The purpose of the LGBTQ+ Diversity Leadership Council is to serve as the MDP’s primary means of outreach to sexual and gender minority communities across the state. As such, the LGBTQ+ DLC is both a brain trust and a working group focused on the ongoing education, engagement, recruitment, and turnout of LGBTQ+ voters.
Meet Your DLC
Sharon Brackett is a serial entrepreneur and technologist. She is the Founder of Baltimore DesignWorks (www.BaltimoreDesignWorks.com). She has helped start five companies in the last twenty years. In 2016 she was named one of Maryland’s Top Women in Tech by the Maryland Department of Commerce. In 2010 she was selected by Washington SmartCEO Magazine as one of Washington’s Smart100 CEOs for 2010 and then again, after transition, in 2011. In 2018 she was elected to the Baltimore City Democratic State Central Committee, becoming the first trans person in Maryland to be elected to any office.
Along with others, she led the fight for trans rights in Maryland leading to the passage of protections for trans people in 2014 and was subsequently selected as “Activist of the Year” by Baltimore Pride. She is an emeritus board member of the Point Foundation, a national LGBTQ scholarship organization, and a former board member of OutServe-SLDN which sued the Trump administration to allow open trans military service. She periodically writes a column for Baltimore OUTloud called “Rational T-hought”, focusing on trans rights and issues.
She is also a former board member and remains an adviser of MoringaCommunity.org, an NGO charity that has built an education program and school in Ghana, West Africa. In her copious spare time she works with youth groups with technical interests such as 3D printing, Scouting, coding, rocketry, and FIRST robotics.