HoCo Pride is a collection of events and programs that are geared toward the support of, advocacy for and education about the LGBTQ community in Howard County. Stay tuned for updated information on this exciting development!
Steve Charing is a writer, blogger, and theatre critic He was the former Editor and Co-Chair of the Baltimore Gay Paper; former columnist, Managing Editor and Local News Editor of Baltimore OUTloud; and former Baltimore LGBT news correspondent for the Washington Blade.
He served on the PFLAG-Howard County Steering Committee as the chapter's Media Coordinator. Steve is retired from the Social Security Administration and is a veteran of the U.S. Army. He has been a resident of Clarksville, Md. for 23 years sharing a home with his husband Bob Ford.
Bob Ford is a commissioner on the County’s Human Rights Commission, a member of the Howard County Democratic Central Committee, treasurer of the Columbia Democratic Club, a member of #OneHoward Steering Committee and the County Executive’s LGBT Roundtable. He has been an active member of PFLAG-Howard County for over 10 years. Bob is an avid antique bottle collector and shares a home in Clarksville with his husband Steve Charing since 1994.
Akbi Khan is a writer who runs a political satire website. She is a trans woman who has lived in Columbia all her life. She likes going dancing, watching sitcoms and soap operas, and working for social justice.
Kayla grew up in Howard County, in Oakland Mills but now lives in Baltimore City with their Fiancée. They currently serve on the Board of Directors for the Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Baltimore and Central Maryland (The GLCCB). They have also served on the Baltimore Pride Committee as the Chair of Volunteers and has been an annual volunteer. They went to Towson University for their undergraduate degree and now back at Towson working on their masters degree in IT. During the day, they work at Philips Healthcare as a Product Test Manger where they are out and proud. Kayla's passion is giving back to the community, especially the community near to their heart, the LGBT community.