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Charm City Pride And Urban Crab Shack Hosting To Promote Inclusivity, Equality

Charm City Pride And Urban Crab Shack Hosting To Promote Inclusivity, Equality

Parkville, Maryland – Urban Crab Shack is hosting a fundraiser, in conjunction with Charm City Pride, at their location in Parkville on Saturday, November 13th. It is to promote inclusivity and equality among all, while raising awareness about bigotry, racism, and mental health. “We are very excited about this event” stated Joseph Tan, treasurer of CCP and general manager of Urban Crab Shack. “It’s going to be a fun and lively evening to share with the community, all while supporting a great cause and bringing awareness to the needs of the LGBTQ community.”

They will be selling tickets through EventBrite, for $25, all ticket proceeds will be going directly to CCP, or they can be secured at Urban Crab Shack in Perring Plaza (1991 E. Joppa Rd in Parkville; 410-870-0115). Urban Crab Shack is a cajun-style seafood restaurant featuring some of the area’s best steamed crabs and their world famous seafood boil.

Charm City Pride is an organization that promotes and helps to foster equality. Urban Crab Shack has become a safe and welcoming environment for all, celebrating everyone for who they are. These two establishments have values that coincide, and thus have formed an indelible partnership. CCP serves LGBTQ+ communities with advocacy, health and wellness programs, and additional support for arts, entertainment, and cultural events. Addiction recovery, parenthood and family support services are also offered.

Lakisha Davis, founder of CCP, remarked, “For our programming and service provision to be truly equitable, and for us to achieve our mission, we must recognize and respond to the long-term, pervasive effects of all forms of racism on our community members, partners, and staff alike. Queer and trans people of color are directly and persistently impacted by systemic racism and economic injustice.

The organization is led by Davis, who is a native Baltimorean and a student at the University of Maryland- Eastern Shore, pursuing a PhD in organizational leadership. She holds a masters degree in human services administration, in addition to associates and bachelors degrees in criminal justice. She also holds a certificate in non-profit leadership.Davis is joined in the organization’s leadership by Ty’ Cristian, president, who holds a masters in substance abuse counseling. Katinia Witherspoon, secretary, has a masters in rehabilitation counseling, and Tan, the GM of the delectable Urban Crab Shack and treasurer of CCP, has a degree in business hotel and restaurant management.

According to Davis, “Baltimore County does not have a community center for the LGBT community. It is time for all of that to change. The needs within the community have not changed. We need safe spaces and support. This project will provide resources and fun activities to celebrate who we are. What we want to do is forge a strong linkage to all the prides in Maryland and any community center that helps this community.”

The organization names their three main goals as:

Providing safe activities year-round for Baltimore City and County residents

Providing a linkage to care to address mental health, substance abuse, and medical needs