marriage bill; Feb 19--Searching souls on gay marriage

Washington Blade--All the news for your life, and your style

2006

Folder 10

Box 3

5

Feb 17, Mar 3, Mar 17, Apr 28, Sep 8

City Paper Baltimore's Free Alternative Weekly

2006, 2012

Folder 11

Box 3

3

2006 Aug 2-9; 2012 Sep 5-12, Oct 3-12